Friday, March 31, 2006

Three year Physical

Summy had her three year check up yesterday. Kiran joined me for this special occasion. It was well worth coming. Not because she needs us to be there for the check-up, really. In fact, we could have just dropped her off at the hospital and she would have done fine all by herself, the way she went on yesterday. We her parents are getting more and more obsolete.

She is good friends with her doctor by now. The last time she got shots was a year ago, and everytime she visits the doctor she gets stickers. So no yelling, screaming "No! I don't want to go to the doctor!". On the contrary, she treats the visits more like picnics.

Her doctor usually ignores us (the obsoletes) for the most part and talks directly to her. This is how they went on yesterday:

"Hello, Sameera!"

"Hi! I am not feeling well, I was sick!"

"I don't think so (with a smile). Did you just have a birthday?"

"Yeah! I have a birthday party!"

"How old are you?"

"One, two, three!" (holding up three fingers one by one)

"Who came to your party?"

"Aditya, and Padma, and Colette, and Joshua, and...."

"A lot of kids came to your party!"

"Yeah, A lot of kids. And Francis, and Stephen, and..."

"Did you get lots of presents?"

"Yeah! and Ashley, and Grant, and..."

At this point, the doctor told us she had put on an average amount of weight, and grown an average amount taller. It seems she talked well and seemed mature for her age. So she's 3, weighs 30 pounds and measures 36 inches.

Then he checked her.

"How many eyes do you have?"

(She looked at him surprised, sorry that a grown man didn't know this)
"Two! One, two!" (Holding up two fingers and pointing to her eyes to help him understand).

"And how many ears?"

"Two! One, two!" (with a big grin, points to her ears).

"Who is this?" (about her stuffed mouse)

"Angelina Ballerina. She lives at my house."

"Who else lives at your house?"

"Mommy, and Daddy, and Babai, and Pinni. I live in a green house, and I get a house for my birthday, and I play with my house and the kitchen and I cook dinner, and I feed my doll milk and orange juice. Okay?"

After the check-up was done, she looked anxiously at the closet from which the doctor usually dispenses stickers. This is what she waits for from the minute we tell her we're going to the doctor. The doctor gave her two stickers, said she has a very pleasant personality and we must be having a lot of fun with her. The next visit will be in one year.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Eggstra-ordinary Dilemma

Yesterday, Summy and I were reading about a bear who is very hungry, and is eating lots of breakfast - toast, and waffles, and pancakes, and juice, and milk, and eggs... here Summy stopped me. "That's silly - you don't eat eggs. Little birdies live in them, and then the egg goes crack crack, and then it's a baby bird! Ha ha ha!" There was silence for a little while - she had me there.

We are vegetarians, but we do eat eggs now and then (not lately, though). I explained to her that not all eggs have baby birds in them, but I have a feeling that we won't be eating eggs anymore, not even rarely.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Rapid Progress

On February 6th, I posted about how Summy was recognizing some letters. Now, less than two months later, she recognizes all (except for some confusion with "d"s and "b"s, "v"s and "y"s, and so on). Both capital and small. She knows the sounds many of them make. She recognizes Dora's name when she sees it in print.

Yesterday, I was writing down our names and phone numbers. She peeked, and said "That's Daddy's name." That was quite a surprise for me! Then she pointed to my name and said "That's your name, mommy." It wasn't actual reading, because I was writing in cursive, but she saw the big "K" and "A" in our names and deduced what they were.

Amazing! To a mom, anyway :) At the end of this week, she is going to be three years old. Three years ago, she hadn't seen nothing yet. Now, it seems there is nothing she hasn't seen!

Curious George

Two Saturdays ago, Summy and I went to see "Curious George" in the BIG movie theatre along with her cousin and aunt. We sat in the last row, and the kids were angels throughout. The top of the seats in front of us obstructed the kids' view a little. Also, the little ones were not heavy enough to keep those theatre seats from folding up :) So midway through the movie, Summy and her cousin both climbed onto their moms' laps.

As for the movie itself, it was okay. Almost every kids' movie that is made, is an adult's movie in disguise. A bumbling hero, on a mission to save his beloved museum, a villain who is trying to sabotage the hero's quest, and even a love interest. All quite unnecessary. I think there was no reason for a plot for this movie. Curious George (who is a monkey, if you didn't know it), left to himself, might have carried the movie through on his own. George is the cutest. One of the first scenes is when the hero (the man in the yellow helmet) meets Curious George. George plays peekaboo in the man's hat. It was delightful. After the movie was all done, this was the scene Summy remembered best.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Scry again!

Her favorite full length movie is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

Her favorite song from the movie is "Truly Scrumptious". She usually sings it very well, not caring too much about the words but keeping a perfect tune.

Yesterday we found her humming "Scruly Scrumptious, you're scruly scruly scrumptious" as she was playing.