Weekly Update- 14

OMG!! My last post in this year!!

List three awesome things that happened this week.

  1. Mushroom dish! Hubby prepared a lip-smacking side for our Indian flat breads. I loved it, especially as I am not a big fan of mushrooms. Yumm!!
  2. My twin sis and her hubby are over for four days! Yippee!!
  3. Exploring Field Museum with ToddlerT was actually amazing fun! Sure, we did not see everything, but it was oodles of excitement and enjoyment.

Mention the one event or concept or person I felt strongly about.

I would like to thank kid-friendly museums and libraries in this post. Chicago (disclaimer- the only city we have tried museums but the thanks is for all others too) has very kid friendly museums which make it a splendid experience for parents and kids alike. Be it the staff or changing stations or in general, the atmosphere, it is so relieving to take children to educational places where they can learn and have fun and yet not have to suffer the annoyed looks and disdain of unaccomodating adults. Tired toddlers, hungry babies, nobody minded. We have taken ToddlerT to the Art Museum when she was three months old, the library regularly since she was two months old, the field Museum this weekend, the Kids Museum six months ago, to mention a few and she loved it. Especially becasuse she could be herself- loud, exuberant and a constant chatterbox. Nobody minded. I am repeating myself, but it is liberating not to be judged with silent stares and dirty looks. Hubs and I were overjoyed to discover that the staff smiled and pointed to more curios/ activities. We were directed to restaurants with child friendlier menus, people talked (yep, even when she was a teeny baby) to her as a person and in general, made us sleep deprived, self conscious parents feel relaxed and comfortable. All the other visitors gave us smiles despite the fact that the little one kept up a constant stream of baby talk/ gurgles in her excitement. And on all those occasions, not one person glared at me (i was not so lucky in certain clueless restrooms) when I changed dirty diapers with loud repetitive renditions of Insy Wincy or Three Little Kittens. (Why cannot people undertsand that it’s either me singing a rhyme or have the baby shreiking inconsolably?!!!)  But never mind, here’s my big shout of thanks to all of you!!!

Have a wonderful New Year!! See you in 2015!

Weekly Update – 13

List three awesome things that happened this week.

  1. A couple of T’s friends are having birthdays and it is great for her to practise saying ‘Happy Birthday’.
  2. I tried my hand at making a salsa style dish and it turned out good.
  3. I have thought of my resolution for the New Year! Yayy!

Mention the one event or concept or person I felt strongly about.

In today’s post, I would like to stress the importance of ‘me-time’. I know some people do not agree with the concept. But based on my personal experience and that of several close family members, some time for our own interests- uninterrupted by schedules and demands and worries of other people is extremely essential, especially when the care giving responsibility is a long term one. It helps to refresh the mind, body, soul and spirit. The name might be anything, relaxation time, me-time, rest time, but it is important. Do not feel guilty or ashamed, take out  a little time everyday, maybe just fifteen minutes. Do an activity that is creative or  challenging or fun or just do nothing. Do whatever you like, not what is right for you for fifteen minutes at least every single day.

Have a happy weekend. Ciao.

Weekly Update -12

Once more, the weekend is upon us and it is time for a roundup of all the lovely things that happened. So, here goes:

List three awesome things that happened this week.

  1.  Gobi Musallam- yes, this is a vegetarian recipe that I tried with great apprehension and it turned out delicious. I am not very gifted in the culinary department, so it was a big deal to me that the dish turned out good. Yayy!
  2. The one silver lining to ToddlerT getting a flu shot was that I could catch up on my reading. She likes to be held close and patted as she sleeps when she is unwell. So, I totally cashed on it to tick off a few items on my reading list. It was actually quite a blissful feeling- the little one cuddling up to me as i patted her soothingly, viewing insightful articles on my Kindle, and an unexpected rest as well!! Wow! (please do not judge me though, multi tasking is a necessity for this Toddler Mommy)
  3. Hubby came home for lunch today. [so that he could save time on lunch ;)]  With almost a fortnight of extremely busy days, this was a welcome surprise to have an extra half hour to ourselves. As ToddlerT napped, we chatted a bit (yup, more from me than him) on trivia and nothings. Most pleasant indeed!

Mention the one event or concept or person I felt strongly about.

In this week’s post, I would like to give a big shout of thanks to all those fellow Mommies who help, advise and contribute in real life and through their virtual avatars to other moms. THANK YOU!!! It is really confidence boosting and reassuring when fellow mommies  do any or all of the following:

  • say ‘It’s okay’
  • smile -so required when my baby is having a bad day and so, am I
  • converse -totally necessary after long hours of making do with just baby chatter
  • give me that ‘so normal’ look – even on seeing my little one at her worst while yours are perfect little paragons [especially when my kid is older… 😦 ]
  • not judge me even if my opinion contrast with yours
  • gift me a knowing smile, the smile that says ‘welcome to mommyhood’
  • say ‘wow!’ at ToddlerT’s antics- no better endorphin than that

I can add a lot more, but you get the drift. Please stay active in the same fashion and I promise to keep doing the same for other moms myself.

As an aside, I would like to also add that I would like to thank all caregivers of kids and babies and toddlers, not just the Moms. I know a lot of Dads and grandparents and others who are doing such a wonderful job giving that much needed smile, look and pep talk. It is just that my experience has been more limited to Mommies -old and new. But, I am trying not to let my inexperience bias me. So, all folks out there, keep up the good work. Ta-ta!

Weekly Update – 11

Hello folks! What with the Thanksgiving weekend last week, I chose not to add the weekly update. I was having some quality time with the husband and toddler, so decided everyone else must be having fun as opposed to reading posts, right?

Anyway, here are the weekly updates as usual.

List three awesome things that happened this week.

  1. Long weekend that was spent relaxed in the unhurried company of family and friends.
  2. ToddlerT got an amazing coloring set as present from her Aunt. She loves it as do I.
  3. We finally trues the Chicago Deep dish Pizza and it was heavenly. We were unsure if we would be able to find a vegetarian version, but we did. How do I describe it? Extra cheesy, crispy and soft, delicious and delightful. Yumm!

As a token to the last skipped week, here are two more highlights.

  1. Hubby and i tried our hand at preparing Biryani and Butter Gobi Masala. It came out very good.
  2. I won the NaNoWriMo. My novel is far from finished but hey, I reached 50K. Woo-hoo!

Mention the one event or concept or person I felt strongly about.

For this week, I would like to share the ‘Let the Sunshine In’ song from Flintstones. Little Pebbles and BamBamm are singing this song if you watch the video. Amazingly profound lyrics that ring so true, the sight of two little kids belting away and a really melodious music make this an awesome video. I am trying to teach this to ToddlerT and hope that as she grows up she lives as per the lyrics of the song- cheerful, optimistic and hopeful.

Have a great weekend. Ta-ta