Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Baby Bonanza

No no I'm not expecting or anything like that. I just am super thrilled because 3 babies have been born to people I know in this month and we haven't even got mid way through November! 
I am usually a cynic but nothing like newborns to make me gush. And the best part? My own womb is closed for business so no hormonal cravings either. Just cooing and mooning over delicious looking babies. I'm too far away to sniff their heads but I can imagine via photographs surprisingly easily! 
Bonus - I hand them back and go sleep with my kids through the night. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Diwali

My theory that Diwali is about food, family and fun has never been tested more than in a foreign land. I've been scurrying around for diyas and candles and anything that looks like it should belong in a puja. I've cursed that I didn't bring new clothes for everyone, I'm missing my lamps and idols and furiously googling recipes of simple sweets. But as we lit a diya for choti Diwali, I am pleased by our efforts. Because the children got excited and dressed up as if for the main Diwali puja and even the husband quietly wore a kurta. Of course the cherry on the cake has been the smells of yummy mutton curry on the stove. Yes, it's definitely about family, food and fun and I can't wait for tomorrow. 


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

TIL

Things I've learnt since I moved countries
  1. Nap time causes panic when solo parenting in a foreign country. 
  2. How to load and start a dishwasher. 
  3. Join every local social media group - Facebook or what's app. 
  4. Screentime is down time. For everyone. 
  5. Check the tower number before trying various key codes. 
  6. Bargaining works outside of India too! 
  7. How to use up loose change 
  8. Cooking is like riding a cycle. Mostly. That's a separate post I expect.
  9. The kids make everything worth while. 
  10. As does the husband.  

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Scent of a child

The softness of those unexpected curls
The warmth of that tiny foot
The pinch of the uncut nails

The stench of a delayed explosion 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Starfish

You pull
You hit
You whack
You grip
You bat
You reach
You search
You touch
You find 
You pat, reassured. 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Her Last

It's early morning. Too early to wake up. I hear a rustle and a warm weight slides in next to me. After checking on baby, I turn to her and cuddle her close. 
After some snuggles, she wants to talk. Or at least say what's on her mind. It's clear she's been thinking about this. How she's a big girl but not so long ago, she was small and wanted it as much as the little baby fast asleep on my side. She asks if it's still there. I say yes of course. I had promised myself that if she ever asked, I would offer. She had shared with the new baby but not for any length of time and I was sure she has forgotten how. 
She smiles at me. I ask her if she wants some. She thinks and then giggles and nods. I offer. She half latches and then instead kisses it. Smiles again. And starts talking of something else. 
The vestiges of sleep have vanished and I realize this is her last. My last with her. I promise to write this memory down. 
So I did. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Procrastination

The most amazing thing happened today. I woke up early. I don't mean 10 minutes early so I can procrastinate a little longer about getting out of bed.  I don't mean 5 minutes early so I can gaze at my daughter's face. I woke up 40 minutes early. 40 minutes. And while not completely refreshed (come on, I have a toddler!), I felt rested enough to not want to nap a little. 
What did I do with that extra time? Well, Facebook (obviously!) and I contemplated chores. Contemplated washing my hair since I'm awake early, thought about starting a washing machine load, ruminated on the clothes I should take out to wear (for baby and myself). I did quite a bunch of brainwork. No actual work, of course. All this was accomplished while cuddled under my quilt and next to my daughter. 
And I wrote this blog post. 
I should really have taken that nap.