Friday, 18 April 2014

Perfect Day...

Dear Vedant,

You are in bed, asleep, taking your afternoon nap. I am sitting downstairs, on the sofa. It is a lovely afternoon. I can hear some birds chirping, the day light has filled the house. It is quite perfect.

We had a great morning together, barring your fever/ persistent ear infection. You have been such a trooper through this. You have been having fever since Sunday night and it is Friday afternoon today. Just one time you were crying since you were so uncomfortable. But other than that, you have been such a brave boy through it all. Papa brought your new antibiotic this morning and I gave you that and Ibuprofen in the morning.

You had breakfast, then we played the Buzz game. Then we took out the trash, did laundry. Aarti aunty called so I was on the phone for a bit. And I gave you a bath. You had nangu time (with the ABC blankie :)). Then we got dressed, had lunch. While I made rotis, you did 4 puzzles in the LeapFrog (Alphabelly) book. Then we ate, went for a small walk and off to bed.

Pretty perfect I think. Peaceful. We cuddled, I did not rush you to do anything, and you had a healthy lunch too.

Lots of love,
Amma

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Innocent Lies

Dear Vedant,

Its Sunday. Papa and I were in the kitchen, cooking dinner. You were coming in and out, filling your sippy cup a few times. I had a feeling that you are making a mess, not drinking it but putting it somewhere. Here is how this conversation went:

Amma: Did you put the water somewhere?
Vedu: No
Amma: Are you drinking it?
Vedu: Yes
Amma: Can you show me where you put it?
Vedu: Carpet (without a pause!!!) HAHAHA

That was soooooo funny! And cute! To my credit, I did not go ballistic. I just told you not to play inside but that you can take it outside and play with it :). That was so cute though, simple honest truth. You didn't even realize that I tricked you into telling me the truth :) Poor baby.

Lots of love,
Amma

Monday, 7 April 2014

Dark wali roti...

Dear Vedant,

This was so cute, it happened on a Monday. We were likely playing around and at one point, I said, I am gonna go make dinner. You, out of the blue said, you want "Dark wali roti". We did not expect that at all. I hadn't asked you what you wanted. I had just announced that I was going to start dinner. Papa asked a couple of questions to understand what the "dark" means and we gathered that you wanted a Paratha, the triangle one that I make which has some dark spots.

First time you asked for something specifically. Also, memorable for me since I love Parathas myself, and they were the first dish I think I nailed :)

#So cute.
Lots of love,
Amma

Sunday, 16 March 2014

New game! More fun!

Dear Vedant,

We have a new game going on right now. When we go to a restaurant, we play with the menu. I cover a section of it with my fingers and ask you to look for Idly, Dosa or whatever it is that they are serving. The first time we did it in a Fremont restaurant, you found it a little hard, it was also hard to get you interested. But then, you got the hang of it.

Now you ask for this game whenever we go to a restaurant. The other day you wanted to do this at home, I was holding a newspaper/ flyer or something like that :).

#FunStuff #GrowingBigger
Love,
Amma

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thank you my dear.

Dear Vedant,

This has been a tough week for us. Papa got detected with a second round of strep throat. You and I went to Kaiser near your pre-school for a precautionary exam. This was our second time of getting a test done. You knew the routine that we have to open our mouth wide, say aa and that it would hurt a little. You asked me "Khasi kyon aati he". I tried explaining it to you and asked you to be brave. I told you it will help you. You asked me if I will hold you, i said yes. Then I asked you if you will hold my hand for my turn to help me be brave. When it was my turn to do the swab, I had forgotten about our conversation. But you hadn't. As soon as the nurse picked up the swab kit, you came near me and took the cell phone off my hand and held it real tight. You were so cute, took on the role of "the man" for a bit.You were so in the zone, standing tall, broad shoulders. :) My little guy, you were a big boy for a bit, taking care of me.

Lots of love,
Amma

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

A valentine's card for you.. only you

Dear Vedant,

I write this with a wonderful feeling. I don't know how to describe it. I am not elated. Happy doesn't cut it. Neither does joy. Perhaps contentment comes close. Peace too. The more I think about it, peace is what it is. A sense of completeness. What soon followed this was a feeling of a sense of responsibility/ a bit of guilt even.

Valentine's day is coming up and I have been reading a couple of Valentine's day books with you. I do not want you to be caught unawares/ be scared like you were when Santa came to School. We have a book where everyone is making cards for their friends. I asked you today who you wanted to make a card for. You said "only for you...not for anyone else." Not even Papa. (Papa - not trying to make you feel bad :)).

I will always remember the expression, your body language. The clarity of your thought. I asked the question a few times today, at different instances, in different ways, the answer was always the same. And your tone, is like you are not expecting anything in return. Not even Love. You just want to make it, that's all. I wish we adults could love each this way, completely without expectations. Unconditional.

That was your love tonight. You made my day my dear and grounded me too.
Lots of love, always.
Amma

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Hands are for?..........Cell Phones

Dear Vedant,

We have this book called "Hands are not for Hitting". This book suggests lots of uses for hands, such as Hands are for Waving, Shaking hands, putting on your clothes, eating etc. Papa and you have this thing of "rough and tumble fun" going on usually and you were not very gentle. Papa was telling you to be gentle and he wanted to remind you of the book and said "Hands are for.......". You filled the blank with "Cell phone!".

Sad, but true reading of our times. Hopefully, one day you will say "Hands are for Books".

Lots of love,
Amma