According to the order of birth, Thea is my third “unyil”. She can’t say Auntie Bebeth very well. (Jadinya auntie bebek instead of Auntie Bebeth, hehehe…) She calls me A Dina, from A Ie Dina, or Tua Ie*. I think it’s easier for her.
When I arrived in Toronto on the night of Nov 24, Thea’s already slept. The next morning I could kiss and hug the 2.5 years old Thea. She looked so cute and lovely with her tangled dark-brown hair, rosy cheeks and sleepy eyes. She’s still sucking her right thumb. But when I gave her the stuffed toy I bought just for her, she immediately removed her thumb from her mouth. *smile* She still has that cheerful eyes that I love so much.
She’s considered a big baby, in the upper percentile of the bell curve, the doctor said. She has a very healthy eating habit. She likes vegetables and fruits. She’d say ‘yummy, yummy’ everytime we give her broccoli, banana, carrot, green bean, apple, orange, spinach, etc. Once I saw her sneaking up the dining table to take the spinach in a bowl. She immediately put it in her mouth and pretended that nothing’s happened. *smile* (I think all my nieces and nephews do like vegetables and fruits.) My sister forbids her to have candy, chocolate (even in the form of milk), and juices.
She likes to play (don’t all kids?). She likes to talk to herself when she’s playing. Toopy and Binoo, Bob the Builder, Dora the Explorer, and The Wiggles are her favorite shows. My sister told me that she didn’t want my sister took off the Dora’s t-shirt that I sent for her couple months ago. She would wear it until it’s so dirty. *smile* She knows that she should back off when I say ‘mundur, mundur, you’re too close to the TV’. Once she stubbornly ignored it and I told her that I would turn off the TV if she didn’t back off at once. She tested me by staying put and I tested her by doing what I said — turned off the TV. She cried. When she realized that it didn’t work, then she stopped crying, backing off, and asking me to turn on the TV.
One afternoon I fell asleep while I was looking after her in the basement. When I woke up, all the sofa’s pillows were already stacked up in front of me except the one that I had on my back and Thea was laughing at me and the surprised look on my face. Later she would do as what she saw on the cartoon Toopy & Binoo series, she would let herself fall on the sofa. Or she’s putting the pillows to build a cave and then she’d dug inside the “pillows” cave. Looking at her moves during the day and night I think she’ll grow up as a sporty girl.
I’m glad I have this opportunity to meet and staying with her while I’m in Toronto. I guess she likes me now because she’d call my name ‘A Dina’ whenever she gets back home from her WeeWatch session or whenever she has some interesting things or toys to share with.
*In Chinese, A Ie or Tua Ie means older auntie from one’s mother side. In Chinese it can clearly explains from which side of the family the person comes from and the order of that person in the family.