Ada term yg describe toddler kalo udah reached 2 years old. People call it ‘The Terrible Two’. Knapa begitu? Karena at this age, toddlers uda bisa throw tantrum. Being stubborn, screaming, refuse to eat/sleep/clean up toys/mandi, or just because they dont get what they want. Well, gue sih experience all that with Aiden, but I dont want to call it the ‘Terrible Two’, instead I call it ‘The Anointed Two’ or lately I discovered, it is actually ‘The FUN Two’! Why? Because spending time with Aiden now is so much fun! Not saying that dulu2 ga fun. Dulu when he was way younger, it was fun too. But now, at 2.5 years old, it was more funner!!!! (if there is a word).
Gue pernah baca ada yg pernah komen, “skarang umur 2 udah Terrible Two, loe belon tau aja ntar umur 3 lebih parah lagi.” Hmm, ga setuju!! In my case sih, it is so much interesting to be with Aiden. Dia udah bisa communicate and express himself better. That’s the fun part because biasanya tingkahnya itu so cuteee/funny. Meskipun sometimes he throws tantrum or misbehave, but masih aja that tantrum bikin gue ketawa coz ada aja yg bikin lucu. So sometimes I had to work hard supaya ga ketawa pas gue mestinya marahin dia. But of coz, there are times when tingkahnya bikin gue kesel but those moments ga bisa dibandingin ama moments2 yg fun ama dia.
I LOVE BEING A MOM! 🙂 It is the best job in the whole world! Cape sih cape, but I have so much fun!
One of the fun parts is making things for Aiden to play/learn with.
I finally find an outlet dimana gue bisa nyambungin my creativity blood and my teaching gift. And gue juga suka make things with my hands. So now when I have kid, I rediscover my passion for Art & Craft. I forgot how much fun it was making things with my hands, karena gue udah terlalu lama berkutat ama komp terus. Yah namanya juga Graphic Designer hehe.
Here are the things that I had made for Aiden…
1. Portable Parking Garage
My absolute win!! 😀
I love this piece very much! Because it was made from recycled cardboard, bekas kue gitu. Then I spray-painted it black and cut yellow stickers as road signs, cut half of tissue roll to make into road bump/’polisi tidur’. Cut and roll some yellow tissue paper for the Car Wash station.
I make the ramp to the second floor detachable. Using velcro on both pieces so can be detached easily. The point is to make this toy thing compact. After finish playing, Aiden can easily detach everything and pack up, and put them all inside the box!
2. Water Fountain
Aiden absolutely loves this one because he loves water. Can play this for a long time till all his fingers wrinkled.
He loves mixing the colours too. I purposely used clear plastic cups so that he can see the colours.
3. Marble Run
This one looks very simple, but actually needs quite an engineering ‘calculation’ to make sure the marbles run smoothly and don’t go out of path. By trial and error, finally Aiden can play without having to chase the marbles that got away.
4. ‘Kemah-kemahan’ or Playing Tent
Who doesn’t like to play this during childhood!!!
This tent was made on our bed. Ranjangnya gue and G, and since Aiden loves it so much, gue ga sampe ati buat dismantle it. So literally our bed became like this for a week or so. So gue and G slept inside this thing for almost a week. Aiden juga bobo siang disini. Asik juga sih wkkwkwk.
Beberapa hari after kemah2annya diturunin, Aiden minta2 terus, tarik2 kain nutupin kepala dia and kepala gue and said ‘tent.. tent’. He just can’t get enough of this.
And some other crafts that I don’t have time to post yet.
So yah, Aiden had fun, and me too! I love making them all. Meskipun some of them gampang rusak. But I make it my challenge to remake kalo emang Aiden suka, to find a better materials. Gue suka experiment2 making things hehe.
– Aiden suka banget ngomong, “bye-bye Daddy”. Ga ada Daddy around pun, dia suka tiba2 bilang “bye2 daddy”. Ngadep lantai juga bisa ngomong “bye2 daddy” ke lantai wkwkkw.
– Vocabularynya dah makin banyak. Ma mau (ga mau), tata (water), dink (drink), tatu (thank u), mamam (makan), layah (lion), lolo (hallo) *kalo angkat telpon, dia “loloooo, loloooo”*, gogo (bobo).
Sampe sekarang masih belon bisa bilang ‘Mommy’. Mama sih bisa. But I call myself Mommy not Mama hehe.
Gue pernah ajarin dia begini,
Gue: Aiden, can you say…. maaaaaa
The closest that he can say for Mommy is “Maih”
– Aiden udah ga nangis lagi kalo ke sekolah. Skarang kalo dianterin ke skolah, and liat temen2nya dijendela, temen2nya pada heboh, dadah2 sambil teriak2, “aidennnnn, aidennnnn!!” Kayak nyambut selebritis aja wkkwkwk. Jadi Aiden skarang udah ga pernah nangis lagi kalo ditinggal di skul.
Di skul, dia suka satu cewe yg namanya Felicia. Aduhhhhh masih kecil gini kok uda suka2an. Beberapa kali Aiden nangis pas liat Felicia pulang. Pertama kali G kirain it was just a coincidence Aiden nangis waktu liat Felicia pulang naek taxi. Aiden kayak ga mau pulang gitu, maunya ngikut Felicia sampe ke taxi. Trus pas si cewe naek ke dalam taxi, Aiden kayak mandangin dari luar dengan tampang sedih.
Nah terus the next day, gue yg jemput Aiden. Eh ternyata it happened again just like that! Dia merengek2 pingin ngikutin si Felicia and grandmanya yg lagi jalan naek taxi. Kita jadi detour deh. Then Aiden ngejarrrrrr mereka. Then waktu taxinya pegi, Aiden juga ngejar itu taxi sampe taxinya ga keliatan.
Aduh kayak pilem Korea ajaaaaaaa! No no no, Aiden, you are too young for this!!
Di skolah, ada satu cewe yg suka ama Aiden. Dia orang Philippines, cantik, matanya gede. Tapi Aiden ga suka, ternyata dia sukanya yg sipit2 Cina kayak Felicia kwkwkwkwk.. 😛
And lastly, my favourite photo of the week…
Here Aiden nemenin Daddy latian for his 10K charity run. Not bad, si Aiden lari, jalan, dan occasionally jatuh… total for 3 laps. And the last photo yg lagi stretching itu. Aiden ngeliat G stretching, dia ikut2an padahal kita ga suruh begitu kwkwkwk. Then waktu G goyang2 pinggulnya for stretching, Aiden goyang2in kepalanya doank sambil duduk karena cape wkkwkw. So very funny.
Thats why it’s not ‘The Terrible Two.’
Have I mentioned, I love being a mom?? 😀