Nope, this is not a plug for Cingular wireless! Its just excitement at the fact that Karthik has recently started turning over to lie on his tummy. After all, rolling over is a big achievement for him. He can now lift his neck and see stuff that he didn’t even know existed. I’m sure it has given him a whole new perspective on things.
Turning over is pretty much the first big full-body maneuver for him (as it is for any baby). So far he has smiled, reached out with his hands and grabbed and kicked his legs. But those actions seemed to happen naturally. Turning over is the first thing that he really tried to do. It wasn’t an easy ride though. There were a lot of painfully unsuccessful attempts as he was unable to push himself over his shoulder and fell back down, thumping the back of his head on the playmat. But he kept at it until he got the hang of it (wonder who he got that from… not me!).
Watching him roll over is as exciting for us as it is for him. The first rollover is a rather momentous occasion and I still remember, right down to the dress she was wearing, the first time Kavya achieved it. The anticipation as he turns to the side and then down and finally pushes himself over his shoulder… the excitement during the last ball of a cricket match or the thrill of the minutes leading upto Rajni’s introduction in a new movie don’t even come close!
He has now pretty much mastered the art. And he obviously likes it since anytime we leave him lying on his back for even a few seconds, he ends up on his tummy! But each time he turns over and then gives me that wide, toothless smile of victory, I understand the meaning of the word ‘perseverance’ all over again!