Thursday, November 22, 2007

Six months old

My sweet Puttachi,

It is impossible to believe that you are already six months old. I remember my first look at you six months ago....though you were inside me for so long, you were a stranger to me! Now, I know every whimper, every cry, every grimace, every look of yours - I can read you like a book!

Six months - half a year - You are no longer a little baby - you are my big baby now. How time has flown!

If I am asked to describe you in one word now, it would be Playful.

I love the way your eyes dance with mischief. You already steal hearts with your winning smile.

You are happiest when you are standing, holding on to somebody or something. Whenever you get any kind of support, you hurry to pull yourself up. And then once you are standing, you look around with delight, and make excited noises. You even try to take little steps with your tiny, pretty feet, holding on to somebody. No matter how sleepy, tired, hungry, bored, or weepy you are, the moment you stand, everything disappears and your face splits into a smile!

You have been sitting unsupported for about a month, and you look so much at home, as if you have been doing it every day of your life. You protest loudly if made to lie on your back for any reason at all.

When you are lying down, even if anybody says "Baa, baa" (come, come) or "Edda, edda" (Childspeak for Get up, get up) from the next room, you get hyperexcited and start banging your strong limbs all over, and lift your stomach up again and again in anticipation. It is really amusing to watch you.

Your eyes light up the moment your Papa walks into the room. It is such a pleasure to see you then (no, I am not talking about how jealous I get, though!). And when he dangles the baby carrier before you? You almost jump off the bed in your delight!

When you are playing, but are hungry, or sleepy, and if you spot me then, your whole attitude changes, you start whimpering, and look at me with a pleading look - it makes me giggle helplessly. Then your obvious pleasure when I pick you up - how lovely that is! And of course, the special smile reserved only for me - makes mommyhood even more special than it already is!

Puttachi, I know you hate to be put on your back, but really, if I could change your nappy with you standing or sitting, I would have done so. But I just cannot. So please, please, cooperate with me! If you don't wiggle so much, I can finish the job in half the time, and you can go back to your games!

Similarly, sweetheart, don't resist going to sleep. Can you play with your eyes half closed? The sooner you sleep, the sooner you can wake up and play! So please go to sleep quickly. And err... while you are at it, do take longer naps! 15 minute naps are for adults, not babies!

You are showing signs of wanting to crawl forward to get at - of all the things - a Kitkat wrapper! You foodie, you! Do you know how you lick your lips whenever you see one of us eating something, or even when you see something you know is edible? :D Of course, it is another matter that edible or not, everything finds its way into your mouth.

Puttachi, our lives have changed completely ever since you made an appearance. Life has always been beautiful, but you have more than doubled the reasons for me to smile ever since you arrived.

I assure you that Papa and I will do everything in our power to ensure that your face doesn't lose that smile. Ever.

We love you.

Yours
Amma.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Same Old Anon: Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful post this. And oh yes, can relate to every word you have put in here ;).

chethan said...
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chethan said...

Lovely!! No wonder you influenced many to want to have babies :)

Kadalabal said...

a great post in the form of a lettter to sweet little puttachi from her amma. really marvellous.
It is unbelievable six months have already gone. for MB it is addition of 4 juniors in six months and your puttachi is the senior one and ofcourse only gal so she is darling of MB I still can not forget her charming face when I & bellur visited you 2 months back keep going shruthi we love to read all your write ups

pranesh

Rahul... in City of Dreamz said...

beautiful.. very very touching.. makes me realize how wonderful and special each child is...


Keep it going.. and Imagine how puttachi will feel when she grows up and reads this..

and yes.. WE ALL LOVE U PUTTACHI.

shark said...

wow! the last line almost brought tears to my eyes :)
Puttachi is really lucky to have such wonderful parents..
God bless you all :)

Lively said...

That was really really beautiful. Like "a letter to my daughter" or something. It made me smile like a fool.

I long to see how cute Puttachi looks. I'm sure she's a cutie pie.

Loads of hugs to you n her!
Cheers!

Yesh said...

Beautifully written. Best wishes to Puttachi.

Dhanya said...

That was a very sweet n touching letter.. She would cherish it when she reads it after she has grown up.. Keep going..:)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

I salute

Anonymous said...

such a perfect way of capturing those beautiful moments...lovely!
ano

akasaramanna said...

awesome post...
how cute it is...
lovely..

Viky said...

I quite like this style-change from snippets to letters. :D

Shyam said...

She's an absolute heart-stealer and has been from the first time I laid eyes on her pics :) Those eyes, that hair, that SMILE...!

Collection Of Stars said...

Happy 6 month birthday to Puttachi :)
These lines sum up everything you feel for her - 'I assure you that Papa and I will do everything in our power to ensure that your face doesn't lose that smile. Ever.'

neela said...

Beautiful post.

Supremus said...

You know, your baby posts have so tempted me to come to your house next time in Blore and play with her for a day hehehe :) What say?

Shruthi said...

Thank you all! :)

Supremus, you are most welcome! At least that way I can get to meet you, huh? :D

Poppins said...

Awwwww, such a lovely post and the awww-factor was well balanced by the part where you asked her to sleep for longer than 15 mins. Nicely written !

Sumana said...

Very nicely written. Just like any mother's heart speaks. My younger one is 6 months old too. I feel the same for him. Have a great time with your little baby. Lots of hugs to her from me.

Sanjay M said...

Your baby will soon master the art of sitting up unsupported. Give her the opportunity to sit up in different places, and take her on outings in a stroller. The time your baby spends sitting up helps her develop and maintain balance, a key part of her physical development. What's more, making use of the new perspective helps her cognitive development, too.

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M said...

Shruthi, this is the best mommy-letter I have ever read till now. If not anything, I think I'll preserve this one for myself :)

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Sweet ! :)
Hope your child will one day grow up to read what you have written

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