Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

On the days prior to school reopened for year 2010, when Akhi was reminded about going  back to school, you already gave signs to Ummi and Abi that you wanted to go to school and even mentioned the word “Explorers”. Yes, my dear, our initial plan was to enrol you in July.

However, after consulting few of Ummi’s early childhood professionals, and putting your readiness and weighing the pros and cons, we finally decided to enrol you in February instead. Yes, very much earlier than the initial plan. Following are what we may consider the best to put you earlier:

1. Your consistent request as the title reads, each time sending Akhi especially.

2. Not wanting to make you have the impression of being neglected once your younger sibling comes to earth (March-April).

3. Allowing you to settle down in school before the younger sibling arrives.

4. Allowing Ummi to make preparations for the presence of our new member of the family later. This includes 

– adjusting to a new daily routine

– getting baby’s stuffs ready

– making arrangements for Akhi, Abi and you to sleep in separate room when baby arrives.

Insya Allah, with prior anticipation, all will go well. May Allah make this pregnancy and delivery a safe and smooth process for all of us including the baby in Ummi’s “tummy”. Ameen.

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“Wait, I solat first eh.”

December 30, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayya,

Alhamdulillah, with the blessings of Allah, you are seen willing to solat as and when you feel like. Of course, you will join us too for the congregational solats too!

Alhamdulillah, you are able to verbalize your thoughts and feelings(most of the time), including the above phrase. You will mention that when at times Ummi or Akhi or Abi call you to carry out certain task.

May Allah make Akhi and you and your other sibling/s Muslim ummah who will always remember and love to carry out your solat fardh until you return to HIM. Ameen!

Wassalam

“Sittah!”

June 6, 2009

Assalaamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

Today Ummi and Abi were amazed while Akhi, Ummi and you were at the dining table, doing our normal after Maghrib routine.

Akhi was so like the Al-Arqam cards. He is into rearranging them in ascending orter. While doing that today, Akhi was stucked as to what comes next after “Khamsah”. “Sittah!” you mentioned in your normal tone voice. Alhamdulillah, as Akhi is learning with Ummi all these while, you are learning too. Alhamdulillah!

Wassalam.

“Allahu Akbar”

April 16, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

In about a week’s time, you will turn 21 months. Alhamdulillah, we have seen you grow and develop along the way.

At this tender age of yours, you are able to say “Allahu Akbar” and many other words/phrases like, following the recitations of Surahs and dua’s (although only the ends), say “I you” (I loveyou), “Where are you?” and many many more. To add to your spiritual development, you are more readily to join in the solat, though it is normally shortened when you are distracted by Akhi’s play. Maasya Allah!

In addition, at this age, is observed your relationship with “Akhi”. Both of you can be the “best of friends”, but also the “worst of enemies.” At times, you displayed jealousy over Akhi. What Akhi does, you also do. What Akhi takes, you also want. What Akhi wants, you also want. What Akhi has, most of the times are tug-o-war sessions. This is a great challenge for both Ummi and Abi in handling sibling rivalry.

Motor skills. Hmmmm… you are into dough play and almost daily, you get a hold of the dough. Of course, each day, there is a coloured dough of your choice that you want. Rolling the dough is your practice at this moment. You will sing “Row your boat” instead of “roll your dough”. :D. In addition, your self-feed has improved after numerous practices. And today, you seem to have interests in learning to cycle the tricycle, and that’s something Ummi will let you practice when Akhi is buzy or in school. Alhamdulillah!

In terms of emotional development, your stranger anxiety has reached the stage of wailing especially in public, which we found very irritating ang annoying most times. Likewise, you respond the same when there are rifes between Akhi and you.

That’s about all for a pre update prior to you turning 21 months.

Wassalam.

Self feed (Part II)

April 1, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

You are already turning 20 months. Yup in 4 months time, you are turning 24 months/2years old. Alhamdulillah!

Yesterday marked the first day that you fully self-feed without Ummi’s feeding you. That is over dinner. You had Salmon Fried Rice and some Coleslaw that Ummi cooked and prepared for the day. And you end the day with drinking milk. Alhamdulillah!

You are really doing great in this area of development. Alhamdulillah!

Wassalam

Self Feed

March 9, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

After about 2 months(now you are 19 months) of playing with spoons, bowls and water, you are able to self-feed yourself, for food that you want to eat. For example, noodles and beancurd. When we eat outside, you are so focused in what you do with those cutleries and food that Ummi and Abi are able to eat in ‘peace’.

Not only to food, even liquid! Yes, you are able to use the spoon to scoop soup and water to your mouth with minimum spills.

Alhamdulillah, a distinct development from Akhi. Ummi will be waiting for the day that you are able to eat yourself for all meals.

Wassalam

You Turned 18 Months!

January 30, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

You have turned 18 months last week weighing nearly 10kg. You have past the infant stage and now you are a Toddler! How time flies…

At this age, you are able to

–  name the items that you see around you

– show the directions of familiar locations e.g. home from the lift, Akhi’s school, etc.

– eat with us, despite having your own meals fed by Ummi.

– bring the spoon to your mouth (self-feed) others than your porridge

– drink water from a cup

– walk and run fast

– continue walking despite Ummi thought you will be tired

– remove your footwear upon reaching home

– hold the pencil like an adult (Boys and girls having vast difference in their development)

– gets frustrated when things cannot be done (needs to learn to be patience)

– be happy when both Akhi and you having quality time and when Akhi shows his love and brotherhood towards you

– upset when you can’t get things that you want and when they are taken away from you

In addition, you are now having 7 teeth already.

Wassalam

The Screeching Bint

October 16, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

Yesterday marked the first day when you began screaming and screeching till it reached Ummi’s eardrums! Even before going to bed, you screamed of excitement while playing with Abi.

Oh my…. you are indeed the loudest in the family. LOL

Wassalam

When you were 9 months

October 12, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayy,

Alhamdulillah, when you were 9 months…

Physical Development

-sat up firmly

-stood and let go of hand while standing

-cruised around holding on surfaces

-knees lifted up while creeping, progressing from 6s to 4s.

-went down from a higher plane

Social/Emotional Development

-manja girl, slept on Ummi’s chest

-enjoyed sing-along sessions especially Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar

-baby talked like gaga, baba, awa

Intellectual/Cognitive Development

-understood simple instructions like go down

Wassalam

When you were 6 months…

October 12, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayya,

On 22 January, you turned 6 months, weighing about 7.2kg(as taken from the weiging scale of Tampines Polyclinic during your immunisation appointment). There are some areas in which you have grown.

Physical Development

-reaches out for things

-begin solid foods like yolk, watermelon and honeydew (just the juice). Able to take in little pieces of fish flesh

-drinks from sippy cup

-sits after crawling (by the practice of pushups and shakings of bums)

Social/Emotional Development

-stranger anxiety

In addition, 10 days before 7 month old, you encountered a new experience of fever, cough and runny nose. On one occasion, Ummi fed you banana and then you began crying. Ummi left you crying until you vomitted. Ummi forgotten that after food, there should not be any vigorous activity or crying event – most likely to lead to vomit. Bummer…