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September 15, 2006

Update on Ashu at 16 months and 3 weeks.

~> She had her first major injury on August 3rd when she fell from the chair and got hurt in her mouth. As she was screaming, I picked her up thinking it was just another bumpy fall when I saw blood. Lots. From her mouth. On the floor. All over her shirt. I called HD and he took her and there was blood dripping on the floor and his T shirt as well. I took a wash cloth and started wiping her mouth. The tissues were turning red by the second. I made her lie down and checked her mouth. It was horrible. I checked the teeth, they were intact. But the upper gum on the right was gory. She had fallen from the chair and got hit at the lower base of the computer table in between her upper lip and the nose. The gum had borne the brunt of the fall. I called the Doctor and she said if the bleeding stops and the teeth are intact, I don't have to worry and gave the name of an ointment. We were deliberating whether to go to the hospital(it was 10 pm by now!) when Ashu went to sleep. The drool from her mouth was staining the pillow red.
The next day, we took her to the doctor. She checked and said it was just a scrape on the gum and as the blood vessel had been cut, there was so much blood. But she could see that it was a pretty bad injury. She said the ointment will heal it fast. Ashu had a swollen lip for a day and could nt open her mouth wide for a couple of days. I did nt give her anything hot to eat for 3 days. She was alright in 5 days. I cried loads after she went to sleep. The incident shook me up.

~> She goes crazy and dances around when Noddy comes on Pogo. Just for the title song and the end credits song. And when Noddy breaks into a song in the episode. Otherwise she has not much interest watching it. She touches the TV and says "NODDY" when he comes on the screen. Sometimes when she gets up from her afternoon nap, she asks "Noddy illaiyaa?" (No Noddy?)

~> She can count. When I say One, she says Too, Thee, Toothee, Theetoo, Toothee, Toothee,...

~> She readily says "Tata" to anyone and everyone. Sometimes she says Tata to me and runs away from the room. When my sister says Tata to her over the phone, she says Tata and runs away from the room too!

~> She still has nt said Appa. When asked where is Appa she points to her father. But she calls him as Amma only. She can say Amma, she can say Paapaa but not Appa. Kids!

~> She likes to fetch things for me. She brings the remote, switches on the fan, picks up things I have dropped, brings the phone, ... Its fun for me! :)

~> Milk, Banana and Yogurt are still her favorite food. She does nt want to try anything new.

~> I took this quiz from the Toddler care book I have and it says Ashu is a Textbook Baby. The other types of babies are Angel, Touchy, Spirited and Grumpy.
*Note to self: Take the quiz again next month.*

~> She has become shy. She does nt say her name or say Hi or answer anything when guests are home. If she likes them, she will give them a smile. Nothing more, nothing less! The minute they leave, she becomes a chatter box.

~> She runs to me calling "Amma, amma amma" as if theres a fire somewhere. But thats all she wants to say. Amma, amma, amma. End of sentence.

~> Other than the eight teeth she has already cut, shes cutting four more, all premolars, at the same time. Ouch!

~> She has got this interest to point at things and say what they are if she knows them. Before I had to ask her a dozen times, now she says them on her own. Car, Kaakaa (crow), Maadu(cow), Noddy, Doggy, Taato(auto), Taater(Water), Book, Aadu(goat), Shoe, Ball,...

~> She still needs two naps in a day. She gets cranky otherwise. I tried to cut the morning nap and planned to make her sleep after lunch. So around 12, I was feeding her rice and half way through she did nt open her mouth and I find her eyes closed and sleeping! That was a first, sleeping while sitting! She looked so cute!

~> She looks like a ballerina wearing just the pink training pants and nothing else! :)

~> She clings to her dad as soon as he come homes from office and would nt come to me. It bothers me. A little bit.

~> Books still rule over toys.

~> She likes to observe the kids more than playing with them when we go to the park. She will stand in a corner and keep on looking at them and will look at me every few minutes and give this absolutely adorable smile as if sharing that special moment with me. She does that even while watching Noddy or some of her favorite songs on TV. I do exactly that with HD when we are watching something nice on TV. But he would never look at me when I'm looking at him and that will piss me off. So when Ashu is watching something, I only watch her. I would nt want to miss that special look and that knowing smile for anything in this world.


Tharini said...


Enjoyed all the updates and esp. the last for I could picture her doing it (even tho I have never seen her).

So, you also liked Secrets of the bBaby Whisperer for Toddlers huh?

I loved it too. It said Akhil was a textbook baby too.

Thanks for reminding me to peep into it once more and prepare for the road ahead with my second.

B o o said...

>>So, you also liked Secrets of the bBaby Whisperer for Toddlers huh? <<

Actually I saw the book in the "Used books for Sale" section in the library for $1 and could nt resist as it looked brand new. Oh, I was only 3 months pregnant then! ha ha ha!

Nee said...

Very nice update, Boo.
She seems to have quite a vocabulary for a baby who's not even 2. I've heard a lot of people say that babies in India talk a lot faster than babies outside. Wonder if it's because of difference the amount of interaction with family. And it's not just with family , we're a lot more social in India anyway, aren't we?

mommyof2 said...

Ohh its so scary to see them bleed. God, its an aweful sight. My daughter fell against the coffee table & the knob went inside her upper lip cutting the skin between the lip & the jaw. In 5 minutes I fought with hubby to hurry up, cried like hell & went really really crazy.

kuttichuvaru said...

ahh..... nice.... I cud imaging all these while reading :-) keep them coming!!

Anusha said...

She can count. When I say One, she says Too, Thee, Toothee, Theetoo, Toothee, Toothee,...
cute - :) I giggled at this one!

Anonymous said...

Thatz a neat post!

The Inquisitive Akka said...


The Visitor said...


the mad momma said...

hmm... girls are as bad as boys arent they really! i left my baby with the maid while i went out for some groceries and came back to find he had fallen down and cut the inside of his mouth.. just like ashu...
but we have an old fashioned home remedy that i think really works. we put sugar on the cut. it stops the bleeding and is sweet so the baby stops howling... i tried tissue and everything and suddenly remembered my mum doing it for me even when when i was much older. hope it never happens again.. but if it does, give this a shot...hugs to the little one.

Unknown said...

sympathise more with ashu than with you.
first cold, now this !
nice photos, especially the one where she is seriously dialing the toy phone. glad to see she is doing better.


Anonymous said...

Awww, sho cute! The last post freaked me out (big time, mind you!), but now I'm okay. It's not such a bad idea after all to have a baby, no?

But hey, if I continue readin' your blogs, that could become a pendulum thing - To have or not to have, that is the question ;-)

Hope Ashu is doin good and enjoying life as much as her Amma. ;-)

Ardra said...

oooh...i read your last two blogs at one go- and am I glad- for if i had read the prev one b4 this update- I would've been concerned for a longer time- that was indeed a abd day- and kudos to you for having come thru it with your sense of humor intact.

hope her injury has healed completely- and it felt good to read abt her antics...

take care dear

noon said...

God, felt nervous reading the first few lines about the fall and the blood...must have been scary esp since it was at night. Was she screaming in pain or was she okay? It's hard if they can't express how much pain they are in. Nice post on the updates and totally know what you mean about looking at her so you don't miss the moment! We do that too with our little son...

Aqua said...

"Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" was my lifeline during Tara's first year. dont know what i would have done without it.

talking about falls, tara has a black eye right now as she fell down a couple of stairs ...poor baby!

B o o said...

Sorry for the delay folks!

Nee- Yes, kids in India start talking fast. More socializing and also because its mostly the same language the child keeps hearing. In US for example, its Tamil at home, English or Hindi with friends, English again when we go out. Probably its confusing!! Also grand parents play a major role!

mommyof2 - Oh, I forgot(!) to add the "fought with hubby" part! ;)

kutti - Sure!

B o o said...

Kodis mom - Now its "Too, thee, Shish (Six!)"! :)

S, Akka and the Visitor - Thankoo.

Mad Momma - We put sugar on cuts too. But that time there was so much blood that she was vomitting. But the next day I gave her some sugar. The doctor said its so that they salivate more and the saliva helps the wound to heal faster.

Sundar - This happened a month back. The cold was after this. And then the dysentery, then cold, then something else,... Life goes on!

B o o said...

Priya - I would gladly suggest not to have children. But people think I am just kidding or being selfish! ;)

Ardra - Thanks. Shes fine now. Touchwood!

noon - It was scary. She was howling with pain. She generally makes a big scene when she hurts herself but gets easily distracted. So this time also she stopped crying after a few mintues. Nevertheless, scary!

Aqua - Poor thing! I am very scared about the stairs too. Ashu is crazy about stairs and I am getting lot of exercise(which I need very badly) following her up and down!! ;)

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