Sophia made a new friend at Polliwogs! Too bad we didn’t ask the parents to keep in touch.
It started with these two girls picking up Sophia from the playground when I was sitting a bit further away from her than usual and bringing her around almost like a doll, carrying her up and down platforms. After a while, they realised that Sophia was not really a baby and changed their style to leading her by hand and showing her all their secret hideouts. Sophia said she liked her new friends on the way home. Pity they had to be one day friends.
They helped Sophia down steps.
And helped her over obstacles
They did silly things like prone on giant cushions
And shared a ball blanket
and shared secret hideouts
This was such an “awww…” moment.
Its really rather amusing seeing very young children together. When Sophia sees the older children playing around our estate, she’ll typically follow one of them around and try to play with their toys. At church, its the opposite, she’ll play with things and Baby E will come along and want to play with the same things. The surprising thing is that somehow the children will give in to the younger ones. So Ansa gives in to Sophia and Sophia gives in to Baby E. Of course, sometimes they forget but that’s only human.
Similarly, Sophia is also quite happy to share her food (since she doesn’t quite like food herself anyway) but the first time she shared her food with Baby E, Baby E choked (not proper “I cannot breathe” kind of choke but “these grainy pieces are tickling my throat *cough cough*” kind of choke). That was adult multigrain breakfast flakes. The next time, we learnt our lesson and shared Organix rice cakes which melt in the mouth. But it does still seem a bit difficult for Baby E to handle with just 2 front teeth.
Reminds me of these cookie monster cupcakes that a friend attempted to reproduce once. Both are so irresistably cute!
Only when I’m the only one caring for Sophia at the moment is it possible to allow Sophia to hang around with the children in the estate like this. I view it as an important part of her growth and learning journey, to mingle and mix with other children and gain social skills in the process. What’s more these children are beyond imaginative. Here they are on a ship sailing to unknown lands. Along the way they meet storms and volcanoes and monsters, and all the while they had to take care of their baby and 5 hamsters on board with them. Not sure how much of that Sophia understood but one day she will.
Come board our ship, the storm is coming!