“Mommy, I love you”. My toddler said so cutely that my heart melted into a gooey puddle. “I love you to the moon”, he added. Oh my heart! Sitting on the toilet seat he still looked so little. Given his chatter and tantrums, I often forget that he is not even 4 years old. Why does he always pour all his love out in the bathroom? 😛 “Mommy, can you hug me“. I stepped into the toilet and gave him a hug. Life with a toddler is full of weird funny moments.
My little one could say only 5 words when he turned two. And words like “mom”, and “dad” weren’t in his vocabulary. But somehow he knew how to say “aaninaso” referring to dinosaurs. You can imagine how worried I was when my baby didn’t reach his speech and language milestones. We would talk to him, use phonetics, and watch numerous youtube videos on speech delay. Thankfully, I had placed him in a long daycare by that time.
You won’t believe that within 6 months of joining daycare, his vocabulary increased to 150 words and kept increasing in the coming months. He reached the milestone pretty quickly. Maybe, he needed a social circle to start talking.
The day he said “mommy mommy” on his own, I felt like a Maa from Bollywood movie. Khushi k aasu flowing down my cheeks. Flowers started blooming in my heart and I could hear dhol-nagada play in the background.
Unlike those days, now we are constantly answering a barrage of questions. No one can guess that a year ago I was having sleepless nights due to his language delay. He can read very well. We read Disney’s Tangled, Marvel’s Spider-man collection, and Baby shark books many many times. We enact scenes and make-up new dialogues.
He is an expressive child. But that means I can also see a future where I will be facepalming at the words coming out of his mouth. 😛
The other day we invited my Uncle’s family for dinner. When it was time to say goodbye, he sat in a corner making a sad face. “Why does everybody leave me and my house”. Damn! this boy is going to break more hearts than “Tussi Na Jao”.
He is a big nautanki. Acting and feigning at the drop of a hat. My husband would never stop joking that he got those traits from me.
We were flying to India last October when I ran out of snacks mid-flight. This was our first flight as a family. I thought I had packed enough snacks for him, but alas! they weren’t enough. “Mommy, my tummy is empty”. “Look mommy look, I am hungry“. He would pull up his t-shirt to show me his tummy. I managed to give him some juice, which he spilled a minute later. Then spilled more juice two hours later. Well, it was quite an experience as parents.
All I can say is – to expect the unexpected.
If you follow my Instagram account – rajlakshmihb, you would have seen how he would photo-bomb my yoga pictures. He loves to be a part of the filming process. Already loves the camera and would be ready with his “cheese” smile that was taught by his teachers.
I am not immune to “Mommy guilt”. Chores, work, my never-ending list of life goals – they all can take a big chunk of my day. I try to spend quality time with him and yet when he sleeps in my arms at night, I can’t brush away the feeling of not having spent enough time with him. I also know that I am not the only one who feels this way.
Life with a toddler is indeed a rollercoaster ride.
I hope you are having a great start to the new year. Take care.