Monday, June 30, 2008
We have been using ghee for his massage for many months now without any problems. But this time we had him sit in one of his new plastic toy seats before giving the massage. Some chemical on the seat in combination with the massage had probably caused the reaction.
I panicked so much that I was ready to call 911. Thankfully, I had more sensible people around me. LittleTigers's Papa was calm and could still think straight. He suggested that we give him a bath since water should wash away the irritant. We quickly placed him in the kitchen sink and hosed him with the shower connected to our kitchen tap. For the next one hour Papa rocked him in his arms, while I called the doctor's office. Since it was a weekend I had to wait for the advice nurse to call me back. And when she did, she gave me the exact same advice - give him a bath! She suggested that we add some baking soda to his bath. Apparently, baking soda neutralizes acids on the skin and washes away oil and perspiration. She also had another suggestion - to wash any plastic before we use it for our baby (and now I hate plastics even more).
Fortunately, LittleTiger's skin was already better by the time the nurse had called. He seemed happy again - as if nothing had happened. Later, when I had the time to think, I was very surprised at how I had reacted. I was nothing close to the strong and composed mother I had expected myself to be. Only a minor allergic reaction had caused me to burst into tears. I know there will be a lot of ups and downs to be witnessed in the future. I only hope that I will be able to develop the strength to support myself as well as LittleTiger through them.
Friday, June 27, 2008
First stop was Pittock Mansion for a beautiful view of the city. Can you spot the snow - capped Mt Hood in the back?
Followed by a walk on the Willamette riverfront
It was a fun fun trip! We dropped my friend back to her hotel and drove back home. It was the first time Mommy drove the car with the baby alone in the back seat. All the way back home, I kept singing his favorite song - chanda mama door ke- on the top of my voice so he would know that I'm around. I got some pretty strange looks from other drivers on the road but thankfully LittleTiger slept through the entire drive.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
With time, he started getting more responsive. He started smiling at people and got restless when he found himself alone. But at the same time, he would go to strangers easily and not seem to mind them. He is still more or less at the same level though I think he has now developed some preferences. For example, he is always very easily amused by his Dadaji. Just a little action from Dadaji can make him laugh and gurgle. While the rest of us can try the best of our tricks and still not get the same response. Yet, he is fine in his own world even if he doesn't see Dadaji (or for that matter me) for the whole afternoon. He hasn't got to a point where he would consciously express a desire to go to a particular person. Sure, he does turn towards me with an open mouth when he's hungry but that doesn't count because that's his natural instinct.
But this morning, for the first time, I thought he made an action to indicate that he wants to come to me (when he wasn't hungry!). I could be imagining it, but I would like to believe thats what happened. He was playing with his Dadaji and suddenly started crying. Dadiji picked him up and started to rock him. When he wasn't pacified, I went near him. When he saw me, he stretched his arms a little and pushed his body weight towards me. I took him in my arms and he seemed pacified! I never thought such a basic action could be such a heart warming experience for me! Again, I could be imagining the whole thing but I hope that this is a start of a new type of bond between us. It could also be the start of new troubles like stranger anxiety, but I know it'll be well worth it!
Update: I went back to play with LittleTiger in a short break from work. And as I went forward to pick him up from Dadiji's arms, he turned away! So I guess I had imagined the whole thing afterall!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
See what his shirt says? Its a gift that Dadiji got from India :-)
Monday, June 23, 2008
After a few days of trying, last evening our LittleTiger finally managed to roll himself over!
I had kept my camera handy in anticipation and I'd start recording every time he made an attempt.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get it on camera when he finally did roll over. We had some friends over for dinner last night and we were discussing how LittleTiger is really close to rolling over. And ten minutes later, he had done it! Our friend was the first person who noticed it and before I could reach for the camera, he had already turned.
I think he surprised himself at the outcome. He stayed in the tummy-down position for some time, frantically kicking his legs in the air.
He can't roll back to his back yet so eventually we had to go rescue him!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Of course, using mittens is of no use any more because it only takes him a minute to take them off. So, I've now got a pair of scissors that I'm going to try out. It has an LED light in it, so I'll actually be able to see what I'm doing. Hopefully this choice will be less painful for both Mommy & LittleTiger!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
We have experimented with a lot of things; some have worked to a certain degree while others have failed miserably.
Singing calms him down. From dadiji's chanda mama door ke to dadaji's jane wo kaise log the , any song will make him stop squirming (ofcourse, this has to be coupled with constant rocking in your lap). He will listen intently, looking at you with wide eyes. Next, he will decide to join you. Thats right. He will raise his eyebrows, shut his eyes and start making his own singing sounds. That's an indication that he'll be asleep soon. If you can keep up the rocking rhythm and the singing, he will usually sing himself to sleep in the next five minutes or so. Then you must wait for an undefined amount of time to make sure that he's really asleep. Because sometimes when you think he really is, he may pop his eyes open without any warning to check if you are still doing the routine.
Once you are sure that he is in deep slumber (a good check is to lift his arm and see if it drops down without waking him), then you need to start looking for a way to gradually slip him down on the bed/bassinet from your lap. This is where we are clueless. I have tried lifting him from my lap with both hands, still continuing the rocking motion and carefully putting him down on the bed. But the moment you put him down, he will start rubbing his eyes with both hands, lift his legs high up in the air, pout his lower lip and ...its time for us to go back to step one...sighh..if this seems funny, it sure isn't when it happens at 3am. every night.
We have noticed that another place he falls asleep easily is in his car seat. His car seat fits into his stroller, and usually when we take him out for walks in this stroller, he comes back home asleep. Something about the rocking motion of the stroller does the trick.
So last week when we were at our wits' end trying to put LittleTiger to sleep (at 3am on a weeknight), we had to resort to the inevitable. We got his car seat up on our bed and transitioned him from Papa's lap to the car seat. It sounds terrible. But it worked! He slept for three hours straight in the car seat that sat on our bed.
We have been feeling pretty guilty about doing this. When we got to a point where even his afternoon naps started in his car seat, we knew we had to do something about it. Dadiji has been saying from day 1 that the best way to put a baby to sleep is to use a traditional desi cloth swing. She even spent time and energy sewing one swing for LittleTiger. But there is no prop strong enough in our home which can support the weight of the swing with the baby in it. Our heavy iron chairs came closest to it - and we even tried tying the swing to the back of two chairs, but it didn't seem like a very safe choice.
Finally this past weekend we did some research online. There's got to be an American version of the good old desi swing! I was surprised to find that the only swings available are pretty hi-tech and are either battery operated or need to be plugged in. They are made of plastic and have a whole lot of straps to secure the baby. Of course they all come with nice music and a mobile or some toys hanging from an overhead bar. The only thing that came close to what I was looking for was this hammock, but it didn't have good reviews and worked only for babies till 6 months of age. Out of desperation we decided to visit our local BabiesRus and bring home the best choice available.
We ended up selecting this travel swing. It is compact and it had good reviews. On Sunday (Father's day), Papa started his day by quickly putting the swing together. With much anticipation, we introduced it to LittleTiger.
For now, we are out of choices. And he is back in his car seat. sighh...
It arrived in the mail yesterday and I couldn't wait to try it on! LittleTiger and Mommy went for a nice walk in the park and even stopped by a friend's place to say hello.
LittleTiger loves it! And Mommy loves it too!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I hope to fill this site with tales of my adventures as a new mum and with stories and pictures of my baby. For now, I'll sign off with a picture from the very beginning.