Friday, May 26, 2006
Leaving Zara alone
About 2 months back, Zara started showing some sign of independence. She wakes up in the morning, and if we still wanted to sleep, she would play on her own (although sometimes she stepped on sleeping bodies to get down of the bed, or to reach the other side of the bed to grab things that interest her). I could leave her in the room and take a shower as long as I have her 'approval'. Me : Mummy take shower Zara play on your own ok? If the answer is : OK. It means she'll be fine, the most she would do is come to the bath room and peek into the shower screen. If the answer is : Don't want or Cannot. Then it means she would cry if I really step into the shower. She would normally busy herself with her books, or just play with the bed side table (she pretends that's her piano). Zara understands instruction very well, and we can tell her "Don't carry this because it's heavy and it may fall on your feet (big books or small furniture)" "Don't climb on to the chair if nobody is around or you may fall" "Don't put small things in the mouth because you'll get choked" "Don't put the lotion/cream in your mouth because it'll make your stomach pain pain" and she would not ignore them. We still of course try to make the environment as safe for her as it can be, but it's good to know that even if she found a coin or a button on the floor, she wouldn't put it in her mouth; and she wouldn't climb up the book shelves or try to move the teak chair around when we're not watching. I caught a glimpse of what she was doing through sleepy eyes the other day. She was just playing in her own cot and talking to herself. When I saw how at ease she was playing on her own, I couldn't help but to climb off the bed and took a few photos of the moment. It's also a good feeling to know that if we need to leave her alone for a moment, she wouldn't do silly things to endanger herself.