Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A fun climb up!!

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With pride and joy written large on his face, Vansh climbing up and coming down the slide at Staring Lake Park.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Few videos from last month

Vansh loving baby Jiya

Practising his newly learnt cycling skills at Staring Lake Park

Grocery shopping at Children's Museum

Bandman Vansh at Children's Museum

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sad Vansh!

Vansh was mighty sad yesterday on the departure of his dada-dadi to India. He had very naturally become extremely attached to them in the 2 months they were here. His dada was more a bum-chum to him rather than an elder - they took several walks in a day together, cycled together, played and ran in the house. Vansh couldn't wait for him to get out of the shower and kept chanting "dada dada" when he was inside. His dadi, of course, was more than happy to shower all her love on him - fed him (or at least tried to, given the super fussy eater that he is), put him to sleep and lovingly called him 'bhintu'. So obviously he was all tears when they were leaving. Thankfully his friend Arnav and favorite Sarita aunty were here when they were leaving which pacified him a little. After they left, he cried in a monotone and after having breakfast just picked up his Winnie and teddy and went to lie down in his bed after telling me "सोना है". I went inside after some time with the camera, something that fascinates him lately and asked him whether he would like to take Jiya's pictures to which he readily agreed. Then we played some games and watched 'Curious George' together which cheered him up. By then Ashwini also returned from the airport (thankfully he was working from home that day) and spent some time playing with him. In the evening, we took the kids to the park which was a good way to put the smile back on his face.

Gurudwara on day 21

Took dear Jiya to the Gurudwara on July 22 - the day she turned 21 days old. Considered an auspicious omen in our family and among many Indian families, the baby is taken out of the house for the first time on the 21st or the 40th day to go at God's doorstep. Her dada asked the gentleman who was supposed to perform the 'ardas' to say a small prayer for Jiya as well, which he did asking Waheguru to bless her with a long life, good health, good 'sanskar' and to show her the right path. We prayed in our hearts for the same.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Vansh is upto ...

At 28 months, Vansh is ...

- Taking renewed interest in playing with his baby toys which have now been passed onto Jiya.

- Totally into his newly learnt concept of colors. Repeats them a million times in a day - colors of things in his picture books (read cars and trucks cos these are the only books he is looking at these days); colors of the clothes we are wearing as soon as we step out of the shower (Mummy orange hai, papa blue hai, dadi pink hai are some of his favorite phrases :); colors of foods that he is eating.

- Has learnt to cycle, thanks to renewed efforts from dada and loves doing that - his shouts of glee are audible at home even when he is more than 200 meters away outside.

- In general is shouting a lot for attention as the focus seems to have shifted to the new baby in the house. So at the Sukhwani's home - its tantrums galore!! We are waiting patiently (as much as we can) - this too shall pass!!

- Has mixed emotions for Jiya. At times, can't stop showering her with kisses and hugs; at others, its screams and pushes.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Jiya Sukhwani

Born : July 2, 2007; 2:09 am

At : Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, MN

Weight : 6 lbs, 14 oz

Height : 20 inches

Born in the wee hours of the morning, Jiya instantly reminded me and Ashwini of Vansh as soon as we held her in our arms. She looked exactly the same, at least to our eyes :) My father-in-law was excited and evidently delighted to be holding his brand new grand-daughter in his arms. After phone calls to my mom-in-law who was home with Vansh and my parents in India, we called the family पंडितजी to know the auspicious letter for the baby's name. He told us the letters भ and ज. Our minds started working instantly :)

Vansh and my mother-in-law visited us the next morning. Vansh had joy and pride written large on his little face on becoming a big brother. He was scared to hold his little sister in his arms but couldn't stop kissing her when she was in one of our arms. After having shortlisted a few names like Jaina, Juhi, Bhriti and Jiya 9meaning sweetheart), we finally chose the last short and sweet one.