When a baby begins to crawl, it's difficult for any mother to keep pace. But for Daljinder Kaur, 72, caring for her 11-month-old baby boy, Arman, has been even more difficult.
"Since he's been crawling I'm on my hands and knees and it's hard. My body can't take it. It's been harder than I thought," Kaur told Cover Asia Press. "My blood pressure has suffered and I get tired very easily now."
That's because Kaur and her husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, 80, are the oldest parents ever to have a child through IVF treatment.
Daljinder and Gill had tried for years to have a child naturally, without success. The couple had lost hope of ever having a child, and faced discrimination and ridicule from their family and neighbors. In India, infertility can be interpreted as punishment from God.
But when Kaur saw an ad for IVF, she knew that it could be the opportunity she and her husband had been waiting 46 years to arrive.
With the help of Anurag Bishnoi, an embryologist and owner of the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby center in Hisar, Northern India, Kaur and Gill's dream was finally set to come true. On April 19, 2016, Arman was born.
Daljinder looks after Arman herself, but the new mother's age has caught up with her.
"I feel exhausted easily and the only time I get to rest is when he falls asleep," she told Cover Asia Press. "I'm worried for Arman. I have to take care of my health, but I have to care for Arman too."
She's worried because Arman, who will turn 1 next month, only weighs 15 pounds. According to The Guardian, he weight 4.4 pounds at birth, but was healthy.
"He's still underweight," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "He's quite thin and even diapers of his age don't fit him. He could possibly be thin because I didn't feed him properly. I stopped breastfeeding him at three months as my milk wasn't developing well. We've asked doctors if there's any medicine we can give him to increase his weight, but they said to let him gain weight naturally."
Even with Arman's issues, Daljinder has no regrets.
"My husband and I fall ill frequently due to our age but we have to cope as we have to take care of our son," Daljinder said. But not even their age and infirmities can slow down these new parents.
"No matter where I am," she told Cover Asia Press, "he'll come crawling to me. I love him. He is a very friendly child and smiles at everyone. I spend all day with him. We decided not to get any help. He loves his father a lot."