Sometimes trying to stay on top of Svara’s new accomplishments is like running after a speeding train. Each day she wows us with little new things she does. Watching a child grow and develop is such an amazing experience. And when it is your own child it is much much much more amazing.
I have 4 younger sisters and a younger brother (I also have an older brother). I spent a lot of time helping to care for my youngest three siblings. My youngest was born when I was fifteen. And I remember loving them to bits, playing with them, laughing wtih them, caring for them. I thought it would be pretty similar when I had my own child. But it’s so different. You are so in tune with your own child, and so totally responsible for their care, that you notice every little thing. You delight in every new development.
So I don’t forget where Svara is at this point in time, here are some of her more recent developments:
She is learning her colors better each day. She likes to point to things and say their color. She often gets it right, but not always. However, if you ask her what color something is she invariably answers “Green!”
She is starting to memorize songs and prayers and she’ll even occasionally try to sing them on her own. Last night in her crib she was singing an Indian song that Naren sings to her. so cute!
You know how usually when a child is learning something you say a word, they repeat, you say the next word(s), they repeat, etc.? Well, Svara won’t do this. It all started with counting. I’d say 1, and she’d say 2. I say 2, she says 3. Etc. Now she does the same thing with songs and prayers. She’s learning this prayer:
“O God, guide me, protect me, illumine the lamp of my heart and make me a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.” -‘Abdu’l-Baha
When I say “O God” she says “guide me”. I say “guide me” and she says “protect me” etc. She only goes as far as she knows, then she lets me say the rest by myself. She knows almost all of it now. But it’s so funny that she won’t say it AFTER I say it. As if she has to stand on her own two feet. I guess she’s a leader, not a follower!!!
She has becoming very very attached to her smaller baby doll (she’s got a full size and smaller one). She sleeps with it and it comes with her EVERYWHERE. Needless to say it was starting to look a little under the weather. So yesterday we washed her up with a good toothbrush scrub. Unfortunately she has a cloth body and Svara doesn’t like clothes on her, only a diaper, so the body is getting slightly grungy looking too 😛
I know there is more, but that’s all I can think of at this moment and I have a pile of dishes in the kitchen waiting for me and a lunch to be made, so I better post this now before I get up from the chair and forget all about it!