Sunday, 20 February 2011

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J Summary (23M15D) - Language Regression

Language Development, or should I say, Regression

J is getting better at Danish, but not much progress with Mandarin this week, nor English. In fact, his Mandarin has regressed. Overall, J spoke less this whole week, as he has been sick the whole week with a nasty flu. He was still sick today, but got a little better by evening. He now prefers to use Danish words for things he used to use Chinese words for. Daddy had been doing the bed time routine, and thus it perhaps explained so.

Am I discouraged? Do I waver?

The road ahead is long and tough, but I will by sheer steel will choose to continue to pursue the long and narrow road, sustained only by the inner peace of God to cheer me on. Oh God, in this sometimes lonely journey of parenthood, how I thank you so much for being with me, for Your sweet presence, it meant so much to me. Despite that, I shall not sway or waver to the right nor to the left, but I plucked up all my energy I have to discipline myself to speak English with him today and read English books. It was mentally very tiring for me to switch between the languages, but I shall persevere on by God's grace.

Even if I do not succeed 10 years from now, I would be glad that I have tried my very very best.

I take courage from the Bible in Isaiah 40:28-31:

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Yes, I will go on... with the strength of the LORD.

Bed time reflection

As I put J to bed, I was so tired. As scenes of the day flashed through my mind, how it was driving me crazy to spend the whole day with him, and how I was tempted just to turn on the video to entertain him, so that I have will have some time to myself. But I have to remember to enjoy his limited remaining toddlerhood. I will soon mourn the passing of his toddlerhood, as he is clearly approaching preschoolerhood. I remembered around the same time last year, I was mourning the passing of his babyhood. Time is flying by fast! And J is growing up so fast. I have to learn to treasure it. I wish time will go slower.... that J will grow up slower... that we will grow older slower...

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