Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Raising A

Some new stuff A has been impressing us with, that I don't want to forget with the days...

This morning, A was snuggling with mumma and trying to bargain to stay at home - not go to the daycare. Our conversation went kinda like this...
A (almost pleading): "No Sukh aunty"
Me: "Baby, we r home right now - but in some time mumma has to go to the office, and you gotta go to...Suk.."
she cut me off
A: "only mumma and daddy and baby time"
Me: "Nah A, after some time you have to go to.."
she cut me off again!
A: "Shunday?"
Me: "No Sonu, it's Tuesday today"
A: "Shatuwday"
she proclaimed contently! ;)

Ahh.... How cud I argue with this little devil who already knows that Saturday and Sunday are mumma daddy and baby days? I sooo wish I cud turn it to a 'Shatuwday' for her sakes!! Sometimes it feels so vain - this waking up and heading to work dropping ur baby in someone's care routine... but then in a moment she is up to something else... ordering mumma around for meeyoooshique and doshaa and string cheese all at the same time!! And I know - I gotta take a breather, or it's not gonna feel all so cute for too long ;) Plus she's learning really cool stuff at the daycare - we couldn't believe our eyes when she almost went into a 'soorya namaskaar' the other day.. claiming it was 'eksherchaise' And the fact that she refuses to come out of the daycare at pick up time - rather wants to drag me in there to play with her, is testament enough that things are generally going in the right direction.

This is about something that happened last evening...

S never really gets to boast much about new stuff he taught A or something she did for the 1st time.. I usually jump in to say - "yeah!! she's been doing that for a while now!" without realising it'd mean a lot to him to think that he was the first one to see it. It always occurs to me a tad late that I can let him savor that feeling. Not this time though.

I was out last evening for some dance lessons when the father daughter duo were at home. She is always well behaved around him - he can surf the web all he wants, while I can't even glance at a laptop with her in the vicinity. Turns out, last night our little miss obedience was asked by her dad to go into another room and turn off the music, then come back to sit with him while he read to her. And she did exactly as she was told!!! It was a pretty big deal to us - that she listened.. that she understood.. that she complied!! She is growing up wayyy to fast!

I came home to one happy kiddo and a beaming dad - for him, I am glad I wasn't around :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Monthly roundup - July

We finally had a nice little birthday playdate for A with her pals of over the last 2 years, which one Elmo was a part of! The look on her face was priceless when she saw Elmo had come to visit her!! She wouldn't let go of the ugly red monster even when he was playing with other guests at the playdate. Hugged him tight with a big grin on her face!! Oh Elmo - I owe you one for making my kiddo soo happy!!!

On a more personal front, I've been doing something that I am really proud of - getting up early one morning every weekend and heading out for a hike with gal pals. I think I've already done this for the past 5-6 weeks now, so I can safely claim that I have been doing it regularly. While waking up early isn't the most appealing tasks, I still find myself up 15-20 min before the alarm is set to go off! Guess I AM excited about the hikes 'eh? ;) We've covered most moderate trails in the vicinity and are now thinking of expanding our trail radii to get more fun hikes in. Eventually I want to be fit enough (confident enough) to undertake a hike at the Grand Canyon - yeah, I know rim to rim is a stretch for now - but I sure want to do one to the valley at the very least!

On the 'phamily' outings front, we've had our share of birthday parties and get togethers with friends. Also the local summer concert by the lake was a huge hit with A. She danced to the loud music and seemed to enjoy herself a lot, last time we were there.

Work has been busy on and off for me, while S has been working late hours way more often these days. No notable new movies as such, but yeah we watched 'Aandhi' again - Sanjeev Kumar is just an amazing actor all around!! From Aandhi to Angoor - the guy gave his all to every single character he portrayed!

Hey, I have also been going to these Bollywood based dance classes for the last 5-6 Mondays - starting to enjoy it more and more! In a weird way I have suddenly had this impulse to resume my kathak training. Somehow I think it is more my kind than the power packed jazzy, in your face kinda thing the bollywood dance offers. I miss the adakaari, the nuances of kathak, I guess. Wonder if there are any classes offered in my area.

Well, nothing really jazzy to add to this blog entry - this is more of a roundup of what life's been like off late. Not shabby, though it cud be better ;) (my company cud go public - I cud make tons of money and stay back home for a while, enjoy watching A grow up.. resume kathak, work out and get back in shape completely... watch the Godfather trilogy one more time, read read and read some more.. travel to Alaska .. u know... ;))