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Celebrating festivals with baby

This will be Keshav’s first Diwali. Technically it will be his second but really speaking will be his first as the last Diwali was one he happily slept through.
Keshav has been approaching festivals with reactions that varied from curious to bored. He didn’t really understand much if what was going on but knew that something different was going on and that made him curious.
By Ganpati time this year, he was old enough to understand that we were excited about something and this excitement managed to rub off on him too.

He watched with amusement and curiosity as we got the house ready for the festival and on the day of the celebrations was willing to go with new clothes bought specially for the occasion. We knew his reluctance to wear clothes and weren’t unduly disturbed by the fuss that he made but it would be worthwhile to note that traditional Indian clothes can be difficult to get a wiggling toddler into particularly one who just wiggles and shakes and refuses to cooperate with fabric that remains as unbending as him.

But once dressed, he threw himself wholeheartedly into the celebrations, putting his hands together to pray, ringing the bell in time, keeping beat with the prayers, eating the special food made on that day and generally giving everyone happy smiles.

But Diwali with its attendant noise is yet another story. I am a bit apprehensive about the crackers because I find he hates rather is scared of sudden loud noises. A recent spate of drill machines in our house saw him literal run to me in fear when the noise began. Seeing the fright in his eyes amazes me wonder how much he will be able to take the loud sounds of crackers bursting in the neighbourhood.

Our Diwali lights too will have to be carefully watched so that he doesn’t touch or topple any clay lamps. Perhaps it would be a good idea to give the floor level decorations a miss and go for electric lights festooning walls way above his reach. Perhaps powdered Rangoli designs and flower patterns should also be avoided unless of course we don’t mind his dancing away and destroying them. While some may say that celebrations should be carried out normally making children learn how to behave, I feel celebrations are all about children and we should modify our rituals to enable them to participate.

After all traditions have to be passed on and cultural practices ices have to be kept alive. And no one is more capable of doing this than the next generation. But festivals have to be fun for little tykes and not occasions to dread with extra doses of NO. So let’s modify our celebrations to include children and make the festivities all about them!

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Why I haven’t been posting on this Blog

It’s been a while now since I posted on this blog and it has largely been due to a huge misunderstanding with myself.

  • I always thought that Blogger was the best platform to host a blog and didn’t really make the effort to persist with WordPress. 
  • I have been so busy with babysitting that I had absolutely no time to contribute to this blog especially since I was already committed to submitting a weekly post to another host.

So what made me change my mind?

I attended a bloggers meet earlier this year where I met some amazing young bloggers, chief among them being a young girl who told me exactly what was wrong with my blog. Apparently I have been using a really old, outmoded template on Blogger and this was the chief reason why I was not making it to the SEO rankings. Infact my blog hasn’t even been a blip on the radar. This completely demoralised me and I actually thought of giving up blogging altogether and hence gave up this newest blog, to leave me with time to concentrate on my original blog on Blogger.

And in all this confusion I completely forgot my name and password to access this blog hence the deep silence.

Finally after much trial and error and purely by accident, I retraced my path and found it all……my name and the password.

 

So I’m back.

 

I hope to be more regular with this blog and would like to post at least once a week. 

Just a quick re-cap of my granny journey so far :

  • Baby has learnt to crawl
  • Baby has learnt to walk
  • Baby has learnt to stay without his mother for a whole working day
  • Baby has become a cute little boy.

And I can’t wait to share those lovely moments with you!

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To vote or not to vote

On Sunday evening the residents’ associations of Altamount road, Carmichael road, Peddar road and Napean Sea Road had organised a meeting to meet with the candidates standing from our constituency.

Surprisingly enough it was well attended showing a renewed interest in politics in a constituency known for its voter apathy and low turn out. The moderator Mr. Gidwani made it very clear that this was not to be a mud slinging fest nor was it to be a Mumbai centric Q & A and exhorted the audience to rise above the pot holes. He also made it clear that the candidates were presented in alphabetical order thus making it quite clear that there was no bias or hidden agenda.

Our sitting MP Milind Deora of the Congress party was the first to go because his surname began with D. Starting out quite well, he spoke about his achievements in the past five years chief among them being initiating certain legislations like regulating cell tower emissions, reducing corruption b introducing egovernance in areas such as passport issue, freeing up Mumbai Port Trust land for public use and above all for having an attendance record at parliament which was higher than the national average . Unfortunately he didn’t specify what the figure was…..This was where he should have ended his speech but he went on to take pot shots at his opponents albeit in a polite way.

Bala Nandgaonkar of the MNS was next. He drew quite a few laughs and chuckles from the crowd as he pointed out the obvious lapses of the current government but did not come up with any concrete policy for either the constituency, the city or the country.

Meera Sanyal of the Aam Aadmi Party was next in the line up and was very articulate in both her defence of her party and its policies, her own agenda for the constituency and above all refuted her opponents in a quiet dignified manner.

Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena which has aligned with the BJP this election was equally articulate albeit in Hindi which he was more comfortable in. He too promised better governance with focus on slum redevelopment, increased jobs and improved public transportation. Above all, he said tht a government under Modi won’t pussyfoot around our neighbours and will have the guts to tell both Pakistan and China where to get off.

The Q & A session was a it more fiery with some of the audience actually heckling with the MNS berthing them for their divisive politics and destructive behaviour. Before the meeting got really rowdy I left but still not sure about which candidate to vote for. Does one vote for a candidate or the party?

Well I still have a few more days to decide before I go down to the poll booth

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Fashionably Baby

In the good old days when babies wore gowns, things were relatively simple. Nowadays as with everything else, we are spoilt for choice or is it the choice that has spoilt things ?/p>http://www.babanbaby.com/first-needs/clothing/top-string-jablas-plain-white-0-4-months

Today you can dress a newborn in a traditional gown with tie ups or snaps. The best garment for a newborn will be the all in one or onesie or baby gro as it was called in my time. I find that the best onesies are literally all in one with a flap over so that the baby’s chest is properly covered. Out of all onesies Keshav wore, the European ones were the best. You literally had to place the baby flat on the garment, slip the arms into the sleeves and fold over the rest to snap into place.
http://www.babanbaby.com/first-needs/clothing/top-string-jablas-plain-white-0-4-months

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Happy Birthday

Today Keshav is 6 months old which makes me a 6 month old granny. It also makes Neesha a 6 month old mummy.

Looking at little Keshav now and how he was then , I can’t imagine how time has flown. It seems like only yesterday that we wondered

when will he open his eyes?

when will he hold his head?

when will he turn?

when will the “tummy monster” be dead?

when will he sleep through the night?

when will he smile with recognition?

when will he grab his first toy?

when will he laugh with pure joy?

when will he sit up alone?

when will he eat his first solid meal?

There are lots of milestones still to be attained,

there are many more nights he’ll keep us awake

wondering why he is crying

why he is sleeping

why he is eating what he is eating

why he is doing what he is doing

what is going on inside his little head?

We wait for his first tooth

His creeping, his crawling,

His slow discovery of this wonderful world.

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When is your baby ready to eat?

  • Does your baby drool and drool so that his shirt has to be changed four times in a day only because it is dripping wet with drool?
  • Does your baby stare intently as you eat, his eyes following your movements from the plate to your lips?
  • Do your baby’s eyes glisten when you pass a food counter?
  • Does your baby wake up every hour at night because he is not full enough?

That’s when your baby is ready to eat even when he’s not 6 months old.

Neesha is one of those new age moms who insist on nursing their children exclusively for the first six months. When his throat was parched and his lips dry with the heat, I hesitantly asked her if I could wet his lips with a wet cloth. She looked askance and said ” Don’t talk rubbish! He is not supposed to drink water!”

I was equally aghast as I distinctly remember giving her water, gripe water and even a top up with a formula before she was 12 weeks old. In fact I couldn’t wait for twelve weeks to get over before I could get her onto something more wholesome than milk and was really excited to get her into taking solid food. But things have changed today. Nowadays mothers are advised to nurse the child exclusively for 6 months which is a whole 24 weeks or 28+ weeks if you go by the date the baby was born.

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WhatsApp Grandma?

 

Since when have grannies stopped using notebooks and pencils to make notes?

Since when have grannies stopped writing long, advisory letters to their grandchildren?

A long long time ago!

People of my generation gladly abandoned the typewriter of our parents and embraced the keyboard and all its touchboard advantages. With iPads and iPhones taking technology even further and simpler to use, we’ve adapted to that system too? So for all those young ones who think they’ve invented WhatsApp? they’d better start thinking again.

These days with so many grandparents being tech savvy, grandchildren will be surprised to get a WhatsApp message from their grandparents. When did that old bird learn how to type so fast? Indeed, the little ones forget that  Whats App was not invented by them or their generation, computers have been around for a long while now.In fact, there is a pair of grandparents in America ( where else?? and Denver Co, to be more precise) who have invented an application that helps them keep in touch with their grandchildren and family scattered all over the place. Fam Zoom which is a downloadable application helps you do puzzles with your grandkids at the exact same time that they’re doing it!! This sounds simply amazing and while I haven’t tried it since Keshav is too small ( he’s just about started holding his head), I’m dying to try it out when he gets bigger.

Truly with the amazing revolution in the virtual world, grandparents can get closer to their grandchildren in the medium that they are familiar with. Despite the spectacles they can’t find, the fingers that don’t move as fast and  the decibels they can’t hear, computers have truly changed the way people communicate and keep in touch. How thrilling it is for a grandparent seven seas away to see a child’s first birthday party in action? And through Facebook and Twitter they can even find out what their friends are up to, see photographs the moment they are uploaded and generally be literally a click away.

So for your grannies and grandpas ( more likely great grandparents) who are unfamiliar with the new technology, just go for it and shock your grandchild with a WhatsApp? Flood his email inbox with silly forwards that he never knew existed and wish him a Happy Birthday on his Facebook wall. If that doesn’t grab his attention nothing will!