My Dear Son,
Yes, those feet were made for walking, and, Alhamdulilah, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing since 31 March (about 13 and a half months old). 🙂
I think you were just waiting for your Dad to come home from work because on the evening of the 31st, walk is all you did, much more than you were walking during the day. Your Dad said it’s as if it happened overnight, like you just decided today is the day! From 3, 4 steps to, “here I come!”
I don’t know when exactly you stopped crawling, but I’ve noticed yesterday and today you didn’t crawl, maybe once or twice. It’s a whole new world again! 🙂 I have to be extra alert.
Right now we’re watching videos. I try to let you watch videos of the Arabic alphabet and Arabic numbers everyday as well as play Surah Al-Ikhlas regularly in the hope that, in shaa Allah, this will make memorisation easy for you. I’ve also started playing the 99 names of Allah SWT. Earlier you were quite enjoying learning new words on a video of Baby Einstein, which you weren’t interested in before. I hope I’m not letting you watch too many videos. I think it’s a better alternative to TV though.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this in earlier posts, but you’ve finally befriended Mr. Vacuum Cleaner. I’m now able to vacuum worry free :). You like to press the button on and off. Not always funny when I’m in a hurry. You’re not too fond of Mr. Blender though. Lol. If he squeals too much you get annoyed. I guess you don’t like too much noise, unless you’re making it ;).
I’ve been running out of ideas to keep you busy and entertained. So I looked up some fun things (http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/10/baby-sensory-play-discovery-bottles.html) and it’s worked Alhamdulilah. Such simple things that make you happy :). All I did was take empty water bottles, which we have soooo many of, and fill them with different things to create different sounds and colours. I filled one bottle with pieces of foil, another with rice, another with coconut and another with tumeric water (due to lack of food colouring ;).) And voila! We have a happy, entertained boy, despite the fact that he does have two boxes of toys as well. But it’s the little things that count ne ;). Tomorrow, in shaa Allah, you’ll have a bubble bottle (with dishwashing liquid), a coin bottle and maybe a paperclips bottle :).
You’ve perfected the “Where’s he, where’s he?” game, even modified it. 🙂 You also randomly initiate the game yourself. And, my favourite – something your Dad taught you – Alhamdulilah, you raise your hands in dua when you see us performing salah, especially at the end of salah, and when you hear Arabic :). Ma shaa Allah.
May Allah SWT guide, protect and watch over you as you explore a new view of His world. Ameen.