Tuesday, May 26, 2009

All about Munch

Munch is 11 months old today and I've probably done 5 posts on him, if that. It's not my fault, just blame it on the second child syndrome!

Seriously though, I'm enjoying his babyhood so much more than I did Moppet's. Not that I didn't enjoy Moppet as a baby, but there was a lot more worry and self-doubt at the time. With Moppet, I'm finding her current phase much more enchanting than her baby phase. The things she says and does surprise and delight me every time. You'd think I'd have learnt to expect it by now, but she still takes my breath away with all her chattering.

But this post is about Munch and what a delicious little fellow he's turning out to be. Sadly, it appears that the whole 'good boy' impression was just an act. Having deceived us all into thinking that he was going to be a quiet, well-behaved young man, he sprouted horns overnight and turned into a babbling, walking, dancing, hair pulling, mischief mongering little imp.

He took his first unaided steps at nine and half months and now does what I call the zombie walk - arms outstretched for balance, he teeters and totters (particularly around corners), but manages to stay upright the whole distance. He's practically stopped crawling now, and no longer needs support to pull himself up. He goes from sitting to crouching to standing and walking all by himself. And now that he's figured out that when he walks he has his hands free to carry stuff, things are getting ferreted away and turning up in the most unexpected places.

Oh and he dances! It cracks us up every time. He toddles up to the music system and then jigs up and down in time to the beat, waving his arms like a windmill with a supersized grin on his face.

He babbles a lot - not just a a few repeated syllables, but a stream of made up words that sound so familiar that I wonder why I can't understand what he's
saying. Like when I go in to get him after his nap, he'll be standing in his crib and will say something that sounds like 'Aathaka?' on seeing me. And the tone screams 'what took you so long?' Or the way he puts his fist behind his ear and goes 'Aa-uh?' in exactly the same tone as I say hello on the phone. He does say a few recognisable words - Papa, Mama, and Ka (car) being the most oft heard.


He attempts to eat everything he comes across, earning for himself from his father the nickname MatterEaterLad, who is apparently some obscure comic book superhero. He has ingested some sort of insect (I only managed to extract the wings from his mouth so I have no idea what sort), assorted varieties of leaves and grass, mud and gravel, crayons (which I realised only when he threw up bits of it later), and plenty of paper. A nickname well-earned.

He's learning to stand up for himself against Moppet. Her days of being queen bee are numbered. If she tries to take something away from him, he hangs on for dear life and screams in her face. He pulls her hair every chance he gets. He bites, mostly out of affection, but sometimes in frustration, a habit I'm trying to nip (heh heh) in the bud. To her credit, Moppet rarely hits back. Having been the recipient of some of his pinches and bites, I know that they really hurt. But though she may scream or push him away, so far I've never seen her hit or poke or pinch him back.

On the whole, he's a most satisfactory baby. He's soft and cuddly and affectionate. Friendly, sociable and a complete clown. Total paisa vasool. Even though he's done his growing up as fast as Moppet, faster in some cases, he's still very much a baby, unlike his sister who always felt like an old soul to me.

Kaala tikka, my darling boy, and happy 11 month birthday!

28 comments:

Swati said...

Such a sweet post ..total time vasool :-)

Love to him !

Kodi's Mom said...

so nice to see an update from you. & I see 4 teeth on Li'l Chomper! I also see curly hair, naughty grin, mischievous eyes - yes, yes, he;s a real troublemaker :) Happy 11!

Just Like That said...

Is that the remote he's trying to stuff into his mouth? :-D Total paisa vasool indeed, for us too, if only you'd blog more.
Blog more, Gal!

And ooooh!he's going to be a year old! so soooooon! it seems like last week that we were having all those riddles floating around...

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

And such a handsome little imp at that! (kaalaa tika)

How beautifully you've written this!

B o o said...

About time, I say! Its so nice to read about Munch. And you know I have selfish interests in this boy what with being one day older to Antu and all! :) If we lived nearer, we could totally throw a birthday party together and then can hug each other and cry! Can you believe that they are going to be ONE next month? *screams*

Munchkin said...

Happy 11th month birthday Munch...Gawd! all our babies are growing up so fast...only yesterday we were swapping BFing tales..

Mona said...

aw, such a delight he sounds like and god, he looks so edible in all his pictures. i just want to gobble him up, antics and all. minus the insect ofcourse. ew.

Rohini said...

Look who's back!

He's so adorable Mags. I still can't get his little toddle walk out of my head :)

Lavs said...

Happy 11 dear munch....He resembles you doesn't he?

Maggie said...

Hi everyone, sorry I've been so delinquent with the blog and especially responding to comments. Hoping to be much better with it and also come round and catch up with all of you as well.

Swati: Thanks! :-)

K's Mom: Oh he's a troublemaker alright. And to think I had him pegged as the 'decent one'! LOL!

JLT: I should na? Sigh, I'm spending much less time on the comp these days and by the time I'm done with my email there's barely anytime left for blogging -reading or writing :-(

M4: Thank you!

Boo: I know! I simply *cannot* believe that they'll be one next month. Happy 11th to Antu too. Am hopping over right now to wish her on your blog.

Munchkin: True, they're just supersonic little things :-)

Mona: LOL! Yeah, you know I pretend to bite him and eat him so often, that now HE does that to ME! Aaaargh he says and grabs my face and tries to bite it! :-)

Ro: Hopefully I'm staying back! It was such a pleasant evening with you - only wish we had a little more time ...

Maggie said...

Hi Lavs: Thanks! And I don't know if he resembles me, right now I can't see much resemblance to anyone. But am always happy to take the credit :-p

Poppins said...

Lovely lovely post ! Cuteheart, happy 11!

Gymnast said...

Wow...your son looks absolutely adorable.

mybabynaren said...

Adorable child! I really want to squeeze him till he screams!

Shobana
http://mybabynaren.wordpress.com/

Letters from me said...

11 months? God the months just fly dont they..Happy 11th u gorgeous heart breaker u!

Oh and tell em about the eating thing..I vacuum the house like a maniac and Adi STILL manages to find something nor the other and with the weather turning warm and with us in the park for a long time he has his share of fiber with the grass!
Sigh!

mnamma said...

Happy 11th Munch darling!!! He is absolutely adorable M and M's Mom and this is such a beautiful write up :)

Subhashree said...

Awww... lovely post. Munch looks totally munch-able. My hugs and kisses to him.

Mama - Mia said...

he looks SO cute! and he is already doing so much stuff! totally totally edibly cute!

karmickids said...

The cuteness, the cuteness....why do they grow up so very soon!!!!

Suki said...

Oh my, Maggie, you absolutely haven't lost your touch when it comes to blogging. This post feels like old times again, just with an additional Munchy punch!

I love the picture of him looking into the camera, and the "zombie" walk is supercute :).

memyhubbynbaby said...

Ah, he is one adorable and Naughty Lil boy. I can see it in his eyes.
Happy 11 months Munch!

He will soon be crossing the 1 year mark. Time sure flies!

-Priyanka

choxbox said...

loved reading this :)

btw met your old cubicle-mate recently.

dipali said...

He is just so cute! Write lots more Munch and Moppet posts please:)

mummyjaan said...

Awww, he's so cute, Mags.

churningthewordmill said...

time does fly! 11 months already! thats almost a year! munch is such a cute looking baby!!

btw,u need to do more posts, u really do!!!!

AMIT said...

He's so cute.

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Poppins said...

We want more posts of adorable munch. Happy Birthday!

Nagesh.MVS said...

1000 kisses to ur son

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