Presenting Tarana in her favourite position:
When Jai is carrying around Tarana like this, we get a variety of shocked reactions:
Maid: Bhaiyya, yeh kaise ajeeb tareeke se baby to pakda hain (What is this weird way of holding the baby?)
Ayaan: Dadda, you are holding her like an aminal... (mis-spelling intentional - one of his last mispronunciations - my baby is growing up *sniff*)
Friend: *gasps* How are you holding her????!!!!
My brother: Dude, are you seriously telling me that that is a valid way to hold a baby?!
Well, actually it is a valid and extremely effective way to hold the baby. It is called the football hold and is recommended by paediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp in his book The Happiest Baby On the Block. By putting pressure on the baby's abdomen, this position supposedly helps ease abdominal discomfort. I don't know about that but I do know that it works like magic for Tarana. Within seconds of being plopped upside down on Jai's arm, she's a happy trooper.
I don't know who loves the football hold more - Jai or Tarana. Because for Jai, it's the one special thing that only he can do to calm her. I don't have the upper arm strength to carry her like that for more than a few seconds. So he's proud, she's calm, I get a break and all is well with the world. And being somewhat more zen-like second parents, we find people's reactions amusing rather than irritating...