..is that she goes from 0 to 100 in less than a heartbeat. There are no stops, halts, breaks in between.
At the tail end of our various day long road trips D and I often get in to a conversation on how we should find a place to stop so as to give Bugz a break. As we go on a look out for a place to take a break, we keep telling ourselves that since Bugz is not making any noise we still have some time to look for that perfect spot. It all, of course, ends with Bugz screaming blue murder without giving us any prior notice in the form of baby talk or a whimper or any other sound effects. It is drama full on.
Every evening Bugz is seen happily shuffling from one thing to another. There are drawers to be opened, toys and books to be scattered all around, block building build by Didi to be broken down. After which she comes to me, sits in my lap and plays around (chews on) whatever she can find. Taking it as a sign of a happy (not cranky) baby, I commit the grave mistake of trying to finish one last errand (changing her diaper) before I take her upstairs for her sleep time. The happy, laughing, smiling baby goes away in a flash and in its place is a crying, screaming, kicking one, who rubs her eyes non-stop and wiggles all over the place to the extent that it takes all my might to get the diaper on her little butt.
This evening I came home to Bugz’s nanny, who just could not stop smiling. She had something to show, she said, after which she handed me her phone. What I was looking at was a video of Bugz walking. I had a mouth meet floor moment. MY BUGZ! who refuses to even stand without support and promptly sits down, unless she is lost in whatever spoon she is chewing on and forgets that she is standing, is now walking? What? Really? I mean she had taken all of one wobbly step this past weekend. This had to be some trick photography (err whatever is the related term for video?).
I looked at Bugz. She was sitting with a smile on her face not bothered at all. Once the nanny left, we got down to the task of the day – ‘See Bugz walk’. Try one, two, three..eight all ended up the exact same way. Bugz true to form refused to even stand up without support. Trick videography it was, I was convinced. She was still standing, holding on to me when we heard D and Buzz enter the house. Bugz looked around in excitement, her eyes shining as she spied her Didi walking up the stairs, let go of my T-shirt, took one step, two step, three step, four step, five step to get to the gate. Me? I was in total shock, I must say. As D laughed with joy, Buzz screamed in excitement, ‘Bugz badi ho gayi’.
Yup, Bugz is all grown up. She who gave no indication of even being close to taking her first independent step, let go and is seen walking around the house since then. Bugz, who I kept saying, likes to takes things nice and easy and was in no hurry to walk is at the same walking milestone Buzz was when Buzz was this age and this is when Buzz started taking her first independent step long before. So yeah, true to form Bugz went straight for 100, who cares about step 0-99 after all.
Now that she has, here I am sitting in my little corner and sulking a little because my baby is growing up way too fast for my comfort.