My Dear Son,
That’s pretty much what we’ve gone through after our Malaysia holiday. Phew! Alhamdulilah, we’re now back to normal days in Arabia.
Just over 13 months old. What’s new? You’re taking more and more little steps, Alhamdulilah. A few days ago, your Dad came up with a little game where we dangle something in front of you, usually your toothbrush, (after he struggles with you as he brushes your teeth), and use it to motivate you to walk to us. So you end up walking between your Dad and I until you get tired, or we do :). You prefer to leap and run though as you get so excited. 🙂 It’s a nice before-bedtime routine and much fun 🙂 and it’s really helped you gain the confidence to get those feet one before the other. You are standing quite confidently on your own these days Alhamdulilah.
Linguistic comprehension. Dada, Mama, Papa, Baba, Daddy, Chicha (Dad’s brother), there, three, hamdulilah (somewhat), hello and some repetition of words you hear.
You can say ‘hello’ and put your hand – or whatever item is in your hand – by your ear as if on the phone. Sometimes you even babble an actual conversation. You like to take my cell phone and put it by your ear as well, when you get the chance. I don’t know how or where you learned to do this.
You understand clap, wave, kiss, but sometimes get confused.
Play. You play more by yourself these days Alhamdulilah, making a lot of noise as you crash one item into another. The other day it looked as though you were cooking, lol, as you used a plastic thing to crush some invisible stuff in a container. You also like playing with your spoon and plastic container. It’s amazing how these simple play things entertain you. Just the way you play too is amazing. Such simple play.
You continue to be very analytical in your playing, fitting different things together, figuring out how things work, how they open and close, like zips and keys in keyholes (the other day you were getting so frustrated because you couldn’t figure out how the key works). It is something I would like to remember for years to come inshaAllah. Perhaps it’s a special skill we need to nurture.
Mischief. Toilet paper rolls, tissues, things being knocked over. A super fast mischievous little explorer on the lose. The other day you knocked over your Dad’s drink before he could catch it! You’re continuously trying to reach for things, like shaking your drawers to get the items on top to fall, just as long as you can get to it, or pulling the blanket to you in order to reach those tissues on the bed. Analytical thinking, I’d say. You also have a super fast eye for seeing things you shouldn’t, like when we’re trying to hide something from you. You know just when to look!
You’ve got this new habit of eating cement and/or paint that you scratch off the bottom of the walls. Ai! Everything goes in the mouth. I have to be really quick to get to you before you swallow.
Alhamdulilah, you are getting used to me ‘ignoring’ you as I perform salah, as long as I don’t take too long. I think you realise when I’m in the tahiyyat position that I’m nearly done. You tend to get impatient at this point. But Alhamdulilah, things are much easier now.
We look forward to many more little steps and joys to come. Ameen.