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Heartwarming gesture

January 11, 2016

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Since the past two days Cuddles was at work. Scissors, glue and his deft fingers were busy creating something, but behind close doors for it was a surprise he planned to unveil on my birthday. So, after the candles were blown and the cake was cut, Cuddles sheepishly handed me a paper note. It said ‘behind the kitchen door’.  Off I went, excited that finally I would get to see the grand surprise. But nooo… I was sorely mistaken, instead of a gift there was another paper note awaiting me. It read — ‘on the computer table’, well you guessed it right, he made me run around the house, with one paper note after another to finally the one that read ‘look under the bedsheet’. All that running around was totally worth it because under the sheets were a cute pair of handmade cards, specially created by Cuddles with love for his mamma’s birthday. Bless you my son. Cheers to many more adventures together.

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A letter from Cuddles by his Dad

August 6, 2015

I unearthed the email Cuddles’ Dad wrote announcing his birth to our friends and family back in 2008. I just happened to search my email looking for his birth height as I remember the pediatrician telling us that he is a tall baby and till now he is the tallest one in class (especially with his short parents, its quite an eye roller that most people subject us to the moment they hear his age). Well at 7 he is 134 cms, already towering above my shoulders.

Here is the email.

My name means God is Gracious. I am using my father’s mail ID as I am only a few days old. I am told though, that kids have their own web page nowadays!
I was very comfortable in the last nine months but this world seems funny: For one that I am not the only one here and for the other that everyone who comes to see me bends over to make funny faces and odd noises. For those of you who thrive on statistics, I weigh 3.58kgs.

It all started on the 13th when Mum started to have labour and we reached the hospital. Nani and Dad waited outside for a couple of hours while Mum delivered me: Normal Delivery on Sunday July 13 at 9:36 pm. I came back home the next day and I was glad to know that Mum Dad Masi and Nana Nani will stay with me in my house!

Nowadays all I do is sleep and drink milk. I don’t cry much but sometimes its necessary: you know its tough to be a kid these days

Baby E


	
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Reading milestones and school award

June 3, 2015

Both of us are avid readers and own a size-able collection of books. My father took me often to libraries and instructed me to write short stories during vacations. Unfortunately books were costly and salaries low in my childhood which meant I owned very few books. One of the first books my father bought was Charles Dicken’s David Copperfield. I remember reading it and re reading it innumerable times. So, when I had Cuddles I started buying him books right from the age of six months. Today he has two shelves full of all kinds of books. In KG 2 he started reading small books with one line descriptions per page. By grade 1 he graduated to reading more such books as well as Chota Bheems, Twinkles, Champak, Shikari Shambhoo and other magazines. In March he completed reading two full books by Enid Blyton.

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He has now discovered the joy of reading Roald Dahl. After finishing  George’s Marvellous Medicine he is now on to reading Matilda. It makes me very happy to see that along with his craze for constructing new things he is also hooked on to reading.

In other news he received a certificate of commendation from the school signed by the Principal for his performance in grade 1 making us super proud of his achievements. It was totally his effort as he missed school many times last year.

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The tooth fairy comes calling

April 9, 2015

Yes ! finally the tooth fairy visited Cuddles and took away his two lower teeth. Well, it wasn’t as simple as that. For almost a year Cuddles was watching his classmates and friends’s toothless grins. He often asked, “Aaaa (that’s his oft repeated first word) when am I going to lose my teeth.” As he had late teething we were not really worried. In grade one I think he was the only one whose milk teeth were all intact. At my dentist appointment last month I casually mentioned this and so, the dentist checked his teeth. She notice a swelling at his lower teeth and said, soon, very soon. But… er nothing happened, until last week his dad noticed that his permanent teeth had already sprouted behind his milk teeth, which stood staunchly strong. Off we went to the dentist, who tried at first a gel to take out the milk teeth, but soon realised that an injection was inescapable.

Cuddles was not really putting up a brave front, so were politely told to wait outside while she administered the injection. In barely five minutes it was all over and we were presented the teeth in a tissue. teeth

Now the big challenge is for him to keep pushing his permanent teeth with his tongue so that they come to the right position. The tooth fairy gifted him a Cogo building model (a cheaper Lego version). Here is what he made it into.

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Last day of Grade 1

March 12, 2015

Officially Cuddles finished grade 1 today and by next month he will be starting grade 2. It also means the spring break is on. Apart from thinking of ways to keep him busy the fact that the year went of in a blink is what’s troubling me the most. Time does fly, but I didn’t expect it to go by so soon. How does one treasure these moments that will never return. Mere words and pictures are not enough to capture a mother’s wonder at seeing her baby grow into a young boy every day. As I am a sucker for nostalgia as the years fly by it’s only going to get tougher.

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First post of 2015

January 8, 2015

Well, the lazy mom has finally been inspired to pen down a few lines here. The inspiration came after a random picassa search that revealed one of Cuddles’ earliest videos. He is barely a few weeks or days old (can’t even recollect now), a Hindi song plays in the backdrop on a radio and little Cuddles is actually napping and his eager dad is recording. In his sleep he smiles, opens his eyes, looks innocently around, closes his eyes again and makes the suckling gesture from his mouth. What got me thinking was the fact that how adorably innocent he was then, and how overwhelmed I was with the new changes in my life that I really never savoured a moment of happiness from those days. It also got me thinking that how at 6 and a half years he still remains an adorably innocent child. Pair him with a group of similar aged kids and you will instantly know that he knows no malice unlike the oversmart brats his age. Although he is impatient and a whiner these days he still is very pure at heart. I sometimes worry for my naive child and how he will find his foothold in this increasingly slippery world. I still have to learn the lesson of letting go, and I really don’t know if I would ever.

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Officially six

July 14, 2014

Embracing motherhood was not an easy decision for me. I mulled over the idea for a couple of years before taking the plunge. True to my fears it wasn’t a smooth experience at all. From chronic diseases acting up during the pregnancy to very tough breastfeeding months there were several personal battles. But today when I look back at those 6 years nothing but happy memories fill me up with a deep sense of amazement and gratitude. There is also a huge wave of nostalgia as I think back about Cuddles childhood days. The little hands, the cherubic face — it doesn’t help that he is such an adorably cute kid. Past the restless days he is today a calmer soul large hearted obedient and loving grown up boy. Taller than most kids his age we often get to hear that he looks like a third grader, especially accompanying his midget🙂 parents.

The birthday celebrations are now divided into two — one in late June with the friends as most of them leave for vacations by July  and the actual one is celebrated with family. Yesterday we added some more fun to the evening by going for a visit to the Burj Khalifa at the top followed by dinner at Dubai Mall. Before that the day started at home with Cuddles opening his presents. His much admired and awaited Lego Castle topped the list of gifts — he spend the whole day making it and surprising me with his ingenuity. Evening a Chota Bheem cake was cut and a mystery note search was done by Cuddles to find his gift (the whole game was planned by his dear uncle A).

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