Monthly Archives: March 2016

Natural History Museum

Our first visit to the American Museum of Natural History turned out to be a chasing game between mommy and Randall. I had been told by one of the parents from his classroom that such small kids wouldn’t really be interested in the exhibits but they would have some fun with running around in the museum’s large space. Well, I doubt that she had meant the same kind of running Randall did today…

Mama, come in

It was Good Friday today and it was indeed a GOOD Friday, for Randall gave me a whole bunch of surprises all in this one day.

Randall had been to the Children’s Museum a thousand times but it was only this time that he was building a wall on the rainbow bridge, which was something we’d usually see big kids do. After letting him spend three hours at the museum, I finally managed to bring him back home. The moment he walked into the apartment he made his very first short sentence, “Mama, come in.”, which totally threw me into amazement. Later he also said “Baba, come here sit down.”

Then in the afternoon, when he was working on his bead maze by himself and finally coordinated his two hands to move the beads over a bump, he uttered “I did it!” with huge delight. I was so happy and surprised to hear just another sentence from him and replied “Yes, you did it!” Later that evening when he was “reading” his potty book, I realized that he could do more than remembering the object names and filling in the holes of those lines in his favorite books. He could sometimes say the complete sentence when he turned to that page.

Another interesting discovery was that Randall had picked up some potty skills from school. He would now say “diaper change”, and before we got a chance to respond he would already have pulled down his pants and taken off the diaper. Once he even told me that he was going to poop right before taking the action.

Here’s the best part – he came to us saying “diaper change” this evening, and after repeating the words a few times but seeing only confusion in our eyes, he tried something slightly different, “diaper huan(换)”.

Happy Birthday

This was the second week of March, and we were on our way to the third birthday party this year. I decided to teach him to say “happy birthday” so that he could say that to his birthday friend, Alex, when we got there. But after realizing that it was a little too hard for him to pronounce these words altogether, I switched to a different strategy: I started with “happy” and Randall repeated with perfect accuracy. Then I tried “Happy birthday” again, and Randall responded, with a big smile on his face, “to Randall!”.

And once again we witnessed the closeness between Randall and his little girlfriend. Along with some other kids, they were taken on a cheerful choo-choo ride by Alex’s father and the two kids always wanted to sit next to each other. Randall even told Lenaig to be seated on his designated spot first before boarding the car himself.