Daddy Diaries : Beds and Hobbitses

Dear Diary,

The day for which the Sharma family was eagerly waiting arrived a few days back. Anika started crawling on all four (more like an alligator) a few days back and the house was buzzing with gossip about how long we had before she would fall off the bed. Everyone was of the opinion that her crawl was more of a slither and that she won’t be able to pass the single pillow barricades. How wrong we were! It so happened that one fine evening when Geet was stuffing stuff in her overstuffed almirah while Anika sat sprawled in her pillow cage, she suddenly heard a thud followed by a blood-curling wail. Anika had broken the cage and fallen off the bed.

image from here

image from here

There was a sudden buzz in the house. Anika was passed from one hand to another, like a stack of bricks at a construction site. It was one of the landmark days when you realize that your child has crossed a very important milestone. We almost had a party to celebrate the bump on her head.

Anika has also started reacting to all the food that is never going to get into her mouth for a long time. She hates her Cerelac and mashed bananas but stares gluttonously at the aloo paratha in my hand. She then licks her lips and makes sound with her tongue as if she has not eaten in months. She stares beseechingly at Geet’s dinner plate but closes her mouth the moment I try some fruit juice on her. She seems to be a pretty good actress.

Geet and I left Anika with her grandparents and had some ‘us time’. We watched the desolation of Smaug and had pasta followed by brownie dipped in boiling chocolate sauce and got nostalgic about the good old days when we used to eat chocolate off each… never mind. So, we came back home and I decided to create a Lonely Mountain in our bedroom. The trigger was the fact that Geet was feeling tired and wanted to have a nap. So I turned Anika into Bilbo. I was Thorin, the Dwarf king and Geet was Smaug who was lying under her comfortable duvet which was actually millions and millions of coins. I commanded Bilbo to go into the mountain and find the Arkenstone which was nothing but Geet’s hairclip. Bilbo quietly slipped into the mountain of coins but she wasn’t very quiet. She woke up Smaug but before the dragon could shoot fire at the hobbit, Bilbo snatched the hairclip and pulled it with all her might. Smaug bellowed and Bilbo and I ran for our life. Thankfully, that was not the day Bilbo fell off the bed but Smaug made us feel sorry that we woke her up.

Dear Diary,

Seven months have gone by and Anika has turned from a sleeping beauty to a roadrunner. It is hard to catch her and make her stay still. As much as Geet and I are scared of the terrible twos, we are also looking forward to having a full night sleep, an act about which we have very faint memories. Recently Anika went through a phase of nightmares and would wake up screaming like the heroine of a Ramsey movie. We had to eat Crocins before going to work during that horrible phase.

We have realized that with a child you never know what the next day holds. And as a wise man once said – The smaller the package, the smaller the problems. I find solace in believing that nightmares followed by screams, diaper rashes and hobbitses falling off beds are smaller problems as compared to what lies ahead.

51 comments on “Daddy Diaries : Beds and Hobbitses

  1. You post always transcends me back to 2000 AD -now wasn’t that only yesteday, yet a millenium ago? However, your ex-sleeping beauty seems to have a mind of her own, and I’m not surprised, considering who her father is! I’m waiting to read her blog or whatever it would turn out to be in a decade or so. May God bless her and you all!

    • Haha! Thanks Uma. I hope she picks up reading and writing as a hobby. I take her to the study room almost every day and show her all the novels she has to read one day. I hope that helps.

  2. Hehe You brought us the girl alive in front of me. I could picture her stumbling, crying and what not. well yes they say they are terrible twos let see then 🙂


  3. Amit, I am a dad to a 28 month old lil daughter myself, and trust me when I say this, the next few months are going to be the most interesting, mind numbing, hair raising, patience testing experiences ever, but all in good fun nevertheless 😀

    Lovely post, and loved the entire Desolation of Smaug analogy as well 😀

  4. haha that Smaug refrence made me laugh !
    7 months 😮 time surely flew …. Real struggle will be when she starts walking :))
    Adv newyear wishes to the sharma family

    • Thanks Afshan. Now that she has started crawling, we have to be cautious. The carefree days of the baby sleeping all the time are over. 🙂
      New year wishes to you and your family too!

  5. “a full night sleep, an act about which we have very faint memories”
    Tell me about it. I still shiver thinking of that phase.
    Loved your recreation of Desolation of Smaug 🙂

  6. LOL, You go Anika! You definitely have to top this blog. I wish I was living close by, I would have taught you how to beat steel plates with spoons and create a cacophony. Smaug and Thorin can deal with that then!

  7. Yeah yeah…full night’s sleep!! Let me not get into it. Just wanna let you know that you have just pressed the accelerator for the roller coaster ride ahead of you. All the Best! 😀 And yes, all mothers are tagged as Smaugs conveniently, till the day enlightenment dawns upon the little ones. 😀

  8. That was a cute description, Amit. For sure, ahead lies more fun 🙂 Once she starts standing up and walking, there’s no stopping her. And sleepless nights, ask me about it. I am still terrified about them.

  9. Being a girl, I guess I gave my parents the toughest time in my late teens! So you have some time to enjoy.
    I could imagine Anika crawling, staring at your food and waking up screaming through this post. And yes, if you want her to read these post when she can actually do so, you will have to stop making ‘…eat chocolate off…’ kind of statements!!! 😀

    • Teens in the next 15 years will be something else. I cant wait for that. 🙂
      And I will allow her to read this blog when she turns 18. So I guess all the chocolate references are fine. 😛

  10. I lost my original comment :(. But here I am back. Re-read the post and had a good laugh once again. I also remember the first time, my son had a fall and we had all gone in the panic mode. Just a few days later, it became a common occurrence. God, these kids give us all kinds of scares. And don’t remind me of a good night’s sleep. My husband and I struggled with that too. I just love these posts of yours — so humorous, each musing what every parent can relate to! God bless Anika!

    • Thanks for coming back Rachna!
      Nowadays we are extra cautious around her. Everyone leap at her the moment she crawls towards the edge of the bed. 🙂 It is a funny sight.
      I am just waiting for a full night sleep to happen. Whenever that happens, I am going to wake up in the morning and cry.
      Thank you for liking the posts Rachna. 🙂

  11. You haven’t slept for so many days?Don’t scared me.I don’t know what I will do when I have a baby :-/

    Then Anika is so lucky to have these posts on here.I’m wondering,by the time she is teens,there will be a truck load of posts about her to make them into a book.Food for thought 🙂

    • I haven’t slept for a whole night since Anika was born. We have to wake up at least 2-3 times at night. 🙂

      Yeah, think about it. She will have loads and loads to read and to be embarrassed about. 😛

  12. Yup, falling off the bed is a milestone! 😆 I remember how much I freaked out when Namnam had her first fall. And then how such bumps and falls became a norm with her! 😀
    As for a goodnight’s sleep, some days they were! Sigh!

    Hugs to li’l Anika! She is super adorable! Looking forward to reading more of her and your daddyhood 🙂

    • We freaked out too but she has not repeated the stunt again. We hope that she would behave. 🙂
      Thank you for the hugs. They have been passed. 🙂

  13. ha ha 😀 I freaked out badly when my 6 month old son fell off the bed… He also broke the pillow barrier easily. And It seems you have been pretty busy with Anika’s antics as it has been quite a few days since your last post 🙂

  14. Hi Amit!
    Congratulations! (Sorry for the late wishes.I was totally out of blogging for long time now). I could connect to the little one for falling off the bed. I could recollect my memories of falling off bed and getting a bump on my head probably when I was 3-4 yrs old.(the bump stayed for a good one year). Hope she is doing well now.
    Lots of good wishes. Cheers! .

  15. You are hands down the best ‘writer’ blogger that I read. Anika’s exploits are hilarious! Looking forward to reading many more. 😀

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