My life now, is more adventurous than ever(meaning never).
Between being a service provider to an infant 24*7, running a home and trying to squeeze in some personal time with the husband, I have enough experience to author a column titled “What can you achieve in 5 minutes”.
Due to a family emergency last month, the entire set of elders moved base to another city. AND our maid went on an indefinite leave. AND there was no internet at home. Mornings saw me waking up an hour early and finishing up as many chores as possible before Moo woke up. The afternoons had me devising different ways to keep her occupied. One day, I was washing the utensils after lunch and she woke up suddenly during her post-bath nap time. One minute I would be in the kitchen, the other minute I would be in the bedroom singing her lullaby. I think that was the most I walked during a day in many months 😀
Zack planned a novel way to give me some ‘me’ time, where in he would take Moo to a walk as soon as she woke up from her morning nap. That way, she was bright-eyed and happy when she returned and played by herself on the mat till she got tired. She is greatly fascinated by the moving branches and vehicles. And would endlessly stare at the sofa on why it wont move 😀
Cooking took a new turn, where in I would make the least time-consuming and long-lasting dishes. Planning out meals in advance worked only till the vegetable tray in the fridge was filled. One day, Moo was at her crankiest best and we had run out of anything cook-able in the kitchen. Left over dal and rice from the morning were the only available dishes and I wanted something spicy as a side dish. And so onion pakoda( if I can call it) was made with gram flour, onions, salt and chilli powder. One other time, I had soaked rice to grind it as idli batter. The power went off and came back when Moo had gone to sleep. Zack called in to say he would be late by an hour. So, it was me and the mixie jar, at ten in the night to give each other company. Thankfully, she slept through the jarring noise and I had the batter ready when she woke up for her feed.
To my delight, I found out that we can save lots of money in the toys area ( yes, yes, call me kanjoos). Moo baby wants a new toy every time she is playing and I now have a bag full of household stuff ( clothes clip, wooden spoons, rulers, comb, phone, earphones, TV remote, pillows, empty cartons, plastic covers, you get the drift, etc, etc ) which hold her attention till she gets tired. The teddy bears and rattles are now forgotten and thrown away if bought near to her 😦
Moo co-sleeps with us. Meaning random kicks all over the body is purely normal. She has a tiny little pillow on which her head will rest only for one second. One night, I felt my stomach to be very warm. Turns out her head was trying to get itself buried under me :O And one other night, I got a sharp kick on my nose. God knows, when and how she did a half rotation and landed up in the opposite direction.
Couple time between Zack and me has taken a beating. We no longer have that kind of liberty, to hit the bed at the end of the day, watch a movie or an episode in the laptop and sleep cuddling each other. She hasn’t started sleeping through the night and wakes up every two or three hours for a feed or simply to coo. We take turns to sing to her and make her sleep.
Fun trivia – Which is the best form of birth control?
Answer: Having a baby.
P.S I got the broad band at home yesterday. YAY.
P.P.S I have enough fodder to read to last till the New Year 😀 😀