Thursday, September 29, 2011

The warrior princess diaries - III

No no no, I haven't completely forgotten about the bar. It has been at the back of my mind along with the 383846458292846585 other things I have promised myself I would do something about as soon as Xena gives me some time. And here I am.

  • My dad is now here to see baby Xena. Which also means that he and my mom will leave soon. She has been here for almost two months, and Dad always gets here towards the tail-end of her visits because his third kid -- his garden -- cannot be left unattended for more than two weeks. Hmmph! I was totally getting used to chai and gupshup with mom and Xena (just to be clear -- no chai for Xena, gupshup only).
  • Speaking of my dad, he has gone nuts. Coconuts to be precise. He has a cough so he has quarantined himself for a few days before he can play with Xena, so he spends his time on the beach picking up coconuts to plant in his backyard! There are now four very large coconuts next to his suitcase that he looks lovingly at every day, while Mom shakes her head in disbelief. (Okay, it's very strange to be blogging about him knowing that he will be on this very computer in a few hours reading this and saying, "Arre you blogged about me??")
  • Dad also said that he is extremely amused that his 'wild, carefree and happy-go-lucky daughter' is now 'a responsible mother'. (His words, not mine.)
  • I do know what he means though. Sometimes I myself can't believe that Viv and I are parents. Maybe it was because of all that we went through or the fact that she came to us two months earlier than expected, but sometimes we just look at her and ask each other, "Oh my goodness, did we really make this one?" But then there are moments when I totally feel like a mother, like when she sees me and gives a sudden smile, or when I am making the bed and I see her tiny pillow tucked between Viv's and mine, or when I wake up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and see her stroller in a corner of the dining room, or when I am folding her laundry and I hold up a tiny sock, totally amazed.
  • Oh. Em. Gee. Dad cracked what I believe is his first ever Bollywood joke! That too involving Xena! "Xena isi ka naam hai." He declared.
  • The very musical Xena woke me up this morning by reaching out and strumming my lips as if they were guitar strings. Seriously, there is no better alarm clock than a baby who wants to play at 6 in the morning every day.
  • I read that babies laugh hysterically if you rip paper in front of them. I verified this successfully. Xena laughed so loudly my mom actually got a little scared and asked me to stop. Unfortunately, it was a one-time offer only. She refused to repeat it in the same way when Viv got home. I have since torn up 373855839320274 newspapers but all I get from her is a "My mommy has gone completely bonkers" look.
  • Xena went to Pizza Hut! Her first outing to an air-conditioned public place (well, excluding the hospital, of course). Well, she didn't do much other than napping and throwing up (well, there has to be some drama. And that's how she marks her territory. Been there done that. Literally.) but it was a big step for our confidence in taking her out more. One of the waitresses there recognised us and said, "Oh my goodness, you had a bayyy-beee!"
  • I am beginning to believe that throwing up on her outfits is her way of telling me that she doesn't approve of what I make her wear. Ahem.
  • My mom has come up with this ingenious way of vomit management. Since Xena tends to throw up right after a feed when we're burping her, Mom just hands her a small plastic container and makes her sit up. It's hilarious to see her actually holding the container herself and waiting for (a) the burp, or (b) the throwing-up.
  • She is generally a lively kid and grins very widely when she's happy (which is most of the time). In fact, sometimes I forget that she's not a regular baby and still needs special care. She had a follow-up visit with the hernia surgeon who thinks that further surgery will most probably not be required. Touchwood. We are seeing the cardiologist next month about the hole in her heart. Fingers crossed that all goes well.
  • She continues to amaze me with the list of what disturbs her sleep. I was channel surfing with her sleeping on my lap when I switched to a channel that was showing 'India - A Love Story'. It's a Brazillian TV show, where Brazillian actors play Indians and these "Indians" are shown to be wearing sherwanis and maang tikaas when they go to buy vegetables. Sheesh. But that's another story. So the title song of this show is 'Beedi jalai le'! (Trust me. I am not making this up.) and it stars Himesh Reshammiya (ok I made that up.) So Xena slept through Sunidhi Chauhan yelling "Beedi jalai le!!" at the top of her voice, but woke up because I cracked a knuckle.
  • I read that now is about the time when she will start recognising her own name and responding to it. Oh my goodness. She has like one thousand names, 999 of them courtesy of my mom. No, I cannot disclose any of them, as your kid may be in school with my kid some day and I will not want my kid coming home to me in tears because someone told everyone at school about the embarrassing nicknames that her grandma gave her.
  • She is finally big enough to fit into the very pretty lehenga-choli that Shub got for her, and here's a picture of my dancing queen.


Argentyne said...

Ooooh, such a cute photo! Shub aunty is marvellous :D

and gold?

Bubblegum.... said...

Oooopssss..... I am with the silver!! and Xena is tooooooo cute!!! About Xena..clearly shows u r her mom!! :P Anyone can makeout!! :) Keep on blogging!!!!Made my evening!! :)

Arun said...

1382929876432 :)s.

Angelsera said...

looking at Xena's fotos on FB has become such a routine these days, she looks really good, (esp when you compare the first and last foto that you put up there)

I am sure all will be well soon wrt her medical conditions, (best wishes and hugs)

humblog said...

Good luck with everything.

Bubblegum.... said...

I must say let Xena come to me...She will rock in navaratri with this chaniya-choli :P

S said...

Xena looks absolutely adorable! Good health and good cheer to her!

Preethi said... adorable does she look in that ghagra choli.

Obscure Optimist said...

Aww...such a cute pic.. and she's gonna be one rocking dancing queen..
Really lovely to read about the princess'diaries!

LOL at beedi jalaile!! :D :D hoshiyaar hai chhori!!

And Xena isi ka naam rocked!! Dil khush ho gaya!!

BTW, is Xena her real name, or y'all named her something else?

Sri said...

Xena looks so cute in that pic!!:)

Reading about ur dad's passion for gardening reminds me of my hubby's uncle who will wake up at 2.30 am to water his garden in case he has to catch an early morning train/flight!!

poornakatha said...

Oh so pretty! :)

Archana said...

Xena looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!

starbreez said...

And now, my dear, you have a wild, happy-go-lucky and carefree girl of your own :)

Life Unordinary said...

I love the "Xena isi ka naam hai"...I stopped by today after a really long while, only to find out that you now have a baby! When did that happen. Congratulations.

Esha - People for the Blind said...

i LOVE ur girl.. and i love ur spirit... :-) The timing is also just perfect.. Navratri and all that..

Nachu said...

She is so adooorable... perfect Navratri pic :)

I said...

your daughter is very very very cute...:)....may she be in the finest of health very soon...:)..btw i had asked earlier Xena her real name or screen name..:D