Visiting my granddaughter is always a fun and exciting time.
Autumn is 18 months old now. I try to see her as often as I could. My last visit was March 12 to 19 this year. I arrived on Wednesday night when Autumn was in bed. The next morning when I woke up and went to the living room, she welcomed me by showing me some of her toys and how she played with them. Then she came over and leaned on me, let me hug her.
Autumn loves books. When Mercy, Will or I sat on the floor Indian style, she picked out book after book, sat on our laps and handed us the books to read to her. She also loves to read by herself.
Being a grandma is such a joyful experience for me. I was with Autumn on the first day of her life on September 28, 2017. It was an incredible feeling to hold her in my arms. I had the privilege to help taking care of her the first six out of the eight weeks. Then Mercy, Will, and Autumn were at my house during Thanksgiving week. I’m looking forward to spending time with them for Christmas.
I try to understand and observe the infant’s vision development in a few months.
- At birth, babies’ vision is abuzz with all kinds of visual stimulation. While they may look intently at a highly contrasted target, their primary focus is on objects 8 to 10 inches from their face or the distance to parent’s face.
- During the first months of life, the eyes start working together and vision rapidly improves. Eye-hand coordination begins to develop. By eight weeks, babies begin to more easily focus their eyes on the faces of a parent or other person near them.
- Babies begin to follow moving objects with their eyes and reach for things at around three months of age.
My observation of Autumn was that she started to follow objects with her eye movements before eight weeks old. She focused on her parents’ eyes and responded to them with her grins in the following photos. Autumn will be three months old when I see her at Christmas. I love her cheeky grins!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky
Grandparents legacy continues, stories I would tell my grandchildren…
Blessings #2 – My Grandma’s caretaker
When my parents went back to Hong Kong, they got a place shared with three other families. It was on the third floor of a long flat in the Western side of Hong Kong Island. We shared a quarter of the flat. My older sister was ten years older than I. She worked quite far away, so she roomed with another co-worker close to work. I was about seven or eight years old, but I became the oldest child in the family.
It was not very clear when my grandma turned blind. Our quarter in that flat was too small for grandma to live with us. So she lived by herself in an attic of another house. My chore was to take dinner to her every evening. My mom packed the dinner in a basket and covered the food with a cloth to keep it warm (It reminded me of The Little Red Riding Hood!). It took me about 10 minutes to walk to my grandma’s attic. Walking to my grandma’s attic was a favorite part of my day. I still remember some of the stores and offices I passed by in those days.
The office that attracted most of my attention was an orthopedic office that had a huge aquarium in the front window. After I delivered the dinner to my grandma and helped her eat. I eagerly went home hoping to stop by the aquarium to watch the fish. They were colorful saltwater fish. Among them, there were several pink fish. I was told that they were kissing fish. I stood in front of the aquarium. My eyes followed the pink fish to see if they kissed. Many times they swam toward each other, but when they got very close, one made a turn and swam the other way. My eyes followed them again and waited curiously.
One day I stopped in front of the aquarium. A girl came by and stood next to me. I told her about the kissing fish. We were watching. Then the two pink fish swam slowly toward each other. They were getting closer and closer. Finally they were facing each other, and then kissed!
Note: The scientific name of the pink Kissing Gourami is Helostoma rudolfi. The male Gouramis don’t kiss the female Gouramis. The kissing, in fact, is fighting among the male fish.
I have done some research about questions for kids to ask their grandparents. Here are a couple websites:
20 questions to capture grandma’s story: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/20-questions-capture-grandmas-story/
Family history question for kids to ask grandparents: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/now-what-interviewing-a-grandparent