Abhi and Achu are at that age where I can teach them something and they respond to me. Its so much fun when they repeat the little things, each at their own pace and in their own style. 🙂
* Abhi loves loves bath time. I can see him getting excited from the moment I take him to the bath tub. He used to hold onto the bath tub sides earlier, but now he feels secure about the bath time that he will go round and round sitting in the bath tub, touching water, rubbing soap on his tummy, stopping the water flow etc. I leave the tumbler with little water in it and each time he empties it on himself, looks at me and laughs. :).
* While I am dressing up Abhi, Achu will crawl to us to apply moisturizer over Abhi’s tummy. I leave a little cream there and she goes rubbing it all over Abhi’s tummy. Of course, sometimes she ends this with little patting and then I have to tell her it’s enough. 🙂
* When Achu thinks that she doesn’t want some toy around her, she grabs it and throws it away. Even when Abhi is playing with that toy, she grabs it from him and throws it away. Now-a-days she has progressed to the next level by grabbing everything Abhi has and starts playing with it. Even if I had offered her the same toy couple of seconds ago and she refused taking it then, the moment the same toy is in Abhi’s hand, she grabs it away from him.
* Abhi is reciprocating the same these days. He is trying to grab whatever Achu has, pulls her hair when he can. During the play time, they grab every toy from both sides and keep pulling it towards themselves. Poor things those toys; If they had any life, they would be getting tortured every hour.
* One of Abhi and Achu’s favorites is switching lights on and off. They notice light bulb turning on and off and their face glows so much. Now, Abhi tries to turn the light on himself, he simply touches the switch and looks at why the light wasn’t turning on. 🙂 See, you cant blame this gen kid to not expect that the switch was a just a touch button.
* Abhi probably saw me cleaning a spill with the wash cloth and he knows I wipe his mouth with it too, so when he found a wash cloth, he tried to wipe the floor, one of his toys and also his mouth. See, I told you he was mommy’s little helper. :). Now, Achu does the same too. But I am sure she learnt it from the maid, because she goes on cleaning the entire room while crawling with the wash cloth in one hand.
* I read that babies learn through repetition. Abhi and Achu are just realizing that they can do what Murali and I have been showing them for last couple of months. I show them things like namasthe, bye bye, govinda, left, right etc. They are only trying to repeat some of these for now, but the sequence amuses them like nothing else.
* Sometime back, Murali said that Achu will learn by doing and Abhi will learn by observing. He is so right. There are few things I was doing with Achu and Abhi learnt and started doing them by just observing. Like, when Achu was able to sit by herself, I used to leave her on bed and was teaching her something like, I say, Dhamaal Dhamaal Dhamaal and she falls back on bed. That time, Achu didn’t pick it up, but few weeks later, I said that to Abhi, just for fun, and he fell back. I was so surprised. I didn’t know he was observing something even when I wasn’t teaching him. You know, he will only fall back when he is on bed. On hard floors, no way. 🙂
* Abhi, Achu can both wave bye-bye, clap and wipe their hands like cleaning them. Achu, the Curious George, picks everything off of floor now, after she throws whatever-it-was away, I say, Achu clean and she goes wiping her hands. 🙂
* I can point to some object, say its name and when I later ask Abhi, he will look at it. He has been doing so well with tagging names to objects. He can now point to some 20 different things in our house. (For my record, he can show monkeys, Murali’s picture, TV, Fan, Grapes, Radio, TomnJerry picture, cooker, microwave, All-out, Tiger etc). But, somehow he refuses to identify people. When I ask him for something that is not in the room, he will look in the room’s direction. He also has a pretty good sense of where he is in the room, because no matter where I put him, he will turn in the right direction to point at the object.
* If anyone is keeping track of youngest little people to own a phone, let me know. I need to enroll Abhi in. Because he sure does own my smart phone. There is a baby top app on the phone that he loves to play with; He listens to music, even changes songs; Or he just holds it like he really owns it. Even when he is not doing anything particular, he just loves to touch the screen and see things change by touch.
* Achu is becoming the super imitator of all. Last week, Abhi was coughing, so dad gently patted his back. Achu, then, immediately crawls to Abhi and starts patting him on his back too. 🙂 If only, she was gentle, I would have called it love for her brother. 🙂