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My lil universe

December 10, 2017

In Anuja Chauhan’s latest novel Baaz the sister of the main protagonist asks him to name his Mercury and Venus — the two people he is closest to and mean the world to him.  Taking a cue from that line of thought my Mercury and Venus are Cuddles and Junior. The three of us are like three planets rotating around each other. Cuddles’ role in this would be the least as he has an active life outside home – his school, building friends, sunday school, grandparents building friends, classes etc. But the Junior and I are inseparable, except for the times when the granny comes for babysitting and the rare evenings I drop him to his granny’s home. Our two bedroom apartment with Cuddles and Junior comprises a large part of my world today.

It is a bittersweet world that gets exasperatingly claustrophobic when I do not get any breaks–  when Junior sleeps, Cuddles comes back from school or the innumerable times I have to watch over the naughty little boy or police the big boy from watching too many cartoons, yet it’s immensely rewarding and joyful to see Junior’s antics and admire Cuddles’ intelligence and sensitivity.

I usually blog, rather force force myself to pen down the incredible moments in this parenting journey because of lack of time and the other reason being I always prioritise the writing work that gets me some moolah. There is something awe-inspiring, heart-breaking, sentimental and deeply moving that happens in my lil universe everyday. I am sure every parent would feel the same, that’s why they say to have a child is to have your heart walking around outside your body.

Coming back to the existing things in my universe, Cuddles, all of nine, is almost as tall as me, he reaches the top of my ears, wears a number 38 in shoe size. He aspires to be a spy when he grows up, he grows up. So, he is always cutting up paper, bits of plastic and many other things to create personalised spy gear, as a result an old belt gets a painted cardboard E at the buckle, ala the S of Superman, a used toilet roll cut into the shape of eyeglass frame with colourful toffee wrappers as the lens. His current favourite book is the spyboy Jack Stalwart series written by Elizabeth Singer Hunt. We go to buy the book at the neighbourhood library and before we reach home he starts reading the book and then he is obsessed with finishing it another hour or so. He is not the sporty types but he enjoys running around the building with his pack of friends. He is mostly seen watching cartoons everywhere — on his tab, on the computer, our phones if he can crack the passwords, yes, he is reprimanded for his obsession with the toons, alas it stays.

Junior, on the other hand, is a boy always on the move, who cannot sit still for a moment. He is a man with a mission — to sometimes climb the dining table and throw everything on the floor, climb over chairs, open drawers, throw phones on the floor, upstage paintings on the wall — the list is endless.

Quite surprisingly he learnt to get down from the bed by crawling backwards as early as at 10 months. Soon afterwards he learnt to take a step unassisted and unsupported. By the time he was ten and a half months old he was walking. He is a boy with a distinct character and strong temper — he can howl his heart out if he does not get what he sets his eyes on, slap people straight on their faces, grab toys from other kids (especially from his cousin sister who simply adores him but is not ready to share her own toys). Cutely he manages to get away with all the mischief and tantrums being the baby of the house. Of course, he is a charmer too who unlike Cuddles loves chatting with people on the phone. Although he said his first two clear words mamma and pappa at 11 months, he is yet to expand his vocabulary. The baby talk of course is utterly adorable – he can actually communicate what he wants to say, give him his toothbrush and he points at the toothpaste and says — guga guagoo. The dinner is served and Junior runs to dad says babacuppa kigagooli, pointing at the food, urging him to eat.

I make several videos of the brothers because I can’t seem to get enough of them and want to wrap every memory in my lens.

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Happy 11th month Junior

June 13, 2017

So, the countdown begins to Junior’s first birthday. Last year around this time I was walking around with him inside my football shaped belly, wobbly like a penguin, hating the heat, crossing dates on the calendar. And now I am running after him, keeping a tab on his antics and of course enjoying the warmth of his little body, showering him with sweet kisses and relishing each moment together.

Cuddles on the other hand is behaving like a angry young man obsessed with watching cartoons, swimming and playing with his friends. The moment homework and studying for exams are mentioned battle lines are drawn.

 

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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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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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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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