Tuesday, August 26, 2008
On the home front, little Kabir is now getting 3 new teeth (all upper teeth this time), and he seems to be in a lot of discomfort. He finds it difficult to sleep well at night. Which means very little sleep for me too.
I know this too is a part of being a mom, and I am trying to take it my stride the best I can. I do tend to get quite irritable at times - and the people closest to me (read: my husband & my parents) have to bear the brunt of it. But hopefully this phase won't last too long. The good news is that my parents are going to arrive from India this Friday. And I'm sure that will make all my troubles go away. Afterall isn't that what parents always do?! :-)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This time though, our goal was not to reach the top. It was to have a good time with Kabir and make sure we only go as far as he would be comfortable with. We recruited our dear friend and hiking buddy nicknamed Chandu Chacha, who was a great companion as well as a patient photographer through out the hike!
We started from home around noon, and first got to NW Portland to pick up Chandu Chacha. Took a short break there since K had got fussy in the car and needed to be fed. We were all back in the car at about 1:30pm for a short (~40 mins) drive to the Angel's Rest trail head. Things weren't looking very good at this time as K seemed to be quite unhappy already. To add to it, it was a hot hot day with the temperature around 100 F. Yes, I know it sounds stupid to be doing this on such a hot day. But we have no air conditioning, and our home gets so uncomfortable that this seemed like a great idea in comparison.
We hit the trail around 2:30pm with Saurabh holding K comfortably in our baby carrier. The trail starts with a steady climb and (did I say this already?) offers beautiful views of the Columbia river from the very beginning. K seemed to be engrossed in the scenery around him and kept looking around inquisitively.
Passing Coopey Falls We took a short break on the way up. Since it was so hot, I wanted to keep K hydrated and took the time to feed him and sponged him with some cool water.
Mama-beta both in smiles after the break
After this break, which was at about a third on our way to the top, Saurabh decided to try holding K on his back instead of holding him on the front. This turned out to be more comfortable for both of them, and within a few minutes we found K to be soundly asleep!
K enjoying the ride on papa's backThe last 0.5 miles or so has patches of tree cover and there are some areas with barren rock. When we got to that point, we wondered if it would be wise to continue going up with the sun beating down on us. We decided to ask for advice from some hikers coming down the trail. They encouraged us by suggesting that we should keep going. And we were glad that we did so! We reached the summit around 4:15pm and found a spot with some shade to rest, eat our sandwiches and pose for pictures.
some well deserved rest
K snacking on sweet potato
Time for posing
"are koi meri photo bhi to lo"- Chandu chacha
After spending about half an hour on the top, we headed back down. K promptly went back to sleep in his carrier and so the way down was mostly uneventful. Except that we decided to stop at Coopey falls. We woke K up so he could experience this as well. He saw the falls with wonder in his eyes, but wasn't very happy when I tried to make him touch the water.
We were back to our car around 5:30pm, thrilled with the experience. Full points to Kabir for being such a good sport and making this such a memorable trip!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Anyway, I firmly believe that every cloud has a silver lining. Yesterday, for the first time ever, I spent the whole day with Kabir. I gave him his massage, his bath, rocked him when he needed to sleep, fed him his lunch, invented many new games to make him laugh and ofcourse, washed his one thousand diapers. I think I learnt more about him in one day than I did in the last six months. Today again, I'm home taking care of him. I already feel much more in control and some of the fear I had yesterday is already gone. I understand his routine now, and his signals. He's enjoying being with me. And me with him.
Now what about my job? Ive taken the day off from work today, but what about tomorrow? I don't know the answer yet. I definitely need time to think through this, but I can tell you that I'm done with nannies. My problem is that I get too invested in relationships, even if its one with our nanny. And I don't want myself or Kabir to invest again in another nanny only to find ourselves in the same situation again. The overwhelming emotion I feel right now is that I don't want to depend on anyone else to take care of my son anymore. He is by far, my highest priority and I am convinced that no one can take care of him the way I can. Simply no one.
So where does that leave me? I certainly can't think of quitting my job. I love my work - I just want to be able to put it on hold for some time. Or somehow make it more flexible than it already is. I will need to discuss my options with my employer. My decision won't be rash, but it will certainly be an emotional one. Let's wait and see what destiny has in store.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
As I noted in an earlier post, we couldn't wait till the six month mark and decided to have his Annaprashan about 2 weeks ago. Since then we had been feeding him some rice & oat cereal mixed with breastmilk. So this weekend, we decided to take it a step further and feed him veggies & fruit for the first time. I made some sweet potato and some applesauce for his first "real" food. The first spoonful was fed by Dadiji.
I'm glad that he has been so open to trying new foods so far. Nothing is more satisfying than to see your baby eat well. Touch wood!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Yesterday was a difficult day, with all three of us trying to make sense of the silence & the vacuum left behind. Today, we are back to our work routine and busy lives with very little time to think of anything else. But my heart goes out to LittleTiger. He may forget the presence of his grandparents around him soon, but he will certainly miss the love & affection that was showered so generously on him.
I hope that LittleTiger can be with his grandparents soon and more often. And I pray that he will be fortunate enough to experience their presence and their love & wisdom for a long long time.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
As you may have noticed in some recent pictures, LittleTiger is now learning to sit upright. He's still a little wobbly, especially when he takes his hands away and tries to balance only on his bottom. But he's been spending a lot of time sitting up now, and unfortunately, falling down too!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
We got to climb into parts of the play-structure ourselves and enjoyed being kids again! We're sure to have many more visits to the park this summer & fall.
Friday, August 1, 2008
This was the perfect opporutnity for LittleTiger to model in his dhoti-kurta that Dadi brought for him
He enjoyed the puja, and wanted to be as much "help" as possible (saying the mantra, offering fruit, water etc..as you can see for yourself)!