Our princess

 

I have been absent from my little space for a while. … and there is a reason. . A very good reason. .

 

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or are my friends on Facebook, already know of this.

wpid-wp-1395734947976.jpegGod answered our prayers,  he blessed our family..our our little baby orange arrived on 27th Feb @ 1:55pm.

baby

 

There

After spending 16+ hours in the labor room, this little joy of mine was placed on my tummy.

If you like to hear delivery-stories, then you should read on…

At around 4pm on 26th Feb, I started having back-pains. Having had backache all through, I did not think much of it. By 6pm, I realized that my aches were recurring and not continuous. I had pains every 15 minutes but I was still very hesitant to tell my mom, thinking this could not be it. ( Last pregnancy, we went to hospital after my water broke) Finally at around 6:30 pm I told mom, who got all worried and decided we really need to goto the hospital and check it out. I finally called my doctor who suggested the same thing.

When I called my husband, he was also not sure but came home immediately and we 4 (including Aarya) went to hospital. Because it was peak – traffic time, it took us 90 minutes even with a short-cut. We chose Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri, Mumbai for my delivery. At 9:30 pm, I reached the labor room, where the junior doctor was waiting for me, as my doctor had called and arranged for my Check-up. By 10pm, my doctor – Dr. Vaishali JOshi also arrived and after checking me confirmed that I had dilated 3 cms and would be admitted. My mom decided to stay with me and we booked our room too, so that she could lie down during the night.

The doctor was positive that I would deliver early in the morning but during the night I only dilated 1 more cm and my water did not break either. All through this they continuously checked the baby. At 6, Dr. Vaishali told me that I needed to walk around a bit to speed up the process which I did and I went into active labor post this. By 12, my water had still not broken, so the doctor had to break it! And finally at 1:55pm, our Baby Orange was born. She came out with her hand near her head and the doc joked that she wanted to shake hands first thing.

I cannot tell you how thankful I am to my doctor who kept her promise – that she will be by my side and will the 1st person to touch our babe. She was there to guide my family and me every step of the way. She discussed with us every possibility and did my delivery the most natural way. I am thankful to all the nurses and the support staff for helping me through the LONG hours I spent there; especially the head nurse who held my hand when I wanted her too…

Thankful for my family. AND thankful to God Almighty for giving us Our perfect little babe.

Tomorrow we celebrate her 28th Day with us… we have planned her naming ceremony. I would love it if all of you pray for our family, especially for our baby.

Valentines day books we enjoy!

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I thought I would share some of our favorite books on the LOVE theme! These are the books we are focusing on for the next 2 weeks and this is my absolute favorite set of books to read to Aarya! I hope you find this list helpful when you are thinking of buying a book for your little one or even as a gift for some very special teeny-tiny friends :)

This book was written by the author as a gift to his sons. It is a real touching love story between a parent and child.It is about how parents love there kids even when they behave badly. Through sea of bad behaviors or good ones, I love you! – this is the sweet and simple message of the book.  Beautiful illustrations, best read with loads of cuddles and hugs.

This is one of my all time favorite books. I love the girls name in this book too, *Cornelia Augusta*. One day, Cornelia can’t believe her eyes, as instead of water it is pouring hearts everywhere. She catches as many as she can and figures what she wants to do with them. She makes some real beautiful, and well-thought gifts for her dear friends and mails it to them. It is a super-cute story and the only book I have with a girl as the main character ( I need to find more such books though).

Is there anyone who has not heard of this book? If you have a baby at your place or a toddler or a preschooler… or even an older child, this is a book you must definitely own. If you like mushy, heart-warming books once in a while, this one will definitely bring tears to your eyes. This is a fantastic picture book that is a metaphor for the overwhelming love one feels for their child, no matter what age. I have teared up every single time I read this book and the lines from this book are easily my favorite to whisper to Aarya at night -

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”

Here is a Youtube link of the above book; but I do think this is an own-worthy book! There are days when I feel that the Mom in this book is being over-the-top, but then I know in my heart that we do not do a lot of things but we do *think* of doing them :) It is an ode to mother’s love. The author on his website did say that he made these lines up and eventually the story after his wife and he had 2 babies born dead. This makes this book sometimes more moving and sad …but really a lot more special.

Adorable – is my word for this cute picture book. Goose is sad and his friends try to cheer him up with all the things they *think* he might like, but Goose really just wants a hug! I just LOVE the illustrations. Very few words, beautiful illustrations, board book – perfect for the under-5 crowds. Aarya really loves it when I hug me in the very end too. But keeps asking every time why the Goose is sad and I make up some story related to something that might have happened to Aarya that day.

The next 3 books do not necessarily belong to this category but I like to read them anyway with this assortment.

This book has just 1 word all through and that is ‘HUG’. I love this book for its simplicity , sweetness. It is the kind of cute book which will make you go ‘awww’! Baby Chimp sees that everyone has someone of there own to hug and realizes he has no one to hug. The almost wordless book will make you feel the love, literally :) Perfect for the under-five crowd.

                                                                                                                             I’m As Quick As A Cricket

I think this description of the book says it ALL-

A celebration of a child’s self-awareness, with the help of a carefully close group of animals.”I’m as quick as a cricket, I’m as slow as a snail. I’m as small as an ant, I’m as large as a whale.” Parents and teachers choose this big square book for the message of self-confidence. Toddlers love it for the singsong phrases and Don Wood’s large, silly, endearing illustrations, which feature a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. At one point, he is pictured sipping tea formally with a fancy poodle (“I’m as tame as a poodle”) and on the very next page he is swinging through trees (“I’m as wild as a chimp”). Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself. With a confident grin, he lifts his arms up and declares, “Put it all together and you’ve got ME!” (Baby to age 6)

Aarya absolutely adores this book, requests it the minute he sees it. And this book can be seen just lying around all over the house. This is a book he can *read* on his own. We read it like this -
Me: ‘I am as quick as a  __’
Aarya: cricket
Me ‘ I am as slow as a  __’
Aarya: snail.

He loves that he can *participate* in the reading and gets most of them right.

                                                                                                                             You Make Me Proud

You Make Me Proud by Umesh Shukla is a really sweet book. We got this book on discount because we were part of Eurokids bookclub last year (Aarya was going to Eurokids preschool at that time). The story involves a Papa bear and kiddo-bear leaving post-it notes for each other about what makes them pround about each other. I got into this habit of telling Aarya that I was proud of him and sometimes I told him why I was so proud of him. At first I thought he did not *get* it; but later on, I understood that he really loved hearing this from me. And I try to say and point out things more often.

What Valentine’s themed books are your favorite? I would love more recommendations, share with me your links. 

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Feburary Goals

January just flew by, did it not? I had written about my January goals some of which I really did do well and some of which I completely ignored and am taking forward to February.
Here is what I did or did not do on my January goals -

  1. I did do a LOT of decluttering… I really wanted to make space for all the baby stuff. But I am still working on decluttering/ organizing Aarya’s stuff. This is war, my friends!
  2. Going out to play everyday has been a success, thanks to my MOM! She is my life-saver and I have been going for my walks as well. An activity a day has not been a reality mainly because we spend afternoons and evenings at my Moms place and rarely have anything on hand to do the art. But recently I created a art/craft box (will share in a post) which has been a life-saver and we have been using it at my Mom’s place.
  3. We made the Memory Jar, but I never got around posting about it. I kind of have the post in my Drafts, but it never got posted. Here is a Instagram pic of it though (just for records)memory-jar
  4. Never got around making the photobook with Aarya :( This is going to happen this week though.
  5. A photo a week has been happening but I am behind on posting about it.

This month, more specifically in 2-3 weeks time, we are hoping and praying that our littlest member will enter our lives and it is all going to get pretty crazy in our household and I have decided to concentrate on simplicity this month along with Love. With Valentines day coming up, we are trying to do some very simple and basic crafts/arts projects together…lots of reading together and that is pretty much it.

Here are my goals for this month -

  1. Read Valentine’s day themed books with Aarya. Focus on love, family and relationships.
  2. We made a bird feeder to mark the start of the month. I wanted to help Aarya understand about being giving and generous. I hope he *gets* it. I hope to post about it too. ( I did share it on Instagram)bird feeder
  3. Keep myself positive… focused and easy-to -be around. I am in a jittery state of mind. I guess 2nd time around, Moms are not as worried as the 1st time, but I am. I am scared, emotional and am having HUGE mood-swings. I am unbearable to myself, and I am thankful that my husband and parents are people who love and understand what I am going through. This pregnancy has been difficult and I am just plain worried all the time.  So I am going to focus on praying and being positive. I am going to try!

I hope all of you pray for me too, I need them right now. Reading blogs and blogging in general keeps me distracted while my mom takes care of Aarya nowadays and in a few days I will be completely shifting to my parents place. My blog and me might get a bit quiet, but I hope to get back post-delivery (hopefully recovered and in a happy-state-of-affairs) :)

Linking up to Maryanne’s Mama Smiles blog, what are your goals this month?