Sunday, June 07, 2009

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: 8 Months Old

Douglass Ali continues to amaze and inspire. This month he perfected the art of crawling and move incredibly quickly for such an awkward mode of getting around. This has increased his skill at getting into mischief. If there are 5 things nearby that are appropriate to play with and one that is not (i.e. a cord plugged into a wall) he will skip the 5 and swiftly head for the cord! This tendency is at once amusing and alarming and keeps us on our toes. He went through his first ear infection which was not so good for his sense of humor. Lots and lots of tantrums and sleepless nights during that episode. The big thing is that he is pulling himself up to a standing position constantly using any big object in his reach including a pant leg if that's what it takes. I am sure he will be walking before the end of the summer. He is saying "da-da" and "ma-ma" as well, much to our delight. He also appears to be morphing a bit, looking more like his mother recently. He also loves seeing his parents be physically affectionate with each other. He gets this huge grin on his face. Ah yes and he is doing this thing that looks a bit like clapping though it doesn't produce the clapping sound yet.
More updates next month!

"These children must be reared with infinite, loving care, and tenderly fostered in the embraces of mercy, so that they may taste the spiritual honey-sweetness of God's love; that they may become like unto candles shedding their beams across this darksome world, and may clearly perceive what blazing crowns of glory the Most Great Name, the Ancient Beauty, hath set on the brows of His beloved, what bounties He hath bestowed on the hearts of those He holdeth dear, what a love He hath cast into the breasts of humankind, and what treasures of friendship He hath made to appear amongst all men." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 21)