Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Change is the Only Constant

I finally got my life in order and so am back to my not-so-secret blogging life. I've missed all of you and hope to catch-up with your news. One thing I've noticed on my bloggy strolls is that most bloggers are having a slump in the first few months of 2011 (though I am the worst of the lot)! Coincidence? Blog overload or is it a seasonal setting-my-life-in-order phase *shrug*. Anyhow, I have made a couple of changes:

  • I've moved to wordpress. Blogger was good for to start with, however, it's not versatile enough for me 
  • I'm going to slightly tweak my content to focus more on the non-mommy parts of my life. I'm not a true mommy blogger and it was restricting my style
  • I'm going to try and blog thrice a week. Hopefully, this will push me to be a lot more regular
So come along and find me at Seeking Synergy where I try to balance out the different aspects of my life to create a better whole.

P.S. - Please don't walk off. I would really love to have all of you continue this journey with me. You're my inspiration and the reason I log on.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


This is what I've been doing for the past one month (and why I've been such an irregular blogger):
  • 5.45 am - Get V's milk ready. (Though she stopped with her bottle at 1.2 years, she still needs to start the day with a cup of warm milk. She uses a straw)
  • 6.00 am - Give V her milk and start on getting the house straightened out for the day
  • 8.00 am - Get V ready for school - brush, potty, bath, dress, breakfast, vitamins, pack lunch
  • 8.45 am - Drop V off at school and rush to work
  • 11.30 am - Leave to pick V up from school
  • 12.00 pm - Take V home and feed her lunch
  • 1.00 pm - Settle V down for a nap while following up on emails
  • 2.00 pm - Leave for work
  • 10.00 pm - Leave the office (the techie was going home for V's bedtime, though there were days when he couldn't make it and I had to fit that in as well)
  • 11.30 pm - Catch-up on work with the techie
  • 12.30 am - Relax with a book and cup of herbal tea
  • 1.00 am - Crash
  •  3.30 am - Get-up for a quick nappy change before crashing again (I have no intention of night toilet training till V's three)
Now that the new nanny is on board, this week should be easier *fingers and toes crossed*. Pray for me fellow mamas and bloggers.

How do you cope with a nanny/daycare/babysitter crises?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Nanny Hold-Up

Happy New Year. I love fresh starts and the possibilities they promise. One possibility I would love is a proper vacation at an exotic location with some serious pampering. Right now I'm strapped for cash and time, so am trying to make do with virtual vacationing via the net.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but if I had to choose who came with me on a holiday, this is how I would think:
- baby free holiday (yeah, I wish), then definitely the husband. I mean we haven't had our second honeymoon yet!
- holiday with the baby:
   1. hmmmmmmm.....I can take the nanny and spend the whole day at the spa or
   2. I can take the husband (who is a great dad and will definitely make sure I get some time off to relax) but we won't get any couple time, as he's totally devoted to V

I think my holiday dilemma gives people an idea of how attached I am to my nanny. Ok, not my nanny as an individual, but the nanny figure in my life. I totally need her to get through the day, at least 6 days a week. If she has an emergency and calls in the morning to say she can't make it, I completely lose it. That's because I basically have to spend the next hour or so organizing my little one's day and I have to take the second half of the day off from work or work from home with a little voice asking "Mummy if I play quietly will you finish working quickly and be with me?". Then the guilt kicks in and I can't focus.

Since our business is a  start-up, I spend about 10 hours at the office and work 4 hours at home (after the munchkin's bedtime). So in an ideal situation I have a morning nanny who picks V up from school and takes care of her till early evening after which a babysitter takes over till I get home for bath and bedtime.

All this being said and done, I'm currently nannyless and juggling working and babycare with the hubby. Thankfully our babysitter is available in the evenings for her regular shift. I think our desperate straits are common knowledge in the nanny world, along with the fact that we run our own business. Every nanny who comes to us for an interview is asking a salary that's double of what the market currently pays. And the perks! Although at this point I'm pretty open to anything expect the nanny getting into bed with the techie.

On second thoughts, if she finds him attractive would she do the night nappy duty in-exchange and let me have a night of full sleep! Worth thinking about.

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Aspirations

This has been a year of learning and growing for me. I like to think that I have blossomed as a person through the experiences I have had. The year centered around:
  • starting a blog
  • learning to be a mummy (I think this will be an ongoing aspect of my life as long as I live)
  • struggling to get a start-up on it's feet while working with the techie (we have learnt to understand and accept each other a little better, I think)
  • handling more responsibilities as a daughter to my parents and in-laws (and trying to support my grandparents a little better)
  • just listening to my little brother as he goes through some big changes in his life (lots more to come in the new year) 
I began blogging primarily to get back on track with my writing. However, I've been overwhelmed by the amount of strength I'm been able to draw from the small but close-knit circle of friends that it has given me. As a bonus, it's brought me even closer to another mummy-friend of mine, who was little more than an acquaintance in school (Darling, you know who you are).

For the new year, I'm not going to make any resolutions. I'm only going to aspire to be happier and try not to dwell on the past or have any regrets. Hopefully, I'll spread around some of that happiness and joy.

I'm signing off now with a whole load of love and best wishes for my bloggy friends, who have given me so much this year. See you in 2011. Here's *raise imaginary glass of champagne* to more sharing, caring, happiness and fun in the coming year.

P.S.- This is my 49th post. So am starting the New Year with post no.50. Yay!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Am the Way I Am and I Can be Anything

When I had my little girl  I promised myself that I would do my best to ensure that she had oodles of self-confidence. My husband also feels strongly on this, especially after seeing quite a few young girls we know, become obsessed with their being skinny and trying to do stuff to fit in with their crowd.

We identified two areas that seemed to contribute to high self-esteem (in our limited opinion) - being happy with the way you look and the assurance that you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind on.

When it comes to body image, I'm like any other woman and occasionally do analyze my imperfections, however, I never feel insecure in the way I look (even if I'm look as if I'm carrying a baby in my tummy right now). The techie and I have made a conscious effort to never give importance our looks and weight (except in a health context) in front of V.  What we focus on, when we discuss our physical appearance is:

  • The importance of grooming, with respect to hygiene and being presentable
  • Physical fitness and it's relationship with outdoor play
Despite all this, she's still very much a little girl who loves to play dress-up and use my flavoured lip balms! However, she's not obsessed with the actual results just the blingyness (my own word) of it all.

My mom has thought the little munchkin a song that I love and constantly sing to her and myself:

I am the way I am and I'm very happy with that
I may be tall or I may be short, my body maybe thin or fat
It doesn't really matter at all
Because I am the way I am and I'm very happy with that

Try this song, it really does lift your spirits and is so much fun to sing together.

When it comes to ability, I always think of the movie 'The Pursuit of Happyness'. In the 'Dream Scene'   Will Smith gives his son a long list of reasons why he'll never be a good basket-ball player. Then he does a complete turn-about and says "Never let anybody tell you, you can't do something, not even me". I couldn't have put it better. This movie is our all time favourite (the techie and I) and we constantly use the lessons to motivate ourselves and our child. 

Anyway those are my random thoughts for today. What are you very particular about when it comes to nurturing your children?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Few of My Favourite Things

Here is what's brightening-up my winter days:
  • Watching Sully (the techie) and Boo (my baby) enjoying Monsters Inc together. They scream and boo and giggle all through the movie
  • My morning strawberry indulgence shower and my baby smelling of fresh honey and toffee after her morning bath 
  • Brownie pie (at my local coffee shop) with my afternoon americano (isn't it great how all those winter layers let you indulge without worrying about the effect on your hips and tummy)
  • The seasonal glitter and shine every where I turn. "I love my bling darlings"
  • Getting to wear my favourite leather coat on my mini-break last week (I haven't used it for three years!) 
  • Meeting my BFF (and her new-born son) after a 2.5 long years apart 
  • Climbing back onto the blogging bandwagon after a series of longish breaks
  • Catching-up on great books I missed, like the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series. One book down, two to look forward too
  • My baby singing "My Favourite Things" from "The Sound of Music" at the top of her voice, while being totally oblivious to who's listening. I wish I could enjoying being "me" as much as she enjoys being "V"
What's cheering you up this December?

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Green-Eyed Monster

I really, really envy mothers who say:

  •  "I never miss a day of blogging, because I blog in the mornings before my little ones (note the plural) are up. All you need to do is dash off your entry when the coffee is percolating or the toast is toasting (or some other @#$%^ing mutli-taskable activity is going on)"
  • "I lay out clothes and accessories (which the toddler never pulls off) for the whole family before we retire (who speaks like this) every night. It makes life so much easier." (When? Doesn't your toddler hold on to your hand till she puts you to sleep and it's already 2 am when you open your eyes, so you just change beds?)
  • "We love cuddling-up and reading a bedtime story before goodnight hugs and lights out. It's so soothing after my stressful day at work." (You read one story and end-up with a hug? I would rather face an angry customer than announce bedtime. At least the customer doesn't ask "why" after every statement/answer.)
  • "I wore my first date dress, when the toddler was 10 months old. It was my anniversary gift to my husband - a fit, sexy wife." (I wore my 8th month maternity gown and maternity underpants while breast-feeding.) 
  • "My husband and I are always in agreement over how to bring up our kids. We have similar value systems." (You have value systems? We have the good cop, bad cop routine down to an art. All our systems stop with the office.)
  • "'Me time' is so important for a mother. I make it a point to spend one evening a week with the girls. The husband and I also plan a date-night every week to keep our romance alive." (I'm crying in frustration and have no smart comments here.)
I better sign-off now, before steam starts pouring out of this perfect mommy's ears.