5 year old I

Dear dear darling I,

You are 5 years, 2 months and 11 days old today!

You are so many things at the same time, it’s hard for me to find all the right words. I can literally feel the neurons in my brain preparing for a task that demands great focus and make sure I don’t forget any details

  • You are feisty, sassy, sweet, loving, loud, crazy, smart – everything bottled together in a girl with big black eyes, stubby nose, cute bangs on your forehead and an effervescent smile.
  • One thing I can say for sure – it’s very very hard to ignore you when you are in a room. You demand attention and make sure people are looking at you πŸ™‚
  • At 5, you love love love books – this is one thing that makes me & your dad tremendously happy. I have been a book worm all my childhood and I am so proud to see that you are on your way to becoming one as well.
  • You love playing piano and are taking classes. You still haven’t understood the joy of music and the great happiness it brings when you are fully immersed in it. I am hoping that will happen soon (I can wait few years :))
  • You want to learn to dance – but we need to figure out what is the best fit – Ballet is proving to be not the right choice – may be gymnastics this year?
  • You are doing great at school – your phonics, writing and reading are awesome
  • You are good at math with objects, but struggle a bit with mental math
  • You love to pretend play and just enjoy scaring your little brother with your ferocious growls as you play the lion or tiger
  • You still want to talk all the time and generally don’t let others have a conversation (unless you are immersed in a book) – and you get upset if we are talking or not focused on you – this we need to work on.
  • You have completely given up afternoon naps from the time you turned 4 and by evening you get cranky – this we need to work on as well πŸ™‚
  • You love to sing and make up songs as you go
  • You have a good eye to detail – something I love love πŸ™‚
  • You love to play with little brother S, sometimes you become the bossy big sister and sometimes you are the loving sis.
  • You do show patience when S hits you, but then the patience doesn’t last more than 30 seconds πŸ˜€

You are the firecracker in the house and I hope you always stay that way, sweety.

Love, love, love you darling,



Baby S

Dear sweetheart,

You did complete our family πŸ™‚

I have become a busy mom, but missed writing about you and your big sister. So today I start writing about both of you and hopefully can compile some things that can be cherished about both your childhood.

S, you are a sweet kid, but also very stubborn if you want something badly. Here are some cool things about you. You are 2 years and 2 months and 2 days old today πŸ™‚

  • You have an infectious laugh
  • People around you love you, they just seem to fall for you right and left
  • Your big eyes can be full of innocence or mischief depending on what you are planning next
  • You love books and can’t stop staring at the pictures, but you also tear them when you feel like
  • You love playing silly with Big sister
  • When dad is traveling you keep asking for him
  • You ask for whoever is not present in the room and once they appear you ask for the next person who is not available πŸ™‚
  • You love curd rice, milk with horlicks, strawberries, watermelon
  • You love to babble
    • You say “sha” for “sa”
      • Amma Sheep (for amma sleep)
      • Shunroom (for sunroom)
    • you refer to yourself in 3rd person – very adorable
      • Skanda diaper
      • Skanda shnanam (Skanda snanam)
      • Skanda Play
    • Peguru rice (for perugu rice)
  • You have big black eyes, a cute button nose, round mouth with which you make funny faces and lovely black curly hair – people can’t stop gushing about your hair
  • You love love love to copy your sister.
    • If she is talking – you repeat the same thing (delayed by 2 seconds)
    • If she is singing – so will you
    • If she decides to dance – so will you
    • If she starts reading a book – so will you
    • If she starts coloring – so will you
    • If she becomes a monkey – so will you πŸ™‚
    • Maybe we should call you I2 πŸ˜‰
  • You love pink and purple (I hope you keep loving these colors even when you grow to be a big boy)
  • You love to shout at your sister if me or dad are shouting at her
  • You show your love in a very affectionate manner
    • When we come to pick you up from daycare you give us big tight hugs
    • You give kisses when you particularly feel love towards us πŸ™‚

All in all, we are very very lucky to have you. I will try to write more about you as frequently as I can. I hope you and your sister become good friends and always always be there for each other.

You were worth all the nausea in the pregnancy just like your sister πŸ™‚

Love you loads and loads,



Hello there!

Its been such a long time since I said Hello here. Today I need to write down things, since so many of them are swimming in my head.

Bangari, You are growing up to be a beautiful little girl, but at the same time a very stubborn toddler as well πŸ™‚ Love your smile, your infectious laughs and all the naughty things you do. The only thing that troubles me is when you dont sleep even though you are very sleepy. This lack of sleep then converts into crankiness which drives us crazy. Your poor dad has to manage sleepless nights and then long meetings during the day.

Here I am with another gift from above in my womb and praying that everything goes well and we have a healthy little baby sibling for you. We thought about this so much, had obstacles and finally here. It has been difficult at times, but your little hugs and kisses made it ok. Your smile made it ok, my dear kannamma.

This baby is for you more than for us and I dont say this because I dont love the baby enough. I do love him or her. But it is because we wanted to be sure you have a partner in crime through your childhood and a supporting shoulder in your adulthood. When me and your dad become old & cranky, we want you to have that extra hand to help you. Only a sibling can understand your parents weird unique ways. Only a sibling can…

So, praying to the God that he help us through this journey, take good care of each other and thanking him for all the blessings he had bestowed upon us.

The nausea and morning sickness make me go crazy at times, but our guardian angels, your maternal grandparents are here and saving the day for us. I thank God for this.

With a heart brimming of love,

your amma

1st birthday party!

Actual b’day on March 6th celebrated at home

Dress: Blue horizontal stripes on white fabric

Cake: Made by mom. Banana cake with chocolate frosting

B’day party celebrated on March 10th.

Dress: A polka dot dress with purple dots on white fabric + Pink dress (Pink horizontal stripes on white background) + Owl themed prty hat specially orderedΒ from etsy

Venue:Β Lakeline Oaks Building/Pavilion1000 Old Mill RdΒ Cedar Park, TX 78613

Food: pizza & salad from Austin’s pizza, Cake & Smash cake by Charlene Smith

Cake flavors:

Smash cake made with bananas and apple sauce

chocolate cake with orange buttercream filling and pineapple cake with coconut icing

B’day theme: Owl themed party

Party favors: Reusable shopping bag with coloring book + crayons + toy camera (spongebob, cars etc,.), + owl cookies made by mom + A pizza for each family since we had so much left over!

Games: Musical chairs, pass the parcel, crafts for kids, pin the owl on the tree

Decorations: posters of you, birthday banner, streamers (pink & blue), owl decals

Guests: Avery ranch neighbors (Mrudula, Pavani, Jyotsna, Supriya), Seetha, Deepthi, Shubha, Thomas & Barbara etc,.

Everyone had lots of fun, food was great and games were enjoyed. But you also had the ear infection, so we were little worried about you. You were having diarrhea and severe diaper rash because of the antibiotic we were giving you for the ear infection.

Baby I’s blabbers

Boring Vocab -> Iyra’s Version

Star -> Appa

Teapot -> Taput

bowl -> bouul

Dog -> bow bow

Cat/pilli/Pillow -> Pilla

All done -> all-dhan

Bath -> lala

sun -> thun

water -> bobba, pani

rain/vaana -> mana

Milk/Palu -> Pala

No/vaddu -> vadda

squirrel – qwirrel

give -> aapo (gujarati)

pasta -> pashtha

noodles -> noodhlesh

Her stuffed toy friends

Georgi -> Gaargi

Shammi -> Chammi

Greeny -> Geeny

Bablu -> Bubble


Baby I – 6th month

This would be from August 6th to September 6th.

The best thing ever happened on your 6th month b’day – you finally accepted the bottle and drank close to 4oz from the bottle πŸ™‚ yay! I think I almost danced with joy. This meant I need not come home during lunch and come early in the evening instead. This was just awesome!

Next, we had your official annaprasannam on 12th August. Your dad, me and your ammamma and tata fed your first solids – it was rice kheer made by your ammamma. You ate quite a bit of it and looks like you like it πŸ™‚ of course, you made a very curious expression when you first tasted it, first thing ever apart from mom’s milk.

We had your annaprasannam function on August 19th. This is a function where we lay couple of things on a mat and let you crawl and choose from those things. We putΒ Gold (bangles), Money(US dollars), Kindle, Apple, Flower and a Book. You first chose Gold, then money and then Kindle, followed by flower and book. So this means your first interest is gold and then money. Β I think you will become a great businesswoman πŸ™‚

Your yashoda atta’s family came to Austin for this function and they stayed for a week and we all had lots of fun.

This was also a time when I was inundated with office work and was quite stressed out. I was trying really hard to spend quality time with you and also get things done at work. Your dad was very busy with his MBA work and was traveling quite a bit.

So, all in all, 6th month was a great month, you started taking solids. We started you with carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, apples, pears etc,. And your ammamma would make rice and dal soup as well which you used to love. You started mastering crawling, which was lot of fun.




Baby I – 5th month

This would mean from July 6th to August 6th.

  • To kick off, your paternal grandpa left for India on July 6th, your 5th month b’day after spending 2 months with you. All I can say is that he didnt want to get too attached to you, but I think he got attached to you nevertheless πŸ™‚
  • Your bamma left on July 19th and your ammamma and tata (maternal grandpa) came on the same day. This was very exciting for me since finally my parents are able to see my daughter πŸ™‚ They were very excited to see you and wanted to play with you right away.
  • You took around 10 days to get used to the new set of grandparents and they finally figured how to keep you entertained.
  • They took steps to make sure you have enough space to roll around and practice crawling.
  • You have become an expert at rolling over and have started crawling!! This was awesome! this also solved lot of gas issues and you weren’t gassy anymore πŸ™‚
  • Your tata started playing lot of music (the western type and the bollywood type, your bamma was more into the devotional) and you kind of nod along on your tata’s shoulders when the music is played.
  • I continue to come home during lunch breaks to feed you since you still refuse to take the bottle.
  • We have started planning for your annaprasannam in August – your official annaprasannam is going to be on August 12th (6th month,6th day) and then the function is going to be on August 19th.

So, those are the key happenings in 5th month.



15 month update


I know, we are going from posting a 4 month update to 15 month update..big leap, but I want to do this before I forget all the precious things you do.

  • You love repeating 2 syllable words after us. Your fav words are amma, nanna, tata, atta, anna, mama, papa, baba
  • You try hard to say ammamma and bamma, but you are getting there.
  • You love to explore new places and fearless that makes your dad and me very nervous. We worry that you will fall and get hurt.
  • You dont walk, you just sprint. You run everywhere.
  • You love have people around you. When me or your dad are alone with you at home, you just cling to us. When both of us are at home, you play by your own πŸ™‚ This makes cooking extra difficult when only one of us is at home.
  • You love dress-up, you love hair-bands and want to wrap any cloth you see around your head and then you insist that we show you how you look in the mirror..pretty adorable and sometimes tiring πŸ™‚
  • You dont want to read any single book to the end…you just jump from one book to another which kind of makes it hard for the reader, but still this is pretty cool.
  • You give a hug when we say “I love you”
  • You always want to kiss amma, when nanna is asking you for a kiss πŸ™‚ this I find heart-melting..you have me on your finger-tips at this point πŸ™‚
  • You are very social and sometimes older kids dont know what to do when you insist on kissing them, which means giving them a good lick πŸ˜€
  • We are going through a 2nd ear infection in 2 months and though you seem to be in good spirits, this is making me and your dad nervous. are you prone to ear infections? 😦
  • You have the best laugh and can play with anything and everything..you are my bestest baby and the most adorable babyΒ toddler ever!

Love you with all my heart,


Baby I – 4th Month


Dear Bangari,

This is June 2012. You are growing up and changing every day πŸ™‚

  • Your took your first flight. It is to Aparna atta’s house in Chicago. You did pretty well on the flight. The flight from Austin to Chicago was packed and you were fussy, but I don’t blame that on you. We all felt that we were in a tight can packed with lot of sweaty, smelly people. But you were an angel on the flight from Chicago to Austin. This flight had lot of room, the air was cooler and I couldn’t ask for more.
  • Also, you laughed loud for the first time when your paternal grandpa carried you around and played with Arnav and Varun and Aparna atta’s place.

Big Milestone: Rolling over. You have started rolling over, but not as often as we would like to see.

Most memorable moment: You rolled over! You rolled over for the first time on my birthday, just a day shy from your 3rd month birthday πŸ™‚



Baby I – 3rd month


Dear Bangari,

This is May 2012. Everyone says that the first 3 months are the toughest since the baby is not doing much other than feeding, sleeping and yes peeing and pooping πŸ™‚
But they have also been very memorable because I got to spend lot of time with you since I took 9 weeks of maternity leave. It let me bond with you and also heal my body from the C-section.

You have slowly started developing likes and dislikes. You love being held. You don’t like being in the swing. You love songs. You like bath time. You don’t like being wiped with a towel though πŸ™‚

  • For your 3rd month birthday, we had a cake from Baskin Robbins and took lot of pictures.
  • Your paternal grandpa came to visit you. Though he tried to stay unattached to you, he got very much attached to you πŸ™‚
  • I went back to work. It was very tough initially, but slowly I started getting adjusted to the new schedule.
  • Your battle with the bottle continues. I decided to come home during lunch to feed you and go back to work. This was both good and bad. Good because I get to see you in the afternoon and spend time with you. Bad because with the constant shuttling between work and home, I was not getting much office work done. So this meant late nights.
  • Your gas issues are slowly getting better. Some evenings are ok, and some evenings are more challenging.
  • You smile when we make funny sounds or when we sing songs. It is such a delight to see your smile.
  • We would take you on walks in a stroller during evenings. This was an evening ritual we diligently followed. After your grandpa came, your grandpa and grandma take you on evening walks.

Big Milestone: You roll from side to side, but not rolling over as yet. You follow sounds and big bright objects. You have started holding up your neck, but still not there yet completely.

Most memorable moment: You smile a lot. You smile in your sleep and it is one of the sweetest things ever. I love your smile and I hope that you will always be smiling when you grow up into an adult as well.