You turned ten months last week. TEN MONTHS. I can still visualize your tiny pink face as a one day old in my arms. Gosh! At this rate, you will be going to college..like day after tomorrow! No, don’t giggle. I am a little scared at the pace time passes by these days. I try to snatch and gulp every single moment around you, try to etch the picture tight in my memory. But, you know how poor Amma’s memory works. It is rusty and has many starting troubles, especially when invoked far in future.
So, I jotted down some of those moments to re-live that utter joy and at times, great pride. Read along..
We all went Ooh-Aah! at your standing-with-support. When did you start that? Seventh month? Yes, and that was way ahead of the text book time 🙂 The sofa, the table, the suitcase and even the knees of people around you – you cruised all through the room on two legs holding anything and everything within reach.
Climbing the stairs, they said, starts around 10-11 months. But, in true Paapu style you figured it out by the eighth month, one step at a time. Oh how fun it was to watch you go up the stairs in rapid speed and turn back to look at us on the way, flash a toothless grin and continue. However, what made you yell later was the fact that you did not know how to get down. Haha! You did try a couple of times to do it and rolled down a few ( carpeted) stairs and then gave up. Ah, such puppy faces and tear-jerking acts to get us help you. One little drama queen in the making 😀
Anyway, it only took a few more days for you to figure the right technique to get down safely. The first time you turned around and slid down the stairs safely, my heart thumped hard, but exclaimed with pride , of course 🙂
Did I mention how much fun it is to try playing catch with you ? The way you pretend to run (!!) and scream in excitement each time we pretend to chase. Holding on to anything on the way and climbing up and down the stairs..it did not matter that at such assumed great speeds you moved only a few inches after all 😉
Then, one day, at barely 9.5 months, you took your first steps without support! While I stopped breathing and gaped at you, you smiled as if nothing was new. Just 2 steps and then thud on the floor before you tried it again later. Well, Amma got really excited each time you took a step and shouted to call everyone. Maybe the shock of the sound made you lose balance most times. Sorry baby boo, but Appa still blames me for that. Hehe.
The milestones and all that apart, I have seen you developing a very delightful little personality over time. May be I am love struck, but I think you will grow up to be an absolutely adorable person! Here are some proof points –
- You wake up at least 30 minutes ahead of me and then when I bring you to my bed, wait quietly with eyes wide open..sucking thumb on one and stroking my hair with other. Who tells you Amma needs that extra minutes of sleep? Who tells you she needs those caring strokes too? 🙂
- When it comes to Appa, you are the naughtiest brat around. Pulling on his nose, poking his eyes, tugging his hair and what not. You never make it easy for him..maybe because he is such a trouble maker to you! The empty milk cans that he shoves into your shirt while you squirm to get it out, the holding you by the shirt and lifting you like a bunny rabbit, the playful pinching of your nose and laughing at your annoyed expression, the non-stop tickling on the tummy – you know he deserves stern treatment, don’t you? 😀
- When other kids snatch a toy from you or push you unknowingly, you don’t even give them a second glance. For you, there are always more interesting toys and better things to get busy. However, when there is a laughing fit among the other kids, you promptly join in the fun. Wish everyone learnt to let go of the bad and just swoop in the good this early!
- Anyone and everyone who smiles at you is your friend! I just stand there calling out for you, while you walk towards them, with little steps , wide stretched arms and a gleeful face. Stranger anxiety…hmm..now, what’s that? 😉
- The way you tilt your head when you want to make someone smile, the way you mumble ‘Ganaa’ and salute in response to ‘Good Night!”, the way you pretend innocence when I ask “What have you picked and put in your mouth?”, the way you point to the ‘Panda’ in the picture book and look at the stuffed panda lying on the floor with informed delight..
.. all these and much more.The list can go on 🙂
We are travelling to India in a couple of weeks and I cannot even begin to tell you how great a feeling it is ! To go to my home town along with you, the excitement showing you off to my dear aunts, uncles, friends and cousins, to think how you will be the sole object of attraction to so many for those days. My first time as a mother in my motherland 🙂
Keep growing beautifully, just like you are. Do not mind my silly complaints against time and its unstoppable speed.
Stay well my sweet heart. Stay happy, always.