It is interesting to raise children in a culture that is so different from what we are used to. There are many things we do as they perceive are very strange and there are many things they do as I respond. Like giving the children water from them is a couple of months old and adding extra salt in the food they make from the baby begins with solid food ... It's not only strange but also dangerous, and I try to educate people. They also use to dress the babies many layers of clothes and preferably wool, even if it's over thirty degrees outside. More than once we have experienced that mothers go to hospital with newborn babies because of fever. They get both two and three types of antibiotics and medication, but then they were not really sick, they were just overheated due to woolen clothes and rugs ... It's amazing how much antibiotics it is here and it's frustrating how difficult it is to get people to change in this area. They, on the other hand, see we are strange as not rusher to the pharmacy or doctor as soon as the cough coughs or shows signs of disease. I can, to some extent, understand this as people die much more often here of simple illnesses than what we do at home in Norway.
They also find it very strange that Sarah uses to lay on the floor of the leak mat. She has been doing since she was a few weeks old and it seems the locals are very unnecessary. They always pick her up, and when the youngsters play with her, they have been trying to put her in a sitting position for months, while I say she can not sit herself and they have to put her down. I have been trying to explain for a long time that she will learn herself, just as she has learned to turn around and to grow backwards. I have explained how it is better for her back that she is doing it at her own pace and that she is going to learn it herself. They have said Okei, but did not really believe me. Here they are used to the kid lying flat on the floor a rarely time, otherwise the kid will be carried all the time. So when he is a few months old, they put him up in a seated position, and then they hold him while standing on the floor until he learns to walk. They learn very rarely to turn around, eel or crab.
Our maid Harusi was completely shocked these last couple of weeks when Sarah has started crabbearing, taking a few steps forward and now getting up. She thought it was so fascinating and had never seen a baby do that before and learn to sit on her own. She told it to some other mothers, but they said they did not think it was true, it could not be annoyed. Babies are not so smart. Quite far from what we are used to!
Sarah is always very proud of her new skills, and gladly shows everyone who comes to see that it's actually true that she can set herself up even from her lying position and crab. She has also got her first tooth this week and is getting big! Next Saturday she is eight months already! She has also said her first word and I am very pleased that it became mom! Both Esther and Leo's first words were dad, but finally it was my turn ;-)