Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Week 7: My first Christmas

Hello Everyone,

How is it going? I am doing well. I had so much fun this week. It was my first Christmas. I enjoyed thoroughly. In the morning I and Anshbhai got presents from mom, dad, dada, dadi, and kaka, and kaki. One of the gifts was awesome UCLA gear, go bruins!! :) We also took a ton of pics, as you will see below. We also got gift's from my kaki's brother and dad's cousin Niteshuncle. Then, we had some visitor's in the evening (my kaki's boss), they also brought bunch of gifts for us. Then, a day after Christmas, we went to Diptiauntie, Hemantuncle, and Stutididi's place, where I got even more gifts. In fact I got one of the most thoughtful gifts there. Hemantuncle's father sewed a woolen blanket, booties, and a hat for me. That was soooo sweet of him. I wish I would see him again. I would like to give him a big hug :) In short, Christmas was awesome. There should be more festivals like Christmas. Hey, wait a minute, how come we don't do this for Diwali??? ;)

Developmentally, I have started to make lotsa cooing sounds. I have also started to recognize my mom and dad and their voices a little bit. And finally, I also have much better control over my hands, so I play with them and also use them for sucking by myself. Finally, I also got couple of new nicknames.One is squirrel, since I bring my hands near my face whenever am hungry. The other is elf. As you will see in one of the pictures, my cap always goes above my ears and settles between my head and ears, showing some hair :).

That's all for now folks. I will try to upload pics for our celebrations soon.

Adios till tomorrow,

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Week 6: I am a BIG boy now!

Hi All,

How have u been? I am doing gooooooooooood :) Am a BIGG boy now and am growing every day and night.

I now stand up firmly on my feet with my mom, dad and grandma's support and enjoy doing so. I also play for long each time and have been a curious observer. I always make sure that I am in safe hands and try to secure myself by clinging to the one who is holding me, like a frog ;) I like to return social smiles and my family says that they are really cute and captivating :) :) I also lift my head a bit during tummy time, although I like lying down and sucking my thumb more. I have become more expressive and show lots of emotions quite clearly...like anger while my diaper is being changed or when am hungry and have to wait...expression of helplessness when wipes touch my bottom...happiness and content after I am well fed and well rested...I smile the most to my Mooommy :) though!

I make a typical sound while eating and even otherwise for fun, which is called "Chataako" in Gujarati, so mom calls me "Chataaki" lovingly...I also get compliments for my chubby cheeks from young mommies and doctors whenever I and mom-dad visit the clinic. I enjoy boxing (fencing) with my dad, a video of which is linked here for you to watch. Have fun and keep coming back for more.

Pics & Videos

Love u all....
Little Chataaki ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Week 5: Happy Birthday 2 Me ; )

Hey Fellas,

I turned a month old on 7th December! Happy Birthday to me :) , Happy Birthday to me :)

Mom, Dad, Dada, Dadi, Anshbhai, Kaka and Kaki celebrated my 1st monthly birthday enthusiastically at home. My room was decorated with my pictures and we also cut a tiny double fudge dutch chocolate cake...yummy!! Although I slept through the entire celebration, I have some pictures to look at, now ;) Everyone had the same feeling then, "time flies, we didnt even realize that Anay is a month old already". I got nice birthday presents, a musical dancing elephant stuffed toy that sings "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.." and a colorful doggie that vibrates when pulled.

I also had my first take at rolling over with mom's help this week. First, I didnt understand what she was trying to do with me. She gently had me hold her finger and encouraged me to turn on my side and then helped me roll over....yayyy...I was on my tummy :) It was heavenly, truly blissful!! I expressed my joy by lying down happily and sucking my thumb for a while. But somehow the world was upside down, I was dazed by that.

Here are some of the pictures of my birthday celebration. Have fun, see ya soon.

1st Monthly Birthday
Week 4 Pictures


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Week 3 & 4: Mom says I am a born mimic : )

Hey buddies,

Its fun to let you all know about my new pranks and progress! You know what?? I make lotsa funny sounds nowadays at different point in time. When am sleeping and someone disturbs me, I make the sound similar to that of unscrewing nuts and bolts ;) I also meow like a cat when am really hungry and have to wait to eat. I love to make one sound all the time, car brakes...am racing all the time with my dream car (dont know which one yet) and keep braking even in my sleep :) isnt that fun? And lastly, I neigh like a horse when am a little bit frustrated..especially when am forced to eat or wake up or play. I am learning slowly to protest too.

I have started making bubbles now, and I cant tell you how much fun it is :)!! They say its a sign of being satisfied and happy..My mom dad love to see me bubbling and smiling often. As I 've said earlier, I am the boss of me :) he..he..he..So I also pick my own playtime during the day or night. Yesterday I played in the bouncer during the day for an hour. I woke up at 2am but surprised mom dad by playing for an hour instead of eating. They were like "hmm...our bacchu seems to think that mom dad havent had enough fun for the day yet" ;)

Oh yeah, do you know my nicknames?? I have lots, will share them with you only if you promise to not share them with anyone. Mom dad have been calling me "bacchu" since I was inside mommy..dad also calls me "jheenu" lovingly which means tiny :) mom loves to call me cutedu, sweet baby, bittu, dikki, etc. Ansh bhai calls me "nano bhaiyyo" which means younger brother. Kaki calls me "nanu baboo" and Kaka calls me "bataaki". Dada calls me "Anubhai" and "Anudo" and Dadi calls me "jheenu" and "Anaybhai". Nana calls me "Anay betu" and Nani calls me "Anayu" :) I also got some more nicknames from relatives, such as "golu molu" and"chhotu" .

My fan club seems to be growing every day ;) Mom dad uploaded my pictures on their Orkut pages and got tons of photo comments...almost everyone says am cute, handsome and resemble my mom, atleast for now. Mom and dad keep debating who I will finally resemble since my facial features keep changing. Can you take a guess at that??

One more update for you guys, I cry real loud now and more often. Isnt that good for the lungs?? ;) A piece of secret for you all, my nickname "jheenu" was given because I would cry really soft since my birth and everyone was like "oh..he cries so sweetly and softly"..well, now you all know!

Pics from this week are uploaded here. hope you like them.

Alrite, I will share more updates on my progress and pranks soon again. Till then,


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Week 2: There's no such thing as too much sleep

Hi fellas,

I am back. The past week has been so awesome. I have been sleeping more than 20 hours a day. I get up from time to time and feed and pee and poop and sometimes play a bit. But sleep apart from that. Life is great, if only I didn't have to wear clothes and diapers.

I have gained some weight now and have also gotten taller. I have started to do many new things. I stretch and yawn a lot. My grip is very good since birth. I have been holding on to people's fingers (mommy, daddy, grandma) for long periods. I have also been grabbing my dad's Tees. I also get lot of compliments for being very alert for my age, at least apart from when I am sleeping. I make very good eye contact now and give lots of different expressions and make funny faces :) My sweetest expression is of course my smile. Usually you can catch me smiling after feeding, since I am so happy.

I had some visitors this week as well. Hemant uncle, Dipti auntie, Stuti didi and Hemant uncle's parents came to visit me. They are good family friends of ours. I loved meeting them, although I was sleeping most of the time.

I have a few pictures for this week, but am still uploading them, so please stay tuned...


Monday, November 17, 2008

I am finally here :( :) :)

On 6th November 2008 my mom's bag of waters broke and we got admitted to the hospital. After laboring for about 18 hours I was ready to come out. They ended up using a vacuum to pull me out. I was born at 2:01am on November 7th, 2008. My weight was 6 lbs 10 oz and height was 18 3/4 inches at birth.

I didn't like the first hour after coming out. You guys on earth are mean. They poked me twice and also put something in my eyes. Is that anyway of treating someone that has just arrived? On a brighter note, I was being photographed and admired by my mom, dad, and grandma, like I was a celebrity. An hour after birth my mom fed me. In the mean time my grandpa, kaka, and kaki also came to visit me. I also received phone calls from my grandma-grandpa, mama, and masi in India. They didn't let my cus Ansh come to the room, so mean. Eventually, I fell asleep.

When I woke up, we were in a different room, but mom and dad were still there so I was happy. I woke up every few hours to eat and then went back to sleep. Many doctors and nurses came by to check on me and my mom. I had some trouble eating initially, so I lost a bit of weight during the first day. But then I started on formula milk with a bottle and that worked better. They also poked me again that day. All the poking was starting to get on my nerves.

My second and third day were more or less the same as the first in the hospital. They did some more tests on me, no poking thankfully. They did a hearing test on me, which was annoying but not as painful as poking. Other than that, I got plenty of visits from my grandpa, grandma, kaka, and kaki and lots of phone calls from many relatives and friends. And of course, I had my dad carry me, instead of sleeping in the bassinet and that was so much fun ;) Also spent time with my mom by sucking on her finger, it was tasty :)

The constant feeling I had since birth was: where is my original home? why am I here? why do they have to dress and undress me over and over again, I never did that inside mommy! why do I have to make efforts to eat and go through the painful tests :( ? It was so nice and cosy inside my old home, where I would sleep, eat and play at my will and be only pampered by mom and dad all the time. But on the sunny side, I love the attention, love and care being showered by everyone on me :)

Below are links to bunch of pictures from my birth and the first 2 days at the hospital. Hope you have fun watching them, stay tuned for more :)

First 2 days

Bye for now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Me inside mommy's tummy

Hi Everybody,

I had lots of fun kicking, punching, and swirling inside mommy's tummy. It was sweet and cozy in there. I could sleep all I wanted, drink all I wanted, and play all I wanted. I enjoyed especially the prayers, the fun songs, and the stories that mommy and daddy sang to me. Sometimes, I just lay still, so they would have to sing a lot to awaken me. My favorite fun song is "Lakdi ki kathi..." and my favorite prayers are "O Shrinathji, aavajo tame..." and "Kapoor gauram...". I also like the little poem they sing. It goes somewhat like this.

You're my honey bunch, sugarplum
pumpy-umpy-umpkin, you're my sweetie pie
you're my cuppycake, gumdrops
snugums-bugums, you're the apple of my eye
and I love you so and I want you to know
that I'll always be right here
and I love to sing sweet songs to you
because you are so dear!!

In short, I was the boss of me and I loved it. So I also decided to come out when I wanted. Sure they predicted 40 weeks and mommy-daddy were still preparing, but I arrived at the beginning of 38th week. Here are some of the pictures from when I was inside mommy. This includes the pictures of the awesome Baby Shower party they threw for me. It was a blast and I got lotsa gifts. Thank you to all the people that came from far away, helped with the baby shower, participated in the games, and brought me so many gifts :)

Baby Shower Pics - Part1
Baby Shower Pics - Part2

See ya soon...

Hello World!!

Hello Peoples,

I have arrived. More details about me are still being downloaded ;)