Monday, 29 February 2016

Welcoming a new baby in winters

End of 2015 marked a special time for us as we welcomed our baby boy. Welcoming a second baby after seven years is similar to becoming first-time parents as you have to go through the same experience and feelings after being accustomed to your normal routine for so long. And especially,if  your first- born is a summer baby and second one a winter baby: it is an altogether different experience.

For me having a winter baby was difficult as compared to taking care of a summer baby. You always have to worry about baby catching a cold and especially if everyone around your home is getting sick, saving your baby from cold is an uphill task. Then God forbid if your baby catches a cold then Internet is there to scare you about your baby having whooping cough or something equally scary. Moreover, you get to hear different views from so many people regarding why your baby got cold and it all makes you more perturbed as what you should do and what you shouldn't .This all seems more frightening when you welcome a baby after many miscarriages and that makes you more paranoid.Thank God winters have almost passed now and spring is here ; and my baby is about two and a half months old now.And that's why I am back to blogging now!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Seventh birthday of my princess!

Recently we celebrated seventh birthday of our daughter. Arranging birthday is difficult when you have to accommodate both relatives and your child's friends in a party and that too if it is summer time as you cannot arrange it outdoors.

So we came to conclusion that we will have two birthdays: one at home for some of my daughter's friends and the other at restaraurant for our family. It became less tiring and more enjoyable for our daughter as she got to spend her birthday both with her friends and cousins.

This time I made goody bags myself as my daughter wanted Sofia the first 's goody bags and those goody bags available in the market were not of good quality. We bought sofia the first diaries, glitter pens, balloons , biscuits and candies for the filling of goody bags. Everyone appreciated them and I also loved making the goody bags with my daughter.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Back to school ... New grade, New stuff and School lunch!

Schools have opened after a long summer break and my little one has just stepped into grade 2.  This year the settling into new class and with new teacher seemed much easier as compared to last year. The transition from preschool to grade 1 is a big moment for a child as the whole set up of toy classrooms changes and kids have to behave responsibly as they are no more preschool kids now.At each and every step they are told that you are now in grade one so be responsible . Once grade one is over, kids settle down and then it becomes easier for them to settle in new classes as they already know the rules.

The school routine has started with all the new stuff and of course that too all related to Frozen . One problem which every mother faces everyday is giving unique lunch which has to be  healthy and yummy too. My daughter asks from me every night as what I am going to give her for school lunch tomorrow. Though recipes on websites make it easy for today's mothers to look at the options yet preparing something different everyday that also attracts your kids apart from being healthy is a herculean task .

I would be posting some school lunch  recipes as I try them! Best of luck to every kid for a happy and successful school year ahead :)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

August...a month of independence celebrations

As 14th august draws near , excitement of every Pakistani increases especially the kids. Markets are inundated with national flags, green badges , hair bands, headbands, green shirts and what not. If you have a kid at home, then there is no chance that he is going to spare you without buying these items.

My daughter ( by the grace of Allah Almighty) just turned seven and the first thing she wanted to do this august was buying clothes and badges for herself; and flag and other adornments for our home.Another thing that really inspires her is watching independence parade on tv. As your kids grow up, they make you realize that you should celebrate events with fervour while spreading happiness all around. Loving your country not only makes you patriotic but it does make you a better human; you start caring about little things which infact do matter a lot. Taking pride in yourself and your country is a thing which every child should be taught.

The festivity which 14 th August brings is also one of its kind. My daughter was getting sad as the day was ending because she wanted to celebrate 14th august to the fullest. She completed her celebrations by forcing us to show her illumination in the market and then going with her grandparents for a family dinner.The illumination at the buildings is one thing that is also a feature of Independence Day. Then you find Pakistani flag on almost every home all around your neighbourhood.Then there is famous Independence Day parade on Wagah border(border between India and Pakistani) where thousands of people gather to watch highly exuberant ceremony.The highly emotionally charged ceremony is also shown live on  television .

August marks Independence Day and also opening of schools after a long summer break.That makes it even more exciting for kids as new year of school means new school supplies for kids!So far August has been a busy busy month.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


This is something I intended to post on Father's Day but was busy lately so saved the draft.

Where mother is a symbol of love, father is a source of inspiration and solution of all problems for kids. Especially in homes where role of a mother is determined as a housewife, a father stand as a successful person who has excelled in his career. For kids, father is a strong individual who earns for them and fights for their rights in the society.

For daughters, a father is a perfect person who makes them stand tall in the world. A father is a shade that protects you from the scorching heat of the world. A father is a person who makes sure that you get all the comfort in the world. This is all what I have seen in my father and I am sure this is all what my daughter sees in her father and my husband. Every daughter is a princess to her father and that is what makes this relation so special!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day!.... Love, Sacrifice and Technology

Today is Mother's Day : the much awaited day for mothers and also for kids. For mothers, obviously because if their kids utter one word of thank you , it elates the moms as mothers are devoid of selfishness and materialism ; they only know how to love their kids and I know this because my mother has been such a lady. From waking up in the wee hours of the morning to taking care of all of us ; she has been always there for all of us. No matter how circumstances were and are, she always supports us and not to say, gives the best piece of advice whenever you need to know one. I remember once I was in deep pain and only holding the hand of my mom lessened my pain: such is the connection between a mother and a child. My mother is one person in the world who won't judge us for our gifts; whether you gift her a small thing , she would cherish it as a token of our love.I love you mom!

Since I am also a mother of a little girl, I also received gifts and cards from her. She enthusiastically went with her aunt to the market to buy me some gifts. I do feel I am really lucky to have a doting mother as well as adorable and loving daughter in my life. My daughter makes sure to make me feel happy everyday. When I am angry at her, she quietly goes to the kitchen and picks up a tray and then bring a glass of water for me; all my anger vanishes at such cute acts.This Mother's Day, along with the gifts, she has made cute cards with heart melting words! I know she is the best daughter better than I was as I was not an expressive child . But the thing I don't know is that whether I am and would be as great mother my mom is  because matching the sacrifice level of mothers changes with every generation.

Sacrifice is a must for motherhood; infact it is a symbol of motherhood. I have seen my mom sacrificing her professional career for us . We, the present day moms, belong to such an era where technology has overpowered everything. We have our smartphones for browsing, whats app and facebook; we have put our kids in a perplex situation by getting too involved in technology. My daughter one day said to me , " Please mom, put your phone away" . It was indeed a reality check for me. Little kids get annoyed as what they want is a firsthand attention from their moms!. I really try to give her time but I know I won't be best as your grandmother as she is the best ever mom!Love you mom always:)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Cinderella... Review ... Part 2

Now coming to the main film, Cinderella; for kids it's absolutely charming. As an adult, I didn't find that amazing;may be it was because we knew the end. But one thing was certain;we were there at the cinema for our six year old as we hardly take her to cinema with us and it was probably her third visit to cinema and she enjoyed the most!
                                                            Image courtesy:Disney
Cinderella according to a six year old:
I asked my daughter after the movie that which part you loved the most : her answer was Cinderella as Frozen Fever was too short. According to her , the story was good because it was different as  they showed her parents but the best part was only before her parents died. Of course for small kids, digesting the concept of death and that too of one's parents is very difficult.
Moreover, she told me that the fairy godmother was not that pretty! That was also shocking for me but from a six year old, you can expect anything as children at this age are innocent and pretty clear about their thoughts .I guess it was because the fairy god mother before her transformation was shown as an old lady in rags and that image is of course unacceptable to kids mainly because they want the sparkling fairy god mother to be gorgeous while doing Abra ca Dabra. She said that fairy godmother in the story book was more beautiful.
One thing my daughter absolutely loved about the movie was its song i.e Lavender's blue , dilly dilly.
I also loved listening to the melodious song.

                                                        Image courtesy: Disney
My thoughts:
I enjoyed the movie but not as much as I had thought I would. Cinderella's connection with her parents was a beautiful aspect of the movie. Her mother's advice, her  father's love and her strong
bonding with both of them is impeccably captured.
One thing which I must say is that costumes in the movie are ravishing. Cinderella's looks resplendent in her bewitching blue ball gown. The costumes of the step mother and step sisters are equally dazzling.Step mother looks elegant yet cruel and that is due to the brilliant acting of Cate Blanchett. I really loved her acting and so did my six year old.

Though my husband accompanied us to the movie but he was indifferent as Cinderella is all about girls but thankfully, he chose to come with us and watch the entire movie with us instead of going for Furious 6.