Thursday, February 23, 2006
After waiting for 14months, I finally heard Zara uttered her first "Mummy". Once she started using Mummy instead of Ah Meen, she calls me more often, and with a more tender tone. The wait was well rewarded. Every morning when she wakes up and opens her eyes, her first word would be "Mummy". When she spots me, she would be giving me this big big smile while stretching. If she woke up in the middle of the night, she would sit up and call "Mummy". Every day when I returned home after work, she'll be greeting me with outstretched arms calling, "Mummy! Mummy!" If she cried or feeling down, she would be calling "Mummy" even though I may not be around (Tuyam would normally call my mobile and have me speak to her or calm her). When she's alone with me, if I was taking a bath, she will just stand behind the shower screen, peeping in and calling "Mummy! Mummy!" until I finish my shower. If I was using the toilet (be it for a pee or a poo), she would stand beside me, grin at me, calling "Mummy Mummy" (it can be very tough doing your 'business' with a grinning toddler watching you). She always waits for me to finish, helps me to flush, and then follows me out. In our long car ride home, sometimes she'll just reach her hand out to the driver seat, and calling, "Mummy, Mummy". Normally I'll explain to her I'm driving, can't hug her or give her milk. Sometimes it goes : "Mummy" "Yes Zara?" "Mummy" "Yes Zara?" We can go on repeating like this for a while. However, when I ask her to "call me" (address me), she would say "Ah Tum" (Ah Kim, Hokkien: Mum's Brother's Wife). Thanks to King's Wife, always saying "call me, call me" to Zara and only satisfied while Zara says "Ah Tum". Now Zara links the words 'Call Me' to 'Ah Tum'.