I’m dead asleep and the goosh starts pawing my face. “mumma uthooo” (wakeup Mumma). “Utthoooo” he cries, as he ries to pry my eyes open.
Once he has my attention, he pulls me up to a sitting position, stretches out his hand, points to the door and says “chalo. udhar chalo” (lets go, lets go there).
“Mumma chichen chalo” (lets go to the kitchen)! And he climbs into my arms.
once in the kitchen, he steers to the cupboard and states “popcorn chahiye! Mumma, popcorn cook cook”.
Huh!!!!! Ya right. In the middle of the night!!!!! I check the clock. Its only 4:30 am.
I try to reason with him. Popcorn nahin hai. Shop se lana padega. Tomorrow we’ll get. Here try some papad, chips, nuts, badam.
Nope. The dude wants popcorn only!
Then I stumble upon a jar of choco-chip cookies. Now who can resist those!
The dude relents. Insists “katori chahiye”. So I take one out and put in 2 cookies. “Mumma, aur chahiye. Fineeesh”. And takes the jar from my hand and empties it out to the katori with a grin.
“Bhahar chalen? Sofa par” I ask.
Baby: “Nahi. Chitai”.
Me: “Baby, chitai is cold. no sit on the floor. Baby sit on sofa”
So I give in.
He plonks on the chitai and for the next 10 minutes is oblivious to my existence while he devours the choc-chip cookies. And I envy him 🙂
Once done, he climbs up on me, snuggles in, and readily agrees to drink his bottle of milk. No fuss. I pinch myself. Am I dreaming!?!?
He has his fill, pushes the bottle aside holds my face in his palms and says, “Mumma, soi soi” (lets sleep).
I pick him up to go back inside. “Waaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin. Idhaar!! Baby idhar soi soi!!!”. He wants to sleep on the sofa!!!!! Whatttttttttt!!!!!!!!!?@@
So we cuddle up on the sofa. He’s puts his head on my chest and slips into slumber. Or so I think. I get up to take him inside. And there he goes again “Waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin”.
2 more attempts and I give up.
We sleep on the sofa. Or atleast he does. Till 8 am!
I’m unable to. It’s daybreak. I see the dawn. And I have a splitting headache. I thought I’d mastered the art of sleeping at will, anytime, anywhere. But looks like I was mistaken. At 6:30 I finally give up. It’s gonna be a helluva day today. If you see the cursing and swearing today, or I fall flat on my face, you know the reason. 🙂