Netanya has been talking alot more intelligibly lately. She started at around a year old, speaking only mono-syllabic words then. Now at 20 months old, she can manage 2-syllabus words and sometimes even chained 2 or 3 words together to make a phrase. With some prompting, she can count from 1 to 10 in both languages and recognized most of the letters in the alphabets. She also speaks quite alot of chinese. Just this morning as we were driving to the store, she pointed out excitedly, “巴士，妈妈！School bus, more school bus.” I think it won’t take long before she’ll start talking my ears off.
She loves it when we sing to her, her favorite songs include, Wheels on the bus, If you’re happy, Twinkle twinkle little stars, London brigde, 找朋友 and some other action songs. It used to be that she would only listen and follow the actions, but recently, she surprised me by trying to sing along too. Just last week, I saw her singing Wheels on the bus while spinning her stuff animals around. It was too cute, wished I have video recorded it.
Emotionally, she has definitely matured from receiving affections to now knowing how to show her affections. She gives hugs and kisses to family members. And she could empathize with us if we are in discomfort. A few days ago, the kids woke up extra early, so I spent a few minutes on the couch to get some extra shut-eye. Just as I was about to take a trip to slumberland, I heard Netanya making some noises in the room, I opened my eyes, the next thing I saw was probably the most heart-warming thing that would melt any mom’s heart. My tiny tot has retrieved my blanket from my bed, and was dragging it with all her might from my bedroom to the living room, for me. I was so overwhelmed with love, I will remember that moment for a long long time.
Socially, she has developed from playing along side friends, to playing with friends. Now Russell really enjoys playing with his sister, likewise Netanya with him. They have all kinds of imaginary games, some take them to space in their space shuttle, or into the deep blue sea in their submarine, or they would be fishing from a boat, or having a tea party, or they are vets giving shots to all their stuff animals. It is so good to watch them play together so well. Even though they go through the usual stuff like vying for the same toys sometimes, with a little reminder (and some interventions), those squabbles usually end quite peacefully.
It is exciting to watch her grow and learn new things everyday. I am very priviledged to be a stay-at-home mom, I wouldn’t want to miss any of these precious moments.