Friday, February 28, 2014

March - Photo A Day

A photo a day challenge is something that I have wanted to do for a long time but always put it off as I was not sure if I could be committed to it. Being a new mum with a full time dental practice took up all my time. But off late seeing so many bloggers take up the challenge has made me want to do this again. Then a few days back I came across the Fat Mum Slim website and loved the photo a day challenges that Chantelle has been making since 2012. So I created my own challenge for this month by picking random photo prompts and hopefully will be able to post a picture every single day and keep this going. What I plan to do is follow the picture prompts for each day of the month and post an appropriate photo either taken by me or pull out some old pictures from my archives! So here's looking forward to Photo a Day for the month of March!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Humans of New York

One of the most memorable trips I've had with my husband was our second trip to the US in the winter of 2010. We were there for a month and brought in the new year in New York City. My sister in law lived in Manhattan at that point and when she asked us to spend some time with her, it was an offer too irresistible to turn down. So we took time off from our busy schedules, packed our bags and boarded the plane for JFK.

Every single day, we would bundle up and walk. And boy did we walk! We saw NYC the way it is meant to be seen, by foot! We did not do any of the touristy on this trip since we had covered it all on our previous trip the year before. We would walk from the 82nd street towards lower Manhattan covering 60 to 70 odd blocks every single day. We would walk down a different Avenue everyday, stop by for a pizza or coffee along the way and try to take as many sights and sounds as we could! And of course shop as much as we could!

Ice skating at Bryant Park, snow ball fight at Central Park, experiencing the highest snowfall of the season, bringing in new year 2011 on the streets of NYC, watching a broadway show, sipping hot chocolate, decorating my first real Christmas tree, enjoying the winter window decorations and Christmas songs playing in every store......this is one trip I would love to take all over again, this time with our son to let him experience the magic of NYC during Christmas! It is very difficult to describe in words just how beautiful NYC is during Christmas and now that is one thing I can cross off my bucket list.

HONY allows me to relive some of those lovely memories! Brandon has truly given a face to NYC by creating this blog. Such a pleasure to see all his portraits and more so the captions that go along with every one of them. I look forward to seeing a new face and what they have to say every single day!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Lego Mania

LEGO.........the word brings back very fond childhood memories. Spending weekends and all holidays with cousins, staying up way beyond bedtime, stealing goodies from grandma's refrigerator after she would sleep, broken nails, scratched and bleeding cuticles from trying to pry tiny lego pieces apart and days spent building lego cities. Given a choice to go back in time, that would be the time I would go back to.
My mom has a huge family made up of 3 brothers and 5 sisters ensuring that I have plenty of cousins. Being an only child, I am particularly close to all my cousins and we meet up regularly even now. But the conversations and games have changed as have we. Now we meet up for a night of pictionary, scattergories or monopoly, while as kids we could keep ourselves busy for days playing hotel, school or lego. 

So when our baby was born 17 months back, the first thought that come to mind was "wow I can now build lego cities with him!" and we bought him his first Lego Duplo set as his first birthday gift. He is just starting to understand the Lego Duplo and maybe we are a tad bit more excited than he is that even the pain of stepping on lego pieces will not stop us! But I truly cannot wait until the day when he has a cupboard full of lego categorized according to colour.....a dream of mine! Definitely plan to do a Lego themed birthday party too!
Looking forward to the Lego Movie which "assembles" worldwide today! 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Boys will be boys

When we had a baby boy last year, little did I know what was in store. With both my husband and I working, we depend mainly on my mum to look after our son (with help of course!). My mom comes from a large family and having lived in a joint family until she was married, has brought up a lot of family kids. She was super confident that managing my baby would be a breeze, but little did she know what she was getting into too!
Now I'm not complaining about my little cherub, but he can be quite a handful. And my poor mum having no experience in raising a boy, has experienced all her firsts along with us. She has now resorted to telling my husband that our son gets his naughtiness from him! It is another thing that my son has her wrapped around his little finger, and the doting "Nan" does everything he asks of her. I asked her at lunch yesterday, the difference between raising a child as a mother and as a grandma and she was quick to reply, "I worry about him much more, there were many other people to worry about you when you were little." Let me tell you that I am an only child and lived in a nuclear family with only parents, yes I did have a lot of older cousins and aunts who I met almost everyday. That is the love of a grandparent, something we are still to experience.

When I came across this article yesterday,  26 reasons kids are pretty much just tiny drunk adults, I didn't realize how many things would be true for us. We see something like that on a daily basis at home, except for the sleeping anywhere part. Unfortunately, our son gets his sleeping habits from me, he is an extremely light sleeper and will stay wide awake taking in new surroundings no matter how groggy he is and once back in the car or at home, he'll fall asleep before i can snap my fingers.

                                          They're obsessed with finding something to eat...

Just to give you an example from the link above, this is the latest obsession at home. My husband asks me every single day "why does he (our son) do this" for the various antics that he uses to entertain himself and the only answer I have is....."all kids do that."
He will believe me the next time I have to say the same thing, I have photographic proofs!

Some of the things our 17 month old does to entertain his audience while giving his mother mini heart attacks!

  1. Running into rooms alone and slamming doors shut while waiting for someone to find him.
  2. Standing on tippy toes and opening bathroom doors, only to trip inside.
  3. Running into the shower enclosure fully dressed, turning on the tap and screaming "nai nai" (bath).
  4. Opening the refrigerator and pointing to everything on the lower shelves, then climbing onto the higher shelves to point to everything up there.
  5. Opening and closing sliding windows, just for fun.
  6. Unlocking car doors while the car is in motion.
  7. Scribbling on any surface or a willing human being with any writing medium he can get his hands on.
  8. Biting instead of kissing when very excited. Yes we have bite marks all over us!
  9. Eating everything other than the food prepared for him.
  10. Relishing tea, coffee and various flavors of green tea on a daily basis (depends on what we are having).
  11. Running around the whole house without any clothes on, playing catch while we run behind him with a diaper to get him dressed.
  12. "Talking" to his cousin Aaron on the phone all day.
  13. Climbing up the stairs and ladders all day long.
  14. Shrieking for no apparent reason and then giving an angelic smile to try to make it all okay.
  15. Sweeping, dusting, watering plants!

The saying "Silence is golden.....unless you have a toddler. In that case, silence is very very suspicious!" is so true.

Dr Seuss themed 1st Birthday!

It seems like yesterday that we brought our son Ronav home from the hospital, but a year has just flown by and all that we are left with a...