Sunday, August 23, 2009

Milestones Nonetheless

It's been a busy week in these parts with lots of new experiences for Ayaan. While milestones are no longer biggies like the first independent step or recognisable word, they are still worth stopping and smiling over. So here are some of this week's milestones...

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Ayaan's handtowel and school diary have a new companion in the schoolbag as of last week - a pencil box! We have been asked to send pencils to school since the kids are officially going to start learning to write. They started with drawing straight and slanting lines this week, as per Ayaan's account.

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I finally decided to bite the bullet and start the journey towards helping Ayaan self-dress. It was not so much that I didn't think he was capable of doing it, but it takes more time and patience than I have to spare to let him do it. Mornings are too rushed to spend a precious ten minutes allowing him to do the honours, so we have started with the night suits. He needs a little help getting his hands into the armholes but he's mastered the rest. The buttons, as expected, take the longest time but I am impressed that he can do it entirely on his own, without losing his temper when the task requires more than a few attempts. (I am also impressed by my ability to stand back and let him fumble his way through it rather than jumping in and doing it myself).

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At the ripe old age of four-and-something, Ayaan finally got to experience that rite of passage for kids of this generation. He got his first taste of a McDonalds Happy Meal this weekend. It wasn't so much that I was depriving him thus far but he just never knew such a thing existed and I was in no hurry to educate him on this particular point. But last week, he came home from school one day and said he wanted to eat a burger in a restaurant. So there you have it - Ayaan's first Happy Meal, complete with a burger, a portion of fries, a crappy plastic toy and more carbonated beverage than he has ever had in a single serving.

22 comments:

  1. lol, ro. i love his pjs! i've been buying happy meals for a while but i do the fruit bites and fresh juices instead of fries and coke. but i do love the cheap toys! ;)

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  2. anush has been having burgers but she is yet to taste any fizzy drink!!

    nice to see him self dress!!

    what about bum wash post potty? anush is only now mastering it

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  3. Oh yes...Dhruv just mastered buttons...it's so nice to see him concentrating very seriously as he opens and closes them!

    Cute pics!

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  4. starting to write? that indeed is a milestone.

    Did he enjoy his happy meal?

    i did the same for both my kids till they were 5+ or more (i don't remember). luckily my six year old is not a great fan of burgers or fizzy drinks...but my 12 yr-old is a totally diff story, if given a choice would live on it!

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  5. Yup! Milestones are milestones! He sure is growing up, your little boy! :)

    And I love his pj's!

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  6. I love the total concentration they have when buttoning up. A CUTE picture :-)

    We use a Happy Meal as the ultimate bribe. Not for the meal so much as for the free toy!

    Art: Anush can wash her bum herself? I haven't even started to get him to learn it. :-(

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  7. the self-dressing will come in useful in two months time :)

    and do they do print and then cursive or straightaway start cursive?

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  8. Choxie I know why you ask - don't they do the cursive first in Montessori? I just had some gyaan about it from the school a few weeks ago. Poppin also starts with writing this week so high five!

    He does look cute with the concentration. if not for blogging, don't know if we'd ever have clicked these type of pictures na?

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  9. yaay self dressing himself now that is cool

    congrats

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  10. he certainly is growing up!

    i like the part where you stood back and let him fumble. You sound like me, i too would have had to fight that urge :-)

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  11. @poppy:
    at fb's montessori, they'd done print first and cursive much later.
    in lb's school here, they've gone straight to cursive.

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  12. Such lovely milestones:)

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  13. i think these are equally important milestones!

    and did he finish his happy meal?! :)

    and Cubby right now is in main kanoonga mode and i am at the end of my patience! :p

    cheers!

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  14. Wow Mr. Big Boy! Buttons are quite an achievement!

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  15. [Mona] They don't have the fruit options in McDonalds here :(

    [Art] Don't scare me. Have not even started thinking about bum wash training...

    [Starry Eyes/ JLT] It's cute, right? And such a look of achievement when they are all buttoned up :)

    [Suma] He liked the fries and the Sprite. The burger I had to nag him to finish...

    [M4/ Itchy/ Monika/ Dipali/ Uma] Thanks :)

    [Chox] No clue. They just do capital letters this year, I think.

    [Poppins] Seriously. The blogging does make these everyday pics happen, which otherwise would never have been taken :)

    [Toady] You bet. I guess that makes it a milestone for me too :)

    [Abha] He wasted a bit of the burger but the rest was all polished off. On the main karoonga phase, it's hard till their ability catches up with the desire to be independent...

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  16. Now self dressing is indeed a milestone. I bet, you are one proud mama!!!

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  17. LOvely, lovely post, adored the pic. Its heartbreaking isnt it, to let them grow up on us....

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  18. welcome to another milestone-yes we introduce them to the Happy meals and then spend years weaning them off!

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  19. Oh, my. He's old enough to do up his own buttons. That funny little baby whose pics I was grinning over just the other day. :(

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  20. :) yeah - the bean gets everything earlier because of her elder brother but they've only now understood that mcd exists and fizzy drinks are still not on. i buy them a minute maid there.

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  21. LOvely, lovely post, adored the pic. Its heartbreaking isnt it, to let them grow up on us...

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