Monday, August 18, 2008

And Then My Baby Turned Four


Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Aidiiiiiiiiiiin,
Happy Birthday to you!!!



He turned four on August 14th. I am a BIG boy now, he says. He even refers to himself as Abang Aidiin when talking to his cousins, the twins.

How would I describe him at four? Let's see... He is definitely more sociable. I noticed that he is less reserved with strangers, regardless of age or gender. I even get remarks from friends, from immediate and not-so-immediate relatives, "How come he is sooooo chatty nowadays, aaa?" Tidakku sangka, talkative sungguh anak terunaku kini.

He is still very cheeky and manja, no doubt about that. Still very energetic and lively, except when he is sick. Still curious about new places, things and new faces (people). Still likes to play and hang out with (and tag along and usik barang and conteng buku) his sister, even when she insists on being alone. Still prefers running to walking from one point to another. He still sleeps on the double layer tilam on the floor, in our bedroom. He still asks for his two bantal bucuks (named Blue & White, respectively) before going to sleep.

He likes watching Tom & Jerry and Mr. Bean. And those shows on Astr0 Cer1a. Oh and he also likes Ultraman... Ada Dyna? Tiga? Cosmos? I didn't know there were so many of them.

And of course, he is still VERY passionate about his trains. I should also mention that he is able to complete a 100-pieces jigsaw puzzle all by himself!! I thought it was endearingly amusing to find this Sofea-ness trait in him.



He complains that he is "penaaaaaat...." when he refuses to do what we tell him to do. Grrrr... it makes my blood go upstairs each time he says that. He can sing all the tunes in the Thomas sing-along soundtrack CD, and he usually sings them in 'repeat' mode (Adoiii!!).

In school, apart from learning to write and count, he has started learning to read. At home, when he is in his 'rajin' mode (which is very rare, mind you), he would practice reading on his own. He is able to recognize and read aloud two-syllable words in BM. Words like ma-ta, bu-ku, ka-ki, Li-li, a-bu, ma-ma, da-du, bo-la, me-ja, i-bu. You get the idea-lah.

Some of the words in his bacaan book are accompanied by pictures, and I can't really tell if he had conveniently used them as references while reading. Ada one time tu, he pointed to a picture of a wheel, and said "ta-yar", when it was supposed to be "ro-da", hee hee hee.
But most of the times, he was able to read and pronounce the syllables/words correctly. I am biased obviously, but I found his bahasa baku reading very comel. :)

This year, I made it a 'top priority project' to celebrate his birthday at his school. Why?? You might ask. If you've been reading me these past four years, you'd realize that my 'lil prince has not once had a party to celebrate his day of birth. Not even a small one. *hangs head in shame*

So this year, I told famyBoy we HAVE to make it happen, to make up for the last three years.


  

   


Despite still tired from the accumulated less-sleep nights working on the sukan props (which I have yet to write an entry about) and the tension-ness due to Sofea's exams two weeks in a row, I made effort to prepare about 85 personalized party packs for the kids in his school. Apart from store-bought candy, sweets and chocolate bars, I made mini coloring books with pictures of Thomas & his friends to include in the favors. My left thumb looked deformed due to too much scissor-handling and cutting. Oh and I also got Madame Gart, the neighborhood baker to bake train-shaped cookies. She didn't want to make all Thomas frontal cookies because she felt that they didn't turn out nice (but I thought they looked cute, regardless) so she made 'generic' side-view train cookies in Thomas' colors instead.

His Ayah and I opted for chewy chocolate brownies instead of a birthday cake, coz the guy at the shop advised us that 24 pieces of brownies would be bigger in size (i.e. more to share) than a 1.5-recipe cake.



Thomas & Friends Birthday Brownie for the Thomas fanatic


We had the birthday brownie-cutting event and did the birthday stuff at his school on August 15th. Semua orang insisted nak makan part yang ada Thomas hahaha, but Teacher Imah gave Thomas to the beaming birthday boy. While cutting through the brownie, Aidiin asked me why his birthday cake is 'keras'? :P

I thank Allah for blessing me with this little badut (clown) who never fails to make me smile, even when I am angry at him for ignoring me when I asked him to take his bath. Eiiiiii gerammmmnya!!!! Or when I specifically told him not to disturb Kakak doing her homework. Or when he punggah-ed all his toys and books and made a huge mess with all his railway tracks and trains accessories until I cannot even see the carpet in the family hall.

I thank Allah for this little individual who never fails to make me laugh (kekadang sampai nak guling-guling) when he attempts and insists to construct and speak long & complete sentences in English, made up from a string of familiar words from his (limited) English vocabulary.

         

         


I thank Allah for this little person who never fails to make me feel all mushy and lembik when I watch him in his sleep, or when he calls out "Ibu, ibu, ibu..." when he is excited and eager to show me his just-drawn picture of Thomas, or when he flashes me his ever cheeky smile.

Happy 4th Birthday Little Darling. X0X0X from Ibu, Ayah and Kakak.
** More birthday pictures here, in the album at multiply.


Other birthday-related entries:
- when he was three
- when he was two

Friday, August 08, 2008

Say My Name




Aidiin wrote out his name in full for the first time after I taught him how to spell 'Muhammad' and 'Najmi'. He had memorized them after 2 sessions of repeat-ikut-Ibu, and could spell them correctly on his own since then. Yayyy for the clever boy!! :)

I am very proud of him (can you tell?? hee hee hee). Before this he only remembers how to spell 'Aidiin'.

Tapi lepas tu dia start lukis gambar Thomas Si Kereta Api merata-rata. And insisted that I take pictures of his 'masterpiece'. Hmmmpph.





Nak marah pun tak jadi bila tengok cheeky face ini. *sigh*






Lately, he's been showing interests in babies and telling me about his friends' younger siblings.

"Aliff, kan, dia ada babyyyy... Nama baby dia Qistina."

"Aidiin nak baby ke?"

"Nak!! *smiles cheekily* Aidiin nak baby... urm... boy!"

"Kakak nak baby girl!!!!" <---- menyampuks="menyampuks" nowhere="nowhere" of="of" out="out" sofea="sofea">

"Okay-lah, Aidiin pun nak baby girl-lah."

"Betul ke?? Okay, esok kita pegi kedai, kita beli baby girl."

"Taaaak, bukan beli. Nanti perut Ibu pecah, dia ada baby-lah."

*speechless*


Is it time?? I wonder...


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Ups, Downs and Somewhere in Between

It was a rather busy week for me last week. I was mostly occupied with helping Sofea prepare for her KAFA ujian bulanan #2 and searching for materials to make bunny props for Aidiin's school sports day last Sunday (will write about that in a separate post).



A week's worth of bunny crafting


Managed to make time for a social break to meet up with the Yummy Ladies for lunch at Ik3a. It was nice to see the biz woman, the Qtar goddess, the rawkin' mama, the ever super-hot dory babe (where is she blogging now ya??), the super-patient mama yang tidak penat-penat mengejar active lil Pasha. And of course, the lovely t'was my office/lunch buddy. Many *hugs* untuk semua. I had a great time, although I wished it had lasted longer. Banyak benda nak tanya kat Ery Olab and Lollies sebenarnya.

Later in the week, my aunt visited my ailing grandfather in Melaka and brought back some heartbreaking news. He has been sick for quite some time but now he is so weak that he is almost 100% bed ridden. The last time I visited him, he was already feeling weak but he still managed to get out of bed to interact with Sofea & Aidiin, his great-grandchildren. He hasn't been eating much except by force, by my grandmother. Quoting my aunt, "only skin and bones left". He's having trouble hearing, seeing and recognizing people. It saddens me that I cannot do much from here, what with the current obligations, life situations and such. I pray that Allah SWT will protect him and my grandmother, always.

Then, there's the situation with my dad who was supposed to undergo cataract removal surgery next week. Last informed by my mom, the results for his earlier blood tests did not look good and the doctor advised to postpone the surgery. All the unnecessary stress is definitely not welcomed for someone like my dad who is already dealing with heart problems. Again, I can only turn to Him, for strength to go through His tests, to chase away my worries by remembering the blessings that He has bestowed upon me and my family.

At times like these I try to constantly remind myself that only He knows best, and He will not put any hardship or burden any human being with more than he can bear.

*sigh*

Come Saturday, I was emotionally, mentally and physically drained. Nak turn on my computer pun tak larat.

This week is ujian bulanan #2 week at SKBeeJay, and today is the last day (phew!!). Budak nak amik ujian, mak dia yang tension berlebihan. I am still nursing headaches during the day due to problems getting good & restful sleep at night. Hopefully this 'phase' will go away soon. Dah nak start puasa tak lama lagi.

There are upcoming birthdays this month to think about, especially for that special someone who is turning 4 next week. I still have stuff to write but I'll have to save them for next time-lah. It's almost noon and I need to go prepare Sofea's lunch.



 

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