Beautiful memories

Dear Nadra,

16 months have passed since you were born, oh how you have grown! No longer a cuddly baby who giggled at even the slightest silly sound we made.

Your developments never fail to amaze us, especially how fast you learn. Like, how you said “aaahh” once you finish your drink; you chanced upon me doing that once, and now its stuck on you. Like, how you stir and whip with a spoon just after seeing me cook. Like, how you wipe up your own spill after observing how we clean up after dinner. Like, how you try to brush your own hair when seeing me brushing mine.

Now that you have much more stable footing/walking compared to 2 months ago, you prefer to roam around and explore on your own. Needless to say, the kitchen cabinets and our wardrobe have been thoroughly inspected.

You love bread, foods with spice, granola, ice cream, biscuits, cakes, papaya and berries but still cringe when given yoghurt.

You love the breeze, closing your eyes to enjoy the wind blowing through your hair, with a smile across your face.

You now shriek when you are frustrated, especially when Abah disturbs you too much. I totally understand you, at times I get annoyed too, but you have to learn to control your emotions, lil kid. Shouting and especially pinching is a no-no, though it is funny when you pinch Abah and he screamed in pain.

You sure know how to make us laugh. There are times when we are trying to instill some discipline, you misbehave and start making funny faces. We tried not to show any reaction, it is easier said than done.

You love helping out. Thank you for helping to put the dirty laundry in the washing machine and putting away your toys after play.

You love volunteering at your playgym, just because you love the applause and praises. So cheeky you!

You started showing interest to use the potty. Let’s see how long we shall take for you to master it.

You hate the word “No” and will show great displeasure when it is used too often. Partly, this is our fault. We will try to minimize the number of times we use the word “No”. I know rejection is never easy, what more for eager little kids.

You will climb over me to rest your head before falling asleep.

Nadra, indeed the past 16 months has been amazing, full of tears and joy and I would not trade the world for that. You have made me learn to be more calm and composed than I have ever been in life. You’ve made me realize being contented is not difficult. Looking at how you scream in happiness when we return from work, makes all the tiredness from a day’s work disappear. I pray that God will give me strength and good health so we can continue to sing and play together, forever.

Love,
Ummi

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