Baby tales and more

A few days more and he’s gonna be a quarter of a year old… wow! My little baby is growing up fast! His antics and expressions are a mother’s delight…

What is the most fascinating aspect of seeing a baby grow everyday is how he learns to do new stuff ever so often. For days on end you try to catch his attention with the rattle but he doesn’t care a hoot and one fine day he wakes up and starts following the rattle all along the way you move it! He is lying on his back all the time and yet one day he decides he can turn and soon enough realizes that he can turn some more and relentlessly tries to flip over! For two months you cooed and cajoled but there would be no answering smile, but then suddenly he starts recognizing you as someone special and dazzles you with that million dollar smile umpteen times in a day! Wow! It must be magic, isn’t it? 🙂

Amongst other developments, we had the naming ceremony. The day came and went by in a blur amidst all the accompanying excitement. A lot of friends, family and well-wishers made it to bless the baby, which warmed the cockles of our heart. Also the literary spirit in me awakened in the guise of a proud mother and I was inspired to pen a few couplets – one of it was for the invite and the other one graced a flex- poster put up as the background prop of the ceremony itself. Here they are – posted for posterity!

ಆಗಸ್ಟ್-ನ ತಿಂಗಳದು, ತಾರೀಖು ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತು
ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಸಡಗರವಿತ್ತು
ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲೂ ಸಂತಸ ಹೊಮ್ಮಿತ್ತು
ಬಂದದ್ದು ಲಕುಮಿಯಲ್ಲ, ಪುಟ್ಟ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಆ ಹೊತ್ತು!
ಉರುಳಿದವು ದಿನಗಳು ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗ!
ತುಂಬಲಿದೆ ಎರಡು ತಿಂಗಳು ಆಗಲೇ ಈಗ
ಇನ್ನೇನು ಬಂದಿತು ನವೆಂಬರ್-ನ ಚಳಿ-ಮಳೆ
ಪುಟ್ಟ ಕಂದನಿಗೆ ಹೆಸರಿಡುವ ಶುಭ ವೇಳೆ
ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಆ ಸುದಿನ
ಬಯಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಆಗಮನ 
ಸ್ಥಳ – ನಮ್ಮ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರದ ವಿಶಾಲ್ ಭವನ
ವಿಶಾಲ ಮನದಿಂದ ಬಂದು ಹರಸಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಂದಮ್ಮ-ನ
ಆರೋಗ್ಯ, ಆಯಸ್ಸು, ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ, ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ
ಸದ್ವಿದ್ಯಾ, ಬುದ್ಧಿ, ವಿನಯ, ಸಮೃದ್ಧಿ
ಇವೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಆಶಿಸಲಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದ 
ಎಂದು ಬಯಸುವ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅನು – ಪ್ರದೀಪ


That was the one in the invite and the other was…

ಅಮ್ಮನ ಮುದ್ದಿನ ಕಂದಮ್ಮ, 
ಅಪ್ಪನ ಗುಂಡ ನಾನಮ್ಮ 
ಪುಟ್ಟಾಣಿ, ಕುಳ್ಲಾಂಟಿ, ಚಿನ್ನಾರಿ       
ಬಂಗಾರಿ, ಪುಟ್ಟಪ್ಪ, ಜಾಣ-ಮರಿ  
ಮುದ್ದಿನ ಕರೆಗಳು ನೂರಾರು
ನನಗಿವು ನಾಮಗಳು ಹಲವಾರು
ಆಗಲೇ ನಾನು ಕೇಳಿದೆನು
ಶಾಲೆಗೇ ಬರೆಸುವಿರಿ ಹೆಸರೇನು?
ಕಳೆಯಲಿ ತಿಂಗಳು ಎರಡೆಂದರು   
ಇಡುವೆವು ನಿನಗೆ ಹೆಸರೆಂದರು
ಹೀಗೆ, ಬಂದಿತು ನಿಮಗೆ ಆಮಂತ್ರಣ
ಇಂದು ಮಾಡುವರು ನನ್ನ ನಾಮಕರಣ


In a week’s time I will be heading back home – the one with just me, the hubby and our baby. Just the thought of the countless things that I’d have to manage in addition to the baby, boggles my mind. But what’s even more worrisome is the thought of how much my parents are gonna miss the little one 😦 Their days are a string of activities strung around the baby, they talk to him, play with him and cuddle him even as they go about their daily tasks – it’s gonna be a huge void, difficult to fill in. But then, such is life – I guess,  slowly but surely they’ll get used to life as it was before and all the cuddles and kisses will have to wait for the weekend visits 🙂


8 thoughts on “Baby tales and more

  1. Hey Anu,

    Good luck with your move back to your place! I know, this is exactly how I felt when mom left too.. but things turned out not so bad 🙂 though there are moments of absolute helplessness… I m sure u ll do great!!!
    Yayyyy for the lil cupcake… smiling and flipping over 🙂 How fast they grow right…

    • hey thanks for the encouraging words Dwija! The past 2 days have been really hectic here… hopefully things will improve as the days go by!
      You know what? just after I said that he’s turning, he’s started flipping over now since the past few days! gosh! now all he wants to do is flip over and already tries to move ahead too… really how fast they do grow is amazing! 🙂

  2. Wow, those lines are really well written!

    Yenu hesaru muddu gundandu shalegey? Curious to know 🙂

    My heart broke into a million tiny pieces when it was time for parents to leave ( in your case, you leave), but it does get manageable in course of time. Hang in there.

    Many hearty wishes to all of you for a joy filled 2011.

    • hey thanks AHK! 🙂
      As for the name, check your mail 😀
      Yeah am slowly trying to get a hang of it… doing everything myself without parents’ support, but they miss him big time 😦
      Thanks and wish you and your family also a very happy and prosperous new year!!

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