My Favorite Moments of 2016

People love to reflect on the events of the year around this time. Somehow, being a little introspective while trying to connect the dots of how things worked out or didn’t, in the otherwise mundane living of our dailies, seems to make the passing of a year, that much more significant. I have had a goodContinue reading “My Favorite Moments of 2016”

Baby Milestone: Sleeping Through the Night. Not Yet.

1:17 a.m. I open my eyes and turn around to check the time. Silence. The house is quiet and dark. I especially try to listen to any kind of sound coming from my daughter’s room or, what used to be the parents’ bedroom. Nothing. I check her video feed. She is asleep. I fall back asleep.

Just Me and My Son – Part 1

My headline reads like the title of a Little Critter book, doesn’t it? On Monday last week, TJ and I got to spend some time together. Just us. Mother and son. Like we used to before Baby E was born. It was the last session of Music Together (MT) for this quarter. Upon my request,Continue reading “Just Me and My Son – Part 1”

What Worried Me/ Worries Me About Raising a Daughter

I wished my daughter into being. I know this. I wanted a girl really, really badly to make my family complete. Not that having another boy would have made my family any less complete, but there is something about having a boy and a girl combo that makes the family dynamic just a little differently specialContinue reading “What Worried Me/ Worries Me About Raising a Daughter”

My 2-year-old asked me to “Calm down”

The same energy that works for me professionally, does not quite do it for me, personally. I am not much of a laid back person. I’d like to think I am but I am really not. I just don’t work that way. I get annoyed easily. I lose my patience quicker than you can sayContinue reading “My 2-year-old asked me to “Calm down””

A SAHM’s Conflicted Relationship with Music Together

The cacophony of sounds and squeals drowns every other sound within a short radius of the room. It nearly bursts my ear drums. I should be used to it by now but I am not. I don’t want to be. There is something wonderfully unpredictable about the type of sound that demands the most attentionContinue reading “A SAHM’s Conflicted Relationship with Music Together”

6 Reasons Kids should go to Farmers’ Markets

Although farmers’ markets are nothing new to those who grew up in India, they still hold their fascination for me. Having lived in the US for the last 16 years and across 5 states, three of which saw some really bitter winters, farmers’ markets were a novel occurrence. In fact, my very first one wasContinue reading “6 Reasons Kids should go to Farmers’ Markets”

Untitled: Gathering the Pieces of Failure

My most recent pledge to not yell at my son was an epic failure on day 2. Everything was going smoothly until it was time to strap the kids in that monstrosity of a double stroller to take them for a walk. TJ wanted to get out but I really needed that walk because IContinue reading “Untitled: Gathering the Pieces of Failure”

No More Yelling – Another Honest Attempt

It’s quiet. Rather peaceful, actually. It is about 11:15 a.m. and I am at my laptop writing this while my baby is asleep upstairs. TJ is at school. I feel accomplished and it is not even noon yet. I woke up at 5:30 today with Baby E acting as my alarm clock. She is slowly learningContinue reading “No More Yelling – Another Honest Attempt”

To My Daughter on Her Half Birthday

Dear Baby E, Oh the joys you bring into our lives – the lives of your daddy, anna (अण्णा, big brother), and mommy! Since the day you were born, you have brightened our lives just a little more each day than the previous one. We thought there was something missing from our lives, that somehowContinue reading “To My Daughter on Her Half Birthday”

Family Vacation – Part 1

We are on of our very first vacation as a family of four. For the most part, it feels like a weekend at home in San Jose with the four of us hanging out together and yet, maybe as a result of it being framed as a vacation, the experience really does feel out ofContinue reading “Family Vacation – Part 1”

Visit to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

I have briefly written about my visits to the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) before but I thought I’ll write a more detailed one after my most recent visit. I decided to take the kids to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo yesterday for probably the 19th time since we moved to San Jose lastContinue reading “Visit to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo”