JSK! :) Kem chho tame?? Ame to majha ma chhiye. By 'ame' I mean me, just me. In gujarati 'ame' is used for 'us/we' but I somehow use it for 'me/I' :) Yup, I talk a lot in Gujarati and English too and have developed my own style and lingo.
We went to the Fair Oaks park that is very close to my house, yesterday morning after breakfast. It was very fun, especially the sliding monkey bar! I am totally a fan of monkey bars, but this one just bowled me :) I slid almost 6-7 times back and forth and made everybody slide through it atleast once. I wouldn't have given up on sliding more on it, had daddy not diverted me to the big swings and some sand play...I missed Anshbhai and Kukubunn (I call her by that name although I can speak Khushi ben) there and generally keep remembering them on other occasions too. Kaka, kaki and them have all gone to India for a visit to our families and their friends and others there and shall be back in about 4wks from now.
At school, I am making new friends every so often. I keep mentioning their names at home to mumma and others including daddy, ba and dada. Khyati, Liam, Miley, Cassandra, Matthew, Kaustav and few others are the ones that come to mind at present. I even know the last name of few!! I particularly like Ms. Maggie and Ms. Alejandra since they are loving, caring and empathetic. Mumma and daddy rely a lot on them too. I am looking forward to two events coming up there, the carnival when we'll have a jump house and the Father's Day celebration. Last year I flew a kite with dada and mumma (since daddy was not able to make it) at the Raynor park which is just behind our school and I hope to fly one this time too, with daddy :).
We had fun during the Memorial Day long weekend, at Newark area. Our hotel room was a studio suite with almost a fully equipped kitchen and also had a small and cozy living area apart from the standard King bed. I totally made use of all the free space, moving and running around with my shopping cart in our room as well as ba-dada's. They also had yummy breakfast buffet which offered more than usual options. I loved my time at the Oakland zoo where we went for: a cable car ride (a first for me), a train ride and also watched the giraffes, elephants, emus, wallaroos, etc. I was excited to be at a different Chuck-e-Cheese's. And I also liked being at Hop-n-Play at San Bruno where they had installed a couple new play structures. All in all, it was a fun holiday :)
I have pictures to share and shall get mumma daddiz to upload them soon, so you all can see'em.
I have been keeping busy these days learning and mastering a lot of things! Most prominent one being the 'talking'. My mom says I talk so much or rather ask so much nowadays that it exhausts her and she sometimes has to give up by counter asking few questions to me :) for relief..phew!! The most typical question I have is something like this "aapde aam kariye to shu thaaaaay?" That elongation on "thaaay" is intended cuz I speak it that way..ha ha..I know I am funny in lots of such things. And after that typical question, there is a chain of follow up questions to the answer I get. I never get tired of or get satisfied of asking questions, so mumma says my curiosity and eagerness to know about the world is at a heightened state at present!!
Another feather in my cap is that I am fully potty trained during the day time now (yup, I am!! :)) and partially during the night time. Some nights, I wake up whenever I have to pee and some nights I use the potty and my pull-ups both. But mumma, daddy, the rest of my family and my teachers at school are proud of me for getting trained so early! Also, I am now comfortable using public restrooms whenever I have to.
I sing or chant ABCs and numbers from 1-20 accurately (although sometimes I gobble up 15) and can also recognize them most of the time. I like to point out the alphabets and numbers on the board during the circle time at school, dancing with friends is also one of my favorite hobbies there. Painting with poster colors, crayons and scribbling in general are also my biggies.
I have started liking to ride a trike now, we have 3 of 'em at home. I love riding the trike outdoors with daddy and going upto the Columbia Swimming Pool close to our home. Daddy also took me to the park there, which was nice and fun :) I am working on riding the big bike (w/training wheels) that we recently got, since my feet still dont completely and comfortably reach the pedals yet. For starters, I pedaled 2 rounds around our neighborhood with that bike almost on my own!! :)
Weather is awesome these days for playing outdoors and hence, once mom picks me up from school at 3pm, I have to go and play at the school playground for about an hour to hour and a half. I love the swings, the long slides, the tunnels, the circular disjoint steps, the bouncing pony, the circular slides, the bridge like play structure and the monkey bar there. All my teachers and other teachers of the school are now aware that I spend my after school time with mumma at the playground :) It's hard to leave though when other big kids take up the playground for play!
I have been getting ear infections often since the beginning of this year somehow, but in general I am playful and healthy unless the fever or pain wears me down. I have now understood the relationship of getting sick/hurt and visiting the doctor then after. So whenever mumma or I or daddy or anybody else get sick or hurt, I ask "Can we go to the doctor to get checked?" :)
Last but not the least, I have sort of learnt to sleep on my own since almost 3 months now. Mumma and daddy pretend to be asleep or sleepy around me in the bed and talk minimal so that I get bored and give up eventually. It takes me anywhere around 20mins to 45mins to go to sleep once the lights are off and the 'sleep mode' is on.
For now, I am going to sign off and will be back soon with newer achievements and fun stories.