Monday, December 29, 2014

The Year that was - 2014 !

This has been an year of firsts. And the good news is, mostly positive !
I wanted to write this year end post last year, but new mommy hood kept me away from the blog. But this year :)

I think I entered this year cleaning a soiled bum and nurturing a wailing infant. At that time, I could have hardly imagined the kind of roller roaster this year was going to turn into. At one point when I was taking care of the little one alone during my maternity leave (as I was unable to find a full time maid), I was  quite proud of myself. Even though during the day, sometimes it led to frustrations as well. And then came the news of the husband travelling to onsite for a month. We were excited and anxious in equal measures. And then, I was literally all alone for a month with a 4- month old. And to top it, I had signed up for the A-Z blogging challenge before I got the news of onsite travel. So for that one month, I slogged the day with the little one, and wrote my blog post for the next day when she slept. I was and am so proud of finishing the challenge without any cheating :)

By this time, the husband 's stay in Germany got extended by 3 months. My maternity leave was already over. After a lot of negotiations, I was allowed to work from home for a month. Difficult days. The little one hardly slept at night. I worked during the day when she slept. Finally it was time for me to join office full time. I shifted to my parents' place. I drove a 100 kms to and from the office while my mother took care of the hyperactive little one. The stress of it all gives me jitters now. The weather unbearably hot, the traffic jams unending, work at office and a hyperactive toddler at home. In the meantime, I also started the process to get our papers in line so that both of us could visit the husband in Germany.

The story of how actually I got done everything alone, running around government offices all alone is  albeit a long one, and long overdue. I will definitely be sharing it in another blogpost. And then came our much awaited Euro trip. We traveled around Germany, Paris, Switzerland and Amsterdam. Needless to say, it kind of made up for all the past months of rigor.

This year also saw us celebrating little one's first festivals. She has brought so much joy in our lives...it's hard to express. The husband finally came back after 8 long months. I think this was also our first long separation after marriage. And that too when our baby was so tiny. We could have hardly ever imagined it.

And then, finally, came the little one's first birthday. Everyone in the family was so so excited about it. I have already written about it here. It was also our first party as hosts. And I am glad things went as planned. It makes me so happy even today, as this was the first time we contacted decorators, bakers and go everything customized. Thankfully, everything turned out to our taste as well

I think this is also the first time I have realized my own potential. Of taking things in my stride and doing them well. Of my strengths. Of my patience and love. This year, I am really proud of outdoing myself in every which way. And for the first time, I am not going to be modest about it.

I already told you, "this was an year of firsts"!! :)

The year end, although, has brought in a lot of introspection. Let's see where it takes me next year!
Adieus amigos until then. See you all on the other side. Keep up your awesomeness until then :)


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Birthday party continues.... :)

I had wanted to do something special for my daughter's birthday. Partly because it was her first, but also because I wanted to set a trend for her for the years to come. It is something that I really believe in. To spend her birthday with the girls at Udayan Care. But we also wanted to have a "normal" party, to invite friends and family to bless her and spend some good time together. I also wanted to make this party a no-gifts party. But I knew no one would adhere to it simply because I was asking it. So instead, we planned a birthday party for little S and requested all our guests to not bring any gifts for her, but instead for the girls at Udayan Care. That way, we would be saved from hoarding unnecessary gifts for S, and in turn, helping other kids get something they need!

But it didn't really go as planned. A majority of our guests gave us money since they could not decide what to bring for the girls. And so, we used that money to organize a birthday party for S with the Udayan girls and bought stuff that would be of use for them. We went to the Udayan care house this Sunday, met the girls and the super woman Kiran Modi ji who spearheads the entire thing. Little S was quite happy happy in the company of so many didis (elder sisters) and the girls too gave her all their attention.

I am really happy at the way both the parties happened. We met and entertained all our near and dear ones and little S got so many blessings. And most importantly, without hoarding on to things she didn't need. And at the second party, the kids were so happy to have the little one celebrate with them. And we were happy as well to share her birthday gifts with them.

Leaving you with a few pictures from both the parties :)

Little S enjoying with the girls :)

The cake cutting

A group photo with the lovely kids!

















The other birthday party :)
PS: In reality, I do not like to share my outings with any NGO on a public space as it seems too arrogant/immodest to me. But since for this birthday party, we had already told our guests about our plan of donating the gifts to the girls at Udayan, I felt like sharing this update with all of them through the blog.
And if this inspires you to do something similar, it would be the most precious "return gift" of this birthday party :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The party update!

And so, we cleared our first test as hosts with flying colors. The little one's party went off well without any hitch. It feels really nice to have planned the party, and all its smaller details like selecting the venue, menu, getting the cake designed, the decoration done and selecting a photographer, all within our budget. And all this amidst the normal routine of going to office, taking care of home and the little one, and having caught a bad viral infection myself.

The little one, as expected, had a blast on her birthday. She is quite a social bee and enjoyed all the attention she got from everyone present. She didn't mind the numerous photo ops or just about anyone picking her up and having a conversation. She obliged everyone with a smile and some of the smaller kids with a shout and shove too :-P Quite a badass she is that way ;-)

But, as of now, I won't be sharing any pictures here, or on FB, as S has caught a really bad infection just a day after the party. We have had to rush her to the doc last night at 1. Till date, I have not been much into this "nazar" thing and all....but now I think I have. I believe "usko nazar lag gyi hai". Go on and judge me if you like. But such a high fever, exactly after the party makes me think that way! And the pictures would mean more oohs and aahs. So let's wait for her to get well and then may be we can see my gorgeous precious :)