Update: The earlier video of Joy had no sound in the second half, so this is a new version.
When you have three small children, and the oldest has autism, you see all kinds of changes in them as they learn new things. My three-and-half-year-old Isaac has been speaking in complete sentences lately, and developing quite a love for drawing.
Joy started to dance a lot lately, and the maids and Grandma also taught her some silly faces and animal sounds. She is also using "Please" in her requests for food , being the Princess of Food in the family. Joy is a 17-month-old Eating Machine. She can polish off a huge JB Char Siew Bun all by herself, I found out when I was having one myself (I ended up with only my first bite before she cornered me).
And because her older brother has been singing so many songs, like Do a Dear from the Sound of Music and the Alphabet song, Joy tries to sing too, though she still needs work with the lyrics when she sings the ABC song, as you can see in the video.
But the biggest surprise came from Faith, their big sister. Still unable to speak because of her autism, she was recently heard humming. My father first told me about it but I never heard it myself.
Yesterday, as we were dressing the kids up for their swimming outing, in an unguarded moment, Faith sang to herself again. She was probably singing because she was happy to be going out.
The tune to Do a Dear came out from her lips.
I grabbed the mobile phone camera and started recording, shh-ing everyone in the house. The tune she hummed was clear and accurate, demonstrating that she CAN recognise sounds and reproduce them.
She also demonstrated that she can be shy, because she stopped singing once she realised we were all watching her with silent delight and amusement, (and Papa was video-ing her performance).
It was brief, but it was the sweetest sound of music to my ears.