If she’s learnt how to walk, is she a toddler now?

Anna’s developing so fast it’s becoming difficult to keep track of all the new things she’s doing. I remember till just a few weeks ago it used to one new thing at a time. But now it’s like, ‘Look I can do this and this aand this’. Phew. Sometimes I get tired just looking at her.

We’ll start with the biggie. She’s WALKING. Finally. And looks so darn cute. She’s been standing without support for around 2 months. She also learnt how to sit down very easily. Never saw her fall or be stranded standing up. She’d been taking one, maybe two steps sometimes but wasn’t showing any interest in walking. She’s a very good crawler and I guess since she was already able to get into everything she just didn’t see the need for walking. Anyway, day before yesterday she suddenly decided she wanted to walk and that was it. She would stand up, walk 3-4 steps and sit. By evening she had progressed to 7-8 steps at a time. I’m so happy and proud. This was the maybe the last physical milestone of the first year and she’s achieved it with plenty of time to spare.

But more than the physical stuff it’s her comprehension skills that amaze me. Suddenly it’s like she can understand everything we say. Ask her ‘Doggie kaise bolta hai’ and she says ‘Bhoo’, ‘Fan kahan hai’  and she’ll look up and point at the ceiling. Say ‘Phool kahan hai’ and she says ‘poo’ and points to the balcony. Ask her to go fetch doggie or the ball and she’ll go and get her stuffed doggie or the ball. She says ‘jai’ and folds her hands. Her Dadi does pooja every evening. Initially she would close the door but Anna would go and bang on it to be let in. She has to be in Dadi’s arms for the aarti and always says ‘jai’ when she goes to Dadi’s room. On the balcony we tell her to call the pigeons and she beckons with her hand and says ‘aa aa’. In fact now when we ask her to fetch the doggie she just beckons with her hand and says ‘aa’ expecting the doggie to come to her by itself. She can also give kissies. On being asked too give a kissie she opens her mouth against the loyal subject’s cheek and honours him/her with a kiss. Only, this morning the wretch bit my cheek real hard when she was ‘kissing’ me.

She is on the go all the time. The only time she’s still is when she’s sleeping. She doesn’t sit still for even a minute. And she doesn’t like any confining situation. She gave up on the high chair months ago and eats while playing and is now refusing the stroller as well. She was never very fond of the stroller and would whine in between during her evening walk but we somehow managed to take her down everyday. For the past week she’s refused to even sit in the stroller. So we take her down to the garden and she’s happy playing in the grass.

We’d bought her 2 books a couple of months ago and she would sometimes play with them but not much. But in the past few days she’s showing much more interest in them and often goes to pick up her books (yaayyyy). So we got her a few more yesterday. Hopefully she’ll like them too. It’s a good thing the pages are cardboard otherwise they wouldn’t survive a single day because she LOVES tearing paper. Be it the newspaper or a magazine – Anna has to grab it and tear it.

I look at her sometimes and feel so awed. From helpless, mewling newborn she’s gone to energetic, on-the-go, commanding and demanding toddler (is she already a toddler? where did my baby go?). And in less than eleven months. I feel blessed that I get to be part of it all – to be the most important person in her life right now. All too soon she’ll be strong enough and independent enough to only need me for the occasional hug or kiss. It’s something I should remember when I’m tired and cranky (that makes ME sound like the toddler :P) and just want her to finish her food or go to sleep. It’s a blessing and a privilege to be with her and watch her grow. To wonder at how fast she’s growing. I’m really happy you’ve learnt how to walk, Anna. Just don’t run away from your Mumma for a long time to come.

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About anna's mom

First time mom to my lovely little Anna. Mostly swinging between exhaustion and exhilaration. Avid reader, feminist, and out of words at the moment No longer a first time mom. Now mom to my darling babies - Anna and Niki. Still exhausted, still exhilarated,
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