In less than four weeks, Haruka went from barely being able to stand, to being able to run. Since the beginning of this week, she has been able to run across the room. She not a fast runner of course, but she’ll happily chase after a toy or try to get out of taking a bath by escaping from the bath room and running away from her mother. Her progress never ceases to amaze me.
With the ability to walk, there comes some advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that Haruka is prone to falls more often than before. Because of this, she now has a small bruise on her cheek from falling face first onto the living room table. But the advantages far outweigh the disadvantage. I can now get Haruka to bring me things from the kitchen, provided that my wife is there to give it to her to give to me. Sometimes she brings me something that I don’t need, like towels or a bag of sponges, but I always praise her for doing it anyways, because she so adorable. But the biggest advantage of Haruka walking are the nightly greetings at the door. Before she could walk, she would be in the living room doing something other own when I get home from work. Sometimes she wouldn’t even notice that I came home. But nowadays, she would walk out into the hallway to see who came through the front door. And when she sees that it’s me, she’d run towards me and beg me to pick her up. No matter how good or bad my day was, that always makes me feel good, and I look forward to going home just for that.
Haruka’s interest in music seems to be become more prevalent as she gets older. Aside to dancing to the music on her favorite kid programs, and the commercial jingles on TV, she seems to take interest in the music played at department stores etc. Additionally, my wife and I both noticed that she would often hum to herself while playing with a toy, and getting into mischief. Her humming isn’t any kind of real known music per se, but she is clearly trying to hum something. The other day, while we were at the department store, we stopped by the music department to look at some of the pianos and other musical instruments. After a while, a sales lady walked up to us to see if we were interested in buying a piano. She played a few notes on a piano, and Haruka sparked an instant interest in the melody being played. She sat up in her stroller and began dancing to the music. The sales lady invited us to let Haruka touch the piano. Of course she didn’t play anything that even sounded remotely like music, but she really enjoyed sounds coming from the piano. Across the way, there was a little girl, who looked to be about 4 or 5 years old also playing a piano, but she was playing actual music and playing it REALLY well. Obviously she was receiving lessons, but it got me to thinking.
Haruka’s interest in music is nothing new. And although I know there are plenty of babies out there who take an interest and dance to music like Haruka does. But perhaps this might be the time to harness and encourage her interest while it’s fresh and new. So after some talks, I’ve decided to buy Haruka a small real piano (nothing outrageous or expensive though)for her first birthday. Afterall, you can’t really start too early with these things, and she may have some hidden musical talent. I figure that if we encourage her enough, she might be able to play a couple of notes by her second birthday. And if she can do that, then perhaps we can take it a step further. And of course, if she never touches the piano, then it’d be no big deal. I’ve always wanted to have one and my wife can play a little so it’d be worth it.
playing “escape from the bathroom” with her mother
notice the small bruise on her right cheek?
playing with her friends