Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What GBM Did

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GBM turned to her tummy for the first time when she was three months and a week old. Since yesterday, she's been doing it every time we put her down and marveling at her own achievement. She's also trying to crawl very hard and making Sharapova-like grunts while at it. 

GBM likes being taken to the balcony and enjoys watching the Neem and Mango trees right outside. During this time, we're not supposed to talk to her because she's having a quiet, philosophical moment all by herself.

GBM's current favourite song is a 500-year-old Malayalam lullaby called Omana thingal kidavo. One day, when she was extremely cranky, the song came out of my mouth in desperation. I did not even know that I knew it. It calmed her down instantly and works like magic every time I try it. She gives me a wide, gummy smile to show her appreciation. 

GBM had doubled her birth weight when we took her to the doc's for her 3.5 months vaccination. She's now longingly looking at everything we're eating and making swallowing movements with her own mouth. This makes me wonder if I should introduce solids to her at 4 months (the current WHO guideline is 6 months). 


GBM's hair is now so long that she even got a knot in it! M, who believes his daughter is made of porcelain, was distressed because he wasn't sure if a baby hairbrush would be soft enough for his baby's head. I'm sure he'd have taken her to the ICU if he could have to have the knot removed. We finally took it out like a pair of masterly eye surgeons.


GBM's klutz mother has finally learned to bathe her. GBM is very peaceful during bath time, so klutz mother's nerves aren't doing too badly.


GBM does not like it if M and I talk for more than  ten minutes without involving her. She demonstrates her disapproval by throwing a fit.


GBM is going to make her debut in the colony at the Holi celebrations tomorrow. I am ridiculously excited about this and have already picked out her frock and all. M is going to carry her because he's tall enough to hold her up if the other little kids decide to splash her.

GBM makes a laughing sound now. It hardly lasts for three seconds but we all try for three hours to see if we can make her do it again and again.

GBM is now howling. Time to go.



19 comments:

R's Mom said...

Super fast she is rey..to turn so soon...The lazy brat didnt even bother till she was 5.5 months :)

LOL at the knot..no seriously..even R had such long hair that I got bugged one day and just cut it off with a scissors and as far as waiting for her mottai to be done, I just kept the first set of hair and chadaoed that in the Kali Kovil in Calcutta :)

Congrats on learning how to give a bath...I am still trying after 3.5 years *rolls eyes*

Enjoy the Holi just be a bit careful that the colour dust doesnt come too near her :) *There spoke like a true amma*

Nithvin said...

Aww..way to go GBM..
As R's mom said, do be careful of the colour dust GB..

Ramya said...

we're not supposed to talk to her because she's having a quiet, philosophical moment all by herself.

ROFL ROFL :D loved this!!!

My best wishes and loads of love to GBM and Happy holi :D

RS said...

Aww! A total Kala Tikka post.

Im sure she will enjoy the attention at the holi party tomorrow :-)

:-) Knot? Son still doesnt have enough hair to comb. Forget knot :-)

MinCat said...

my sister started my niece at 4 months and she's never looked back! she was happily eating in restaurants--steamed spinach mostly, with bread. that child is mad for spinach. so yeah go for it.

mini nair said...

Hi GB,

Omana Thingal Kidavo and Kannum pooti orunguga nee en.....
The latter is a proven song-sedative. It would calm my twins and my dad claimed that if you sing it at a louder pitch it works even better.......

Try it......

Ramya said...

Happy Holi! A hugs to GBM...

The Visitor said...

Yaay @GBM. Happy Holi to all of you.

-Uncle OT

Heathcliffs Girl said...

Love these baby posts! :)

Rums said...

love love your blog! I like your bindas way of describing things! I had been following you for a long time never got a chance to write!


P.S I got your Mayil Will Not Be Quiet shipped loved every bit of it!

Kookaburra said...

:) lovely post! can you tell me if she starts looking at her dress design or saree design just about now ... when Divya started to turn on her tummy and started to move, she got curious about design and art and would spend hours looking at clothes and the designs ... I am curious if other girl children do that - especially infants less than 8 months. Daya didnt care about sarees and shawls as much as Divya did. It was so extreme and obvious, so I am curious if its just Divya or a girly thing!

chandrima said...

GBM is a cutie pie! Her short visit to Holi party made other kids so happy.

Nithvin said...

Err..an afterthought..

'GBM turned to her tummy for the first time when she was three months and a week old'.Is it 'turned on her tummy' or 'turned to her tummy'. I have always thought it to be the former and was surprised to see the latter being used in your post.But coming from you, it must be right..can you please clarify?
Just want to know the correct usage..TIA

Raj said...

Just realized that Omana thingal kidavo is also part of kuluvali song in Muthu. Thank you for introducing to another wonderful lullaby :)

Btw, Mannupugazh song in Neelambari raaga is known to induce sleep.

Great going.

vishesh said...

Can you record that lullaby and post it on soundcloud? :P

dipali said...

Precious!!!!

N said...

I want a recording, of you singing omana thingal :) ;)

Pics from Holi please?

Jack Trent said...

Nice article
thanks

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The latter is a confirmed song-sedative. It would relaxed my twin babies and my dad stated that if you play it at a noisier message it performs even better
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