The Plaintiff: Me, also known as Mama
The Defendant: 'Baby' Tarana
The Charges: Growing up too fast
Exhibit One: The first tooth makes its appearance at four and a half months. To be honest, she was born with a little gum-covered stump, which receded somewhat with the first few weeks. But now it’s a proper full-on tooth that packs in a mean bite when she is done feeding.
Exhibit Two: She turned a couple of weeks ago. And hasn’t stopped turning since. You only have to put her down for a minute and she flips. This has seriously messed up her sleep routine. She had started sleeping an 8-hour stretch in the night but now she’s up every 3-4 hours. The minute she’s in a light phase of sleep, she starts trying to turn and that wakes her up. Not fun!
The Verdict: Guilty as charged
The Sentence: Life with no possibility of parole – sentenced to being Mama’s little baby even when she is old enough to have babies of her own… :)
Seriously though, there is a definite difference in the way I am feeling about Tarana's milestones. With Ayaan, there was undiluted pride and excitement. We were always waiting for the next phase and the next new thing to kick in and ticking it off on the development chart. With Tarana, I haven't so much as peeked at the development chart and when the milestones do arrive, they are greeted with a bittersweet happiness - my last little baby is growing up...