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Junior update

June 5, 2017

Dear world

I will soon be a year old, and needless to say I am a busy man, exploring the world around me, which sometimes gets dangerous as I squiggle beneath the sofa and cannot manage to get out, or slip over a cushion and hit my face hard on the floor, be inches away from the detol bottle in the bathroom or lick some batteries when no one’s looking. My curiosity and antics make sure that my mom is always on high alert, which is why she barely finds time to write the blog.

Born in the era of whatsapp and instant communication, I am also in a hurry to reach milestones. I got my first tooth at 9 months and by 10 months I had four more. Days before 11 months birthday I walked a few steps unaided and there is no stopping me after that. I can climb on a two tier stool, I babble a lot, but I can clearly say mammaaa mammma, papa, baba baba.

I recently took my first flight and wowed everyone in the new city with my attention seeking antics, that involved a cute head tilt and a smile that would melt the admirers’ hearts. My striking blue grey eyes are of course the highlight of all conversations. I love playing with Cuddles who himself rarely showers undivided attention on me. My cousin N, on the other hand, is too clingy and I like to keep her at bay with a slap and a bite. Yes, I told you I am a brat, but a lovable one. Keep reading, tata tata until next time.


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.


Day 16 The big move

May 27, 2013

The weekend was well-utilised for relocating our residence. The movers and packers did a fine job of packing our house, loading the truck and transferring all of that to our new house. Unlike our earlier house shifting experiences where we did everything on our own getting professional help made things easier. Although once everything was placed in the new house they managed to only fix the main furniture leaving behind suitcases of clothes, boxes of kitchen utensils and a lot of wall accessories (we are really big on them). Seeing the current mess in the house I shudder to think how many days of back breaking work will make it look like my own sweet home. Cuddles stayed at grandparents on the day of the shifting. Since then he has been a big help to his dad when he is fixing things at home. A happy Cuddles declared, “I like helping people”.


Day 15 Cuddles’ wisdom

May 27, 2013

With my sis in the family way there is a lot of talk about babies at home these days.

So, one morning Cuddles declared, “When I grow up I will also have a baby. I will be father.”

After a pause he wondered, “But who will be mother.”

To which I said, “Your wife will be the mother.”

Obviously the next question was ‘who will be my wife’.

I had no answers to that, so Cuddles quietly pointed a finger at…..

ME (and we both laughed loud).




Day 12 Taking a mobile to school

May 21, 2013

The night before Cuddles casually told us he needed to take a mobile phone  to school. When we asked him the reason he said, “I want to talk in class.” I couldn’t help but guffaw loudly after hearing the explanation. Of course, I dismissed it as a naughty prank and felt isn’t it too early for him to even think of taking a phone to school. I totally disapprove of this little children getting their own mobile phone business.  Much to my disgust eight year-olds possess phones in our building. Some of them have even asked me about my phone model and told me smugly that they too have a similar phones.

Later that night when I opened the school website I was in for a surprise. One of the school projects that week was to learn telephone manners. It said the school intends to teach little ones  phone etiquette. Soon things fell into place that Cuddles was indeed speaking the truth. I found an old non-working phone and sent it with a note to the teacher.

The following day when he came back from school we asked him what he did with the phone. Getting information from Cuddles about what happened at school is like looking for a pin in a haystack. After much cajoling he said, “I spoke to you in school:)”

The day was also spent cleaning the new house. Cuddles carried the little bucket and was his naughty self — switching off lights, closing almirahs and bolting doors.



Day 11 Colours & Stickers

May 21, 2013



These have become a full time obsession for Cuddles. Thanks to his grandfather who has brought a variety of colouring, sticker and activity books for him from DC Books, his whole day is spent exploring them. He is so mad about them that they are the first things he touches as soon as he reaches home from school and the last thing he does before hitting the bed. He didn’t even ask to go down to play with his friends.


Day 5 Extra Playtime

May 13, 2013

Everyday Cuddles plays with his school friend A and her elder sister. But today being Akshay Trithiya their mom was busy shopping. Although it is difficult to make Cuddles see reason in such situations he agreed to just cycle today. But as luck would have it the absence of his friends was compensated in the form of many more friends.  First we chanced upon another boy of the same age from our building out cycling with his mom. He and Cuddles raced and played for a while. Then we both took a round of our building – him on the cycle and I on foot.

When we came back all sweaty and tiered we found two other boys (who always call Cuddles to play at mid-afternoon when he is sleeping) playing under the building. So Cuddles played with them — hide and seek, races and badminton fighting (such unsafe games do exist).

Finally when I cajoled him to leave our next door neighbour, a boy of 10, and Cuddles’ much admired older friend, turned up with his big cycle. As the other two boys took turns learning the big cycle Cuddles just watched excitedly from the sidelines. He didn’t trust the big cycle and his friend’s promise that he will hold him. Alas like his mom he has major trust issues. Like him I was reluctant to try anything new, afraid of even the swings in the school (yeah they do make people like us). It had been almost two hours since we had stepped out to play, so I forced Cuddles to go back home. We reached our door and out popped another little face asking, “Aunty can Cuddles play with us, we are all going down to play, pleaaase send him.” That was it, Cuddles was ready to run down again. But this time I was not going to give in. After washing hands and post a bowl of grapes, came a meek voice, “Mumma now can I go down.” Phew!! my legs and patience could take it no more, so I requested the dad to do the needful.

While I am writing this post I can hear loud calls, shrieks of joy and a lot of chatter 🙂