Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The warrior princess diaries - V

Okie dok, long time no Xena update. (Thanks, Arun, for the reminder!)

Well, this is not so much an update as a compilation of my FB status updates (that's all the time the girl gives me, and hence the much ignored bar). So those on my FB list may find this repetitive but I figured I should compile everything in one place so that when Xena grows up, she can read it and then sue me for violation of baby privacy.

  • Xena recently attended her first Christmas party -- with 23 babies no less! It was quite a sight (and complete chaos) as all the mommies put all the babies on a mat on the floor for a photograph. Xena was fine and smiling until the cute Chinese baby boy next to her started hitting (on) her!
  • I have been feeling a lot better lately as more and more people have been commenting that she looks like me. Finally! Phew! A few months ago, everyone (and by that, EVERYONE) said that she's all Viv with no trace of me at all. No wait, some people said that she even looked like Viv's sister, Viv's father, and what not. And oh, who was that person who very annoyingly said that she even looks like Viv's grandmother but nothing like me?? Yeah, that was my mom. :/
  • Last month, Xena had her first solid food -- 1/1000th of a banana, and gave me a hurt "And you had kept this from me all these months??" look. But that was just the first time. Now she can't stand bananas. Or avocado. Or butternut squash. Or sweet potato. Or rice cereal. I am lucky if she eats 1 teaspoon of anything without starting her protest rally. Remember when you were a picky eater as a child and your mom used to say, "Dekhna, jab tumhaare bache honge..."? Yeah, that bad-dua actually works...
  • Ok, here's some advice for new moms. Before you pat yourself on the back for managing to get a big spoonful of apple purée into your baby's mouth, move your face away. Remember... babies can, will and have the right to sneeze before swallowing. It's their way of saying 'In your face!' Literally. Lil Xena is already into vandalism. She has been spray-painting mommy all over with purée at every opportunity she can get. I am seriously considering borrowing Viv's cricket helmet.
  • It's December, which means that finally sunny Singapore gets some good rain -- every day! Two days ago, Xena and I had a lovely mommy-baby bonding moment observing the rain pelting down on the window pane. She lost interest after a while though. I suspect it was because I started explaining to her how thunder and lightning work. Sheesh. Side effects of being a primary science book editor...
  • Then there was this time she was sitting on the bed (she has been sitting up without support now, and she can manage that for a few minutes) and she toppled over, and the first thing this nerd mommy said as she picked up her baby was, "Centre of mass, baby, centre of mass!"
  • Weather permitting, I take Xena for a walk every day. Last week, I met the world's most polite toddler during our walk. She actually asked, "Excuse me, can I see your baby, please?" and after looking at Xena, said "Thank you." and left. A friend of mine said that I should have bagged and tagged that very rare species.
  • Xena keeps me busy and these walks are the only form of exercise I am getting. Wait, that's not true. The rest of me may be gym-deprived but thanks to the ridiculous faces and sounds I make all day long for Xena's entertainment, my facial muscles are in top form!
  • Xena was busy playing with her toys and I managed to intervene just in time to prevent a Tyson-Holyfield moment. Let's just say Xena's stuffed purple elephant is sure glad that she doesn't have any teeth yet.
  • I am not very sure if she is teething yet, but her finger-chomping is full on. First she chomped on her own fingers. Then she chomped on my fingers. Then she made me chomp on her fingers. At one point, I considered chomping on my own fingers just to complete the circle. I finally put mittens on her hands to stop all the slurpy chomping and it was hilarious -- she looked like she was just about to take something out of the oven!
  • A friend of Viv's once said about babies, "It's like they download new features overnight!" Truer words were never spoken. Xena woke up one morning with the raspberry function downloaded, and now a lot of her actions are accompanied by that hilarious sound.
  • Speaking of new features, Xena and I had a disagreement over her bedtime and she insisted she was right. And the very next moment, she had her foot in her mouth. Muahahaha. Ok, I meant literally. Some of my Chinese and Malay friends remarked that when a baby starts chomping on his or her feet, he or she is putting in a request for a sibling. HOLY COW. Thankyouverymuch.
  • Viv ran the StanChart marathon this year too, and Xena and I tracked his route using the 'Find My Friends' app on the iPad. Well, I did the tracking and pointing "Look, papa is here!" and "Oh look, papa is now here!" while she just looked bored.
  • Were you affected by the Kolaveri phenomenon? I was! And very much so. And Xena had to suffer the consequences. (No, I didn't play it for her all the time. I did something worse. I SANG it to her all the time.)
  • I was once interrupted in the middle of singing a lullaby by Xena's own singing. Yep, her majesty prefers to sing her own lullabies, thankyouverymuch.
  • Ok, before you call child services, let me tell you that I don't always sing for her. Sometimes I play songs online for her too, especially during her massage. Once I played Kailasa, but I got THE look. I knew it. I shouldn't have started off with Sheila ki jawani.
  • Viv is great with her. He is in charge of her massage and bath before he leaves for work, and he bottlefeeds her after coming back from work. He sings to her and she sings back! (Hmmph!) The only thing he's not very good at is fashion designing for babies. There was this time when she spit up a bit of milk and he changed only her top. I swear she looked like Govinda in her yellow top and pink pants!
  • She doesn't have much hair yet, but I bought this hairband for her online, which comes with two nylon pigtails attached. It was such a riot when I put it on her. She suddenly looked a lot older! (Yes, yes, calm down, there is a picture below).
  • She doesn't sleep much in the daytime but calls it at a day quite early at about 6:30 pm. If I want to watch something on TV in the afternoon, she gears up to watch it too. But Viv and I have a strict no-TV policy with her, so I put a tissue box in front of her and tell her that's her TV and she watches that without complaining.
  • Because of her short daytime naps, I can't get much done during the day. I have to split tasks such as cooking and washing and sterilising her bottles into short chunks. However, on one memorable afternoon, she took a record 3-hour nap. I suspect she was watching a full Hindi movie in her dream. Without fast-forwarding the songs. Aakhir beti kiski hai...
  • Oh the luxurious life of a baby. Once Xena woke up in the middle of the night, distressed because her sleeves were too long and she couldn't see her fingers. I rolled back her sleeves, she examined (and probably counted) all her fingers and promptly went back to sleep.
  • She is generally a happy baby, but what I like the most is that she reserves her best toothless watermelon smile just for mommy. (What is a watermelon smile, you ask? Well, it's a smile that looks like a watermelon slice -- when the upper lip is a horizontal line and the lower lip is a semicircle.)


Bubblegum.... said...

"Gold" thank you!!
Xena looks like you!!! I meant the same way you also tie your hair!! :) Adorable!!

Shekhar said...


Now to read the post.. *evil grin*

Shekhar said...

Ahaa!! And I claim bronze too... *superior look*

ROFL at the "Centre of mass, baby, centre of mass!" comment. Sahi hai.

Hope you soon have to explain the physics of "standing" structures to her. :) said...

Glad to know all is going well :) Was getting a little anxious not seeing a post here :)

nidhi said...

Waited so long for this post. Thanks Arun :)

Good thing you had the foresight to put up the photo with the new hairband:) She does look a little older but just as cute. From the few snaps I have seen of all three of you on your blog(s) I still think she looks like Viv :P

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Bubblegum.... said...

Okk!!!! Again!! She looks like you!! *Hope I would get one extra 'jaam' from you for taking your side!!*

Arun said...

:) May she continue to thrive!

Yamini said...

Ohh my God!!
I was so waiting for this!! :)
I loved it..
Her pic is so adorable!

Thanks Arun!! :)

And Thanks Bhai!! :)

Yamini said...

and ofcourse she looks like you!!

Arun said...

You corrected the spelling of "warrier"? I thought you were making X into an honorary Keralite.

Sayesha said...

What? I tie my hair like that?? Into pigtails?? Oh you meant the bandanna thingie! Hehe yeah that does look like mine! :)

LOL at "standing structures". :D,
Yeah, everything's good. Been busy with her. :)

Hahaha! Yeah, as I was typing that, I could see bewdas frantically scrolling down and yelling, "Where's the pic????" :P
She looks like Viv?? Hmmmph! Like one of his friends said, "Soorat uski hogi toh seerat tumhaari." Muahahaha! :D

LOL! Makhan for jaam? :P

Thank you! And thank you for pulling me back to the bar. :)

Thanks! :D

OMG yes! I was so shocked when I saw it later. I actually do have two friends with the surname 'Warrier'! I think that's why it didn't strike me that something was wrong as I typed it out. :/ But what I want to really know is -- why didn't you tell me before?? :/

Arun said...

Me presume to correct a book editor? :) :)

Seriously though, I feel somewhat guilty for nagging you to blog, when as a busy new mom, blogging should be the last thing anyone tells you to think about. And normally I'm both patient enough and detached enough to be able to wait for hypothetical months between your blog posts. Problem is, there is an urgent need pops up periodically in me to know that Baby Xena is doing well. So when you post about the warrior princess, I'm initially at least not about to bug you with nits like warrier.

And, indeed, thank you very much for the princess diaries.


Sayesha said...

Here's a recommended read for you! :)

And regarding the blogging, I know what you mean. When I look at how few my posts have been this year, I feel very guilty for neglecting the bar, because I really do enjoy blogging and talking to the bewdas. But I am the only one at home with her and she doesn't let me out of her sight. :) I need to sit at my PC by myself to blog, can't just use the iPad like I'm doing now. And because my life pretty much revolves around her, I don't have much to blog about these days, except her. And all of that quickly goes on FB as one-liners. Let's see how 2012 is. :)

PS: And thank you for checking on Xena and me from time to time! :)

Bivas said...

the long sleeves and finger counting...
Hilarious! :D

central excise said...

Koi Videos post karo ji.

central excise said...

Videos of Xena are more interesting and hilarious than photos

Neelam Kamdar Bhamani said...

I wander over here from time to time (an occasional bewdi that I am) and even though I absolutely love your blog am not much of a commenter!
But I had to tell you that I am in love with your warrior princess, she is ADORABLE!!
And, you are freakin' hilarious!!

Yogita said...

She looks just like you! How adorable your baby is :)