Monthly Archives: January 2015

20 months

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20months

He is 20 months and chat chat chattering! Alhamdulillah he is communicating with us more now and it is easier for us to understand what he wants. His favourite topic of conversation is still cars and all manners of transportation. What I noticed is that he is also really into learning the names of things. We have these books like 100 words, 1000 words picture-books type and he seems to be really interested in knowing all the names of the cars (of course!), nature (he always recalled the time he went to the beach when we are at the ‘beach’ page with words like ‘kaki basah’, ‘main sand’ – it’s amazing that he can recalls his memory at this age!), fruits and veges (because he always had loads of these).

Oh and recently he wants to be carried in wraps again! Yeayyy! After a few months of strike (refusing to be worn in wraps, he wants only ring sling and his daddy’s ssc) – he has started demanding to be ‘kokong kat blakang’ 🙂 Happy days for mummy! :)))

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too-excited mummy with sleepy-obliging baby 🙂

Another thing I noticed is he starting to develop this ‘me-time’ trait. For example, the other day he is playing with his toy cars and I watched him play like sometimes I do – and he came to me and push my face away! T.T. And when he is taking his bath, he will also always ‘shoo’ me away and only will call me again when he’s done. Not yet 2 and he is already needing more space for himself. This is a reminder to me that the his ‘me-time’ will only get longer and longer as he grow bigger and bigger, and there will be more instances that I can no longer be included in his life (man even when typing this it hurts! T.T) – but this is normal, and this is how it’s supposed to be. So, whenever he became a bit clingy, or wants too much of your attention – remember, it wont last long! So be present! Give him full attention!

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me-time with big blocks

Ah my sweet baby boy – why are you growing up too fast!! (must be the cry of all mothers since the beginning of time!)

Clock and speedometer

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A quick story I would like to record here about Zayd. 🙂

A few days ago, while we were in the car, he suddenly pointed to the speedometer in the car and said ‘clock’. He is in this phase of pointing and naming things. What struck me as interesting is that he can only name the things according to what he knew. And in his limited 19 months storage of vocabulary and knowledge – the speedomoter is a clock.

The thing is, this nature doesn’t change, even when we are all grown up. We can only see and appreciate what we already know. But in our cynical adult way, when we came across something we don’t really know, rather than trying to get to know it and understanding it better – we pass our judgement on it. When faced with something unknown, we fear it. We mocked it. We pushed it away.

Observing Zayd learning made me reflect on my own attitude towards the many things that I still don’t know. Or the things that I thought I knew.

May Allah open both our hearts and minds to receive beneficial knowledge everyday in every way. May both of us always be eager learners, avid readers, keen observers, and humble do-ers ameen.