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.

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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.

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

51 Comments

  1. umashankar December 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Amit December 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      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. subzeroricha December 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

    Richa

    • Amit December 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Richa. Everyone tells me that this is not even 10% of what is about to come next. 🙂

  3. mahabore December 23, 2013 at 5:59 am - Reply

    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 😀

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      I am sure the ride will get more interesting with time.
      Thank you for liking the post Mahabore. 🙂

  4. afshan December 23, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    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

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      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. R's Mom December 23, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Haahahahah! now the fun starts *Gives an evil grin*

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Haha! It is a tapasya.

  6. shail December 23, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    “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 🙂

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      I think I will cry for a long time on the day I will get a full night’s sleep.
      Thanks for liking the post Shail. 🙂

  7. Ritu Lalit December 23, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

    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!

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      She does something similar! She has these toys that make a lot of noise and she bangs them together with all her strength. 🙂

  8. ashreyamom December 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    welcome to the team.. :P.. dont worry more interesting things are on the way to come.. :)..

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      I am sure of that! 🙂

  9. Rekha December 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    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. 😀

    • Amit December 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      But I desperately want a full night sleep. 🙂
      Lets hope that I get it some time soon.

  10. reekycoleslaw December 24, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Actually laughed out loud at your descriptions! They were almost as joyful as the lead protagonist of your post!

    • Amit December 27, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

      She is not very joyful in the dead of the night. Believe me.

  11. indu chhibber December 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful days Amit and your post shows you are enjoying them to the hilt.

    • Amit December 27, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Yes these are beautiful days except that I feel that I haven’t slept since ages.

  12. latha December 25, 2013 at 6:05 am - Reply

    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.

    • Amit December 27, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

      I am ready for all the fun of I get a good sleep. 🙂

  13. C. Suresh December 25, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    That was a lovely peek into your life Amit! More power to Bilbo -err..- Anika!

    • Amit December 27, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

      I think she needs a center of gravity rather than more power. 🙂

  14. Nisha December 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    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!!! 😀

    • Amit December 27, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

      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. 😛

  15. RED HANDED December 26, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    hahaha cannot wait for the next phase and the next events!

  16. Ashwathy December 27, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Hahahah!! The dad who throws a party to celebrate the bump on his daughter’s head… and the daughter who is a road runner! What a pair! 😀

    • Amit December 27, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

      No no! We did not throw any party. It was only a thought. I am completely sane. 😛

      • Ashwathy December 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

        I know. I forgot to add the word “nearly” 🙂

  17. Amrita December 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    You write so well! Its refreshing and tongue in check 🙂 Blog rolling you! 🙂

    • Amit December 28, 2013 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Amrita. 🙂

  18. Rachna December 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Amit January 10, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

      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. 🙂

  19. Bhavia Velayudhan December 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

    • Amit January 10, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

      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. 😛

  20. Deeps January 15, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    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 🙂

    • Amit January 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      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. 🙂

  21. Jas January 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

    • Amit January 25, 2014 at 8:17 am - Reply

      It is a shock when it happens for the first time especially because you think you have taken all the precautions.
      I am actually busy with my second book. 🙂 I am trying to finish the first draft by June.

      • Jas January 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

        Oh wow! that’s great. And what is the update on the first book?? I missed the development here.

      • Amit February 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

        It has been accepted by a publishing house. It will be hopefully out by the end of this year. 🙂

      • Jas February 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        Wow. Many congratulations 🙂

      • Amit February 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        Thanks Jas. 🙂

  22. Arpit January 23, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    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! .

    • Amit January 25, 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Thank you Arpit! 🙂 It is great to see a message from you. 🙂
      Thank you very much for your wishes!

  23. Carvaka January 30, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

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

    • Amit February 1, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Thank you Carvaka! 🙂

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