December 2009


We are here since Friday morning. As usual it’s nice to be here and uncomfortable with certain things too. The travel wasn’t pleasant, before check in we had a relaxing time at lounge in airport, that was the only comfy time I could remember, could not sleep even for a minute during flight.

Ambuli slept for around 1 hour since takeoff, the front rows   with 2 set of parents. Without any belief I requested a bassinet for her, the reply was, bassinets are only for infants within 7 months. Am not sure if this is the case for long distance flights too or what is the case in other airlines. But see they were not able to offer bassinet for a 6 month old baby even, they had forgotten to load it. I was very unhappy bcoz they did not even know whether a bassinet is there or not, they searched for long time and finally apologized to those couple. Other two babies also had a good sleep since take-off. It’s absolute trouble to handle food and a sleeping baby in flight, all 6 of us had to go through it, husbands got the first chance to eat with two set of plates in their tray, then juggle between finished plates, sleeping baby and transfer of fresh plate to wife.

I read their ad of sky nanny and believed I will have one for my rescue when needed, but wise DD told me,never believe them, you are sure to get an answer as not for this flight or not for this sector, blah, blah, oops and I received the same answer, not for this sector, only if the travel time is more than 8 hrs. I felt lucky that it’s only a short flight, and I was waiting for the travel to get over.

Had a good sleep reaching home.  We tried one from our list in evening; it’s the two wheeler ride. Ambuli rejected to sit in between us and cried like anything, she was too scared to see her dad in helmet.

She was bouncing all through the way. She enjoyed Marundeeswarar temple in thiruvanmiyur, she saw too many people, dogs, and cows and there were some musical instruments being played, she loved it. Way back home also she feared the bike, but since she was too tired slept on the way.

Next few days were shopping with my mother, and she enjoyed auto. We had been to Nalli and Rmkv for her dresses, she cried like anything for the balloons setup for Christmas in Rmkv and even the sales man were helpless as they cannot remove those balloons, I tried diverting her but no luck, She turned my chin and pointed towards those balloons.

As usual traffic sucks in Chennai, seems that lot more cars than before every time we come. Mosquitoes are posing a greater threat to ambuli , she got bigger wounds from bites that we scared, if it would be anything else, but her doctor confirmed that its classical mosquito bite and every year she is seeing few hundred cases like this, in  babies coming from abroad, she also added if you are here for 3 months she will get used to it, poor baby,I curse those mercy less mosquitoes.

Ambuli is having good time with all the folks around here, and we too are enjoying. Now AC bus,beach and maadi rail are pending, new addition in the list is book fair, I wish I could go or that.

More posts on AH,mottai and kaadhu kuthal later,and wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

We are getting ready for the trip and DD took out our passports for early check-in.Whenever i see my passport,i will remenber this incident and will have a good laugh.

It was when i was in Singapore,i went there on a business visa and got extention stamp after a month(It was a three month multiple entry visa).

I had given it to our company’s auditor office for stamping,while collecting back,the lady asked me if had been to UK on business visa,i answered her yes,she went on telling me that there was entry stamping in heathrow airport,in and out stamps in chennai airport but no return stamping done @ UK,passport is such an important document and how come i missed this return stamp alone.

I was worried like anything,what happened to my return stamping?? I tried to recollect that day of return,i entered UK in London and left via Glasgow airport,am always good in memory of unwanted things and remembered the day very well,it was raining right from the morning on that Sunday,my cab was 15 mins earlier than i had asked for,it rained all the way to airport,i remebered check in,the lady @ counter tagged my baggage as heavy with a orange tag as it was 27kgs,my fellow colleague had checked in already and he was enjoying some snack in BK,i could recollect those damn costly duty free shops,easter eggs for sale,two brand new cars as gift as part of duty free promotion,a perfume bought @ Boots,those sharp knives,scissors,pins etc removed from others baggage during security screening,two maamis in the`waiting area,but this damn thing of a immigration routine alone was not coming to my mind.

After coming back to office,i asked few,but honestly they had no idea.This was bothering me for some time,i feared as if they would deny my UK visa in future,and stupid enough to search each n every page of passport again and again,had it disappeared in air,had i swallowed tat stamping alone,was the immigration officer my enemy in previous life and felt not to do the stamping,or i missed out the immigration routine itself and was sulking to myself.Sigh,Why it had happened to me??

Few days later,i inquired one friend in UK,who brought me peace,he said there is no such thing called a return stamping in UK,not only UK in few european countries as well.

Oops,how ignorant was i then.I felt ashamed for not knowing the fact and a great relief on the other side,i can travel to UK not fearing this return stamp.

We are going on vacation to India today.Purpose of vacation are Ayusha homam,head shaving and ear boring.DD planned to be back after 15 days and am going to be there till Jan 22,so its short of 3 days for a month’s vacation.

I guess i will be able to do some posts from there.Nothing else is planned other than Ayusha homam and a trip to Tiruchendur for head shaving.

Ayusha homam is going to be tough i guess,not to mention the rest head shaving and ear boring.Ambuli has too much of resistance,i just cant imagine how she will react for all these.After mottai and thodu she is going to get a different look.

She can muse herself with her favorites,coconut trees and crows.Since she had started dancing even when i say”tin tana tin”,DD expects her to dance for auto,car horns as well.We wish to take her in Electric train(parakkum train esp),AC bus and of course the national vehicle auto,should try a two wheeler ride with her,cotton candies,kamarcut,dakshin chitra is inthe list,lively thenga maanga pattani sundal beach,the dust and the rest….the list goes endless,should make a good time for her in India.A trip back home brings in a to do list and unexplainable happiness.Hope we enjoy.

Will post you on updates from India.

This is going to be a lengthy post.Yesterday i did a post and saved it,but it disappeared in cyber air.So redoing the same stuff again.

How did the party go??

Four words,all went very well.Inspite of  last-minute planning,traffic chaos and  goof ups,it was a party which everyone enjoyed(at least I believe so).

Let me tell you what was all there…

Pre B’day episode:

Since i had a plan to travel early on End of Nov for ayusha homam,party was not planned at all.She got measles and i stayed back and thus a party was planned.

Hotel:

We did checked few hotels and settled for the one in which we gave our marriage party.It was not a bad choice.

Cake:

I found a pastry chef who works from home and makes cake of custom designs.I had to travel to other end of Bahrain to pay advance and confirm the order.

Banner:

An absolute last minute deal,i had been telling DD about this long back,but he was not very keen,two days before b’day he found a person.I gave my specifications,few cannot be implemented was the answer,but final one was good.

Dress:

I had chosen one few weeks back,but did not buy.@ 11th hour we went for shopping and DD wanted to buy a girlie dress like frock or skirt.We did searched for one like that but no luck.Ended up buying the one i had chosen.It was Blue tops and Pink pant.

Invite:

This one was pretty delayed we had sent it out just 5 days before b’day.DD had worked out so much, to give my ideas a life.Invite was appreciated by most.

Return Gift/Thank you:

I felt too hard and lazy to buy gifts for guests ranging from singles,one with toddlers and preschoolers and schoolers.So voted for Thank you cards.I searched for card material and lost,Dd managed to get some cards,when started with card making i realised i did not have sketches and had only watercolor,got it juz the day before and burnt mid night oil to get it all ready.

On her B’day:

I got up early to finish off the remaining cards and DD had his own portion remaining.Also i had to pack those party loot bags.I had to prepare something for BF and Lunch as well.DD got up soon after me and got his hands on  cards.

Ambuli received her first gift from neighbour S and she was asleep when they came.She woke up around 10.30 and she never had her morning nap at all.Had a hard time managing her and arranging things,we juz remembered decorations in the party hall was still pending,and DD decided to go around 4 pm and do finish it.At this point we still had some shopping pending(gifts for games).

The cake lady called up and said she is coming for a Christmas event in a hotel near to our place and checked if we can collect it from her @ 5 pm.Since there was no choice left,we said ok.

Soon after lunch DD set out for shopping,and i attempted to make her sleep. By then we had finished our cards.She went asleep around 3:00 pm.I started packing loot bags with a blowout,party hat and a choclate.

I heard her crying @ 3.30 and found that it was the call on my mobile which had woke her up.Who else will call me,it was my dear who had a doubt in gifts.I answered him and made an attempt to make her sleep,when i was halfway thru the landline rang,i had no choice than to hold ambuli,rush to it and answer.It was the call from Backdrop person,she said it is all ready and i can pick it up from her place.

DD was back home around 4 pm.Now we had to collect cake n backdrop,do decorations.DD rested for a while and went to collect the cake @ 4:45 pm,forgetting the thank you card i prepared for the baker.

He came home with the cake,had a cup of coffee and set out for hotel@ 5.30pm to do decors.We bothered a friend to collect the backdrop.Being National day the traffic was sucking and DD reached hotel only by 6:15 pm.

With ambuli i was able to complete all the required packings and started dressing her up.I called DD to find out where he was and he was still in Hotel it was 6:45 pm then.He came back by 7:15 pm.

Ambuli was all set for the party,i was yet to get ready and worse DD had to get a shave,take bath and get ready.Remember we invited our guests to be in hall around 7:30 pm.

After 20 mins of quick run,we set out to hotel @ 7:50 pm.Heavy traffic and we reached hotel by 8:30 pm,just to be welcomed by few of our guests.(Shameless we)

Over to party hall..

Party Hall times:

The important point in this post is this:

I was taken away by the way ambuli had sported it,this gal knows the situation well and plays accordingly,she will survive i need not fear.Say we had 40 guests, she had a good time with all those,lapping from person to person and enjoying with them.She was such an angel and doll throughout the session.She readily went to everyone,infact refused to comeback to me,i wondered if she remembered there is one human being called amma.She never went cranky,cried,complained or screamed at least one.She was such an darling kid all the way,ppl wondered her as a happy baby.And she made me proud,as i said earlier she felt its her day and made merry around.

Cake: 

Soon as we arrived we decided to cut the cake since it may get late.We just had few words with our guests and waited for few ppl to be in.Kids fancied the cake and they adored it,its worth all the effort taken.

  

  

Backdrop:

Backdrop was a last minute work as said earlier,i had given two choices to that lady and preferred one personally.She executed my preference but with few rejections,it was a b’day banner and wishes with a title as ” Her journey as a baby to toddler” with twelve milestone photos embedded in balloons.

It was small size banner,but still she beautifully inserted titles too.

It came out very well.

Party games:

I had planned for 3 games overall for each age group.Mr.V helped a lot to take it.There was one game from our guest Mr.K and we all enjoyed it.

The game for toddlers was little collectors in which a basket of balls is palced in podium,parents n kids stand in the other end and parents encourage the kid to pick it up from basket and hand it over to them,highest no.of balls collected is the criteria.Baby gal S had won the game.

It was musical chair for the older kids,initially two kids faught forone chair when few chairs were free,then we restarted the game.This lil gal G had won it inspite of big boys playing with her.

 

Then it was a game of smells for adults.Players were blindfolded and let smell the five cup of strong flavors which i had arranged,once done their eyes are let free and they have to write down those stuff they had smelled in the same order as they were,its really tough to remeber the order,i tell ya.Ms.J was excellent to remember everything correctly and had put everything in order except for one.

The unplanned game was balloon and spoon,it was sheer fun watching it.

Buffet:

There was a lot of starters remaining when we opened the buffet,its bcoz we went for two starters,it should have been one.The food was palatable except for that gobi 65 which they had screwed up with excess oil.Me and neighbour P was the last to eat and there was no pulao left for us.

Thanks and Record:

We made ambuli to personally thumb impress each card of Thanks,which we gave out to guests.Ambuli was not that bad when we took her impression,she does not have property or liablity so she had not feared to give her kainaatu.

We maintain a baby record book from her birth,it had a page to record first b’day happenings,we had our guests sign in it.

So it all went very well and i could hear positive appreciation from our guests,dont we deserve it??

Well,to conclude ambuli turned me down by her behavior for writing such an stupid article.I believe first b’day party is a doable one,with a kid smart enough to behave well on that occasion.

Happy B’day Ambuli!!!

Am wishing you too lately,you may not feel this agreeable,but you see am held up with too many things like party arrangement,shopping,picnic etc., that I got time only now to wish you.Sorry maa.

It had been a life changing experience as everyone says,there were too many things to handle,rough seas to sail through,sheer joy of watching lil one grow so on and on….

One year was completely eventful,i wanted to make a list of all those stuff,so that it forms a list of facts,and it can come for my help when I run out of my memory,and after long time am done with that, find below the funny stuff I had jotted.

General:                     

  1. I was born on 16th December, 2008 @ 2.17 pm. (Yippee!! my b’day is always a holiday in this country(Bahrain national day), and they celebrate it too)
  2. I weighed 5.62 lbs and measured 17 inches.(Ppl called me tiny baby)
  3. My Apgar score was 8, 9.(Mama says this score is good)
  4. I got my birth certificate within one week after my birth (Too quick in India is it??)
  5. I got my passport within one month after my birth(again quick I guess)
  6. My first day out was to a temple(Not considering hospital visits)
  7. I was exclusively breastfed for 6 months. ( Mama has lot of patience)
  8. I was named  on 26th December,2008(Papa saw me only then)
  9. My name was shortlisted by mama and chosen by papa.(lovely name is it)
  10. My first unbroken sleep was on March 15th, 2009.(mama’s joy was boundless)

Food:

  1. My first solid food was in Guruvayoor temple called as Choroon. (That payasam was yummy!)
  2. I love apple puree, peach puree, plums, Strawberry, bananas, nendra pazha puzhungal.(does berries cause  allergy?)
  3. My choice of veggies are potato, carrot, peas, cauliflower, beets, cabbage, beans.(Next year I will try more)
  4. I refused to eat infant cereals.( They are so bland)
  5. So far I have not had formula milk.(I turned down those feeding bottles)
  6. I always keep a eye on what my parents are eating leaving me.(Why are they not giving me yummy chips and so many things)
  7. I was not eating idli’s initially but now am ok to take that.(Dosa beats idli at any point of time)
  8. Yoghurt is one of my favorite snacks.(Yummy yummy one)
  9. I eat chappathi  too (I feel okie for them)
  10. My all time favorite is multi cereal porridge (It contains parboiled rice, fried gram and finger millet)

Developmental Milestones:

  1. I sung my lullaby around 2 months.
  2. I was on my tummy around 4.5 months.
  3. I played peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake soon after 6 months.
  4. My sitting position happened when I was 7 months.
  5. My first word was ‘paa’ around 7.5 months.
  6. Crawling came to me when I was 8 months old.
  7. I waved bye soon when I turned 8.5 months.
  8. Walked with support when I was 9 months old.
  9. Around 10 months I was able to tell amma, appa and akka.
  10. Am yet to start walking on my own.

 

My Fears

  1. Fast and big moving objects.
  2. Miniature (non moving) flight from Qatar airways.
  3. Sound of a pressure cooker.
  4. Mixer grinder running noise.
  5. Sight n sound of vacuüm cleaner.
  6. Taking a head bath.
  7. Doctors who check my ears.
  8. Prayer calls from mosque.
  9. Hot hot sun.
  10. Sighting a flight takeoff or landing.

My Love

  1. Long bath times.
  2. To go out all time.
  3. Play with fellow kids.
  4. Nursery rhymes.
  5. Music.
  6. To Dance.
  7. Appa mobile.
  8. Play with my clothes in wardrobe.
  9. Drop things and see how they reach ground.
  10. At last I have to mention about these two ppl amma n appa.

 

Inspite of me writing an article like this,have decided to go through first b’day celebration of our sweet lil gal.Afterall she deserves a first b’day celebration is it not??.We have decided on hotel,menu and ordered cake,but still too many loose ends to tie,hope i finish everything within 2 days of time.

Wish its all quiet perfect when my guests come in.Check out the  first birthday invitation  which we had sent out.

Warm Welcome my guests,on the big day!!!

This girl is definitely crazt about wires,i tell ya.She loves to munch on anything and everything about wires.Right from cable wire to laptop charger nothing can escape from her tiny teeths(yes she has around 8 now).

In the lack of supervision the very possibility is  the wire goes to trash,so far i have thrown away one webcam and one microphone,rest i have saved ,so that i can spoil it later by myself.

Inspite of her playthings lie in front,she can run for a distance wire to chew,watta gal (w(e)ired indeed)??

If someone gonna ask me if she has got sweet tooth or salt tooth,wat am i going to say,wire tooth??

P.S: Pls update me  if any other babies have weird interests like this and where can i get a wire shaped or wire alike teether.

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