Posted by: Sharmila Rajah, 20-Jan-2008
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear
One step two step
Tickle you under there
The above invokes buckets of laughter from Ayanna. She chuckled herself into her fifth month last week. Ayanna can tell when it’s time to laugh especially when the funny expressions emerge. She’s even testing her skills at making us laugh – she sticks her tongue out and when that elicits laughter, keeps at it.
She knows her name. When called out loud, she turns in the direction of her name. It is quite amazing. She raises her hands when we gesture to carry her.
Her hand-eye coordination is improving fast, her grip and neck muscles, growing strong. When left lying on the play-gym or in her crib, she moves her body 180 degrees. Ayanna arches her back; almost ready to turn over but she’s yet to complete the move. We’re still anxiously waiting.
Just five months ago, all Ayanna did was feed and sleep. Her every motion, choreographed in a staccato-fashion; depicting gestures and movements inside the womb.
The progress has been so rapid. I’m astounded by it all; and humbled by the miracle of life and evolution.