Here's Mister Smiley.
I always thought Ihsan would be the shy, introverted one. But he's not. He's very friendly, he loves to sing and dance, always says hello to people he meets on walks or in the elevator.
He loves the playground. I can see a glimmer of excitement in his eyes when he looks down at the playground from our living room. And it almost always quickly follows with a sing-song request, "Mama, playgrnnnnd?"
He loves to swim and always tries to pull on his swimsuit over his head when he finds it in my wardrobe.
And he smiles on cue, whenever I ask.
But he's also starting to challenge us much more. Just the other day, he refused to go down for his nap and cried himself to sleep by his room door, while his brother, hubby and myself fell asleep just metres away. We were exhausted and had given up on trying to pacify him. He DID NOT want to nap!
I have to reason with him every morning, explaining why he needs to wear clothes. If given a choice, he'd love to run around in only his diapers. Well, I'm sure he'd love to run around naked if he could. =P
When I tell him to stop doing something, when I give him one last warning, he looks me in the eye, grins and then does it anyway.
And after his 2 minutes are up in his time out corner, and when I walk in to 'lecture him' before picking him up, he tilts his head sideways and smiles so sweetly, that I just melt. He knows that he just needs to raise his arms, say the cutest... "Sorry Mama" ever....and I am on my knees just begging for a hug and for his kisses...
Was I surprised when my mom-in-Law said that they almost lost him when he was with them over the weekend? Not really. The parents-in-law were distracted by his brother for a second, before they turned to find that Ihsan was nowhere to be seen. They were at the playground.
Apparently, mom-in-law fled towards the carpark with Irfan in her arms, calling out for Ihsan. And dad-in-law ran in the opposite direction. They found him later at the void deck of ANOTHER block!
I can imagine, how he looked as the ran after him. He would shriek in excitement and start running away, delighted that someone was engaging in a game of 'catching' with him!
My heart stopped for awhile when mom-in-law shared this story later that night when they dropped them off. She mentioned it like it was..... nothing. They knew better than to call me to tell me he was missing. I think if she had called, I would have dropped dead of shock!
Thank goodness they found him. I can't imagine it, if they hadn't! This cheeky Mr Smiley...that sigh...I can't deny.....I think...takes after me. =P