Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Baiter? Me? No Way.

We play a game with the Maharaja. It began when we were trying to get him to move. See, he doesn’t understand that lifting his ass will assist the whole crawling thing. So currently, we are stuck at the GI Joe type-of-crawl, where he uses his elbows and palms and sort of drags himself here and there. He is very adept at it now, but a month ago, he would stress and strain and then just get lazy, roll over and coo to the ceiling. So well anyway, I would wave, from a yard away, a remote control, shiny steel spoon, cell phone or sometimes a knife (no, that was just to make you sit up and take notice. And yes, we do buy toys for him. Tons of them in fact but he doesn’t give a s**t. Mommy-Daddy’s precious money dude! That is so coming out of your first pay-check) He would somehow reach the point of prize only to find out that I’ve moved it further out. Now that he has mastered this weird method, we just do this to get him really tired before bedtime.

So last weekend we had friends over. They watched in dismay at what I was doing, at one point the woman was going to get up and call Child Services but refrained (politeness or fear (she knows of catfight), I don’t know). But 15 mins later when the Maharaja was fast asleep in my lap and I rose to go and put him in his crib, she followed me upstairs. "Is that OK?" she asked. "Oh yes" I said, going on to tell her how another friend of ours gets her toddler to climb the stairs till he falls asleep. Very effective. But I would refrain when his eyes are half closed and he is leaning on the banister. Making him do it one last time then? That’s just heartless. My guest swallowed hard.

So we were in the nursery and the King was down. I tucked him in and looked up to see my friend staring at the wall behind the changing table. "You like?" I asked. "I used oil, so the colors are bright." She turned around and said "It’s in your psyche. You’re a baiter. I see the underlying theme now."


Later that night, I told MrG. "I’m not a baiter, am I?" I asked all sweet and gentle. "No, of course not. They don’t have kids, they don’t get it. You’re a good mom." he assured me, equally gently. "Awww" I go. We switch off the bedside lamp.


"But I’m really tired"



Blogger manan said...

Haha - that cracked me up :) Looks like you're having a ton of fun with the Maharaja

10:34 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

cute paintings. Tell me you copied them from somewhere to make me feel less jealous.

You are a good mom sweets...i know it by the way you hang up on us mid sentence to cater to the Maharaja's needs. he will have to pay..aunty alpha will remind him!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Vee Cee said...

Reminds me of Lethal Weapon 3.

'Are you baiting me?'
'Of course. I am a master at it.'

1:26 PM  
Blogger Vee Cee said...

Reminds me of Lethal Weapon 3.

'Are you baiting me?'
'Of course. I am a master at it.'

1:28 PM  
Blogger Vee Cee said...

Reminds me of Lethal Weapon 3.

'Are you baiting me?'
'Of course. I am a master at it.'

1:30 PM  
Blogger Vee Cee said...

Reminds me of Lethal Weapon 3.

'Are you baiting me?'
'Of course. I am a master at it.'

1:32 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

manan- Oh we are. So much fun. Though it wont be fun when we're all sitting on a couch one day explaining it to our shrink.

alpha - of course i did.
"birds of a feather
recognize each other" :)

heard him screaming tho didn't you? my god. he is SO NAUGHTY. his father's side is messing him up again.

vc - not a master :( but still, we try.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

And WE ARE BACK. Excellent

So you bait poor Mr Gabby as well? Give the man a break.

1:42 PM  
Blogger upsilamba said...

The new mom that I am, wonders if Maharaja sleeps through the night.

Gee. I just said it, didnt I.
I take that back. I dont want to compare.

Get me, Gabby??

I loved the paintings - will be duly CC-ed.

1:46 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

upsilamba - He does. Does yours? Oops again. Does yours crawl properly? Oops oops oops :)

1:50 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

And ashok - sorry missed you out. New mom talking to new mom, eagerness and all.
I DON'T bait MrG. Really. Well at least I don't use the "headache" excuse :)

1:52 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Baiter! :P

2:26 PM  
Anonymous shub said...

cute :D
Hehe I'm not the only one obsessed with putting stuff in parantheses! Yaay!

3:50 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

anantha - not.

shub - totally. problem is i open these many brackets while talking too...more often leads to forgetting where i started!

6:37 PM  
Blogger :-) said...

Gabby baby :) How is the kid doing? Liked the oil. Baiter indeed. :)))

7:30 PM  
Blogger Arunima said...

baby ka koyi picture?

9:34 PM  
Anonymous shub said...

yeah these blogs don't even shoot back with an 'unbalanced parantheses' error do they?! Ok one too many techie jokes! ( word verif : pjshjaf someone's tryinna tell me smthng! )

6:48 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

:) - Smiley baba! The kid's fine. Just fine. Ask about us.

Arunima - Of course. Hundreds. Will email you. Send me your address.

shub - Of course, what else from the Seg Default? :)

8:07 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Waiddanimit! Something tells me that this post and the paintings are all part of a larger plan... The coincidence is damning!

Out with it gal... whats going on?

11:12 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Huh? What? Plan? Me?

11:57 AM  
Anonymous sqrlnt said...

aren't we all baiters?

12:11 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Apparently not my dear. But that just said volumes about you. Welcome to my club :)

12:17 PM  
Blogger Zoomie said...

LOL...Gabby, it really seems like Maharaja is providing you with lots of entertainment. And,that's quite a unique way to make him sleep.:)LOL at the 'baiter' discussion with Mr. G.:)

8:39 PM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Ha haha... try asking Maharaja. If he coos and drips saliva from his mouth, it is yes. Otherwise any other usual nonchalt displays mean no :)

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Twilight Fairy said...

gabby baby, send me some pics too! of urs and the whole family.

and I shall tell u who looks like the baiter :)

PS. Word verification says zcrao - some relative of urs? :p

10:17 AM  
Blogger Rash said...

Who isn't a baiter!
I make him run around the park all evening...

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

Gabby, Is your hubby a bong by any chance? In that case he better not call u a Baiter or bery bad business bhill happen. Put an end to this now!!

10:42 AM  
Anonymous bloghopper said...

Poor Mr. G, he now has to bait you for sex ?

11:57 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

zoomie - New reader! Yay! Welcome, welcome! Please feel at home, and visit often! :)
(How sad am I?)

Sudipta - We actually he said "gah gah gu" which is not cooing. It means "You're amazing Mommy" How about that?!!! Man he's a prodigy!:)

TF - Hello, hello, hello! The whole family? Why :) We're not that good-looking, and we're not baiters. Especially me, I'm totally not. zcrao used to be our tailor! :)

rash - There you go, another one admits to being one. We now have sqrlnt and rash. Two and counting ladies and gentlemen!

Zo - Na re baba, she (he) ees tho ek-dum opposeete of a bangaali, if you know what I mean :)

11:58 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

bloghopper - Well, it's not like he's a sex-god himself nowadays. We have a 8-month old HYPER baby, a mom (mom-in-law) and a nanny at home. When we have time, we breathe, eat, sleep. You get the idea, we're not exactly "happening people" right now :)

12:03 PM  
Anonymous karan said...

ha ha...lol.. hilarious post gabby!
great to see u back... and good to know that all's well in the Maharaja's reign :)

and damn, u baiter kinds out there are evil... i'm baited pretty easy i think! ;-)

1:52 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Great to see you back karan! :)

All is well with the Maharaja and his people. That much power in somebody's hands is not a good thing though. But yet, we indulge him.

7:11 AM  
Blogger cheti said...

That was a way you ended it Gab !!! ribtickling !!! But there are no exclusive baiters !!! they all are !!! sigh !

11:39 AM  
Blogger visithra said...

Oh goody ure back ;))

how r u ;)

hehehe funny post - but no kid sleeps without getting tired ;p including the grown ones ;p

11:26 PM  

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