Archive for the ‘My musings’ Category

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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.

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Cuddles and Junior

April 9, 2017

With Cuddles stepping into  grade 4 at school and Junior, a crawling livewire who wants to taste everything in his path, I can describe my current life as being caught in a whirlwind. I always knew life with two kids would very busy but a year ago I couldn’t have imagined how utterly crazy it would become. I am literally ignoring a million other things and forcing myself to write this post.  My inspiration to write has been the sweet nostalgia that fills me whenever I read past posts I wrote about life with Cuddles, so here I am penning what my babies are upto.

Baby No 1 who is almost as tall as me, he reaches upto my ears, has just started school. He continues to be great at manufacturing and engineering with an added flair for art. He can remember lyrics and sing a tune well. On the academics front he lagged behind mid term but thankfully was able to make up with good grades in the finals. At home he is slowly becoming the responsible elder bro who keeps his plate after dinner in the kitchen, fetches essential things for us when asked (not always though), keeps an eye on Junior when he meanders off to dangerous territories and has even been to the supermarket on his own.

Baby No 2 is days away from turning nine months, he can sit on his own and can also lift himself to stand with support. A fussy eater who likes sweet fruits (chickoos and mangoes) and the occasional cerelac, he is still on homemade porridges and purees. A super active baby Junior has no still moments, jumping, shaking, wriggling, crawling, he is always in action. We are yet to put him in a cradle, so he sleeps on his bed made on a floor mattress. The moment he wake up the first thing he does is to close the bedroom door, he is already trying his luck at opening drawers and cupboard doors. Point him to the door and he waves a bye with his tiny hand, in the company of his big bro he loves to play loudly.

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The Big News

February 16, 2017

…is that we have expanded the Cuddles franchise to include a tiny member called Junior. Born coincidentally on the same day as his big bro Junior is winning us over with his cute antics.

At seven months Junior keeps his momma on her toes. Wriggling and squiggling to catch all that comes in his way Junior’s hands are always itchy to grab things that go straight into his mouth for a lick test. So, from the coarse fabric of the sofa covers, the metallic taste of my Samsung phone, the smooth tile of the floor, the plasticy bits of his musical toys or a strand of hair or a part of an adult’s hand — Junior has run his tongue all over them.

A curious being ready to explore his surroundings, his eyes are always at the door, waiting in anticipation of the world outside and of the people who would step inside. Coos and aahs, at times angry rrrrrs, Junior seems to be a good communicator, expressing his desire to start talking.

Crazy about his big bro Junior has the best time laughing and gurgling in joy while playing with Cuddles, who is fast growing up to be a big guy (he reaches till the top of my ears!!!).

Some notes from past months not published :

**At four months Junior has learnt to turn on his belly. Most times he welcomes us with a toothless drooling grin. There are of course angry outbursts too especially when he does not get what he wants in his hands.

** Days short of reaching the three month old milestone, the lil one loves to see his brother play who on the other hand is currently shy and hesitant to play with his younger sibling, we are hoping that as time passes the brothers will bond.

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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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Day 9 and 10 Weekend update

May 19, 2013

Both days went off in a blink. Friday was spent in packing as we are moving houses. Cuddles was very excited and kept asking me all kinds of questions about the cargo people who are supposed to do the final shifting. He wanted to know when they are coming, how will they pack, how will they take the sofa, so many curious questions in his little mind. The day ended with a lot of shopping and a McDonald’s happy meal for Cuddles with a spongebob square pants toy.

On Saturday we made a lazy start. Cuddles watched Lion King, did water colour, spilled colour on his clothes and dining table chair thrice, finally he made a card for his friend’s birthday next week. After the afternoon nap, we did some more packing and drove to Dubai to stay with the grandparents as Cuddles has joined a school in Dubai now.  His grandfather was expected to come late night after his week-long visit to India. We stepped into my parent’s house at 8:30 pm, Dad was expected to come by 10:30 pm. In an interval of 10 to 15 minutes Cuddles constantly inquired about his grandfather. “Mamma where is he now?” “Is he still in the plane.”  “What is he doing now?” Phewwww!!! I had a tough time responding with convincing answers.

When he did arrive, the first thing the little greedy boy asked was about his gifts. We had ordered a KungFu Panda sticker and activity book and a Pogo Arts and Craft book through Flipkart. Besides these two books his grandfather had got him many other colouring books, story books and activity books. So, Cuddles was  really happy and wasted no time in attacking the sticker books (his favourites). He finished two and had to be literally dragged to the bedroom.

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Day 4 Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013

Today was mother’s day, but wait wasn’t it mother’s day a few days ago as well. I always believed I don’t need a day to make my mom feel special, but yes one learns to flow with the tide, so on the last mother’s day (which was in March this year) I and sis gifted mom a bouquet of flowers. Cuddles tried to make a card for me, but lost interest (he did give me a birthday card earlier this year, so I have no qualms about not receiving one on mother’s day). If at all there was any yearning for a card it was fulfilled during a shopping trip to Babyshop where they were gifting mother’s day cards.

Cuddles came back from school with a coloured paper plate where he had drawn two flowers and a heart and the teacher had pasted a printed message that read ‘When God made mums, he gave me the best’ 🙂 and that sure made my day.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

November 25, 2012

We do that often — judge a person by the way they look, the clothes they wear and their general appearance  I am guilty as well. But perceptions and assumptions are sometimes so wrong. I meet this elderly lady, a grandma, everyday at Cuddles’ bus stop. She wears cotton sarees, a big bindi, chappals and speaks mainly Tamil. We manage a conversation with my little knowledge of Tamil and her smattering of Malayalam. Usually school routines and home remedies form the core of our conversation. But one day it veered to the topic of marriage. I learnt that her daughter had met her future husband at work and had an inter-caste marriage. I asked her if there was any opposition in the families as usually inter-caste or inter-religious marriages are still not widely accepted in India. To which she said, “How does it matter which caste, language or religion it is. What mattered to me was that my daughter is happy with him and he seemed a good human being.” I looked at her with new eyes. I was wrong to have coupled her traditional attire with conservative views. Wish every parent thought like her in India.