Thursday, January 05, 2006

Different Strokes


I’m not sure if this is the case for all siblings when they are babies, but I’m amazed by how different Kavya and Karthik are from each other. Infact, I think its safe to say that we are yet to stumble upon a single aspect in which they share the same traits(except for the fact that they're both incredibly cute:-). From who they resemble to their physical attributes like weight to their feeding habits to their disposition, the two are as different as chalk and cheese. People who just see them would be hardpressed to believe that the two have the same set of parents!

Ofcourse the most obvious difference is in their disposition. Karthik is just a very happy baby. One look at me, his mom or his big sister and he instantly breaks into this wide, toothless smile that lights up his whole face. Even if he is in a serious mood, a simple smile or a “cluck” is all that is needed to bring forth that smile. And its not just us. “Smiley Baby” is his recent nickname among our friends since he gives a smile the moment someone as much as looks at him. And "Giggly Baby" is how the other parents at daycare describe him. So taking pictures of him smiling, like the 2nd one above, is a breeze.

It wasn’t the same with Kavya though. She was one unfriendly baby! Her parents and grandparents were pretty much the only people she smiled at until she was about a year and a half. None of our friends have carried her until her 2nd birthday and she has literally driven our friend TVS and his wife (who also had a baby and who we used to meet almost every week) out of the house with her unabated crying. Naturally, taking photos wasn’t an easy thing. Remember the monkey routine Kamal did for Sridevi in Moondraam Pirai? That was pretty much my state whenever I had to get her to smile for some pictures! So most pictures I have of her as a baby have her staring like in that first picture above.

I’ve heard people say that raising the second baby is easier since you’ve already been through it all before. Not for us though! Bringing up Karthik is turning out to be a completely new experience…

22 Comments:

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Aww.. such beautiful darlings you got there.

Thristi suththi podugo!!!

You gonna have alot more fun when Karthi starts walking around.. and then talking.. and then there's the terrible 2s...

GOOOD GRAVY!!!!!!!!

Mom sneaked away and I was stuck with my nephew... just for a few minutes... get this.. few minutes... and he DROVE ME UP THE WALL! He's 3 though.. Man I can't handle anymore... He's a monster.

=P

 
At 10:58 PM, Anonymous ram said...

real cute write-up there...

that moondram pirai comment was hilarious!

btw, kavya karthik-ku bayangara chellam kudukaraala? or, nalla PERIYA akka-va irundhu nattaamai panraala?!

 
At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

I second Merino.. mudhala suththi pOdungO..

Two cute.. or is it too cute? :-)

 
At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really cute...

Sriram

 
At 12:29 AM, Blogger Nithya Swaminathan said...

Karthik looks like a doll... absolutely cute! I love babies who are always smiling:)

 
At 12:54 AM, Blogger vee-jay said...

Both your kids look very cute!!! There was a recent article in The Hindu about bringing up sons & daughters. Here is the link.

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

Finally, a pict, rather 2!
cute, both of them. It is true, not even twins have the same personality.
Did someone say it was a breeze with the second one? Yeah, right! They haven't met the terror in my house.
My first is the softer, and gentler one. Relatively speaking, of course. My little one, until she was close to 2, was either frowning or crying in all her pictures. The older one would just stare.
Fun times ahead! Wait till they start fighting with each other :-)

 
At 4:46 AM, Anonymous b a l a j i said...

karthik's smile is cherubic :)

 
At 7:17 AM, Blogger Kumari said...

Adorable :)
Enakku page-a close pannava thonala :)

 
At 7:29 AM, Blogger Vidya said...

Both are very cute. But like the asian paints ad..karthik kaga.. " nan kaathikittu irupein" :-)

 
At 8:14 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Balaji-

Both of them look so cute, esp. "Karthik" with his baby smile. Its really surprising to hear Kavya-Karthik differences, but i guess, as you finally said, it is going to be one joyous different kinda experience raising Karthik.

Another observation- I guess boys with the name Karthik are really easy and joyous to handle starting from a young age and grow to remain "Happy" dispositioned guys!!!

 
At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree Balaji. Even in our case, Anjana and Aparna are totally like north pole and South pole. But any parent I have spoken to, including my own, concur that that is the case. God's miracle!! Variety makes our life interesting :)

Sangeetha.

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger visithra said...

awww awww so cute ;) its like me and my bro - we're so different looking ;) will post a photo of the both of us as kids

bah strangers have even mistaken us as bf gf - very weird situation i tell ya!

oh oh kartik was like the kid i just wrote about - and he smiled and giggled exactly like kartik ;))) wheee ;)

 
At 1:21 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

merino, oh yeah. the troubles r only gonna increase as he grows up :)

ram, kavya's very affectionate and possessive about him too. except when it comes to him playing with her old toys. even the old ones!!

vee-jay, very interesting article. thanx! guess we'll get to go thro both :)

munimma, can't wait :)

mitr, if u say that about karthik its gotta be true :)

sangeetha, "Variety makes our life interesting" - thats a good way of looking at it. so u've already noticed the 2 A's are different? it only increases as they grow older :)

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Ram.C said...

Nice to see your kids photos.. Seems your experience of handling a difficult child earlier, makes handling Karthk simpler.. :-)

Have a wonderful year ahead..

 
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At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Another Kavya/Kartik Mom said...

My kids are called Kavya and Kartik too, and must be about the same ages as yours (Kavya is 3 1/2, Kartik is a newborn). And I am a Tam Brahm too (tho' my husband is Anglo/German-American). How weird is that?!
We spelled Kavya with one "a" and Kartik with no "h" on the advice of my Periamma, who did some numerological or astrological calculation. But of course people are already misspelling Kartik's name!
Best of luck with your babies!

 
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