Drafted on Nov 15, 2011.
When I received the 13-month, 3-weeks old newsletter from BabyCenter, it dawned on me how it is already close to 2 months since Ram turned one. Time sure flies at lightening speed, doesn’t it? So what has Ram been upto these past few months? Very busy, I should say. Very busy growing, developing, expressing, interacting, and being mischievous.
He started taking his first tentative steps around 11 months. Whenever we sang, “thathi thathi nadanthu varum chella papa, engal chinna papa”, he would take it as a cue to toddle away in delight. It has been such a joy to see him grow physically and build on his strength, muscle by muscle.
He is beginning to understand and execute simple instructions. If Da or I were to ask him, “Where is Stitch kannama”. He would scan the room searching for the stuffed toy and bring it to us. In the kitchen, if I were to tell him “Ram, can you get me a bowl for your grapes”, if he is in a mood to indulge me he would pull the draw and look for a bowl there. “Kunjalame, give amma a hug”, would make him lean over me.
For the past few weeks, he has been “chatting” non-stop. “Ba” stands for ball, bat, and book. “Boo” means balloon. “Tha” is for thank you. “Ba Bye” stands for bye bye. “Uh adha” means something fell down. When he is not able to articulate using words, he communicates using his body gestures – pointing to the pantry when he wants cheerios, bringing a plate to me when he is hungry, and leading my hands to his back to pat him when he is sleepy.
Music is to Ram as books is to Hari. When Hari was a kid, he loved reading with me. Even as a 11-month old, he could focus on a book for close to 20 minutes. Ram, on the other hand, is a music lover. When Hari and I sit with our legs criss crossed during prayer time, Ram would sway because he knows we will be reciting slokams. Likewise, Ram loves to hang out with his dad and anna when they are working on Hari’s key board lessons. Right from his baby days, music has had a soothing effect on Ram.
Ram is a foodie at heart. He is a sport when it comes to being open to new food experiences. While Hari was a Gerber baby, Ram loves his cereal and prefers variety in his menu. He likes to eat finger food, and recently has been wanting to eat with a spoon by himself.