Monday, February 25, 2013

22nd February 2013 - the night still gives me shudders

Night of 22nd February qualifies as the Worst night of my life so far. I felt so helpless as a mom, I stood there and was trying to understand what was happening to my baby. She was her chirpy self throughout the day, when Fizz reached home at 8:45, he told me she was warm, I said can't be. I felt her and frankly I didn't feel she was warm. She was her loud chirpy self till 11.15pm when Fizz told me she's shivering, I looked at her and she shivered again. I took her in my lap and she wasn't reacting. She just kept looking at a spot, and wasn't reacting. We took her to Fortis, The 10 mins drive from our house to Fortis was the longest drive of our life. I know I was feeling terrible, but now when I look back at the situation... I just keep on thinking of Fizz, he kept on saying "Main Zoe ko kuch nahin hone doonga..." At Fortis when the doctor examined her he told, she became unconscious because of the sudden rise in temperature. This had happened once to me as well, guess that's the reason why it happened to my baby... I'm sorry baby.
The doctors immediately controlled her temperature and soon my baby was conscious. Afterward, she underwent some tests and kept under observation for 24 hours as she had high fever. The tests were normal (ALHAMDULLILAH) and she has recovered well. She was a bit sleepy, which is totally logical. 

Seeing Zoe Alhamdullilah, happily playing with Fizz brings a smile on my face today. Allah has been really kind on us, I love my baby.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Z-ness Part II

Here are some of the things the Toddler has been up to these days:
  • She has started telling stories and mock reads her books loudly. The other day she was sitting with "10 apples up on Top" by Dr. Seuss. She sat confidently and on every page she said "3 Appul up on top, look see u 3, I 4 appul on top". That happened on every single page :)).
  • She also makes stories with Makka Pakka, teletubbies and upsy daisy (CBeebies magic is still going strong). Besides this, she tries to tell us Gafallo (Gruffalo) at night. Her recent favorite character is Barney.
  • Her favorite song now a days is "Naino mein sapna" from Himmatwala, so 30 yrs back, her parents were almost Z's age when the original Himmatwala released. And I remember dancing on this one (donno since when) all I remember is mom had this song recorded on VHS :-P
  • She loves watching FoodFood on TV (can you beat that). She loves this particular show Turban Tadka, because of the chef, and the way he sings while cooking
  • She wants to live on Juice (apple juice) though I don't give in to her demand. Once I told her "Apple Juice simis" (finish in the toddler's bhasha) and gave her water instead. She pushed the glass away, and I said "My God! What attitude" and phatt she replied "MyOod What tatude"

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Monday, February 18, 2013

What was the school thinking?

Yes I do over-react and specially when it is something related to kids, I really do. Here today at BZM I want to put across a question to you?
An extremely popular Delhi preschool recently uploaded their Annual Day pictures, and someone I know on Facebook commented on these pictures, so I thought of browsing through the colorful pictures.
I was not prepared for what I saw a few clicks later. There were 2 pictures of a little boy and girl getting married. I was shocked to see the same.

Do check the pictures here:

What are we teaching/showing our children by doing in a preschool's Annual day function. I did think about it, but I got no answer at all.

What do you think? Am I over-reacting or something.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Day to remember...

12th February this day has always been special in my life. Today, I complete 6 years of being engaged to Fizz, yes it is our engagement anniversary (if there is something like that). I seriously cannot imagine anyone but Fizz as my life partner. He is my best friend, and that is all I wanted my husband to be over and above anything else. With the toddler our family Mash'Allah is complete.

This is a huge reason to remember this day, but there is a bigger reason. It is AJ's birthday, my AJ was the best dad I could have asked for. On his birthday I miss him a lot, I miss being with him today more than any other day. So, this is a special post for A.J. He might not be besides me, but I know he is always with me. 

"You were the coolest dad one could have asked for, I can say that without any doubt. You were someone who believed in us and always stood besides us no matter what. I miss you so much on this day and I feel so so so blessed to have a dad like you."

Here is a link of the song, that makes me think of A.J. 

Love you A.J! Miss you...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Project 52 Week 6: And my day was made!

I love being with myself and I don't mind spending some moments every day lost in my thoughts. When I come out of my zone, I usually do not remember what was I thinking about, but those moments leave me all fresh and energetic. With a toddler around, one usually does not get those kind of moments. You actually have to search for them. Today, I was disturbed when I hate it the most, yes... it was one of those moments. And you guessed it right, it was the Toddler who came barging in my privacy. What was different, is that I did not mind it at all. I did feel even better after what happened.

So here is what happened... I was busy staring at the sky in the evening over a cup of chai. (Isn't cool Bangalore evening, a terrace to chill on and a pipping hot cup of tea all you want sometime?). The toddler was busy with her cycle, I could hear her constant yapping in the background. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder, and someone constantly kept pulling my hair. I had no choice but to look at her, I was irritated (to put it mildly). The toddler came closer to me and said "What happened Mommie?" She apparently thought I wasn't in a good mood. She kissed me on my cheeks and hugged me tight saying "big hug". I smiled and the toddler went back to her ride.

She did not know her Mommie is looking at her with moist eyes (this is huge for someone who doesn't cry so easily). She did not know she has given a precious gift to her mommie... she did not know she has made her mom's day.

My baby who came in my arms (so small and so delicate) 2 years back, is growing into a sensitive little girl. I have totally mixed feelings about this.

Friday, February 1, 2013

And the Liebster Award goes to......

Friday early morning (actually before dawn) I picked my phone to check the time and I saw myself smiling ear to ear. The reason behind it was the mail which told me a comment was left on my blog. And when I checked the comment, I found out, I have been given the Liebster Award by Mehroo of From Miss India to Motherhood. I got so excited, I clicked on the link Mehroo sent me and checked her blog post for details. Firstly, a big thanks to Mehroo, for making my day.

Coming to the Liebster Award:
Liebster is a German word which means kindest, dearest, beloved, cute, endearing... This award is given to new or promising bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  it is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category.

  • Tell 11 Random facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions the nominator has asked in their post
  • Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate
  • Nominate 11 bloggers whose blogs you read frequently and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Inform the nominee by commenting on one of their posts.
  • No tag back
11 Random things about me:
  1. I'm extremely straight forward and do not know how to be politically correct.
  2. I have been overweight forever. I lost 30 kgs when in college, lost another 10 kgs (which I had put on after marriage), maintained my weight till Zoe was born. Now I'm at loggerheads with my weight again (hope results are similar to what they have been in the past).
  3. I hate having regrets, there is this one regret I cannot get over. I wish I could've been with my dad when he took his last breath.
  4. For Zoe and my Nephew I'm the best story teller in the world.
  5. I run an Early Communication and Language Training program - My little Chatterbox for children between 3-10. I also have a parenting blog Momsters which I manage with my elder sister. 
  6. I want to start a kid's library with a book club of my own. We need to instill the love of reading in the next generation.
  7. I love dancing, I don't need any excuse to dance, I don't even need music at times.
  8. I'm a lousy cook, who doesn't even know the so called basics.
  9. I was a star debater in school, and I was more involved in extra-curricular activities than studies. 
  10. I'm Extremely possessive about people I'm very close to (Fizz, Zoe, my parents and my sisters)
  11. As a kid I used to think when Black and White movies were made, things were B/W in real life as well.
 Answer 11 questions set by the nominator:

1. Since how many months/years have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since November 2008 but I took it up seriously from when I started Being Zoe's Mom (from May 2010 onwards). Besides BZM I have a parenting blog Momsters and I also blog for some other parenting websites.
2. How many close family members do you have as followers on your blog?
Me and Faizan, I kept this blog private for a long time. Most of my family reads my posts but they do not follow the blog.
3. Has any family member/close friend been offended by what you might have written about them in your blog? You could elaborate if you wish.
My family gets offended all the time, maybe because I write what I believe in. This post of mine on Gender Stereotypes did give birth to a huge debate with someone I don't even know.
4. What has been the biggest challenge in blogging so far?
I love blogging, I cannot think of a single day I do not write something (except when I'm on a vacation). Till date I have not faced a real challenge, I think overcoming a 'blogger's block' will be a big challenge.
5. What is the best blogging time in the day for you?
For me, whenever I think of something I have to sit down and write. When I cannot do it, I feel totally helpless.
6. If you had just one piece of good advice to give a fresh blogger, what would it be?
Read a lot of blogs, take inspiration but do not copy.
7. How many incomplete posts have you written that you somehow couldn't complete? Why so?
None, I write a post in my head first, if I think of what all I need to write I can never leave a post incomplete. There are no incomplete drafts.
8. How has blogging helped you as a person?
I have always voiced my opinion and believe in being expressive. Blogging helps me get my 'me time' it is one of the biggest stress buster for me. It has also helped me interact with so many bloggers. I have become a part of the Blogging Marathon, which has so many bloggers. 
9. What is your ultimate blogging goal? Does it have a timeline?
For this blog it is being as regular as possible and meeting new moms around, with whom I can share my thoughts.
10. Do you have a friend who is also a blogger? Do you compete?
Yes, but we do not compete.
11. Give me your honest opinion about MY blog. 
I recently discovered Mehroo's blog and I love reading it. I do get a lot of tips, especially on books. 
 11 questions for my nominated bloggers:
  1. If you can get to live a famous person's life for one day, who would it be and why?
  2. What has the best blog post you have written (per you) and why do you think so?
  3. What is the worst blogging mistake you have done and why do you think so? 
  4. 1 book/movie charecter you would love to become for your life?
  5. If you get to do just 1 thing for yourself in 2013 what would you do?
  6. What’s the one food you’d wish to eat all the time and never get bored of? do not think about calories
  7. When you were younger what did you want to become? What are your views about that profession now
  8. What was your favorite fairy-tale as a kid? Why? Do you still like it as much?
  9. What is the strangest thing about you?
  10. What is your funniest childhood memory?
  11. One person who has influenced you as a blogger.
11 Nominated Bloggers: HOLD YOUR BREATH...
  1. Canvas of my thoughts 
  2. My World through my spectacled eyes
  3. The Cub & The Bub
  4. Obsessive Mom
  5. I Thinked!
  6. Life as a Mom
  7. Circles in the Sand
  8. My Little One and Me
  9. Shocks & Shoes
  10. I write... Therefore, I am alive
  11. Bits And Pieces