Little S – II
So this semi crawling, semi scooting PattaaNi* that would invariably roll around the house a few months ago is no longer just a little PattaaNi. PattaaNi has now sprouted some legs! And her hands reach the table top, there’s strength in those muscles and a couple of words escape and stand out in her babble.
When my little sprout turned one, I had some friends ask me if she stands up yet or manages a tentative step or two or her own. The PattaaNi who never did actually roll over and went straight from sitting-crawling to standing-walking has been on her own feet since she was ten months old! So at her first birthday party, she was pretty much all over the place, giving the older kids a good run for all the cake!
From pulling open kitchen cabinets and top drawers, from climbing the sofas to her rocker, from striding a couple of steps on a staircase to running into the lift, sprouted PattaaNi wants to do it all. Newly sprouted legs and hands give her a sense of immense independence. She follows me to the bathroom, asks for her toothbrush and demands that she be allowed to try brushing on her own. The asserter that she is turning into, she wants to drink out a tumbler and eat by herself!
For somebody who didn’t know the significance of a door, little sprouted PattaaNi stands up on her strong little legs and first talks to the closed door like a man-to-man; and if the door doesn’t budge, she politely hits it with her palms and still if it stays shut, she will go about finding a piece of toy or a plastic ice cream scoop (which she demanded be transported from my kitchen counter to her toy chest) and come back with a vengeance!
We were watching the TV the other day and suddenly the volume kept on increasing until we had to shut our ears and scream at each other to stop it. Then we began the earnest attempt to find the missing remote. There was Miss Sprout, pressing down on the volume control with no intention of letting go whatsoever. Her fascination for remote controls, phones and the gaming console is remarkable. She will stretch, bend, sneak, dive and wriggle herself to reach any of these!
Having made a bunch of friends these last couple of months, PattaaNi wants to run outside and find a friend any minute we leave the door ajar. She runs about in peals of laughter, clapping her hands in glee whenever she has a friend over. She wants to share her rocking horse, her teapot and her dinosaur with the friend. Makes me think- “anything to keep you here, yaar!” For if the friend has to leave and says bye, little Sprout will only say hi again! She doesn’t like byes farewells.
From just ammammmamma to athathatha, Miss PattaaNi Sprout now says hi, (h)allo, bakka (book, you think?), thaa (give), says hmmm for Yes, a very crisp and distinct No, and sometimes chants ‘u-no u-no’ (oh no?) It is so much fun to watch her make the first sounds of words, like ba for ball, da for duck, ka for car. I remember my sister asking me, not so long ago, when PattaaNi would be able to talk like us- using proper words. I’d like to tell her now, “Ahem! She’s getting there tomorrow!”’
Sometimes I wonder if it’s only the legs and hands that have sprouted or is there a little tail somewhere?
*PattaaNi- Tamil word for pea.