Monthly Archives: March 2011

Baby Kicks:)

22 weeks and 4 days today!
Its been about a week since I started feeling strong kicks. I was sitting at the table,with my left leg folded on the chair..and the little peanut kicked!!SO HARD! I had to shift positions.. 🙂
The fun time is here..I am enjoying more and more of this..:)
Love you baby!

Happy 4th Birthday,Aadi!

My darling Aadi,
Happy birthday! Woww you are 4 today!!And for some reason,every few minutes my eyes well up…as I remember the ickle baby,who was placed in my arms,shortly before midnight on the 30th of march 2007.
You were born at 8:33 pm but it was more than 3 hours later,that I got to hold you.And just then,I knew,I was a changed person..My heart was forever lost to the little baby I held..:)
You have grown up so much in the last year,more so in the last few months..Your vocabulary is growing,your accent is changing and you are voicing your opinions even more than ever.Most of the times, you are the best company to hang out with.. except when you are tired or sleepy or just woken up.. and then you just don’t stop whining..that does have me near to tears most of the time.. but I have heard from my friends that your other 4 yo friends are no different.
You are the best mischief companion for both your daddy and me.. sometimes you team up with him and tease me.. both of you huddle on the couch,whispering naughties and then looking at me and pretend laughing.. on other times,you team up with me-especially when you want to wake up daddy…You nudge me,whisper,’Come lets tickle him;lets wake him up’ ..its the cutest thing ever.
You know,Baby, last year a little before you turned 3,you asked for a baby sister..yes you did… and all through most of the last year,you kept saying,that you know that your baby sister is in Mumma’s tummy. Every time you prayed,you asked for a baby sister and even when we went to Shirdi,you asked for a baby sister… And now,there is a baby in Mumma’s tummy… I am hoping its a sister for you..:) Coz you want a sister soo badly.. You fight with your daddy everytime,he says,may be it should be a boy…:)
Sweetheart, you are the best helper ever..you love hearing that..and you really are the best helper.You love working in the kitchen- you have graduated from empty bowls to scrapers..and peeling veggies,and even before I get a chance to cut the carrots or cucumbers,you have sampled them.
Baby,I know this year your life is going to change drastically- your much awaited baby will be here..Yes, you insist on calling it your baby..:) And you get mad if we call you a baby…but as I was saying,your much awaited baby will be here and things might get a little crazy.Mommy and Daddy might have unrealistic expectations from you or sometimes,you might have unreasonable demands.. but remember come what may,we love you..and will always love you a tad more,if not as much as the new baby… After all you are our first baby and will always remain so.
By the time,you read this,I am sure you will be 16 or so,chances are that mommy may not be your best friend..and you may not think,I am the best Mom as you do now, and so,I hope reading this,will tell you,just how much loved and cherished you are.Ohh but,sweetie,please don’t tell your bro/sis what I said about loving you more!!:)
I hope all your dreams come true..I hope you continue to be the smart,confident person you are..And I hope you continue to believe that mommy and daddy can do magic..

Love you with all my heart and more…
Mumma!

And I asked Daddy to write something for you.This is what he wanted to say:
Daughters are angels
Sent from above
To fill our heart
With unending love.
Happy 4th Birthday my baby,
Love Papa

Happy Birthday,baby!

My darling Babushka,
Happy birthday! Woww you are 4 today!!And for some reason,every few minutes my eyes well up…as I remember the ickle baby,who was placed in my arms,shortly before midnight on the 30th of march 2007.
You were born at 8:33 pm but it was more than 3 hours later,that I got to hold you.And just then,I knew,I was a changed person..My heart was forever lost to the little baby I held..:)
You have grown up so much in the last year,more so in the last few months..Your vocabulary is growing,your accent is changing and you are voicing your opinions even more than ever.Most of the times, you are the best company to hang out with.. except when you are tired or sleepy or just woken up.. and then you just don’t stop whining..that does have me near to tears most of the time.. but I have heard from my friends that your other 4 yo friends are no different.
You are the best mischief companion for both your daddy and me.. sometimes you team up with him and tease me.. both of you huddle on the couch,whispering naughties and then looking at me and pretend laughing.. on other times,you team up with me-especially when you want to wake up daddy…You nudge me,whisper,’Come lets tickle him;lets wake him up’ ..its the cutest thing ever.
You know,Baby, last year a little before you turned 3,you asked for a baby sister..yes you did… and all through most of the last year,you kept saying,that you know that your baby sister is in Mumma’s tummy. Every time you prayed,you asked for a baby sister and even when we went to Shirdi,you asked for a baby sister… And now,there is a baby in Mumma’s tummy… I am hoping its a sister for you..:) Coz you want a sister soo badly.. You fight with your daddy everytime,he says,may be it should be a boy…:)
Sweetheart, you are the best helper ever..you love hearing that..and you really are the best helper.You love working in the kitchen- you have graduated from empty bowls to scrapers..and peeling veggies,and even before I get a chance to cut the carrots or cucumbers,you have sampled them.
Baby,I know this year your life is going to change drastically- your much awaited baby will be here..Yes, you insist on calling it your baby..:) And you get mad if we call you a baby…but as I was saying,your much awaited baby will be here and things might get a little crazy.Mommy and Daddy might have unrealistic expectations from you or sometimes,you might have unreasonable demands.. but remember come what may,we love you..and will always love you a tad more,if not as much as the new baby… After all you are our first baby and will always remain so.
By the time,you read this,I am sure you will be 16 or so,chances are that mommy may not be your best friend..and you may not think,I am the best Mom as you do now, and so,I hope reading this,will tell you,just how much loved and cherished you are.Ohh but,sweetie,please don’t tell your bro/sis what I said about loving you more!!:)
I hope all your dreams come true..I hope you continue to be the smart,confident person you are..And I hope you continue to believe that mommy and daddy can do magic..

Love you with all my heart and more…
Mumma!

And I asked Daddy to write something for you.This is what he wanted to say:
Daughters are angels
Sent from above
To fill our heart
With unending love.
Happy 4th Birthday my baby,
Love Papa

Last Sleep Before 4!

Babushka is super super super excited about her birthday!She had a hard time falling asleep too..:)All she wanted to do was talk about her BURDAY and then some! She has a list of people,who cannot wish her,who will not get any treats..who can wish her and who can get extra lollies-:) reminded me of the Vodaphone delights ad!
It was decided earlier,that we will go pick up her cake,after we pick her up from school,but now the Princess has decided,that its not cool.. She wants the cake ready at home,when she gets back..Better still,she wants us to bake it together..:) Lets see how that goes.
And she wants Mumma to help in her school,tomorrow..When I asked her,how about your special lunch? She got really upset and said,”No,Mummy,you need to help first,then come home and cook..”I asked her,should we just go out to eat?? And that was followed by a big tear-fest..
Ohh Well!Mummy,better get her act together and help out in school one of these days..
She got her presents from India- Her dadu-dadi’s parcel arrived last week and her Nanu-masi’s arrived today,and she still hasn’t stopped gushing over ther goodies.She wore one of the new dresses to school today and we already have another pretty dress lined up for tomorrow:) You know,we do not buy her party clothes on her birthday anymore..:) She gets a big loot by courier..we just end up buying essential-play wear,school wear,shoes,etc.
SD and I had planned not to buy her anymore toys,until after her party,because,we are seriously running out of space to keep her toys.So,when she asked me,at bed-time,what we are giving her as a gift-I asked her what she wanted?She said,she wanted a Dora cake and a Dora hat.And she wants that to be her gift 🙂 So, tomorrow,after we drop her off at school,we go on a Dora-hat hunt!
OMG!OMG!I cannot believe that my ickle baby is turning four..She is looking bigger,talking like a big person..OMG!!Somebody pinch me,so that I know its not a dream!

Orange-Carrot Cake

Remember the pulp left over from this delicious juice?Take a look:

Isn’t it gorgeous??
I decided to turn it into a cake. And what a delicious cake it was. And it called for minimum sugar too.

To make this cake,I just twisted,my mom’s regular cake recipe,to accomodate the pulp.This recipe was a hand-me-down from one of my mom’s friends and it was the first cake I ever baked.It still is,my go-to recipe,for when I want to quickly whip up a cake for tea.
Here goes:

Ingredients :

3 eggs
3 cups Self Raising(whole wheat) flour
1 cup sugar
3/4th cup oil
1 and 1/2 cup orange carrot pulp
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp cinammon powder

Method:

Beat eggs and powdered sugar together.Add oil to the mix and slowly start adding the AP flour.Simulatenously,also add the fruit pulp.Finally add the ginger and cinammon and mix a final time. Pour into a pre-greased tin and bake at 180 deg C for 20-25 mins,or till the skewer,inserted in the center of the cake,comes out clean.

This would yield a 9″ square cake.
If you do try it,do leave a comment and let me know,if it was:)
Happy Baking !!

P.S. you can reduce the quantities of sugar.. I had to add this much for the resident sweet tooth!

4 in 4!

Babushka’s b’day is coming up. In 4 days,she will turn 4!
The celebrations this year are mostly outsourced and I can’t stop feeling guilty about it.
She’ll be in school that day and her school has a policy against home-made stuff.. So,I am thinking of ordering a mini donut-tower from dunkin donuts-either that or just cadbury Freddos,that she can hand out at the end of the day.
As for the birthday party,this year we booked a party hall in an indoor play center. I would have loved to have an outdoor-park party,but the weather here is crazy this time of the year.
I sent out e-invitations from here and for the two invitations,to be handed out in her Kinder,SD just got a print of the e-invitation and I stuck it on a blank card.

This has to got to be the simplest,most basic invitation,I ever made.Heck!Its plain even when I compare it to the ones made by a 10-year old me..
Anyway, the cake has been outsourced too..Outsourcing the cake was the hardest for me.. Babushka and I started planning the cake,right after her third birthday party was over…I am not kidding you…I thought and thought and finally with a heavy heart contacted a local cake decorator.. And I was amazed by her enthusiasm..Looking forward to the final cake… I have been baking more and more to get over the guilt..but,I figured, BAbushka would rather have a happy,relaxed mother v/s one doubling over with sciatica or back ache..tired and grumpy.
The food again has been ordered at the party place,for the same reason.
The only thing I need to take care of is the Loot bags.. And I am planning to go all crazy with those! 🙂
Gosh!I can’t believe my little girl is turning 4!

Mad..

I started to write a post today.. but I am just too mad right now,to finish it.
Just so mad,I want to scream.. don’t even ask me why..coz I just might scream!! And no its not just one of those hormonal outbursts..or is it?? ohh well,I don’t know…I might as well tell you,why I am angry!
The thing is I want to get my driver’s licence ASAP.. I have been taking lessons and stuff.. but barely practicing otherwise..but I am feeling confident about driving as time is going by. Now,the earliest available date,is in May second week. According to SD,I should not book for the test,until I am a 100% confident with the car.. now,if I wait till I get a 100% confident,the available dates would be pushed out by another month or so..That will take it to June or even July.. by which time,I will be heavily pregnant..I so don’t want to do that. What’s the worst that could happen if I go in May? I just won’t pass.. but thats all,right? But,hey!Ijust might pass!! I am so so mad!!
Edited to add: SD read the post and teased me about it..ugh!What do I do with this guy? And when I started crying,he goes,”See I told you,its the hormones!!” Ofcourse he came n hugged me..but I am still MAD!

Funk!

Do you ever have a day,when you feel like,you are in a funk?Like you don’t know whether you are going or coming?? When you don’t remember if you wanted to eat or have already eaten? Well,thats just the kind of day,I am having today.I think I was in a major sleep-deficit. Today,after the Babushka and SD left,I decided to lie down for a little while,before having my morning cuppa and tackling the chores..It must be around 8:15 am then.. And I don’t know when I fell asleep.. when I woke up,it was 12:30pm! Time to pick up Babushka!! I panicked!! And then remembered,I didn’t have to go and pick her up,her friend’s mom was picking her up. But,they were coming straight over for lunch,they would arrive in less than 10 minutes and I hadn’t even started cooking.I quickly washed my face and got to cooking.Thankfully,I was only cooking for the kids-so made a quick stir-fry and chapatis.
By the time I ate,it was nearly 2:00 but the fuzz refused to clear.. I am just sitting around in a weird funk,wanting to sleep more..wanting to tackle the chores,left pending.. But,I guess,its not happenning today.If I manage cooking..that will be a big deal!!
Anyway,how has your day been so far?

21 weeks and counting:)

So we are past the half way mark..and the 20 week ultrasound is done and dusted. It was a torture..we had to go in for three consecutive days,to get the complete results. The Peanut was in a difficult position and so,we couldn’t get all the measurements on the first day and it had to be completed in 3 parts. But lying down for 1-1.5 hour each day,took a toll on my back!And the sciatica struck again.
The sonographer mentioned on the second day- “If you ask me,I would say,its a girl!” Yayyyy Aadya and I did a victory dance.. Sanj had mixed feelings.. 🙂 The sonographer did say,its only a guess 🙂 So, he can still hope for his cricketeer son!!LOL! or may be cricketeer daughter!
Also, this time,I have anterior Placenta..that explains the less movements.

More about the ultrasound-

We went for the 20-week ultrasound on Tuesday.. and the baby was in a difficult position..So,I ended up spending nearly 1 and half hour on the examination table.. The baby didn’t move..I ended up with a back ache,the sonographer ended up with a stiff back..When she told me after 45 minutes of probing,”Try to empty your bladder”..I told her..”Ohh even a thousand horse couldn’t hold me back!!!” Seriously I thought I was going to burst!!!! Anyway,after 1 and a half hour,she told me,sorry,I can’t see much,you will have to come back again..hopefully the baby will be in a better position and we can finish off the rest of the measurements then.
We then went and picked up Aadya and guess what she looked tired and drained..and sure enough when we got back home,she was burning up.I gave her some Panadol and let her rest.. and then,my asthma episode happenned.
I couldn’t sleep at all that night.. may be the nerves,may be the breathlessness.. whatever,I was literally checking the time,every half an hour and was out of bed,before the alarm rang. Anyway,we got ready,downed brekkies and gulped water.. was ready to burst again,this time,even before we reached the radiology center.This time,Aadya went with us,after much drama-she is not a morning person at all..just like her mumma!! She was happy to see the ‘Video-doctor’ and we got down to the business of studying the peanut’s morphology.. again,the same thing.. not in a good position..:( This time we tried for one hour..and the u/s tech told me,”we got 1/3rd yesterday, 1/3rd today..but you still need to come in again tomorrow..for the rest”..WHATT?? Are you kidding me??
We trooped back again today and finally it was done..they got all the measurements..and we got two beautiful pictures.. and everyone is happy..
Ohh and the first day,we saw the cutest thing ever. Everytime,the u/s tech pressed the probe on my belly,Peanut would punch it -it was like watching a little boxer,lashing at a punching bag. Everytime the probe was near his/her head,s/he would put a hand on the head. Finally the little fighter got tired of punching the crap out of the probe and rubbed his/her eyes and nose..It was sooo cute!!:D

A Rose for the Princess


I started this cardi for the little Diva,in May 2010. I think I finished most of the knitting by June 2010..Then came the daunting part- the sleeves…actually picking up stitches from the underarm. I took it to India,to get my grandma to teach me..but somehow I didn’t find time for that.
Then came the carpal tunnel and the left wrist was literally a pain to work with..and somewhere down the lane,my yarn-related craft mojo,disappeared too.. So,this poor Cardi was left to languish in some dark recesses of my cupboard.
As the days are getting colder,I decided to atleast,finish working on this..I tried the sleeves once again..but wasn’t too confident..and so,just dropped the idea of sleeves and settled for Cap-sleeves instead.
I am really happy with the way,this one turned out.The finishing is much much better than this one.
This is my first lace project and I am glad I took it up.Here’s a close up of the lace:

Ms.Aadya is mighty pleased.I knit it slightly bigger,so that she can wear it for a longer time.
Details:
Pattern : Pip’s Cardi fromRavelry
Yarn : Moda Vera- Varigated-Red.
Needle size- 3 1/4 mm.