Friday, 30 December 2016

Nine months outside

Yesterday, we spotted a cute baby at the vegetable shop, and I told Conscience Keeper that she reminded me of K when she was a baby. And to think that K just turned 9 months old!
She has been growing really fast. She happily cruises around on her walker, sings when she feels like, claps when she is happy, fakes a cough, and also manages to give a dirty look when she thinks we deserve it.
Stuff that happened in her ninth month

Outgrew her crib with a bad thud on the floor
Learnt to concentrate

Found new toys

Yet to understand a NO

Chewing on wires, her favorite candy!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

First vacation with K

This anniversary - our 8th on Dec 8 - became really special this year, in ways we had never imagined a few months ago. As luck would have it, we got our final hearing for K scheduled on that day, where we moved from foster to legal parenthood. It was our first time at court, and we were very close to not having our turn at all - the judge had changed that very day and the new judge was interested in dealing with pending criminal cases - but K who is very excited about discovering her own voice created enough loud blabber to win us his time and attention.
Us outside the court at Kundapura

During this trip to Kundapura, we also spent a few days at the Blue Matsya at Kapu beach. Located right on the beach - we just had to walk down a small garden patch to reach the sea - it was a place I have been wanting to visit ever since Ap raved about it a year ago. The Blue Matsya is a self catering house with lovely balconies facing the sea. For a day we had both the floors to ourselves, and the next two days we shared with another family visiting from Bangalore who stayed downstairs. Kapu is a very quiet beach with clean though muddy waters, and a lovely lighthouse close to the house. We stepped out one late evening for a date walk, but had to turn back because the roads looked scary and isolated.
We also too mil with us this time and we were very excited because it was her first time in a sea side town. K too had a good time, but owing to her eczema, we kept her mostly indoors, but for the trip to Udipi matha which turned out ruinous to her skin. She is still dealing with her rashes, a fortnight after our visit.

Outside the Krishna temple at Udupi

Another milestone: K's first fall from bed. An afternoon of lolling about soon turned into deep slumber, and  K, bored , climbed on me and had a great fall. She bled from her nose and gave us a fright but thankfully she was not badly hurt and was soon her playful self again


Friday, 2 December 2016

Season of mittens

Winter is not in a mood to visit, though it is December already - and there are plenty of hand knitted woolens waiting for K to wear. From my aunts to friends to my mom's neighbours - some of them I do not even know - have spent many evenings busily knitting socks and sweaters and caps for dear K.
Wish the weather was as enthusiastic...
Pink sweater and a cute bunny rabbit cap made by my mom's neighbours in Hosur
Another with the bunny rabbit cap

The green skull cap lookalike
MIL knitted this before we even brought K home!

The blue wool frock gifted by L, my running partner, who learnt it watching youtube
Trying out the yellow and white wool frock knitted by Jaya atte

Haggard is in

With K finishing her 8th month, and going on 9 - Separation anxiety has kicked in; she loves throwing her toys down and watching me pick them up again and again; and is now teething.

Her typical long face every time I dress up to go anywhere. She prefers me haggard, in faded clothes and sans makeup. If she catches me wearing nice clothes or applying lipstick, she clings to me for dear life!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Getting naughty

You know I am naughty when....

..I can climb on to packages to chew the door stopper

...pop out of bookshelves

...clean the floor with my knees

Sunday, 20 November 2016

K goes after badam halwa

Amma made K lick the sticky almond halwa after she said Avva - her first words. The little one seems to have loved it, for she went chasing the bowl. She even stopped to check everyone's hands to make sure no one is hiding it.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

When things came to a crawl....

Last week, K, who seems to be in a tearing hurry to grow up, finally crawled!
I quickly stripped the house of furniture and decor items so that she has the space to move around, but it turns out that she would rather climb than crawl. For lack of any furniture to climb on, she now risks life and limb to try and climb up walls.

The only time she uses her newfound mobility is to tail me everywhere I go.

Friday, 4 November 2016

My Month

No matter how exceptional we think K is, her antics, it turns out, is as per schedule. So every baby does cooing and bouncing and snatching and drooling as a seven month old - now we have settled down to the explanation that K does all of these exceptionally well.
She is going on 8 months, and I am super excited because its going to be My Month! As per her development milestone, this is the time she will build connections, and separation anxiety will set in. So it is around now that she will start looking out for mommy. I can already see signs that she likes me more than the others - and I immodestly flaunt it!
Poor Conscience Keeper gets teased a lot. The poor guy tackles two hours of traffic ridden travel to rush home, only to find her tucked in for the night. He does night shifts (the worst shift of them all) to compensate - wakes up three times at night to feed her milk, and pats her every time she turns, quite unnecessarily - but when she doesn't calm down (which I know she won't at 5 am because its her wake up hour), I roll my eyes and take her from him and smile at her and she smiles right back.
Ah, victory!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Festival season with K


K's sixth month coincided with the Durga pujas, so we tucked in an annaprashnam on Ashtami day (Oct 9, 2016). Not much sari wearing and pandal hopping happened - I actually turned up in one wearing a drab suit with milk marks all over my shoulders - but I didn't mind it at all. I found a quiet pandal near my house where I enjoyed giving anjali and bhog everyday and even managed to take K once for blessings. But despite the pujos being low key, it was indeed special for it was our first with K - our most generous gift from the Devi!
First Bite - a huge variety was laid out by mil who cooked everything herself, from 4 am!
The function begins. Mil has dressed K up with chandan on her forehead and aalta on her feet.

Harish, my brother for the evening, offers K her first bite of payasam. (I thought it very interesting that Rinku introduced me to Conscience Keeper 13 years ago, and her husband presides over our daughter's annaprashanam. Of course, great timing on their part to visit India during the festival)
Mil offers K a bite

Amma offers K some food (its going to be a month since the function and she continues to scrunch up her face like this every time amma attempts to feed her)
Rinku plays with K
Jaya Atte feeds her - something she is successful at even now
K with Vandana. She doesn't cease to amaze me, who single-handedly brought up her infant son without a nanny or a maid or family! 
K with Uppa Mama. Finally the uncle who we all feared has found his match in my daughter!
Choosing between pen and money - my daughter picked money. Bongs in the family would be shocked.
K is having what she loves most - finger licking good fingers

Family pic!

K and I on Vijayadashami day
The dear aunt P visits and spoils her rotten

Family politics!
With the new additions in the family - A and K, we organized a family get-together featuring loads and loads of chaats and sweets - all home made!
Getting ready for the morning yenne snana

K is figuring out why she has been handed the betel leaf so willingly

All set!

Family pic!

Sistahs and the brother in law

Yummy chaats!

Yes, we did fight, and no, unlike the pic, it was she who pinched me. And I did run crying to mama!