Thursday, June 23, 2005

It took 3 to tango!

Some time back, SwB had posted something on love and companionship and mentioned that at some point, the baby made it's entry when the couple needed to add a new color, a new angle to the relationship. He wasn't far from the truth. Aayushi was born three years into our marriage and boy, what an entry she made into this world. I still remember the loud wail at precisely 10.55 AM. Holding the newborn carefully wrapped in a sterilized towel, I can never forget the pair of tiny eyes trying to open and see a world never seen before. The first few days were nothing short of nightmarish, both I and Anu wishing when all this would finally even out - the baby's hiccups (The 2nd night she literally choked on her own saliva in the middle of the night), screaming, the colic...phew! We wondered how parents the world over coped with this kind of a thing. Time flew, there were more sleepless nights in store. The baby won't sleep so well at night, having slept at a stretch during the day. We'd take turns waking up at night to put her to sleep. Then came the crawling phase. We'd fear where she'd meet a cockroach or a lizard face to face and do some serious opera style howling. That gave way to baby-steps (We didn't need to buy a walker for the brave one, she managed to walk on her own). We began enjoying parenthood as we heard her make funny little sounds and speak in sign language. Then came the usual 'gaga, googoo, mama etc..' Oh god, when would she begin to speak, we prayed. It's quite tough communicating with a child who cannot speak back. In a way, the initial months are quite a revelation for new parents and we begin appreciating the world of the deaf and dumb. When Aayushi began speaking, walking, running, thinking...we never realized. It all happened in a flurry. And now we ask her to keep quiet many a time. Parents are funny, I tell you. We want our babies to grow up and when they do, we wish they were the same old bundles of joy in the initial months of their lives. Huh!

It's been quite a journey so far. It will be so the rest of our lives, like I've blogged about it in the past. But today is an important day for us. For Aayushi. For all the efforts of the initial days and for more to come in the years ahead...I feel it's been worth it. Every single minute of it. And I hope my li'l baby turns out to be a fine person in the end, which she'll be.

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY, MY LOVE!

13 comments:

shub said...

awwwwwwwwww..............
so cute!!
sooo cute!!
soooo cute!
:D
>:D< to the lil one! :)

Cherubin said...

awwwww....Happy birthday to little Aayushi :)

Saltwater Blues said...

the little princess is so lucky ... she's got the best dad in the world!

Patrix said...

A great birthday wish from a great dad! Wonderful.

Wishing Aayushi many happy returns of the day. With a dad like you, I am sure she will do great.

Ash said...

Happy Birthday to the li'l sweetheart :)
So what's daddy getting her for her b'day ?? :D

Akruti said...

"Let all your wishes come true little angel,Let god bless u with all the joy and happiness and u be the best reason for u r parents smile and joy,God bless u my dear,Happy birthday"

phatichar said...

Everybody: Thanks a lot for the wishes!!!! :)

aqua said...

best wishes for Aayushi. :) this was good to read.

phatichar said...

aqua: Thanx a bunch!

Avinash said...

A little late on this...but liked this post enough to wish your daughter a very belated happy birthday and lots of joy :)

Avinash

anumita said...

Such a beautiful post! God bless Aayushi and her parents!

phatichar said...

avinash: thanx a lot :)

anumita: thanx and was nice having u here..keep coming back.

KJ said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Aayushi. Yes i know parents can be really funny. We used to pray that divya starts walking soon & when she did we are like Divya dont touch this, dont touch that, NO NO NO. i am sure that when she grows up she will say that her name is NO.

god bless lil aayushi. >:D<