Toddling, Brushing and the Beach :)


My Dear Son,

14 months old. SubhanaAllah. I watch you sleep, look at your face, your hands, your legs, your feet… How you’ve grown maa sha Allah :). I miss you when you’re sleeping, even though I know I need you to be sleeping because I need a break, but, I miss you being awake at same time. I’m enjoying and loving your company so much more as you grow into a beautiful personality maa sha Allah. May Allah, Most Compassionate, bless you with honorable traits as you grow into a little man, Ameen.

A quick update…

Yesterday, you got your first pair of walking shoes :). Yes, you are now officially a toddler, not a crawl in sight.

Maa sha Allah, I love your sense of humour. It just seems to be getting better as you grow. Like, in the week, you were standing on your Dad’s and my bed, (you love being on our bed) facing the mirror. You looked at your reflection and kept offering something to your reflection, finding it so amusing. I don’t know what was going on in your little head! Lol!

Something you do that’s not so amusing to me at the moment though is when you pull out my hair. Yes, you not only PULL my hair, but you pull it OUT and then find it so amusing, laugh, and nicely hand my hair back to me :-l. It’s not at all funny when you’re doing it, but later, when I think about it, I can’t help but laugh at your innocent humour. I think your Dad finds it funnier than you do. :-l

These days you love opening and closing doors and playing with door handles.

You like giving hand shakes.

You absolutely hate us to brush your teeth. You don’t mind doing it yourself, but obviously can’t do it properly. So, we’re forced to force you. 😦 It’s as unpleasant for us as it is for you. We’ve tried so many different things to make it more endurable. I play videos for you as your Dad brushes, I sing and dance and go all wacky mad. We’ve tried giving you some inspiration by showing you videos on Youtube of other babies brushing their teeth. But as soon as the brushing starts, uh-uh, nothing else matters except that screeching protest. We get the job done though, hopefully it’s done properly.

On to something lighter… A few days ago, you did something that convinced you Dad you’re a genius! You peeled your own banana, broke it in half and nicely ate it :). You just saw it lying there all lonely and decided, since no one is giving it to you, you might as well help yourself to it! Hahahaha!

You enjoy the beach. Here’s a photo of you and your Dad at the beach, watching the sunrise. 🙂 

With love,
Mommy

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New experiences and adventures in new places!


My Dear Son,

1 year and 2 weeks old. You’ve gone into a whole different phase since turning one. Boy, do you make yourself heard! Especially when you don’t like something or when you’re demanding something. We’re lucky if we get a moment’s silence here and there. You’ve got this new thing of actually shouting full blast when you don’t get what you want. May this phase pass quickly, Ameen.

Alhamdulilah, on the 16th Feb (your birth date) we completed our first umrah with you. (Your second overall umrah though if you include womb time ;)) It was one of the best umrahs, Alhamdulilah. Your Daddy made it very easy and enjoyable for me. He carried you most of the time. It was late at night and you were very tired but your inquisitive nature kept you mostly awake. You stared at the kabah and at the people making tawaf as you rested your drowsy head on your Dad’s shoulder. You were very well behaved throughout, Alhamdulilah. Just at the very end, once we had completed our umrah, you got impatient and started shouting. So, we left the Haram immediately. No chance to sit or for you to play around the Holy grounds. Next time for sure though, inshaAllah. You did have a nice, peaceful nap in the Haram though, as we performed salah.

You also met your Daddy’s good friend, Uncle Niezaar, for the first time and fell asleep exhausted and comfortably in his arms as he carried you through the thick crowds in Makkah.

The next day in Makkah, you had your first haircut (or second, if you include the shaving of the head after birth). Just you and your Dad went. He said you didn’t cry much, but when I opened the hotel door, seeing you for the first time after your haircut, you had this very sad, heartbreaking look on your face. Aaaaww.

Your ‘hairstyle’ went from curly cute to mischievous little toddler. Apparently the family says the latter suites you more. I liked your curls more, but I’m getting used to your new look now.

After a few days in Makkah, we visited Malaysia for 10 days (also your second time here if you count womb time). We were in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam, but most of our time was spent on the beautiful island, Langkawi. We took boat rides to isolated islands and beaches. You played in the sand and splashed your legs in the water. You enjoyed the sun as you hiked up and down the stairs, through the trees, on your Daddy’s comfy shoulders. We enjoyed rides in cable cars, taking in the hum of the forests and the splendour of the sea view. You saw many different animals and creatures, birds, snakes, crocodiles, as we visited the wildlife farms. Everywhere you went your cuteness, mashaAllah, attracted the attention of people. On the plane home especially, you were so friendly and overexcited, not to mention loud and out of control, fighting sleep and fighting your parents! You much rather preferred being wide-eyed and giving goofy smiles to all the pretty ladies looking your way.

Alhamdulilah, what an adventurous holiday! We all got back to Arabia a few days ago with phlegmy, coughy throats though. But, Alhamdulilah.

So, now we’re back home in Arabia. Your latest skills? One, two… three! Yes, you can say “three”! You can also reply, “there’s he!” when we say, “where’s he?” And you still continue to repeat what you hear us say, but since your Daddy taught you “three!” that’s all you say most of the time. Like when you learned to clap, it’s all you did! Lol!

Your appetite mashaAllah has improved. I’m very happy and grateful for this Alhamdulilah :). Since turning 1, you have grown super fast. You’re able to stand and walk small steps but I think as soon as you realise you’re not holding anything, you quickly grab for something.

That’s it for now :).

With love,
Mommy

New experiences and adventures in new places!


1 year and 2 weeks old. You’ve gone into a whole different phase since turning one. Boy, do you make yourseld heard! Especially when you don’t like something or when you’re demanding something. We’re lucky if we get a moment’s silence here and there. You’ve got this new thing of actually shouting full blast when you don’t get what you want. May this phase pass quickly, Ameen.

Alhamdulilah, on the 16th Feb (your birth date) we completed our first umrah with you. (Your second overall umrah though if you include womb time ;)) It was one of the best umrahs, Alhamdulilah. Your Daddy made it very easy and enjoyable for me. He carried you most of the time. It was late at night and you were very tired but your inquisitive nature kept you mostly awake. You stared at the kabah and at the people making tawaf as you rested your drowsy head on your Dad’s shoulder. You were very well behaved throughout, Alhamdulilah. Just at the very end, once we had completed our umrah, you got impatient and started shouting. So, we left the Haram immediately. No chance to sit or for you to play around the Holy grounds. Next time for sure though, inshaAllah. You did have a nice, peaceful nap in the Haram though, as we performed salah.

You also met your Daddy’s good friend, Uncle Niezaar, for the first time and fell asleep exhausted and comfortably in his arms as he carried you through the crowds in Makkah.

After a few days in Makkah, we visited Malaysia for 10 days (also your second time here if you count womb time). We were in Kuala Lampur and Sha Alam, but most of our time was spent on the beautiful island, Langkawi. We took boat rides to isolated islands and beaches. You played in the sand and splashed your legs in the water. You enjoyed the sun as you hiked up and down the stairs, through the trees, on your Daddy’s comfy shoulders. We enjoyed rides in cable cars, taking in the hum of the forests and the splendour of the sea view. You saw many different animals and creatures, birds, snakes, crocodiles, as we visited the wildlife farms. Everywhere you went your cuteness, mashaAllah, attracted the attention of people. On the plane home especially, you were so friendly and overexcited, not to mention loud and out of control, fighting sleep and fighting your parents! You much rather preferred being wide-eyed and giving goofy smiles to all the pretty ladies looking your way.

Alhamdulilah, what an adventurous holiday! We all got back to Arabia a few days ago with phlegmy, coughy throats though. But, Alhamdulilah.

So, now we’re back home in Arabia. Your latest skills? One, two… three! Yes, you can say “three”! You can also reply, “there’s he!” when we say, “where’s he?” And you still continue to repeat what you hear us say, but since your Daddy taught you “three!” that’s all you say most of the time. Like when you learned to clap, it’s all you did! Lol!

Your appetite mashaAllah has improved. I’m very happy and grateful for this Alhamdulilah :). Since turning 1, you have grown super fast. You’re able to stand and walk small steps but I think as soon as you realise you’re not holding anything, you quickly grab for something.

That’s it for now :).

With love,
Mommy