Friday, July 31, 2009
My dear little revolutionary soul,
As I look back at the last six months I realize nothing that I had learnt (in what seems like another lifetime) in Revolutionary Warfare class prepared me for the urban guerilla tactics that involve Putting You to Bed, by bed I mean Your Bed... you will curl up and sleep bindaas if it involves sleeping with your parents but bring you ten inches close to your cot and you will subject us to a major tantrum. We dont know what it is. Parampara dictates that you sleep like your mother in her own room in her own cot (yup, I was such a model baby I slept on my own in the nursery from day one...should I put that on my resumé?!!), I have asked your father and he is still scratching his head trying to remember (Bilkul kuch yaad nahee araha) but his mom reminds me that he had an elder brother to give him company. I have tried to coax Pesho but she thinks uska bhee koi standard hai and balks at shrieking little bundles that throw up on her.
So your mother's number one nightmare at the moment is a scrawny little six year old with a cocky attitude, you know the Raju types, who will block your way during playtime and holler "Oye Chintu tu ab bhee Mummy Kay Saath Sota Hai Kiya" (Mom's Precious Still sleeps with His Mommy)..cue in a cacophony of "Mummy Ka Laadla, Mommy's Little Precious".. Naheeeeeeeee
However, it says something to your determination (and courage and fortitude) that you took on the Big Gun (that is my mom) and all her attempts to move you to the cot. And that is saying something! But I say in your defence:
1) You are an ideal baby as you are nazar na lagey such a good traveller. You happily curled up to me as the plane took off and just slept the duration of the flight, you 'latched on' as we started descending and when the plane taxied to the runway you stretched your arms over your head as you do when you wake up and looked up at me as if to say Chalo Brisbane Aagaya We Are There Right?. You happily bopped along as we drove some 2000 km. And you were no spoke in my wheel of spending the whole holiday scurrying from pool to steam room to jacuzzi to pool. As I keep on explaining to you Im only learning to swim properly so that you have a healthy relationship with water growing up..Uffff the things moms have to do.
2)You have been so accepting of new things. Sleeping in different hotel rooms, visiting new homes, temperature fluctuations, new people, introducing solids, you look up to us in a Aap Hai Na You there, Right? way and plunge into whatever life brings your way.
3)We feel that you are more communicative...some would say it could be your motor mouth mom's genes, but your grandmother doesnt fail to remind us how your mom didnt utter a peep until she was two (and it involved many a trip to the paediatrician and listening to mean babysitter suggestions that We Cut The Taar Nerve Under The Tongue, shudder) Of course your mom made up for all that in no time, but it counts for something when you entertain us with your repertoire of baby babble.
Six Months Old And Just Defeated The Big Guns
The thing is your parents are very happy with the way things are. And as your mother doesnt fail to remind her family "Baby is for Entertainment Purposes only", for she had made a No Expectations pact with you a long time ago. But there are days when she wakes up with the niggling question whether her plans actually involve you? It is all fine to 'uncomplicate' her life from all the pressures of Baby Milestones and deadlines, and to 'free' your life from being a performing monkey. It is addictive to curl up to you every night and your parents swear they have not slept better. We love it as you stretch out your arms and do a quick spot check over your shoulders for both of us (Ok A check, Baba check). But there are days when she does fear if she is stifling All Independent Thought in you. Is she Doing the Right Thing? Yara, yeh ishq nahee asaan...some difficult love this, all rivers of fire and all.
All I pray is that when that Playground Bully taunts you in public, you can be confident in your reply (considering your mom believes in non-violence so fisticuffs are not an option), and that you can impress upon your peers that you are secure in your self and are in a good place in life.
And well if that doesnt happen we will set Pesho on Raju.