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Introducing baby ‘Lily’

It’s late post. But better late than never, right?

This year has been so much fun. Most of my dreams have come true, especially the baby news! There has been 3 babies, all about a month apart, in the family this year. The 4th one is expected sometime next week. Can’t wait for the good news from the cousin! 🙂

Lily‘ is my baby girl’s blog name. She graced this beautiful world  on May 3rd 2016!!! The birth story is posted here.

It’s been 7 months now. Lime is still surprised by the fact that the baby is out of mommy’s tummy. He is a proud big bother and loves his little sister.

There are so many things about the baby that I want to record over here..Will do it as and when I find time..

We love our little one. She is our adorable doll. Her toothless smile makes us melt every time. She loves lying on her tummy and raising her head high. She is starting to sit up by herself and she always does it quickly when mommy is not looking at her. She is always curious about what is happening around her. She turns her tiny head all around to look at things. She even stretches her arms to reach for the cup when mommy is drinking her morning coffee. She also loves playing with mommy’s hair.

She looks up to her brother all the time. She admires him for everything he does. She laughs happily around him and plays with him. He sings and dances for her which is so adorable. She bears with whatever he does, even it is pinching her nose or hugging her tight. No complaints – She loves it all!

Keep growing our dear baby. Be happy and healthy! We love you and Lime the most!

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All you readers, send in all your love to the little ones, will ya?

Ah! The small joys of life

When your office friends plan a surprise party for you –

They would convince your boss to make you come to office even though your boss had agreed and given you permission, a few weeks back, to work from home on that particular day for whatsoever reason. You wonder why the boss changed his mind suddenly and wants you in office that day. You would be mad at him. He would apologize and blame your close friend for convincing him to make you be present for the party. How can you be mad at your close friend? So in the end you would appreciate the friend’s effort and be pleased with your colleagues. 

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When your  husband plans a surprise party for you – 

He would convince you to take Lime to a birthday party even though you are not well that morning. When you come back home and open the door, you would hear many of your friends shout ‘Surprise!‘. The house would be decorated. Your favorite food would have been ordered. The cake would look delicious and there would be smiles everywhere. 

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When there’s a celebration in office but you are too lazy that you do not want to move out of your desk – 

Your friend would bring you a piece of cake from the celebration. You would eat. You would enjoy. 

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When your parents are at home – 

Every day, for lunch, you would eat fresh food cooked by your mom. And, when all the chores are taken care by your parents you would just spend most of your time relaxing at home. And when your mom and your son massage your legs you would take a pic and post it in your blog!

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Five ~ Me and my four cousins

FIVE of us are very close in the family. It’s me and my four cousins.

I’m the eldest. The next one is 6 months younger to me. Then 1 year younger, then 2 years younger and the last one is 4 years younger. Elders in the family always say we are like “adukku adukka, rail potti maathiri*one after the other just like the series of train compartments*. We meet in every possible family functions, summer holidays, winter holidays, and the likes. When the 5 of us are together, no one can control us. We are inseparable and the most beautiful queens in the family. Everyone loves us.

The main reason for my recent trip to India was to attend the last cousin’s wedding. It felt like a great event since all of us are married and settled now. We had so much fun. Here’s a pic from the wedding.[Of course it is going to be a blurred pic! ;)]

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5 awesome boys and 5 super awesome girls! 😉

Three.

*** A post from my drafts that was written during the chennai flood season! I wrote this letter to the THREE people I love most in this world. ***

Dear amma, appa, paati,

First thing I have been doing, this entire week, as soon as I wake up is call your landline number. The call gets connected, your phone rings, but I never received any response from your end. After a while, I would call your mobile numbers. Only to hear the not reachable automated message. 

It’s been 3 days now since I spoke to you all. I’m worried. I cry. I feel bad. 

Many people will NEVER understand what I’m going through now. Being your only child….being a girl who is staying far away from her parents and grandparent…. And all of you being senior citizens… Makes me worry more! 

I can’t just hope you are doing okay and think it’s just the phone connectivity issues and power cuts in chennai that is making you unreachable.

I want to talk to you all soon. I want to know you are all okay. I want to hear your voice.

Did the flood water come into our house? Are you guys safe? Do you have all the basic necessities? I don’t know. Sigh! 

Please God. Help them. Protect them. Keep them safe. 

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P.S.: I was able too reach my parents after 4 long days that week. They are okay now. 

One. 

This past month we celebrated ONE year since we moved into our home. The year has gone by so fast. I still remember the day we signed the papers. Phew! It was a biG decision and so much more has happened since then. 

One giant, home project that I did this past year was this. It was a bit of work and honestly one of the projects that I’m most proud of till date. The other major project was Lime’s Mickey themed birthday party. Making every decor from the scratch was one hell of an experience. 

Of these 12 months, the only room that is complete is our master bedroom. We have some furniture in the other rooms but they are still incomplete. This home is my first big investment. So I’m taking a lot of time to decide and decorate. After all, this is MY dream house ~ I must take some time to decorate my best, right? Yes!

We loved our first holiday season here. It has been wonderful having friends and family over for fun night and weekends. We also decorated one room (actually our formal dining room) for Lime to play in.

We drove around the neighborhood. We even shopped in the local market stores. We like it. It has been all good so far. We have bonded well. 

One thing I’ve learned in the past year is that home ownership is no joke. Taking care of a home is a full time job. It is definitely challenging but I’m enjoying this with Lemon and Lime. Here are some of my favorite spots/pics of the home. 

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My home! 

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The entryway, the fireplace, the patio and more!

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The Backyard – where we spend most of our summer evenings! 🙂

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The Arch Window – A big one!