D & S have been away from us for a week - they're at their grandparents in Chennai - and it's me who's been feeling the pangs of separation more and more! At first, it was peaceful and a nice change to not be answering questions every 2 minutes, but that feeling passed in a couple of days and now it's just weirdly quiet around here :(.
I am very proud of how well they are doing, especially S - though I wouldn't call them "being independent" for being completely fawned over by their grandparents as well as their older cousins or Chechis ! S has been fed by someone for every meal I'm sure - he went so far as to tell me - "I wanted to eat myself, but Chechi wanted to feed me ;)!" -- far from the truth of course.
D is sounding more mature in the 1 week she's been away - she narrates the happenings of her day so well that I hardly have to speak to my mom-in-law for details of what they are doing. But of course I remember times when she said very mature sounding stuff even when she was here. A few days back, she asked me how she was looking (she'd chosen her dress and accessories herself), and then replied to the question herself "Even though I might think I don't look nice, you will always think I look nice!"
Ooh well another week to go, will just have to keep myself busy :).