Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Mount St. Helens is an active volcano which erupted in 1980 after more than 120 years. The eruption dropped the mountain's summit by more than 1300 feet and replaced it with a mile wide horse-shoe shaped crater. It wiped away about 230 square mile of forest area and caused a great deal of destruction. Today, almost 30 years later, the impact of the 1980 eruption is still very visible and the volcano continues to spew smoke and ash.
Mount St Helens today - picture from our camera
View from the observatory
We had the place all to ourselves for some pictures with LittleTiger
I have promised myself to visit St Helens again in the near future and maybe spend a weekend there. Since the last two years, I have also been dreaming about hiking up St Helens. I have not given up on the idea totally yet...just need to get comfortable hiking with LittleTiger and motivate some more friends to accompany us. Hopefully I won't have to wait very long.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Watching him eat the cereal with such delight made me glad that we didn't wait anymore. He absolutely LOVED it and couldn't have enough of it!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Got to run now.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
LittleTiger in Dadi's lap...note Charlie's entry on the right
I'm so glad his first experience with a dog has been so much nicer than mine!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Group picture after a lovely Saturday brunch with some old friends from IITB
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Now the good news. We discovered something new inside LittleTiger's mouth. The beginnings of a teeny weeny white tooth! Its just a little fraction of a tooth at this point coming up from his lower gums, but significant enough to make LittleTiger feel uneasy. We actually discovered this last Saturday, and since then I've been holding on to this news with the hope of posting it with some pictures as evidence. However, LittleTiger is really protective of his tooth. His tongue constantly plays with the tooth and hides it from anyone trying to get a good look. And if you do venture close to it, you are sure to be bitten! That's how the tooth was discovered in the first place. Needless to say, I haven't come even close to getting a shot of the baby tooth. But I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities once the tooth gets a little bigger.
Isn't it amazing how quickly babies grow? I feel like it was only yesterday when we brought him home from the hospital. And he's already getting his first tooth! He has also started showing increasing interest in "adult" food and wants to touch and taste everything that we eat. Thankfully its just one more month before we'll have him start on solids. I can't wait to see what his first reactions will be. For all you know, he'll probably hate solid food once we do let him have it!
In the meantime, lets all hope that LittleTiger is able to get through these initial teething symptoms painlessly.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sorry for the poor resolution of the video. I'm yet to figure out all the settings in my camera. To compensate, here are two bonus videos.
Just warming up here..
And all ready to go in this one..
Happy Birthday baby!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
In the article the writer calls these practices traditional parenting methods and compares them with the modern philosophy of detached baby care. Intuitively I agree with the writer completely. Here in the US, most products and practices related to bringing up children are centered around the convenience of parents. From infant formula and sleep training methods to baby monitors and disposable diapers - all are examples of the modern conveniences for parents that are less than optimal solutions for their babies.
Last week, I witnessed an Indian grandfather ask his son if it would be illegal for him to carry his grandson in his arms when he went out for a walk. In the few months he had been in the US, he had only seen children strapped in strollers or baby carriers and he had also observed that it was illegal to have the child outside the carseat when driving a car. And that led him to wonder if it was illegal to step out of the home without strapping the baby securely to something. I thought this was funny and at the same time a great example of how this society is perceived by an Indian grandparent.
However, being a working mother and having an active life style myself, I do understand the other side of the story. I understand that at some level, parents today have to make choices. They need to find a balance between convenience (or time for self) and the level of involvement they desire to have with their child. And where does the child's say come into the picture? Unfortunately, it doesn't. As the writer points out"If children's rights were recognized, the ads for diapers that need only be changed after baby wets 5 times would be banned. "
Personally, my goal is to always think of my child's need before my own. That being said, I know there are multiple dimensions to me as a person, and though I hope to be a devoted mother, I do have other needs to be happy as an individual. And some times these needs can be conflicting. For example, I am happy to give up some convenience and clean LittleTiger's soiled cloth nappies for his comfort and I don't mind giving up my active outdoors life style or my social life for some time until LittleTiger is old enough to accompany us. But how easy would it be for me to give up my financial independence so I don't have to depend on a stranger to take care of my baby when I am at work?
Its true that ideally, I would like to raise my child just as I was raised or most children in our generation were raised in India. Growing up, I did not know a single child who went to a day care or had a baby sitter (that was not family) even in cases when the child had a working mom. Most moms I knew, would take a break from work for a few years until their child was old enough to go to school, before getting back to work. Or they would have family living with them (grandparents, uncles/aunts) who would take care of the child.
I feel very fortunate that my job affords me the luxury of being able to work from home. So in theory, I am able to continue to work and keep my son with me at the same time. In practice, I can only do one thing at a time and so I will need to depend on a nanny to look after LittleTiger when I work at home. I think its a situation that is close to ideal for me. But I often wonder what choices I would have made if I didn't have the option to work from home. Would I have the heart to send my infant to a day care? Or would I have the heart to leave my job after working so hard to build a career? Either way, it would be a very difficult decision, and I am glad that I don't have to make that choice.
In conclusion, today's parents have many options. Every parent needs to make their choices based on their own circumstances and beliefs (and I myself have picked convenience over traditional practice in some cases). All I ask is that parents make conscious decisions after carefully evaluating their choices - not be quick to disregard traditional practices and blindly follow what everyone in the modern west does.
Monday, July 7, 2008
We visited Mother Nature's this weekend and tried a few slings/carriers. We decided to get the Ergo Baby Carrier. It allows the baby's weight to rest on your hip instead of the back. And it can be worn in at least three different configurations - with the baby in front, on the back and resting on your hip (side). It can be buckled in a snap unlike the Baby Bjorn that requires a fitting process. It also has a front pocket/zipper to hold small items. Overall, seemed to be a much better fit for our needs.
Hope this carrier lasts us longer than the last one!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Super cute cotton diapers for LittleTiger! Ofcourse, there were some other gifts for Mummy and Papa (his b'day gift!), but mostly a big bag of baby stuff. It reminded me of Nanaji's favorite quote - "mool dhan se byaaz zada pyaara hota hai"!Ever since I was pregnant with LittleTiger, we had decided that we would do our best to be environmentally friendly parents. And as part of that decision, we had decided not to use disposable diapers. Since then, I have researched practically every type of cloth diapers that has a mention on the internet and have tried quite a few of them. Since many friends have since inquired about my findings, I intend to write about this in a separate post.
So long story short - desi diapers are some of the best. You'll be surprised at the range that is now available in India. And sooo affordable compared to the ones available here! I happened to say this same thing to Naniji, and the result was this package! Look how happy LittleTiger is..
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tired looking Papa holding baby soon after he was born.
I love this picture. Can't decide who is more amazed to see the other.
A lazy weekend afternoon
Massage time with Papa
Love his tiny fingers & feet next to Papa's arm
Thoughtful father and son
Enjoying the fountain outside the waterfront village
Waterfront village mela
Enjoying dopaher ki dhoop in our back patio
main, mera beta aur mera laptop
Happy Birthday to Papa from LittleTiger and Mommy!