It was one of those days… I had just reached home when you threw me your super adorable and happy smile. I couldn’t resist not taking out the phone, sliding the camera icon upwards and burst-shooting this moment away. And I’m glad I did.
It broke my heart a little to hear how you’ve been reacting excitedly whenever you hear the doorbell or the sound of my heels click-clacking along the corridor… in eager anticipation of my arrival before we head out for our week day dose of afternoon adventures – just you and me – quality time before we pick korkor up. I wished I knew about your self-awareness earlier and reciprocated your excitement sooner, instead of spending that hour of me-time before coming back to you.
At the same time, it also made my heart sing seeing your face light up when you saw me. It almost got me considering getting back to our previous arrangement of being able to spend every other waking hour with you again – but we know how it’ll possibly turn out. I’ll probably end up taking your cute little self for granted again in exchange for some frivolous activities. The current arrangement has been kind and beneficial to our relationship – I let the littlest, pettiest things slide – and focus on just having a good time together.
Ever since you started to walk some 2 months ago, you love to climb onto our bed every morning and snuggle/flip between us, the fluffy pillows and getting beneath the sheets. Just the other morning, you propped yourself and sat up at the usual spot your papa always sit when he’s winding down for bedtime (while he was at work) and held up papa’s tablet. It spooked me a little as though we were in a chapter of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. You may not take after papa in terms of looks, but your mannerisms are absolutely uncanny.
You adore and love your korkor a lot. We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again, we’ve not seen anyone make you laugh your heartiest like your big brother does. The moment you’re out from your cot every morning, you would put your head next to him and have your arms around him even at the risk of him kicking you in annoyance because we all know how much of a sleepyhead he is. That said, you also have the knack of annoying him even through the simplest of ways such as mirroring his actions. It’s getting tougher by the day to discipline you especially when you cleverly react to our telling off by descending albeit gently into the classic face and body sprawling across any surface act just to make your stand.
Your great grandmother (aka. tai-por) dotes on you so much and never fails to jump up from her seat to embrace you with open arms whenever you visit. You’re the first baby she’s ever lived with in a long, long time. And despite her age, she’s the only non-grumpy person who’ll happily receive you into her embrace regardless what time it is, whenever you decide to do an Early Morning Wake (EMW).
At 15.5 months old, you weigh about 10kg (where’s all the food and second helpings going to???) and stand at about 80cm tall. You’re such a charmer with the docs. Dr. Ang gets amused with how “cautious and calm” you are with the developmental checks and vaccinations, while Dr Goh jokes about how your adorable, good looks make him weak in the knees. The nurses often comment what a happy and smiley baby you are compared to your talkative brother whose always asking for more biscuits and sweets. I guess this means that you’re truly having a whale of a jolly time with us too right?
Papa and I have also decided to finally send you for swim classes together with your big brother since last weekend. We’ve noticed how much you want to be and enjoy being in the water, often taking any chance to run into the pool whenever you think we’re not watching, or stretching your hand in to splash in whichever water feature/pond we walk by. You were in a bit of a shock when you swallowed and choked on a mouthful of pool water on your first class but hopefully you’ll get over it soon enough and start enjoying the class from start to finish (also, probably my bad for letting you play in the pool for 20 minutes prior to class and tiring you out).
The speed at which you learn things amazes me. You’ve figured out how to use the remote controller of the TV and navigate to YouTube (oh goodness), how to make use of boxes to give you leverage to climb onto the bed when we’re too lazy to lift your bum up, and how to unscrew my bottles of essence (!!!) just after observing us do it once.
You are also one determined little boy who doesn’t give up easily. Whenever you can’t climb up a chair at anywhere on your own, you’ll attempt climbing it time and again, approaching it from different angles and even going at it at different speeds until you manage to get on!
I could go on and on about but let’s leave some moments private for our future mother-son bonding time together. We love you so much Oliver! Thank you for the sunshine and screams, love and laughter, hugs and pinches, kisses and drools! You are such a joy to be with every day, and I can’t wait to conquer our next milestone challenge together.
Love you lots. xoxo.