Sunday, February 28, 2010
As can be seen in the video she's not really crawling yet but rather pushing and throwing herself forward..but I think she'll soon figure it out =)
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Here's a list of all symptoms she has shown before and while teething.
- red cheeks
- drooling (only before 1st teeth)
- desire to bite on fingers, teething rings or anything she can put into her mouth
- runny nose
- more frequent wake-ups during the nite
Thursday, February 11, 2010
She was basically asking for some kind of doping...
Of course, the pharmacist said they didn't have such a thing and that it wasn't necessary if she was eating healthy.
This actually reflects the current situation in Turkey...children are like race horses...esp. after the age of 9-10 they start to prepare for exams and don't stop till they manage to enter a university. Parents are concerned about their kids' success and try to do everything to make them succeed at school and in the exams. Sadly, these kids can't live a healthy and joyful childhood and miss on most of the fun things they could and probably should do at this age.
My 13-year-old niece, for instance, would love to take guitar lessons and play basketball...but her parents believe it would affect her grades and therefore don't let her. She goes to school full day and then to "Etud" where she basically does her homework..then at weekends she goes to a "Dersane" where she prepares for the SBS exam to get into a good high school (this Dersane is a serious problem, the current government promised to change the system and close them down but it's just too big a sector with too powerful people in charge). Sometimes she wakes up at 4 o'clock in the morning to prepare for exams...at the age of 13!
It's really hard for me to understand this-I don't know..maybe because I had the chance to go to school in Germany where everything is totally different and not exam-oriented I can't consider this to be normal.
These kids will look back at their childhood years and all they remember is going to be study-study-study...
It's also sad to see that the only thing the parents of these kids want is success.
Another thing I really can't relate to is that parents tend to do their children's homeworks. Esp. if there's some kind of project to prepare it turns into a family matter where even grandparents and uncles get involved!
Sometimes I wish Ela could go to school in Germany till university...
But since that's not an option I will try to provide her with the least stressfull educational environment possible.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Kar amaci gutmeyen Amerika'li 'The Environmental Working Group'un cikardigi Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce'ta yayinladigi ve yaklasik 43,000 test sonucuna dayanan son calismasina gore 43 farkli meyve ve sebze grubundan 12'si organik olarak yetismese de guvenle tuketilebilir.
- Bezelye (donmus)
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
This was recorded this morning...before our third trial of chicken & veggies with applesauce...and this time it worked! Yesterday she also finished almost the whole thing I had prepared for her...I really don't want to become a mom who's constantly worried about adequate food intake but it's also not easy to be totally careless to be honest..I'm not giving Ela any iron supplements since I'm not a big fan of supplements in general so I'd like to make sure that she gets iron in a natural way.
BTW, earlier today it was hailing like I had never seen it before in Izmir! Woww....I really like this dark and rainy weather...esp. when I'm at home =)