Dear R2

So you turned six months old last week and Amma has started office. You dont seem to be much bothered about it as long as you get your food. 

We did a small anna prash ceremony for you last Monday and you were licking everything joyfully. Your Appa insisted that you be first fed by your Akka since she was the one who really really wanted you :) He again broke tradition and asked me to feed you next, and then he fed you along with both your grandmas :)

I guess the ceremony was pretty symbolic because you are back to eating your wheat porridge hehehe!

  
You are not a very fussy kid and am a lot more relaxed with you. Unlike the times when akka used to sneeze and I would rush her to the doc, I am like ‘sneeze 10 times and then we will see’

I dont know whether its good or bad but that is it :)

Yesterday we had gone to a function and I was pretty much ok leaving you on the floor and letting another aunty give you milk and rotis. You didnt seem much bothered either!

Guess thats what they mean by experience :)

I keep reminding myself that each child is different and you and Akka will be too. But guess you are following your akka’s footsteps till now. Crying after every meal that the meal got over no matter how much the quantity hehe! Refusing to crawl too much as it takes up too much energy and proving that my laziness genes are dominant in you just like in Akka’s. And giving me trouble while trying to sleep. Of course your Baroda Thatha blames it squarely on me saying you have travelled too much during both your pregnancies till the last minute, what were you expecting? 

Its been a good six months and I must admit I dont feel that time flew. Having a child is no joke and whoever tells you that kids just grow up and you wont realise obviously didnt have you and Akka as kids. Its be a tough six months for me with joys and frustrations alike. But the joys definitely overweigh the fustrations :)

You are trying to sit up and enjoy pulling everyone’s hair. Akka and I are your favorite targets :) Your best smiles are still reserved for Akka and Appa, and surprisingly it doesnt bother me too much ;)

A calender is your favorite thing and you love anything with numbers on it. Makes me think you are going to be a Maths Professor ;)

Love you and Akka both

Amma

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Digging Out That Treasure

I have been really lazy updating the blog. But its not only laziness..I guess I am at this stage when I am trying to decide what I want in life..when R was born, I was sure I want to get back to my job. my 9 to 5 one. But after R2, I am wondering if I really want to do that. I definitely want to work, but the idea of going back to that office, doing stuff which I dont even like, is somehow making me a bit apprehensive…I joined back full time work this week, and the very thought is making me sad…Leaving R2 is a bit easier, since I have already gone through the leaving R and going thingie….but lets see…I am very seriously looking for work from home options..my Amma says I am suffering mid life crisis heheheh!

One thing apart from Whatsapp which has retained my sanity in the past six months is IMC. The website is going places and its good to be a small part of the super group….

Preethi gets these brainwaves and one of those has been the IMC Treasure Box on which she worked like crazy and came up with codes and decodes and recodes and all that..anyways, so IMC is launching this treasure box thing…it all started with someone in the team lamenting about trying to find good Indian books for her kid. Then one thing moved to another and it was decided we will perhaps start a library kind of service but will ask the receiver to keep the book. Then the brains behind thought why not add a craft activity to it. We went scouting for crafters and met up aspoonfulofideas and beinggaya3. Both came up with awesome ideas to create crafts around the books we thought we will send across.

We spent many days deciding on the name of this service. I was in Goa at that time and chewed my Appa’s brains until he came up with the name Treasure Chest. We finally settled down to box, because chest seemed too heavy eh? then how to categorize between the age groups…I came up with explosive suggestions like dynamite and catalyze and what not until Aarti gently pointed out to me that it was not chemical reaction engineering but a box which a kid would want to actually open without being scared..gah! What do non chemical people know about reaction engineering heheh!

Afterwards, the calm and composed Preethi came up with Under the Imli tree for 2 to 4 years and Under the Banyan Tree of 4 to 7 years.…I loved the names, but since my reaction engineering names were vetoed, I took revenge by vetoing these names, you know just for the fun of it..but I lost it 3 is to one..and then finally admitted I loved the darn names eh?

Vidhya who is my current technology guru (Ha, RD, Gah to you!!!) is also an awesome cook. Aarti and I have decided to serve her only maggi if she ever visits us..anyways so she came up with the idea of including a child friendly recipe card which can be indexed away by the kid into the box…

Preethi and I have always had this never ending arguments about allowing technology to children…she always wins but I pretend not to notice…so she came up with an idea of suggesting a curated child friendly app to go into the box as well..

What was started as a casual conversation now snowballed into a big box of things…which seemed exciting and interesting..

Poornima of spoonfullofideas and Gayathri of beinggaya3 came up with such awesome activities related to the books, that I just stood aside gaping with my mouth open wondering how can God give so much talent to folks!

And funnily all these contacts have been through via blogs. Preethi and I are second cousins, but the rest of us know each other via blogs. This blogging world, I tell ya, is a treasure box in itself :)

So finally, IMC is launching its treasure box…whats in it?

1 A book which one of us has read and reviewed and recommended
2. A craft related to that book designed by the super talented women Poornima and Gayathri
3. A recipe suggested by the superchef Vidhya
4. An app appropriate to age group suggested by the techo queen Preethi

In short, its a real treasure box.

Get its details here…Go on show some love to our venture and to your kids and subscribe it eh?

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A True Vacation

Finally after 9 years, I spent 3 weeks at my parents place, if I dont count the 3 months I spent when I delivered R. This 3 weeks have been truly a vacation for me. I would have called it a perfect vacation if RD was around, but he was enjoying his bachelorhood in Bombay while I enjoyed in Goa with my parents. While I had started work from home, I decided to take 10 days off to spend time in peace. And I am glad I did it! Though I am low on leaves now (we really need to change this 84 days maternity leave thing, its just too short!) I am glad I took these days off! I have piled on 20 kgs (this is after what was left after delivering R2) but I have truly enjoyed myself.

I ate what I wanted with no inhibitions, I took long walks, I drank coffee in the mornings my with parents looking at the pigeons come and peck the grains from my parents garden. I have shopped for clothes (which I never do for myself) I cooked whatever I wanted and made my parents the scapegoats. R and I cooked the dinners first few days, while my amma made all my favorite food (the list is pretty endless actually!) Appa got us the usual tons of fruits and we had pineapples, and mangoes, and chikoos and bananas and guavas, and tender coconuts and watermelons and apples. I binged on junk food big time with no care of anything.

I realised that R loves going to daycare because she started insisting on going to the daycare near my parents place, and I even managed to wean R2 off morning feeds completely as I plan to start work soon.

Its been an amazing three weeks, and I doubt I will ever be able to have so much of leave all my life again, but am so glad I came. I am glad that RD insisted I take days off to spend time with my parents.

Here are a few glimpses of our stay

Took swimming lessons

Took swimming lessons

made a lantern rangoli on Vishu with hindi Alphabets (check out the ulta la!)

made a lantern rangoli on Vishu with hindi Alphabets (check out the ulta la!)

Saw Vishu kanni and earned a lot fo money

Saw Vishu kanni and earned a lot of money

Climbed trees with Thatha

Climbed trees with Thatha

Saw pretty foilage

Saw pretty foliage

Plucked fresh brinjals and cherry tomatoes from Thatha's garden

Plucked fresh brinjals and cherry tomatoes from Thatha’s garden

Played scrabbles every other night with Thatha Thathi and Amma

Played scrabbles every other night with Thatha Thathi and Amma

Asked chitti to make new hair styles for me

Asked chitti to make new hair styles for me

Saw a beautiful white chapel on top of a hill

Saw a beautiful white chapel on top of a hill

Saw a giant mammoth in the Science Centre at Panaji

Saw a giant mammoth in the Science Centre at Panaji

Helped hang R2's clothes every day

Helped hang R2’s clothes every day

Helped Thathi with flower decorations

Helped Thathi with flower decorations

Sat in the car and snuggled each other

Sat in the car and snuggled each other

Learnt to use a dictionary!

Learnt to use a dictionary!

 

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Maggi Memories of a Non Hostelite

So Aarti from IMC was talking about Maggi and how it evoked memories in her mind whenever she had it. This led from one email to another and I ended up writing about my experiences of maggi.

Of course, I have never stayed in a hostel. Which means most folks will consider me literally a maggi illiterate…but here is what I had to say!

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Errr…I am Definitely Technologically Challenged

RD is my partner…in sickness and in health, in poverty and in richness..also in finance and in technology! I rely on him too much as far as gadgets, apps, money is concerned…while the money part is a bit better now….I spent the last week of my pregnancy understanding where we invest and how much we invest (why we invest is still a puzzle to me, but thats another story!), thanks to Smita, who pushed me into trying to get independent in life!

Anyways, for those of you who checked this site some days ago and found it made private, I am sorry…I dont know what I did where..and it became private…now, I logged in and figured out how to un-private it! These technologies really challenge me! I often turn to Vidhya to ask her stupid questions on technology…infact I am sure RD is secretly happy that Vidhya is a friend now, because the frequency of me asking him questions has definitely come down…

I am thinking of taking a crash course on how to handle smart phones…Mine is a basic version and yet sometimes, I get so bogged down by the variety of features it has..it scares me! But I must admit, I am kind of addicted to the phone *gives sheepish grin*

This is such a mish mash of a post…the girls are keeping me so busy that I dont get to read blogs..I dont get to write stuff anymore…who ever is thinking of having a second child…well…THINK about it..okay?

Well, this blog is not going to turn private..at least not now…may be a couple of years later when the older R starts reading stuff on her own..may be I will make a few posts private..you know..just like that…to feel a bit special!

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In other news, we interviewed Devdutt Pattanaik on IMC! Go hop on there and check out what he has to say :)

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Overheard in the R Household!

R: You know R2 if you stop crying right now, I will give you three chocolates when you grow older!

R2: Giggle giggle!

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R: R2, what did Akka tell you  now? Bolo bolo..tell me now…you HAVE to stop shouting, I am trying to study here.

R2: Scream! Scream!

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R: R2, once you grow older na, I will tell you all my secrets. okay? But you have to tell me yours as well

R2: Guughghghhghg!

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R: R2 we will go shopping together when you grow up and I will buy you nice make up okay?

R2: aaahhhggguuuuuu

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R: You know R2, our team in the building na, has decided to give you a wonderful birthday gift for your first birthday….but that is a secret, dont tell anyone okay? only you and me know!

R2: ingggiiiiiiii

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R: Listen R2, if you dont drink your milk, you will never become strong like Akka. And if you dont become strong like me, how will we play?

R2 gulps it down!

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R: Amma, you HAVE to give her milk..cant you see how much she is crying? Do you make children cry? Tell me tell me

RM: !!!!

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R: R2, dont listen to Appa. We will fight with him when you grow up okay?

R2: giggle giggle

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R reading a book aloud to R2

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R telling R2 to hop, skip and jump

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And so the mayhem continues in the R household

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Dear R2

When you are older and at some point thinking why the hell do I have R as my sister? Why couldnt it be someone else? Thats when I want you to read this post.

I think you are an extremely lucky girl. To have R as your akka. She does so much for you, girl.

She dances non stop for half an hour singing loudly so that you lie down smiling at her without crying and ma can eat her food!

She sings lullabies for you so that you sleep and ma’s throat doesnt pain!

She changes your cloth diapers when you pee

She applies your cream on your legs and hands every night gently and slowly

She never makes a face when you do potty! I tell her to go from the room incase it irritates her but she says ‘arey Amma everyone does potty na..so what?’ She has even offered to clean the potty clothes! (An offer I have been refusing:))

She scolds me when I get bugged at you and keeps telling me ‘Amma give her milk, she wants milk!’ Even as you start crying

She shows you off to all her friends and says you are the cutest one around!

She told me ‘Amma its okay if you dont come down to play Holi this time..you just take care of my sister’

There are a lot of things she foregoes just so that I can give you milk and take care of you!

Yes, everyday she will also complain about you being a pain and all that, but the way you smile and jump when she is around is so so amazing that she forgets all the anger. You have a special smile for her. No matter what your mood or how much you are crying or drinking milk, as soon as you hear Akka’s voice, your face breaks into a smile and then a wide grin.

‘See see Amma she is looking at me and smiling’ she tells me so happily and proudly!

You are her Paapa, paapi, kutty, kanamma, kannukutty, darling, baby and dearest sister!

You are very lucky, R2. I just hope this love and bonding is there between the both of you forever and ever!

Slightly teary eyed and counting my blessings

Amma

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