My Baby Doesn't Need Me Anymore

Sona Charaipotra

Kavi LOVES her pink flowered frock.

Kavi is almost 7 months old, and I know it's a bit early to expect her to be crawling. But it seems like she may get there sooner rather than later. She likes to hang out a bit on all fours and she tries to move around -- but she ends up pushing herself backward instead of forward.

It's all happening so fast. Almost too fast. I don't even know where six months went. And before we know it, she'll be a year old already.

It's funny, I look back at videos of her when we first brought her home, and it's hard to fathom that it's even the same kid, she's grown so much.

You can just see the curiosity in her -- she already is a total smartie pants. Just the other day, she was iChatting with her Meena Masi -- Kavi LOVES anything techie, she takes after her papa -- and she was playing with my cell phone. Which, by the way, she eventually killed. To our shock and delight, she lifted the phone to her ear several times, instead of trying to eat it as she usually does.

And she's definitely opinionated. She has clear preferences when it comes to which dress she wants to wear, and loves the little red shoes her Dadi-Ma sent her. When it comes to eating, Kavi's coming into her own, too. She's all for squash and loves mango off the skin, but hates the pureed variety. She would much rather eat what we're eating instead of mush. But if she doesn't like something, she'll lock up that little mouth tight.

She's also very much a do-it-yourself baby. She gets bored quickly, and she always wants in on the action. She wants to feed herself, she wants to hold her own bottle (although she still doesn't quite get the concept of tipping it forward into her mouth), she'd probably want to change her own diaper if she could. It's just amazing how, even at 6 months old, we've got this fiercely independent little girl. And now, with day care upon us, I'm sure she'll just be that much more independent.

My point, I guess, is that she's growing up shockingly fast. I never thought that my little one would be so ready to go out into the world and explore so much so quickly, but she is. And as she moves from the comfy confines of our cozy little home, it's comforting to know that not only will she be okay, she wants to be out there exploring and experiencing. It gives me confidence that it's okay for me to go back out into the world, too. After all, she gets that independent streak from mama.

Is there a part of you that gets sad with each passing milestone?

Image via Meena Charaipotra

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