Three things that scare Ayaan:
- Did I mention nothing?
Three people who make Ayaan laugh:
- Me, by making animal noises
- Jai, by tickling him
- His Patti, by making funny faces
Three things Ayaan loves:
- Keys. Of any size and shape – from his big, plastic toy keys to my car keys. Once he gets one of those in his hand, he runs all over the house trying to unlock doors and drawers with them.
- Music. Or gaana as he calls it. The minute I walk in the door, he runs to the music system and points, demanding that it be switched on. His current favourite is ‘Little Bo Peep’, which he asks me to sing to him a lot by saying ‘Mama, Bopee’ and when I am done he says, ‘Bopee more’. Sometimes this can happen five times a row, especially when we are in the car!
- Noddy. It all started with the gift of a Noddy soft toy from my cousin. Now Ayaan won’t sleep without it and has got a disgusting habit of biting its nose (which barely exists now), which from a distance looks like he is making out with it. The love for Noddy has now expanded with his Noddy books, VCDs and nightsuit. Check out the pictures of Ayaan biting Noddy's nose, the poor Noddy with his destroyed nose, and the Noddy nightsuit.
Three things that Ayaan hates:
- My attention being divided. If I am home, I have to be there with him a 100%. He hates it if any of the maids tries to join us and has a screaming fit if I go to the bathroom.
- Milk. He has hated milk of all types since the day he was born. He drove me crazy with his fussiness when he was exclusively on breast milk. And even now, we count it as a good day if we can get more than half a cup of milk into him.
- The Corner. We started time-outs last month and predictably, Ayaan is less than pleased. He stays in the corner but cries with all the rage and fury he can muster. And when I am done and call him to me, he refuses to come and continues to have a tantrum. Then I just have to ignore him for a bit and he’s back to normal.
Three things that Ayaan doesn’t understand:
- That it is not a good idea to hit me and it usually earns him some corner time but he is yet to make the connection
- That when I am home, I need a few breaks to go to the loo and other such stuff. He is really nice about letting me leave the house (these days he comes to the door and gives me a hug and a kiss) but going to another room is just not acceptable.
- That when I say No, I always mean it and am not likely to swayed by a fake smile with all his teeth on display (I have to admit, I am tempted but so far, I have managed to defend myself against his charm)
Three things in Ayaan’s room:
- Lots and lots of books
- Lots and lots of toys
- The furniture – cot, wardrobe, chair, stool and bean bag.
Three things Ayaan can do:
- Move. This includes the entire repertoire of human movement now – walking, running, climbing and jumping. He’s even started staking his booty while saying ‘Dancy, Dancy’.
- Talk. Since I last wrote about Ayaan’s vocabulary, it has multiplies many times over. Also, now he has started stringing words into sensible two-word sentences like ‘Mama, sit’, ‘Gaana Ninee’, and ‘Food hot’.
- Draw. Well, I wouldn’t quite call it drawing but he has learnt to hold a crayon and make it move on paper. At first, he would just hit it on the paper and make dots but now he’s also started dragging it so that he makes lines as well. Yesterday, we made the night sky together. I took a crayon and kept drawing stars and he had a black crayon with which he kept colouring in and around the stars. In the end, it looked just like a big black blob but we had fun doing it, with Ayaan pointing to different parts of the page, waiting for me to draw a star there and then mutilating it with his black crayon.
Three favourite foods:
- Almonds (which he refers to call da-bam)
- Anything that I am eating (today, he even had some of my smoothie, overcoming his distaste for milk)
Three beverages Ayaan drinks regularly:
- Milk (not more than half a cup a day if he can help it)
- Juice (not more than half a cup a day, if I can help it)
Three TV shows/books Ayaan loves:
- Noddy on the VCD. One episode of 15 minutes is only TV viewing he is allowed on a regular basis. But sometimes we let him watch more, like when we are at other people’s houses and need him to be a little less hyperactive or when I need to cut his nails.
- His Noddy books
- Squeaky the Squirrel (This one has to be read to him atleast 5 times everyday)
Three things that he’s learnt well:
- To fall asleep by himself, in his cot and sleep through the night
- To sit in his high chair till he has finished his most of the food. He’s not showing much inclination to feed himself though. I give him his own bowl but he mostly plays with the food or feeds it to me.
- To sit peacefully in his car seat in the back of the car while I drive. Aside from the safety aspect, it’s great because I can take him out on my own without needing Jai or a maid to come along to hold him.
Three things that I hope he’ll learn soon:
- That he can’t always have what he wants and it’s not the end of the world.
- To feed himself
- To pee and poop in his potty
- Gaana - song/ music
- Ninee - sleep
- Da-bam (badam) - Almonds