Being Micah

January 7, 2010

21 Month +

Filed under: mum writes — micahchan @ 9:52 pm

Mum writes:

A couple of anecdotes about Micah at just over 21 month, and since grandmama left for Kuala Lumpur:

* Has been trying to speak in fairly complete sentences, such as, “May I touch this/that please?” when he sees interesting objects from the vintage point of the toddler seat on the shopping cart. Back at home, he could occasionally say “May I have some [tomatoes/pasta] please?” when prompted. Most of the time, he still prefers the baby-ish version of “May I [tomato/pasta] please?”

* Beginning to not only understand but also exercise a considerable amount of self-control over crying or temper-tandrum. Has been going to bed at night with a smile greeting, “Goodnight mommy, Goodnight daddy”. When faced with situations in which he used to fuss over, he would remind himself out loud, “No crying”. Once internally reconciled (usually takes a few seconds), he would happily obliged. It moves me quite a lot sometimes to realize how he has grown in the area of control, at just 21 month. Must be by the Grace of God!

* Communicative and enjoys giving a comment. In the right mood, he would not stop naming items around him, particularly at the stores; or naming face and body parts while playing on mom and dad’s bed in the morning. At other times, he would remind you that “(so-and-so) sneezed / coughed / yawned / burped”, (followed by “excuse me”) or “loud / too bright / too hot / warm / windy / snowing / raining” or in Mandarin, “hands / feet are cold / dirty”. The other day, he pointed to his mouth and said “ouch” to indicate there was a problem. We then found out that he had a little ulcer in his mouth! Expressing likes or dislikes “sour” (with a funny face) / “Tired, Micah’s tired” (rubbing his eyes, sometimes accompanies by a yawn, or sit/lie down) / “Nice!”/ “So nice” / “How nice!” / “Quite nice” / “Cute”. Enjoys using connecting words (such as “and”, “too”, “also”) and have been using them in just the right contexts, e.g, “Wow, so many cars, too many!”. He would run to greet me at the door with an exclamation and yelled, “Missed mommy”. When daddy prompted him, he would say, “Missed daddy too”. Counting from one to ten (even when he does it in Mandarin), he likes to add an “and” (in English) between the numbers 9 and 10. In the car the other day, he commented in one breadth that, “Daddy’s sitting and driving, mommy’s sitting; and Micah’s also sitting”.

* Seems to favor more – or at least seemingly more sophisticated words: If you say, “That’s BIG”, he will add, “HUGE! HUMONGOUS!” If you say, “hm, a small book”, he would say, “tiny!”. Since he figured out how to say “grandmama” two months ago, he would correct you when you say, “mama”. Sometimes he also likes to remind you that it isn’t “no touch”, but “don’t touch”. When it comes to naming shapes, the first shapes he verbalized were “oval”, followed by “trapezium”, “wedge”, “diamond”, “heart-shape”. The more “regular” shapes – circle, triangle, square and rectangle came only later.

* Enjoys humor: Seated at the digital piano the other day, he turned the volume down by the knob, pressed the keys, picked up his hands in a rotating gesture and said, “No sound, no sound”. Then with a giggle, uttered, “what’s happening?”  These days, when asked, “How many months old are you?” He would answer, “Eighteen months old”; then with a giggle, “No-no! Twenty-one months old”.

* Seems compassionate, caring and very sensitive. He would check, “Are you OK?” or ask you to “Be careful” if he senses that the floor might be slippery. It would be hard to forget the first time he expresses his feelings in clear sentences: On the early morning of new year’s eve, Micah grabbed my new glasses from the nightstand and broke the frame in a twist. Almost immediately, Micah informed me that he needed to do a bowel movement. I sat with him by the toilet and couldn’t overcome my frustration. “$300 out of the window”, I muttered to myself. As controlled as I could be, I said to Micah, “Mommy is upset. Mommy’s glasses are broken”. Immediately Micah looked away, and almost in a sigh, he said – very slowly, “MI-CAH, you broke it!”. Surprised by what I just heard, I pressed on, “Yes, Micah. Mommy is very sad, because Micah broke mommy’s glasses”. The next response was almost breathtaking. With a mellow and quiet voice, he said, “Micah’s very sad too.” I quickly wrapped up the conversation by reminding him that mommy’s “no touch” means no touch. In the same quiet voice, Micah said, “OK”. After breakfast, we headed out to have my glassed fixed. True to his words, for the entire time at the optician, Micah walked around and would not touch any glasses displayed throughout the store. Back at home, he hasn’t even tried to go near my nightstand since.

* Has quite an extensive singing repertoire for his age and enjoys improvising with the lyrics of songs he is already comfortable with. The songs are mostly sung out of tune (!), though he seems clearly aware of pitch variations. Songs with all the lyrics and rhythm intact, to date:

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, the “ABC song” (to the tune of the Twinkle), and the variations of the Twinkle in solfege (by Suzuki), “London Bridge”, “Are You Sleeping”, “Goodnight Baby” (by his grandparents, sang to him when he was an infant), the Solfege song following “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music, “Happy Birthday / Good Morning song”, “The Wheels on the Bus”. And a couple of work in progress: the “Zhuo Huo Che (Mandarin song – the “Train”)”, “Old MacDonald”, “Hot Cross Buns”, “Three Blind Mice”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and the “Clean-up song”.

* Micah also enjoys jigsaw puzzles these days. We only have a few – a 4-piece puzzle which he is able to put together in seconds, and a story book with 9-piece puzzles on each page of the book, which Micah could handle with some help.

* Renovation in the house started two days ago. Demolition was completed in one day. There were still loud noises yesterday and today even when Micah took his afternoon nap. Surprisingly the baby doesn’t seem to mind it and slept through the afternoons.

* We are having a beautiful snow day today. There should be 6 – 10 inches of accumulation outside by now and we expect the weather to stay much the same throughout this weekend. This morning, Micah and I avoided the noises of renovation and went to play in the back yard. It was refreshing being showered by fresh snow. Micah spent most of the time shoveling away sitting down just like this. I thought he looks very much like daddy in the first of these two pictures:

1 Comment »

  1. Grandmama misses you a lot, funny guy. You love playing in the snow, just like your daddy when he was this age

    Comment by grandmama — January 8, 2010 @ 3:33 am | Reply

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