Ma & Me
I still remember ma used to sing songs to me while I was inside her womb. She always used to talk to me about my coming into this world, how much fun it would be with me around, to love and care for me, her dreams for me... I loved hearing her voice.
Today, I am 11 months old and nearing my first birthday. I am a healthy, alert and smart baby (that is what ma always tells me). She takes good care of me. For the first six months she only fed me with her breast milk and I can tell you it's the one thing she is very particular about. I was a tiny, little baby then and found utmost comfort in clinging to her breasts. While feeding me, she used to whisper in my ears that it was the most blissful feeling, that of being a mother.
She'd tell me that no matter how much I watched her and the rest of the family eating at the table, breast milk was all I needed for the initial few months. I've known for a long time now, despite my young age that breast milk is nutritionally balanced, giving me and all other breast-fed babies immunity and keeps me satisfied and full.
As I was about to turn six months old, ma started with what she calls weaning. It was like I had reached another stage in life - you'd laugh if I said grown up, but I was eating! I enjoyed mashed fruit, rice porridge and cereal kheer or khichdi. For the first few months, ma used her own breast milk as a base for preparing my special food because it was more hygienic that way. Now, she has switched to cow's milk for a few months. It took time to get used to being fed with a spoon. Early morning, afternoon and sleep time I am still fed ma's milk. It's truly a special time and I know it because she sings to me, "It's milky time. It's our time!" It's something I cannot express in words, even though I know quite a few now. It's bonding time and I feel all of ma's doting love. Now, gradually the frequency and quantity of these complimentary foods has been increased.
A few months back, I had a severe eye infection and all I could feed on was on ma's milk. It is the perfect temperature, totally hygienic and easy to digest, and moreover, it's made with all the mommy love.
Now that I am teething she's really enthusiastic about showing my two little teeth to everyone around. Suckling while breastfeeding gives me so much relief from the pain.
I can't even count how often ma says to me, "You are the world to me, my baby!!!" Today, I want to thank you Ma, for bringing me to this world and making it so beautiful.
Lots of love,