Monday, October 20, 2008

How do you keep a toddler entertained?

Every Saturday & Sunday, my days would be filled with looking after Nizzar. I cannot do anything else but to keep an eye on that little boy. Last weekend was no exception. From the moment he woke up, all he wanted was “Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!”

So, while other people could do their own things like watching TV, read books or just do nothing, I couldn’t even sit down for 5 minutes to rest. That little boy always had something to touch, pull or destroy, much to my annoyance especially when I see other people in the house relaxing and did not offer any help. It's so unfair!

That little boy has picked up a new activity last weekend ie. Facial for Mummy. He would instruct me to lie down ~ “Baring, Mummy… baring!” ~ and then we would take a face towel and place it on my chest (but not before he “kibas” the towel first, like how the Indian barbers did when they cut his hair).

Next, he would pull out a facial tissue and place it on my face. Using his little fingers, he would slowly press the tissue. Then, he would take entah apalah that came in handy (at one time, it was a water flask), and made a circular motion on my face with seriousness showing on his face. When I asked him, “Dah?”, he’d quickly retorted, “Jap… Jap…!” (as in “kejap, kejap!”) and he’d take something else to continue the ritual.

Hee.. hee…. Macam tu lah sampai 4, 5 round. Lastly, he would take a comb and comb my hair, and with his small hand, he would lift the back of my head, and push me up in a gesture that the facial has ended. And he’d finish it with a sweet, “Thanks, Mummy!” and smile.

Ahhhhh… he’s so cute…!!

35 comments:

Kak Teh said...

Mrs N, teach him to massage!!! Am sure with his little fingers it'll work wonders on the stressed nerves. And he'd enjoy it, you'd enjoy it.

MrsNordin said...

He knows how to massage, K. Teh, becoz he has seen me giving his baba a massage.

And he also loves to be massaged. Siap pejam2 mata and whispered, "Oh... best... best..". Sampai gigi dia pun dia suruh kita massage! Kurang asam!

wanshana said...

Aaaawwwhhhh...That is just soooo sweeeet!! I can just imagine his facial experessions when he was doing all that.

Next time you have to also bring him with you when you go for your hair treatment, etc kat salon. Sure, his service will be upgraded from the Indian Barber style... Hehehe!

wanshana said...

I meant - "expressions", and no comma after "Sure" :)

Kak Teh said...

Mrs N. go and see what I did with pictures on my blog. You can scrapblog those cute pictures of Nizzar and I am sure he'll be pleased!

ummi365 said...

Salam kenal.. it's so nice having your little finggers on your face. enjoy while you can.. nanti besuk dah besar suruh urut sakit kepala pun tak nak.

MrsNordin said...

Shana,

I've taken him for a hair cut at my hair saloon when he was younger. Tak time, dia tak pandai berjalan lagi. But now, oooohhh... cannot! Nanti habis semua barang kat saloon tu di geledahnya! It's like "TREASURES!!!!"

MrsNordin said...

Kak Teh,

I've seen your scrapblog pics. Nice! Will give it a try too.

Thanks again!

MrsNordin said...

Ummi,

Hi! Sekarang ni memang lah everything ~ Mummy. Esok dah besar, "Go away, Mummy!"
Sigh... I shall treasure his clingy days now before he decides he has had enough of clinging on to me anymore!

Anonymous said...

BJ,

At this age he is like a sponge.... so this is the time to get him to learn things. They like to immitate what grown ups do as it likens them to one. Its an accomplishment to them to be able to do what adults do.

U do not have tohave proper toys but it helps .... I got my kids toy laptops, so while mummy "does her work on the pc or laptop" the kids have their own to "do their work " as well.

But its this time they need your guidance and hence needing ur attention and affirmation that whatever they are doing is right and/or good.

Ainul loves to tolong sidai kain much to the bibik's annoyance.... she loves to vaccum, rake the leaves and most of the things her mummy hates doing (yup I trained her well) but most days now, all training is lost when the tv is on the Disney Channel.

Oh and when they have too much energy for u to handle, I let mine loose on the padang... run around , while I watch. Kalau boleh, take swimming ker.... after one hour I can tell u, they will be so tired, u'll get 2 free hours... but my free hours are spent napping with them ehhehehehe

Have fun lah dear.

Aida - loves to roll around with her little kiddies.

the principal said...

I have a boy aged 2 1/2 years in my 4 year old class.

At 1st quite worried nak accept him, takut he would distract the class. He turns out to be a very fine boy. Get along very well with the other children...

Tp botol susu & diapers wajib bwk every day...

Kmar said...

BJ,

Your son rasanya memang aktif. You need to ´burn´ his energy by playing with them. Pening kepala.. he.he.he.

I selalu suruh my kids get things for me here and there... nak bagi penat.. ha.ha.ha.. and it works. At least depa penat (for a while).

Ajar dia ´massage´ other members of the family.. he.he.he...!! So sweet!

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Salam Mrs.N,

Cutenya!!!Layan sajalah... :-)

Eta My said...

Bj....bertuah you...si keletah dan tak duduk diam tu...nak attention dan dah pandai nak main2..nak kena layan tu..sabar Bj..memang penat esp bila tak de orang lain yang sungguh rajin melayan sikecik...as much as u cd...get him involved..ape susah..semak berserak..ade si bibik...kan..
And its true..masa kecik2 ni mamang senang nak suruh picit2..ni la dah besar..kena tengok mood lak ai!!
p/s:...Cepat masa berlalu kan....bila dia nak dpt adik nih!!

MrsNordin said...

Hi Aida,

He loves doing household chores, too, sampai his bro & sisters get worried, takut bila dia besar nanti, jagi "Auww!" pulak. But I don't think so. I think he's just exploring and trying out new things that adults do in the house.

On toys, I've bought him several laptops already but he doesn't like the toy version. He wants the "real" one. Handphone ke, apa ke, semua dia nak yang real one. I suppose, so that he's got the same thing like what his family members have.

But he loves trucks, lorries, buses and airplanes, and he sleeps with this small motor bike (which is almost breaking apart).

MrsNordin said...

Principal,

I think children, in general, will behave in the presence of a teacher or other non-family members. I don't know why... They will only become mengada2 dengan mak dia.

MrsNordin said...

Kmar,

He loves to massage everyone else in the family whenever asked. Tapi ikut mood dia lah...

I'd love to take him out to the playground, tapi in my area tak ada lah. In our garden ~ asyik kena gigit nyamuk saja. That's why I malas lepaskan dia kat luar!

MrsNordin said...

Auntie Yan,

Memang kena layan je kerenah dia... tapi kederat dah tak ada lah!


Eta,

Bila nak dapat adik? Entah le... :(

Anonymous said...

BJ,

Khalil is like that now... Ainul dulu pun prefer the "real" things rather than the toy versions. But she's learnt that the real ones are mummy's and the toys are hers and Adik's to share.

Khalil pandai send sms tau. No content though and its not at will. Just by him pushing all sorts of buttons. And each of my kids ada digital camera (our old outdated ones) to play with sebab they all sibuk nak godek kita org punya.

What i leant lah kan, kalau kita encourage dia explore and to keep on doing those things, they all for sure rajin. Do not repremand him kalau buat salah. U just pick up where he slacks off and he'll see it and next time he'll surely do it with better attention.

I suka ur story about him immitating being massaged ehehhe so cute.

Aida - still dreaming of getting a bouncy castle for her kids from the ELC.

jabishah said...

Cute je.. Mana dia observe org buat facial treatment tu? I doubt you ever brought him along during any of your facials kan?

MrsNordin said...

Aida,

If you get the bouncing castle, do let us know. We want to attend your party!!

MrsNordin said...

Jabishah,

I do my facials at home sometimes, coz we have the equipment. Husband also likes me to do his facials at home. The last time I did husband's face, the little boy was sitting beside me, observing. That's how he got it lah!

Anonymous said...

Bj,

we'll surely invite u hehehe the thing is I hardly have space for it tapi tak habis-2 dreaming about it. My kids just love it, mummy dia pun crazy about it ehhehe

Aida.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs N..

I org baru kat sini.. best gak baca blog u ni. Tapi, one thing I wanna ask u.. if u dun mind.. and if I'm not mistaken.. ur FIL tu ada anak perempuan kan? Sbb I rasa I kenal la anak perempuan dia tu. But anyhow correct me if I'm wrong..

tireless mom said...

Dear BJ

I continue to be amazed with Nizzar's keletah. He will become an intelligent, creative and outgoing person besok ni... like the mom.

MrsNordin said...

Hi Anon (orang baru kat sini..)

My FIL has a stepdaughter. His real children are all lelaki.

MrsNordin said...

Yatt,

Thanks again. Mudah2an masin mulut you... :)

Ezza Aziz said...

Hi Nizzar.meh sini jab..acik nak cium laa...

Superwomanwannabe said...

Hi J..

memang lenguh kaki kan layan Nizzar but its not his fault he is a gorgeous 2 year old and we are over 30 moms...hehehehehehe - i think if I had a toddler now i would be even more penat than you...as according to my mom I am OLDER than you...hee hehe

Fadzila said...

wah bestnya...leh buat facial in house.. Ok la tu..best apa...

IBU said...

Cute nyer!! Bertuah punya mummy.

Soon your face would surely be the envy of all blogging mommies la MrsN oii!!

MrsNordin said...

Ezza,

Nak cium? Kena datang rumah ni!


SW,

Apa lah your mum ni! I think, if you have another toddler, it'll be a piece of cake for you coz you are a natural with children. I never hear you complain of penat looking after the kids, and that's a good sign. Go on... adopt lah!

MrsNordin said...

Fadzila,

Thanks for dropping by.


Ibu,

Thanks!!

Kak Teh said...

Mrs N, read this but before that, get ready a box of kleenex.

http://www.harinderveriah.com/articles20.html

MrsNordin said...

Kak Teh,

I've read the story. Thanks for the warning, and becoz of that, I didn't cry as much.

Such a beautiful love story... Thanks for sharing it.