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Kabir’s Special Gift for Birthday #5

June 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Tuesday, June 09 2015
On his 3rd birthday, Kabir had received a balance bicycle from the Drs. Alfaro-Gonzalez family. Kabir and Aseem actually started using it a year later.Pirates on a bicycle
In the past few months, Aseem has wanted to ride it too, because he wants to be “big boy” too 🙂 but, more often than not, he has to be content with his tricycle.20150524_170847 And, Kabir was getting his balance so well that we decided to get him a bicycle for his 5th birthday. His Dadu-Dadi apparently were thinking the same and subsequently shared that they wanted to bring along a disassembled bicycle for Kabir from India! They insisted on buying it for him. We saved this trip to the bicycle store for the evening of his birthday. We picked-up Kabir and Aseem from the daycare and drove straight to the local cycle store, Ciclo Guilly. The selection of kids bicycles was sadly limited at the store, but Kabir quickly choose the one he wanted. We asked the guy at the store to take-off the training wheels and add a kick stand. Kabir literally rode it inside the store for a few yards.Kabir's Special GiftWe got back home and of course he wanted to ride his special gift from his Dadu-Dadi. Aseem was delighted too, for he got to ride the balance bicycle uncontested. 🙂 All of us had forecast 2-3 days of running behind the bicycle holding it steady while Kabir got the hang of it. But, lo and behold, Kabir rode it perfectly at his first attempt. First Ride. Unassisted. Awesome!!
I could not be prouder of my guapo, more so, because I think I did not learn to ride a bicycle until I was a near teenager.
The benefits of a balance bicycle are now obvious to us and we are now #1 advocates of it. I’m sure we’ll end-up gifting it to a number of Kabir’s & Aseem’s friends who haven’t yet learned to ride a bike.

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4-5 baar Happy Birthday

June 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Tuesday, June 09 2015
Kabir turned 5 today. We celebrated on Sat, June 06, but again got together with family for a small celebration. Towards the end of the day, Kabir came up to Guriya and I and incredulously asked “Sab mujhe 4-5 baar kyu Happy Birthday bol rahe hain?”
He was excited and took in all the attention with the bubbly enthusiasm and innocence of a 5 year old. Oh, the bliss!

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Burst nahi, Explode!

June 11, 2015 Leave a comment

June 01 2015
Kabir is now going to school in the bus. He leaves at 6am every morning. Aseem too wakes up before Kabir leaves for he wants to wave bye to his brother. It is then my play-snuggle time with my googly eyes. I then give him a bath and dress him for school, followed by breakfast while I prepare lunch boxes for both the brothers. Every day after he sits in his car seat, he asks his dadi for amla candy. 🙂 I drop him off at the daycare before heading to the office. This is our usual routine, with his cute and happy personality enlivening the start to the day.
This particular day, he is in his car seat waiting for dadi to bring him amla candy, and playing with his balloon dog he had gotten the previous day. Here’s our exchange:

Me: Beta, balloon ko ghar mein chod do. Aap ghar ke toys school nahi le ja sakte, aur car mein aapka balloon burst ho jayega.
Aseem: Papa, balloon burst nahi hoga, explode ho jayega! (Exaggerating with his hands for good effect)

Now, I know he is a smart and intelligent kid who doesn’t let it on, but I had never expected him to know this word, for I have not spent as much time with him as I did with Kabir, teaching him new words…in general, trying to light the fire for thirst to learn…maybe, I don’t need to. Maybe, I’m giving myself too much credit, for every child is curious and has an innate desire to learn. Regardless, I was amazed and proud in equal measure of what he had just said in perfect English.
Mera googly eyes! 🙂

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