Anna is talking so much now. Not exactly talking but she repeats so many words. Sometimes up to 3-4 new ones a day. Yesterday’s new words were khicchi (khichdi), fridge and birthday. And she is such a copy cat. Ask her ‘dadi pranayan kaise karti hai?’ and she wrinkles up her little nose and starts breathing loudly. If anyone coughs she immediately shows off her fake cough. She saw her dadaji eating medicine and on being asked ‘dadu dawai kaise khate hain?’ she jerks her head like she had seen him doing. It amazes me how much she observes and stores into her little brain.
Her birthday party was really good. Mummy arrived on 15th morning and so was on time for the party. Anna behaved very well and only got cranky towards the very end. Poor thing usually naps at around 1:30 pm and that day she finally got to sleep only at 4 after the party was over. The cake was Winnie the Pooh and really yummy. The birthday girl finished off her piece in no time. Will upload pics once I get around to transferring them from the camera. She got loads of toys and clothes. Storage is becoming a problem and I need to sort and remove a lot of her stuff soon.
Went to a place called Kamath on the Mysore highway on Monday with her Dadi and Dadu. She slept most of the time both ways and really surprised me by eating almost one full idli there. R’s parents left on Tuesday and now Mummy is looking after her. Anna has become really clingy in the past few weeks. When I’m around she rarely wants to go to anyone. Sometimes she won’t even go to R. She is slowly getting used to her Nani. She was very friendly with her 2 months ago when she left, but now is a bit wary.
Actually this will be the last trip when anyone comes over to look after her. So now we need to find some really good child-care option for her. Either a maid or a good daycare. I’m really worried about it – how am I ever going to leave my precious baby in the hands of strangers? How will I ever be able to concentrate on work? Why don’t I just quit?
But a small part of me is also excited. Finally it will be just us – R, Anna and me. Our family. Not that I’m not extremely grateful to both our moms for putting their lives on hold so that Anna’s first year wasn’t spent in the company of a maid or in daycare. But it will be good to finally be on our own. Responsible adults looking after their baby :). But the problem of finding someone really good to care for Anna is giving me nightmares.