The one thing that Iris enjoyed is meeting people, especially kids.  During our one week stay in Sri Aman recently, she made several friends who are much older than her, but nevertheless love to play like a 1-year old.  On the first day of our arrival, two girls aged 9 came to the house to rent some attire for their khatam Quran ceremony.  While waiting for my mother in law to entertain them, they settled on the sofa in the living room, and Iris had the chance to greet them, close enough to touch them too (am I making them sound like museum displays?).  At first they played deaf despite the desperate call from my littlegirl.  Both girls tried not to look at her, turned away or did their own tiny things like looking at finger nails, counting tiny dead bug on the carpet or whatever lah….  while my daughter continued with her un-melodious “aaaah… ahhh….aaah!”    Pity to see her failed attempts to seek for attention, I had to interfere by asking them to at least respond to my daughter and they obliged.  Mothers rules, yeah!

The pictures below speak for themselves.

Iris: "Aaaahhh...ahhhh..ahh!" (hello there, you don't play deaf with me okay?)

Iris: "Aaaahhh...ahhhh..ahh!" (hello there, you don't play deaf with me okay?)

She just loves to have contact with other ppl

She just loves to have contact with other ppl

And being a hospitable host, she escorted them to the door

And being a hospitable host, she escorted them to the door

The following day, the neighbor across came with her three children.  The intention was to visit Mak Nek but they killed two birds with one stone that day.  Upon seeing other kids approaching her crib in the kitchen, Iris became very excited and started rambling in her alien language.  The kids on the other hand, were interested in her toys especially the musical rhyme book (by Vtech) so they literally paid no heed to her.  I let it pass, better let them socialize naturally. I can live with the deprived attention as long as they don’t bite her head off. Hahah!

"Come nearer boy and girl, I promise I won't bite..."

"Come nearer boy and girl, I promise I won't bite..."

More friends to play with. The eldest of the sibling was very sisterly

More friends to play with. The eldest of the sibling was very sisterly

Azim was holding the musical book. Iris had no issue letting it go to other kids... :)

Azim was holding the musical book. Iris had no issue letting it go to other kids... 🙂

Don't they look like siblings? Notice how Iris rested her right leg on Azim's. Haha.. cute!

Don't they look like siblings? Notice how Iris rested her right leg on Azim's. Haha.. cute!

She had lots of friends in kampung.  At our home in Samarahan, she is literally alone.  Her only friends are her mummy and her nanny.  I make it a point to bring her out for a stroll 2 or 3 times a week.  During the 20 minutes walk, I get to exchange greetings and short conversations with other residents in this neighbourhood, usually initiated by Iris.  She waves to almost every individual her eyes catches, or to one or two passing cars and she doesn’t mind if I stopped for a brief chat, so long as she gets the right amount of greetings as well.  In return, she will extend her widest toothless grin. Despite her being the only child at home, she can still be very sociable outside, and it is my call to ensure that she gets the balance of both.

No other kids to play with? Worry not, I'll explore the sofa!

No other kids to play with? Worry not, I'll explore the sofa!

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