Like Duck to Water, thats how I have taken to life :). This blog is the saga of love and adventures of a small duck in a large water body called LIFE....

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Everytime we say goodbye..

Its strange how the mind works. If you gain something and there's no loss, then you are happy. But if there is some gain, but there is a loss, then you are not really happy. I'm being a bit vague here, but I am in such a confused state of mind. Today I'm leaving to India with mom and Snuggles, but Sri is not coming with us. He'll be joining us only a month later. Which is what makes it a mixture of happiness and sadness.

I'm going back to Bangalore! After almost 2 years! But where is the unlimited joy I expected? Just because Sri is not joining us, why is this turning into a not-so-happy moment? I'm all excited to be going back, but there is something lacking. Well, I have mentioned what it is in not-so-obvious words. I wish Sri could have been with me, I wish he wouldn't miss almost 1.5 months of Snigdha's life. I wish I could have been completely happy, instead of this half-happy-half-sad business..

Adding to this is the fact that I'm apprehensive about travelling with a baby. Haven't done that before :-D, so obviously I'm worried. I also have quite an amount of travelling to do once I'm in India. I can only hope that Snuggles does well in all situations. Wish me luck!

Only one song suits the occasion and its "Every Time We Say Goodbye" by Ray Charles and Betty Carter..

Ray Charles - Ever...

Everytime we say goodbye, I die a little.
Everytime we say goodbye, I wonder why a little..

Why the Gods above me, who must be in the know,
Think so little of me, they allow you to go..

When you're near, there's such an air of spring about it.
I can hear a lark somewhere, begin to sing about it..

There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to
Everytime we say goodbye...

If only Sri could be with me :((((....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

What a mom wants..

Read an article called "Home cooking" by Anna Quindlen in Newsweek a couple of days back. Somehow brought tears to my eyes..

First they are in your arms constantly, so that your joints go stiff and your back aches. Then they hold your hand, then tolerate an arm around the shoulder, then shrug and pull away. And finally there's that hug that always seems to vibrate with the adrenaline of near-escape. They recede into the distance, leaving vapor trails of memory and dinner for two, a culinary trick I cannot master..

The full article is here.

My baby is only 3 months old and already I'm like this. Wonder what'll actually happen when my baby bird leaves the nest..

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hand in hand..

Mere haath mein tera haath ho
Saari jannatein mere saath ho
Tu jo paas ho phir kya yeh jahaan
Tere pyar mein ho jaaun fanaa..

P.S: The photo is obviously my and Snuggles's hands and the thought behind it is "declaring a winner".

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Scratch, suck and more..

Snuggles has had long nails since the time she was born. And long nails on a baby are obviously harmful. That means, I literally get to see a new scratch on her face each day :-p. So one of the first things I did was to buy a file (wooden file which is safe for children I must add). But when filing got too tedious, I got a baby-safe nail cutter and started cutting away. But sadly the equation is {Cut = nails grow faster} :-p. So I started putting mittens on her hands.

But recently she has taken to sucking her fingers. Sometimes she tries to stuff her whole hand into her mouth, which is certainly not very good (thats putting it mildly - actually this usually results in a mock vomit :-p). So Sri and I have had to be quite innovative to come up with a way of preventing this.

1) The swaddler method:

This is a swaddler:

Here's Snuggles all swaddled:

But in a matter of minutes, her hands come up..

A wee bit out..

Now completely out..

She seems to be saying "Balle Balle! Victory to me" here :-D. Score - Snuggles 1, Sri and me 0.

2) The sleep sack method:

This is a sleep sack:

I put Snuggles in it, without putting her hands through..

But she's become very smart to my tactics, she slowly took up her hands..

and got them out of the hands of the sleep sack herself!

I was really stunned the first time she did it. I kept asking Sri whether he put them through :). Score - Snuggles 2, Sri and me 0.

3) The superbaby method:

Finally Sri came up with this one..

It seems to be working so far. So the score - Snuggles 2, Sri and me 1. But I'm sure she'll overcome this obstacle in no time..

Ah, the joys of parenthood :-D...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Teesri manzil!

When I first made you, you were tiny:

Then you grew up a bit:

Today you are 3 years old and I can't believe you have grown to what you are :).

Happy birthday blog! Hope you have a great day and a wonderful year ahead ;-) :).

Thursday, March 06, 2008

A tag for a tag :-D

Altoid tagged me with this tag of tags. All I have to do is put some links to my old posts? Wait a min, isn't that the purpose of the archives in the right pane? :-p. Oh well, here are the rules:

Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given : family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like. Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.

Well, I'm sorry, but I plan to disobey the last part. I don't find time to write a post myself, how can poor me tag people and make sure they follow it? :-p. Hehehehe :)).

Now lets do whats meant to be done :).


Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts - Author Unknown.


Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city - George Burns.

Hehehehe :)).

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family - Thomas Jefferson.

Family is my first priority, my love, my life. I have written many posts about it all and here are a few.


God made relatives. Thank God, we can choose our friends - Bernard Shaw.


The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend - Abraham Lincoln.

Well said!

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked - Bernard Meltzer.

Hehehe :)). I have been blessed to have the kind of friends I do :). I regret that I haven't written a lot about them. But something is better than nothing.

I, me, myself:

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments - Oscar Wilde.

Yup, describes me perfectly :-D.

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try - Nikki Giovanni.

I am me, and I am Okay - Virginia Satir.

This blog is me. I don't know why I need to point out posts for this :-D. But here are all the earlier tags if you really need to know me.


Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile - Franklin P. Jones.

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked - Erich Segal.

Hehehehe :)).

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love - Albert Einstein.

The man says it right :). Love is all around all right!

I like adventure:

The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all - Princess Diaries, 2001.

My motto! :-D.

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

I second that!

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space - Anonymous.

Hehehe :)). Have had a lot of adventures. Hopefully many many many more to come..

Ok tag accomplished :).