Just like most Aussie kids, my little one is a big fan of the Wiggles. I have to admit that I am the one who introduced them to him at a such an early age. I am going to blame it on the library's storytime we used to go to. I'd heard about them. Four grown up men with a successful job entertaining children. That was it. When Jakob was only few months old, I took him to the storytime at the library which was within walking distance. While it was targeted at the children under 4 years old, I found it was still fun for little babies as it was mostly singing along. In fact, I found it quite educational for me as well. I was learning lots of nursery rhymes in English there! One observation I made there was that kids were loving a few particular songs that I never had heard before. It looked fun. It sounded fun too. It was catchy. Later I found out that those songs were the Wiggles'. Then I found them on Youtube. That was the beginning of this 19 months old boy's love for the Wiggles.
We watched it over and over again. Now we know most of their songs. Now we know their names. Now we know most of their dance moves. My husband and I are starting to think maybe Jakob is watching the Wiggles too often. We got some of their CDs the other day. I thought if we just play the music, Jakob can just enjoy listening to it rather watching the computer screen. Yes, he loves listening to the Wiggles. But the damage(?) is done already. Either the little man watched it too much or he is simply very talented with choreography, he knows it all without the video. He knows all the dances!
This is him today enjoying immensely dancing along the Hot Potato!
If you want to check if he is doing everything right, click here, which I think, it is quite unnecessary.
It was only a few weeks ago that he discovered the joy of riding down the slide at the playground. After several attempts, he enjoys it even more nowadays. It actually started to scare us that he is not afraid of the slide anymore. Somehow we have to teach him that whatever he does he can have fun as much as he wants to, but still needs to remember that it is important to be cautious at all times. I guess it applies to everything that he will do in his life from now on.
We went to Yarra Valley last weekend for my friend's wedding. It was very nice drive out from Melbourne city, and Jakob managed to spot a classic truck at the winery.
But the highlight of that place to Jakob was probably meeting the cows on the hill. It was on the way back to Melbourne so we pulled over our car to show our Jakob the real cows! He loved watching them and did not want to get back in the car. Maybe we should check out the Taronga Zoo soon.
It is so strange how there are so many stories about a child's first words. What joy they had when their babies said mummy or daddy. People talk about it, write about it, make movies and advertisements about it. I know it is amazing when you hear the first word of a language you would like to communicate with from your child after all the cries and babbling. I think, however, we are missing something though. How about big laughter. When your little one laughs out aloud. Before I start typing in further thoughts popping in my head right now on this subject (as I am almost falling asleep so whatever I write wouldn't make much sense), I should just add a video of Jakob when he was about 4 months old. I believe this was the first time he laughed that loud in consecutive times and I was successfully funny enough to him. And I believe his dad, my husband was very jealous that I was the one who was able to make him laugh first. And what makes this video more precious now is that now almost 19 months old Jakob watches this and laughs at it. And I should really go to sleep now.....