Srivaths’ passport got delivered today. The fun part begins only now, as we have to apply for OCI for him. The experience of facing Indian bureaucracy in India is going to be priceless.
On any given day, Srivaths would like to mess around with the TV stand in our home. There is a small draw in the TV stand, where we keep all the remotes. One of his favourite pastime is to take out all the batteries from those remotes and fiddle with them. Yesterday, after such a fiddling session he went up to his mom in the kitchen and proudly displayed the battery as his prized possession. She promptly said, “Don’t take out the batteries. Go back and put it in the draw and close it”. For a child of 16 months, it is a reasonably complex sentence involving multiple action items. Guess what, the brat got the message perfectly that he turned around, went to the TV stand, opened the draw, put the battery inside and closed it. Quite pleased. 🙂
Srivaths’ babble is slowly becoming recognizable. He clearly says ‘Appa’, ‘Maa’, ‘Thaa’ (give), ‘Thaathaa’ (grand dad) etc. He even uses the combination of words making a small sentence as in ‘Appa thaaa’. Funny thing is that, he uses ‘thaa’ for both give and take (indhaa). ‘Adda’ seems to be his version of ‘Anna’ (elder bro), but we are not quite sure yet. Apart from that, he is able to say some variation of ‘mabill’ (mobile), ‘tato’ (potato), ‘toto’ (Tomato) etc. Now, he is able to understand what we talk. When we ask him to get the TV remote / mobile / battery, which he would have normally hidden somewhere during the course of the day, he understands that and fetches it.
Our younger brat seems to be living to the old tamil adage ‘Rendavadhu ellam Polladhu’. Based on his mood, he dictates what he needs. If he feels good and great, he will cosy up to any one – especially to our elder one by hugging him and tailing him all the time. Elder one, being the innocent of the two will alsways warm up to Srivaths, ensure that he is cuddled and give him the required attention irrespective of what he is doing. But the younger brat, when he is not in a receptive mood has the nerve to push Anirud away.
While we don’t want to take sides, we are making it clear to him that Anirud is his elder brother and Srivaths won’t be allowed to mess up with him in the way he does now. Of course, at 15 months he is too little to understand anything of this sort. 🙂
Guess who is excited when Srivaths travelled on a two-wheeler for the first time? It was Anirud. 🙂
On the way back from a hospital after doing a round of vaccination, all in the family travelled on our Scooty for a short distance of half a kilometre. Anirud wasted no time in announcing the milestone “This is Srivaths’ first trip in the Scooty” and he was constantly enquiring if he is feeling happy / excited / thrilled / scared or whatever. On his part, Srivaths was quite amused to see something of this sort moving around, as the only vehicle with which he has travelled in the past was a car. Perhaps after a year or so, one can confidently make him stand in front of the driver of the Scooty without worrying too much about what the brat would do.
At the end of 13 months, here is a quick update about Srivaths:
- The total number of tooth that Srivaths has got now is eight. Four in the upper jaw and four in the lower jaw.
- He likes to repeat the actions of whatever the adults do. He likes to scoop from an empty bowl with a spoon and would like to feed his mom. With an imaginary razor, he also would like to shave like his dad and so on.
- When any of the wardrobe doors are open, it doesn’t take much time for him to empty the contents. Whether it is books or clothes, it will be out in the open in seconds.
- On food, Srivaths typically takes whatever we take. Rice, Pasta, Chapatis, Boiled Egg are his favourites. He loves pears and banana too. Apart from this, he also would like to eat bits of paper and any dirt lying around.
- Srivaths adores his elder bro. If the elder brat is at home, he will follow him wherever he goes and keeps looking at him in awe. For some reason, he likes Anirud’s company more than anyone else.
- “gaagaaa”, “thaathaa”, “paaappaa” etc are few of the stuff he babbles. Waiting for him to pronounce ‘appa’, ‘amma’, ‘anna’ etc.
Srivaths normally wakes up around 7 in the morning. Whether he does it on the weekdays or not, he would definitely wake up at 7 am on the weekends, which kind of forces us to be up and running. 🙁 The moment he is out of his cot, the first thing he does is to peek into Anirud’s room, crawl towards his bed, climb on that and wake up his elder bro. Guess how he does that? He gives his hair a not-so-gentle shake, taps Anirud on his face and ensures that the elder one is up. If we do any of this to Anirud, the way he will react will be difficult to write. But, when it comes to Srivaths, all he would say is “Please Srivaths.. you should not do that. You should behave well and let Anna sleep for some more time” in the most sweetest way possible. 🙂 However, Srivaths is not someone to relent that easily and will keep carrying on with his routine until Anirud is fully awake. No wonder the elder one has given him the name “Holiday Alarm Clock”.
While Srivaths has been crawling for a while now, we are eagerly awaiting the day when he would stand and walk. At the moment, he is able to walk by holding to our hands, but is not confident to walk on his own. For the last few days, he manages to stand on his own rises from the sitting position) for 30 seconds or so.
If he starts to walk, that will solve many issues we have on hand. While the brat is crawling, his palm gets dirtier every minute despite our best efforts to keep our floor clean. Also, he has been trying unsuccessfully so far to conquer the bathroom, which if it happens will be a disaster. Another major issue is when we take him out to a restaurant or somewhere. While we have our food, Srivaths would like to stand. On those occasions, if he catches something fancy he starts crawling at the blink of an eye.
Hmmm… no wonder we are so looking forward to his first step. 🙂
One careless leap and Srivaths gets on to the coffee table. From there, the TV stand is a step away for him to explore its back. Many a times, he assaults the TV (yeah! It is an assault.. If the TV had some life, it would cry helplessly or hit back) from the ground. Excited and scared about what lies in store with this super brat.