I am thankful for .. 5

There may be 1000 relatives.. 100 friends but when it comes to asking for help only a few people come into your mind. One such person is my chithi – Amma’s younger sister.

Focussing only on the positives…..

Few days back amma fell ill. This time it was a bit serious , we had to rush into emergency room. It involved too much pain,a surgery, 10 days stay in hospital, lot of tension, a bit of crying and finally she reached home on Diwali. I called her as our “Diwali Release”. She is getting better now.

When we were in emergency, as usual I dialled the first person I knew would surely help – my chithi. She arrived the next day , stayed all 10 days , she didnot leave even when her husband fell ill.

My mother’s surgery was scheduled a day before diwali. I could not stay in hospital with a baby. I did not want to make chithi stay and miss her family during festival time. But I got a call from chithappa and my cousins saying that it is ok and that they will celebrate diwali when my mother gets discharged. I was so guilty and so relieved at the same time.God bless her and her family.

My cousin ‘s’ came and stayed with us for few days. He was the one who stayed with amma in hospital during daytime , talked to all the doctors running here and there, basically he was my pillar of support. He is 3 years younger to me. We grew up together, I did not realize that he has grown up so much until last week. I am so proud of him. So so proud of him.

Thanks to my uncle who left his wife who was very sick alone at home to take of my mom. My sincere prayers for him and his family.

My mother just before going for surgery called me and asked me to book tickets for chithi. She said it is not fair to ask her to sit with us on diwali. She said it was just few hours and that she would manage alone in hospital and then anyway I am going to come in the morning. When did she grow so strong? She tells me “I will be unconscious for long time after surgery and she(chithi) needs to leave tonight to reach on time for diwali, so please book the ticket now” And as soon as she regained consciousness, she didnot ask for me or “Na enga iruken” (Where am I). She asked “Are the tickets booked?” Proud of her .

Next, my another cousin who is 1000 miles away called me and gave me the much needed confidence when I was so stressed out. Thanks to her.

Thanks to my dear friends Maya, Tharani and BM for being supportive when I could not control my tears.

Thanks to Volt who ‘adjusted’ to everything I put through her. Random sleep timings , new places, new people. It was during this period, for the first time, I left her alone with my inlaws and went to hospital for 4 long hours. I was brimming with multiple emotions at that time,will write a whole new post about that. But she managed well.

Thanks to B and thanks to my in laws who were there and took care of home and food and me.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for my mother.


We are growing….

…fast. It doesn’t feel like 6 months at all.Time is flying.

Volt started turning over exactly when she was 5 months . She started rolling to her right but nowadays she can roll on both sides and also she can roll from tummy to back to tummy. Basically doing angapradakshanam 🙂

I have a big mat at home on which she generally rolls. Everytime I put her on her quickdry sheet she rolls and comes out of the sheet and does pee/poo directly on the mat . Every single time it happens only on the mat not on the sheet.

She rotates so fast these days once she is on her tummy.In a minute she turns 180 degrees so I don’t even try to use the quick dry sheets.

She knows us very well now. She does not cry for me much as long as I am not in her vicinity but if I walk across or if she catches a glimse of me she does a fake cry (sometimes serious)until I lift her. That makes me feel so special.

She sleeps late and wakes up early . And her daytime naps are very short ones. I am still struggling to settle in work . Everytime she cries no matter how hard I try I cannot lock myself in my room. I run and lift her up. So struggling still …

She grins at strangers as long as they don’t try to lift her.Problem is since she smiles at them they get tempted and try to carry her and she cries immediately.

There are 3-4 rhymes which are our life saviour for now. She calms down instantly when she hears that. When B or I put her to sleep we have to sing those songs. Needless to say our ears are bleeding. Sometimes we try to improvise like… Mary had an elephant..Mary had a crocodile..Poor Mary!

During work breaks when I come to play with her she stretches her hand and touches my cheek . I feel so very special and when I am about to reach that cloud nine she scratches with her little nails. Ouch…That little tiger !! 🙂

She is trying to move I think. She tries to lift most of her body when she is on her tummy and she makes angry noise when trying to do so. Its fun to watch. She is actually moving backwards now.

She occupies 3/4th of the bed. At any point of time either me or B will be hanging at the edge of our bed.Initially we used to check each other often in the night to see if we are still there or fell down.But nowadays we are a pro in sleeping in one single position the whole night with most of our body hanging outside.

At night, she knows which side I lie down, so she turns automatically for feeds, towards me. Just one day myself and B exchanged sides, she kept turning to B and he had to wake me up everytime she turned for feed.It was so funny.

Volt is becoming mischievous day by day. She wants to grab everything, touch everything, eat everything. When we carry her she bends in some weird angles to get a new perspective! of things. Sometimes she tries to watch things upside down.

Her kicks are very painful but her bites are very ticklish.

I thought her real name is very easy to say but shocked to see that there are so many people who cannot pronounce it properly.

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