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One year of Bunniness !! One year of Momminess !!

Last I remember I was writing about one month of Bunniness. And now its going to be an year in six days, and I still can’t believe it. Its been a beautiful motherhood journey. Feels like totally non mommy material like me was born to be Bunny’s mom.

I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this now not so new role. I am loving every single moment of it.

Bunny is a sweetheart, I can’t probably explain in words how much I love him. He is a complete attention seeker, loves socializing. Melts everybody’s heart with his smiles. He will keep smiling/calling you in his own way until you respond to him and smile back. He absolutely love being in crowd.

Has already been to around 12 cities and has been constantly on the go since birth. And the inflow-outflow of guests at our home has almost doubled as contrary to what I earlier thought. So has not really been alone with us.

He is a happy -healthy kid generally. Has been quite a supportive baby. I just feel lucky and blessed to have him.

He is quite a active baby. And if I am around he doesn’t need anything else :). And I am always around, even in loo we kinda accompany each other. I think when time comes for his school or when i would be required to be out of home, the separation would be more difficult for me than him.

I am just overwhelmed and so excited. July has been great since the start. First we had this impromptu road trip to Amritsar – Chandigarh with sister and her friends. Which was great by all means, Bunny got slight fever on Day two, which worried me a bit but as soon as we realized it was due to teething, I was relived. And by next day evening he was completely himself. Tomorrow we are flying to Pune for a short weekend trip to Lavasa (for my birthday) then joining family in Bunny’s birthplace for his birthday and some celebrations :).

And our one year old household with a baby has been quite different with what me or my family envisioned.

– Its been a Johnson baby or any baby product free household. Yes no soaps, no powder, no creams for Bunny :). Only our very own coconut oil and mustard oil in winters.

– Its been a cerelac or any sort of pureed free home. I have not even learnt to force feed Bunny or feed him by distraction. Funnily I love khichdi and since Bunny’s arrival, unlike popular belief, it has been the least cooked food in our Kitchen.

– Also I have never bought a single box of formula milk. Breastfeeding and practicing Nursing in Public has been a boon for the kind of life we are leading with the Baby.

– Teddy-bears and soft toys free home. The ones we got as gifts are happilly lying in some corner, Bunny just doenst play with them. May be now as he grows. he will develop a fondness with them.

– No jhula, no walker, no crib, not a lot of fancy toys for him.

– Very early into the motherhood journey I learnt, that the kinda toy and how colorful/beautiful or expensive it is hardly matters to babies, they happily play with even kitchen or everyday stuff. What is important is giving them exposure to everything, sounds, colors, words, music, motion etc.

– Still no single pics of Bunny hanging on our walls, regretfully true.

– I have not once lost my temper with Bunny or regretted being a mom in this one year.

My only indulgences has been cloth diapers to an extent and Baby Carriers which has opened up new avenues for me, so I really do not mind.

Needless to say, i have been lucky with the kinda of family support system I have. The supportive partner I have, who supports me unconditionally, stands there as a pillar and trusts me with my decisions and ways to raise Bunny. Also for getting right information at the right time rather than being misguided and following some things which I would have regretted later.

Only thing I would like to change is TBH spending more quality and engaging time with Bunny and he learning to be with his Pa, even when I am not around. Somehow it is still not happening, and somewhere I am also a culprit because I kinda always intervene as soon as I hear things going out of control and do not give TBH fair chance. He has also been extremely overloaded with work lately, but he needs to be more hands on dad.

Like all the overwhelming emotional posts, I have no idea where did i start and where it is ending; Just that I am so happy to have a wonderful – beautiful motherhood journey, all thanks to my little munchkin.

Leaving you with a pic from our recent trip, somewhere enroute to Chandigarh from Amritsar.

One year of Bunniness !! One year of Momminess !!

One year of Bunniness !! One year of Momminess !!

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Little Joys of a New Mom

When you wake up to a smily baby :). No matter how hard the night was, the smile makes up for everything.

When the stuffed nose clears automatically after a bath or with a big sneeze, you do a little victory dance in your head.

When the morning poop is in the night diaper vs fresh diaper/nappy.

When you see little pieces of food in the poop knowing your baby ate at least some food.

When he hungrily latches and nurses for few minutes and falls asleep satisfactorily.

When baby doesn’t wake up from sleep when shifted from lap to bed.

When he loves what has been cooked for him.

When he laughs uncontrollably for a silly thing you didn’t even notice before.

When he loves seeing you after a gap and happily calls you in his own baby language.

When he lets you watch your favourite show without creating a fuss or let you have a shower which lasts more than two minutes.

When he loves all the experiments you subject him to like baby wearing or putting him in a stroller or making him wear what you like.

When he licks your cheeks and toes :).

And just watching him grow each passing day :).

Bunny in Marriage – 5 days with a 5 months old

As promised, exclusive Bunny related updates in the whole marriage affair. Some dos and don’ts with 5 a month old. I think Bunny too had a great time in the whole 3 days wedding and the two days extended stay we had in the five star property. It was surprising to a lot of our guests seeing such small baby at ease, and hardly crying so thought of writing it in detail here.

First thing Firsts, Some Background.

This baby loves outings. And he always feels like home in hotels. We have observed this from very early phase. If he is unusually cranky, take him to a hotel/restaurant and you have a happy child in hand.

I think he has a habit of being amidst crowd, since its only now that we are alone. Till now we have been in either of the other homes with lot of daily visitors/strangers flowing in and he takes onto them quite well. I am not sure it is just a phase (hopefully not) or his naturally temperament (like his parents).

Also has attended so many big functions with loud noise levels that it doesn’t scare him any more. (Remember his palna, the religious function earlier mentioned in the blog)

What worked for Us.

I have to admit till now he has been a less fussy baby. Mostly he is a happy baby, so it becomes easier for us to handle him. I have been lucky to have the kind of support I have in both side of families to cater to his needs at first priority, so he knows he is been cared for. That makes a huge difference for babies.

I made sure that his sleep is not disturbed. Even if it meant coming in the room early when everybody else is enjoying. Bunny has a habit of delaying his sleep if something else is catching his fancy, that makes him cranky later. So I made sure as soon as he is sleepy I would go in a quite corner or to the room to make him sleep. Also saying firm Nos to relatives who want to wake him up to play.

Same goes with nursing. Not delaying it no matter what. Not waiting for him to cry, going by his timings and other cues. Breastfeeding has been a boon here, no struggling with bottles, formula, cleanliness etc.

Getting dresses that were baby friendly. So I could hold him whenever required. For me it meant getting only salwar suits done, no sarees for all ceremonies. I can’t handle saree well, couldn’t risk it with Bunny.

Baby wearing. Carrying your baby in a sling/carrier. Sling worked best for me. Specially each morning during breakfasts because I used to have breakfast when there were no other trusted relative around to leave him. So I would wear him on me and eat in peace.

Using Stroller. On the same lines of baby wearing, using my stroller vigorously. I loved my Graco stroller. Light to be carried around even when Bunny was not using it. Each day I would make him ready and tuck it in, it worked great in making him fall asleep when coming to room wasn’t feasible, he would have good rounds around and see the festivities. Great to make the big extended family play with him from a distance. Also worked as a shield from the harsh winter.

Making sure Trusted Relative was around. Always. Specially when I had to leave him to get ready or just to eat etc. And that specially includes people he knows/recognises. So for him it was both set of granparents, badi maa, bade papa, chachu. And still keep checking on him from time to time, just seeing the mothers face assures them.

Giving him some Mommy time. Despite the crowd, the festivities, the all day long functions, the urge to be with relatives you are meeting after so long; taking exclusive time for him, making him feel special, playing with him.

Giving him some playtime. Supervised time on the bed/where ever possible. So that he can just be himself, move as he pleases. Take his favourite toys around.

In management front. Taking all the baby essentials – super extra clothing as it was winters nothing was drying, carrying quilts. Oil, creams, diapers, extra caps everything. Not feeling guilty of using laundry for baby. Making sure to take care of your own self, not falling sick, not eating that may cause stomach trouble or sour throat.

Also having Bhabhi around (Bunny’s badi Maa), sharing room with me and Bunny was a blessing when TBH was not around and everyone else was so busy.

And lastly suno sabki, karo man ki 🙂 (Listen to everyone but do what pleases you). Because jitney log utni baatein specially when it comes to baby.

Also wanted to ask you guys, I am toying with the idea of another non anonymous blog exclusively for Bunny updates/posts/records. Should I go for it?

And he graduated !!!

From lap to bed

From smiles to laughter

From langots to pjs

From lying on his back to turning, twisting, rolling

From a seedha baccha to a naughty baby

From needing support while feeding to an independent feeder

From staring at me to loving me

From not knowing about TV to a crazy TV lover

From just a baby I delivered to love of my life

He is turning four months old tomorrow. These have been the shortest four months of my life, I have no idea where time is flying. And we have not yet reached Delhi yet, hopefully next week. Tickets are booked.

And I thought I will raise a reader !!!

Bunny is three month old and they say this is the best time to start reading to your baby. Phase when babies start listening, learn to read when time comes, get amused by mouth/lip movements, develop language skills and the likes.

This afternoon Bunny was in play mood, we were the only two souls in the house, I decided to read something to him, hoping to make this a afternoon ritual of sorts. Due to lack of baby books and my general laziness in ordering some, I started reading aloud what I was reading, Haathi’s latest post, modulating my pitch and all like telling a story. He seemed interested and delightful in the start but within few minutes he went into a deep peaceful sleep. This has never happened in Bunny’s three moimagenths history that he has fallen asleep without being in lap, without anybody rocking him, without patting his back. That was so funny, seeing him fast asleep within few minutes of reading, but all my hopes of developing reading skills in him went straight out of the window.

On positive note I got a new harmless and painless way of making him fall asleep 🙂

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Bunny Baatein

Title Inspited by TPPL Latest post Dus Baatein.

Bunniness, So like I mentioned Bunniness is all about being busy with Bunny and I have to admit I am keeping extremely busy with Bunny around, I am now at my inlaws place and all I have to do here is manage Bunny and his stuff and keep eating and get fat, still I have no idea when days are turning into weeks and where the time is flying.

Bunnypoo, yup which ranges from turmeric yellow to mehandi green from five to ten times a day. It is like dining table discussion these days and surprisingly it doesn’t affect me or the family in any gross way. Amit from Mashed musings wrote an exceptional piece about it when his daughter was born under the tag daddy diaries. Go read it if you have time, I have no time to link it.

Bunny pressure, it’s the extreme pressure he subjects to himself when he wants to poop. He turns all red and black applying the pressure. It works in following stages Blankness – where he realises he needs to take something out of his system
Poop face – try to say poop and see the formation of your lips, exactly that.
Pressure – the one I mentioned above turning all red black and grunting
Release – the obvious, waste out of body
Relax – full of smiles just before he realises he is all wet and needs a change

It’s a common verb these days in our household, somebody who is not able to pass smooth motions would say need to put bunny pressure ;).

Bunny cries, are his various cries/ calls. Different for different needs like when he is wet, hungry, wants to sleep or just needs to be cuddled with his mommy. Funnily enough I hear him saying my pet name every time he cries for his feed. But no one believes me :(.

Bunny Fans, people whose heart melts for bunny. People who have seen him from day one and fallen in love with my little munchkin. Specially his nani, nanu, mausi, s mausi, badi Maa, bade papa. Earlier it was dadi ghar who use to crave for him now it’s nani ghar. They keep calling to hear him make various sounds or even his cry and feel like coming out of phone and coochi-cooing him, I have seen his not so emotional mausi shedding tears and getting extremely worried when she saw bunny in a little pain.

Bunny surprises, are the special treats he shower on us. Like full toothless smile, sometimes turning into laughter, at times when you take your tongue out ( the teasing gesture) he does exactly same, or the way he holds hands exactly like his dad. Or when you think in mind that Bunny please smile, he would do that exactly at that moment. Or the other moments when you crack a joke and he smiles as if he got that, or cries when you are faking to scold him.

Bunny meditation, the times when he goes beyond the worldly affairs, and does not respond to any of the actions/ sounds around. Doesn’t look at anybody and just kinda meditates with open eyes, the reason we call it meditation is he makes his hand position exactly like his dadi when she actually meditates.

Bunny wish tree, this one actually makes me believe the age old saying ‘Baccho mein bhagvan ka roop hota hai’. We were at my mothers whole of august and everybody kept asking bunny to grant their wish and every single one came true,the sister got highest photoshoots in the month of August and despite the monsoons everytime she asked bunny to pray for a sunny day and it was every single time. She got placed in the same month in a reputed firm, off course the credit goes to bunny. My mom wished for some of her school event to turn successful despite lack of preps and yup bunny granted that, Bunny’s mamma prayed for his dad’s work trip to get cancelled and yup was granted twice 🙂 and so on.

Bunny hair, he was born with quite a good amount of hair and every body loves to play with them. I can actually now confidently guess he was with whom. Everybody parts his hair in different way. The young mausis try to make spikes, badi nani makes centre partition, the possessive mom tries to cover his big forehead ;). You get the drift right?

That’s all for now, till I come with more please wish for another successful month with bunny full of health and happiness :). My little fellow is two months old today.