Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Rollover!


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!

21 Comments:

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

I can understand the excitement u must be going through - I saw my nephew growing up - he is just 21 months now - so currently still seeing him grow up ;) - his first smile - his first reaction to different gerber food - he hated spinach like nobody's business - still remember the frown on his face - his first rollover - his first attempt to stand up - his first attempt to walk - and his first few steps - and now the different words he talks - Everything is such a pleasure to be there and enjoy it. Enjoy Balaji

 
At 11:38 PM, Anonymous ram said...

a really sweet post to the end the day after all the overdose of rajni in the last cpl of days!

anyways, my aunt (who lives 15 miles from my place) gave birth a boy this august and boy, it's so exciting to watch him grow...have seen him rite from the time he was 2 hours old :)

have a wonddddderful time with KK (not kandukonden*2!), bb sir!

 
At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats...

it'll only be a matter of time before he crawls then walks.

These, I'm guessing (innum anuvickalla with my own, but I have had plenty of kids (nephews, nieces, cousins) grow up around me) are some of the best moments of your life...

 
At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Hey Balaji..

Tell me all about it.. It's truly an exhilirating feeling to watch a baby rollover. I had the same feeling when Mahalakshmi achieved the huge feat.. Of course, she had a cheer squad consisting of two sets of grandparents (they wouldn't agree if I told you that they did!), but one grandma in particular :-) had a fun time helping M turn over by actually doing it for her.. (purely because M was 85% there, according to her!).

We ganged up on that grandma often.. but even that was pleasurable for her..

These pleasures last a lifetime.. enjoy, revere and savor them.. it makes life all the more worthwhile to live! :-)

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger vee-jay said...

Watch your child grow is such a pleasure. Thanks to technology, these days we can watch the baby grow even from week 3-4 of pregnancy. From listening to the baby's cardiac action during the first trimester, every step is memorable.
Treasure the moments Balaji!!!

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger Me said...

i haven't seen babies grow up but i simply like that look on ur son's face. Looks precious enough..

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

hey balaji...i can well understand what amt of excitement u must ve gone thru...i m sure theres still lots more of excitement to come up and this is just the start.

 
At 5:08 AM, Blogger RandomThoughts said...

Congrats BAlaji! the first milestone achieved. Make a note of the dates.Its really wonderful & great fun to look over all this later!

Now get set for a world of enjoyment!

All the best to the great challenge called Parenting!

 
At 6:51 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

He is so adorable. Yep, first rollovers are fun. I remember both of mine. This time is so precious. Enjoy it while you can. When they get mobile and start turning the house upside down, these memories can keep us sane ;-)

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger Me too said...

Congratulations to B Jr. on his latest achievement! After the first smile, it this roll-over that is eagerly awaited next step! Guess, you can cancel your health club memberships as his getting mobile is just around the corner!

Second Ram about this pleasing picture that welcomes us in your blog after all the overdose of R!!

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger visithra said...

oh he is so cute ;))) yayyyy karthik turned over ;))

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous SK said...

that's great. my prayers are that he turns out to be the naughty one, unlike Kavya, for whom you didn't have to child-proof your home! Misery loves company!

SK

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger thennavan said...

Wonderful seeing him - "kuzhandai mugha darisanam, kodi dukkha naasanam"

:-)

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous ram said...

a totally random thought...was listening to "veenaikku theriyaadhu" (rayil sneham) after a very long time...was just a step away from tears when i turned off my player...mesmerizing melody with wonderfully uplifting lyrics...here you go:

Indha veenaikku theriyaadhu…idhai seydhavan yaar endru…

En sondha pillaiyum ariyaadhu…adhai thandhavan yaar endru…

Enakkull azhudhu rasikkinren…irandayum madiyil sumakkinren…
---
Malaiyil Vazhikki Vizhundha Nadhikku Adaikkalam Thandhadhu Kadal Thaane

Tharaiyil Vazhikki Vizhundha Kodikku Adaikkalam Thandhadhu Killai Thaane

Engo Azhudha Kanneer Thudaikka, Engo Oru Viral Irukkiradhu…

Thaagam! Kuruvigall Thaagam Theera Gangai Innum Nadakkiradhu…
---
Sondham Bandham Enbadhu Elaam Sollitherindha Murai Thaane

Sorgam Naragam Enbadhu Elaam Soozhnilai Kodutha Niram Thaane

Ullam Enbadhu Seriyaai Irundhaal Ulagam Muzhudhum Inikkiradhu

Udhira Pogum Poovum Kooda Uyir Vaazndhida thaan thudikkiradhu…

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

aatma, so true. at this age there's something new every day. so real exciting!

ram, after the rajni bday posts, even i felt there was an overdose of cinema in general. but couldn't skip the 'sivaji' launch pic. so decided the next post would be a non-cinema one :)

anon, oh yes they are :)

sandya, actually even i would be guilty of doing what your grandma did. and giving the same reason she did :)

me/randomthoughts, thanx for dropping by :)

visithra, eppo surprise party? :)

sk, aaha evlo nalla manasu!!

thennavan, wow. wonderful line. and 100% true!

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

soo cute balaji. . . will come over soon to see him do it live !!

:)

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger giri subramanian said...

hey balaji,that was a cute pic.congrats.

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger Vidya said...

karthik looks so cute.. congrats to him on his giant step er.. shud I say turn.. :D..

 
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