Friday, September 18, 2009

My new coiffure...

Ashwin says my hair is very pretty and very smart - just like him!

Raghu says I look like a gulti with Thirupati mottai.

If you have no idea what to say, try "Your hairstyle is nice - it makes you look years younger! Not that you looked old anyway.." That will make you my new best friend.

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Silly girl!

Divya was in the bathroom in her rocker this morning while Ashwin was in the bath. She was most fascinated by the ventilator on the roof - and she wanted to eat it. She arched her back and craned her head forward and opened her mouth wide and thrust her tongue out and even screamed at it for good measure - but the ventilator just wouldn't budge. May be if she arches her back just a bit more, she'd get there...

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

First giggles

At my local mother's group last Tuesday, I was lamenting that Divya has not started giggling as yet and that I couldn't wait to hear the sweet sound of her laughter. Well, she understood and obliged me the very same day!

I was just narrating to her something that happened at the shopping mall that day, when she broke out into giggles! I immediately called Raghu, appa and my in laws and they were all rewarded with her boisterous giggles...

The easiest way to elicit giggles from her though is for her to just see Ashwin. My daughter loves my natural comedian and if he just whistles at her, she breaks into her wonderful giggles. Love how she will turn her head 180 deg to look at him and give him a lovely smile, in the middle of a feed.

Last night, Raghu laid her down in bed and shouted boo at her from behind the dressing room. And she giggled. This being the first time he was SEEing her giggling, he was thrilled. He carried on "boo"ing with increasing intensity until BANG! he banged his nose on the wardrobe hard - and that got even more giggles.

Keep laughing my pretty Rani! We all love you!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Twists and turns of fate

His wish has been granted!

We have bought a wonderful house in a lovely suburb that... has a swimming pool in it! We all loved our new house and were making grand plans of moving in when...

Raghu's work transferred him to Karratha, a town about 1500 kms away from Perth. So we have to rent the house, but that's not the end of the world. We convinced ourselves that we would have a grand time in Karratha and return in about a year's time and the we would live in our own sweet house when...

Our best friends in Perth bought the house diagonally opposite ours on the same street! And we will have to wait a year to enjoy their company as our neighbours.

Wah wah wah...

Just how big is very big??!

A conversation over idlis for breakfast this morning:

Ashwin: Amma, yesterday I had 4 idlis, right?
Me: Right (although the yesterday was actually many days ago and I make mini idlis)
Ashwin: Today I'm going to eat 5 idlis.
Me: That's good. You will then become a very big boy!
Ashwin: I will grow up very very very very very very very very very big right?
Me: (Not knowing the scale ) Right.
Ashwin: Then I will not fit inside this house!
Me: We will build another house for you then, a very big house.
Ashwin: giggle giggle..
Me: What's so funny?
Ashwin: I'm laughing because then all the clouds will come inside my house and I will be wet!

In all this while, he had eaten nearly 2 idlis.

Ashwin: Enough.

From "this close" to there!

After a day of being "this close" to rolling over, she actually rolled over! Twice that day and not once since...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The magic chain & crisis management

Ashwin was wont to waking up at night with nightmares. He would often dream of some animal coming to eat him or push him. As much as I tried, I could not make him understand that they were dreams, figments of his imagination and not reality. I was losing my sleep over it too and so we made the magic chain.

I crocheted a chain with some beads in it and kept it on the altar. We prayed to God to make it a magic chain so that if someone tries to eat him or pinch him or beat him or push him while he is wearing the chain, the magic chain will push them away.

This is his most prized possession now. He will not go to sleep without it. He would wear it 24/7 if I let him.

The other day, in a moment of mischief, he climbed up on his chair and pulled open the cover on the security monitor and punched some numbers in it. The alarm started to beep slowly at first and then blared so loudly that I'm sure cars on the freeway would have heard. I ran to get the phone to call the security agency and he ran in the opposite direction.

"Where are you going?" I asked him.
"I'm going to wear my magic chain so that the police will not buchkoo me" he replied.

The lure of TV

From August_2009

At least Ashwin pretends, even if badly, to be looking at the camera. This dame is an unabashed TV addict.

A sweet moment + milestones

As I held Divya in my lap, she stared at my thali with such intensity, willing it to rise upto her. When the stare wasn't enough, she tried shouting at it too. I held it up to her for a closer inspection. She sweetly opened her mouth as if it is only natural that the thali be sampled. I obliged and gave her a taste of it and she promptly scrunched up her face in displeasure.

Love this dame and every moment with her.

She is "this" close to rolling over. She has started rotating today. She will lift her bum high up in the air and try to roll over but that damn arm comes in the way.

She has been "standing" (bearing her weight on her legs) for about a week now. When she had just started doing it, her face would break out in a big smile and she would beam with pride - look at what I can do! Now it has become so matter-of-fact. The moment her feet touches anything, she will stiffen her knees and want to stand. This is her current favourite activity, other than eating.

Speaking of eating, today also marks the day that she had her first proper feed of rice cereal. I have been offering her rice cereal off and on and she would eat a spoon or two and then lose interest. Today, she lapped up the first bowl I had prepared for her and then lapped up the second bowl too and then screamed for more. Rice cereal however is not the only thing in her menu. Adult food suits her taste better. She has eaten capsicum, egg plant, dosa, pancake, kheer and her favourite - strawberry! I hope I'm not jinxing myself with this post but I do believe this one is going to be a healthy eater (not taken after me, thank God!)

Eating is an intense activity, complete with fist clenching!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mom must be crazy


for dressing me up in a swimsuit when I'm only 3 months old. Help!
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