Tuesday, November 23, 2010

And few more pictures!!

Hi Folks,

Its rainin' pictures since past few posts :) Great isn't it??

See ya soon,
Anay betu :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

More pics from October 2010

Here are some more pics and videos from October. Hope you like them.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My 2nd Birthday Pictures!!


Finally mima daddizz got to uploading my 2nd Birthday pictures for you all :)

Have fun,
Anay betu :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2 yrs old: Yay...I am a big boy!! :) Nov. 7th, 2010

Hey all,

A very Happy New Year to u all. How was ur Diwali, Halloween and Navratri?? There's so much going on off late and its all fun!! To top it all, it was my 2nd birthday on Nov. 7th and we celebrated it with great fanfare, boy I had so much fun with all of that and the presents too :)

Lets start with the recent most stuff first.

My 2nd Birthday @ Kids Castle & @ School
I turned two and it was a nice co-incidence that it was our Gujarati New Year on the same day. We first celebrated my birthday in school on Friday (in advance) with my teachers and friends in class with mumma and daddizz too. I cut a vanilla cake that had party fritters (the colorful dots) on it, with 2 candles. Teacher Marie had made a 'happy birthday Anay' banner n hung it just close to our lunch table for me, very sweet of her. We had the yummy cake and took lotsa pics n videos and then mumma daddizz put the party favors for my friends in their baskets. Then they left, so we could continue with our daily routine. We also had flavored yogurt during lunch time.

At Kids' Castle we celebrated my birthday on the actual birthday, 7th Nov with family and friends. It is an Indian version of chuck-e-cheese and I loved playing there with Anshbhai, Nik masa, Neha masi, ba, dada, kaka, daddizz, mumma and few others. We cut the cake around 12noon-ish and it was of my choice, the disney cars design :) I didnt wait untill we cut it to taste some...I also played a lot with the cars on the cake while having my lunch. I was so much in demand that day that it dazed me occasionally as to why everyone wanted to meet me!! I was also told by mumma that I could wish everyone 'Happy New Year' so I would selectively do it and enjoy it too! I sort of have a notion that every 'Happy' festival now means 'Happy Halloween' so u can go and meet everyone at their place and get some goodies too :) I was so excited about playing and exploring everything at Kids Castle that around 1:45pm I was all done and dozed off. We came home and I woke up and the first thing mumma daddizz got me was all the presents..I loved all of 'em, thank u all so much! We have some pics from this too, that u'll see soon.

Diwali & New Year
Woohooo..'Happy Diyani'..I wished everyone by saying those two words n loved it all the time. It began with wishing mumma daddizz in the morning after they taught me that. Then wished all at home and then went to school and celebrated my birthday there. After school I and mumma went to do Indian grocery shopping at a big store and boy it was damn crowded. But it was nice to see the fervor of Diwali, everyone dressed up, shopping in hurry to go home n celebrate, buying sweets, diwaa, etc. Mumma wanted to buy me some fire crackers but they didnt have any. We stood in the longggggggg line for half an hour for check out and danced to the music while waiting :) Then we came home and ba n dada had gotten some 'tara mandal' that I and Anshbhai fired in the backyard with mumma, kaki, kookoobunn and ba. I was so excited with that, that when there were no more I cried and yelled for more. Then daddizz came home, I finished my dinner and we dressed up in ethnic wear and left for a Diwali pooja n dinner + games at Vidhu aunty and Sandeep uncle's place. I had fun there playing with my yellow toy kitty cat, pushing her on their table, kitchen floor and everywhere. I slept around 10:30ish while dinner was still on. It was a great fun filled day and my first Diwali when I enjoyed stuff.

New year was on my birthday this year, so as I mentioned above, it was a mixed celebration :) But the best thing was that celebrations came back to back and fun never ended! Isn't that awesome??

I can't tell u enough how much fun I had..didnt realize it untill I dressed up as a lil cute pumpkin. I had a halloween parade in my school on 29th Oct. and so all my friends were dressed up as monkey, chick, dinosaur, pumpkin, pirate, etc. Mumma and ba had come with me to school to take pics and see me and my friends parade with our vibrant costumes. My classmate and friend Graciela was dressed up as a bright yellow chick and we hugged and walked hand in hand for a while and got clicked like celebrities :) Mumma especially was touched with this and so were Graciela's parents..they all were pumped up seeing us two having fun. Then the parade was nice but it got so crowded that one could barely walk through the place. There was also voting going on for the best pumpkin carved/decorated by each classroom. I was so lost with the amount of people in that small place that I hardly saw mumma clicking my pics :( But at the end of those 20-25mins, we finally went back to our class and had some snacks which was a biggg relief!

Then on the halloween night, we had lotsa candies ready and kids and big people started pouring in starting 7:30pm. I and Anshbhai were so excited about distributing candies and wishing Happy Halloween to all who came that we would rush to the door whenever we knew someone was there! Everyone at home loved the way I was wishing all 'Happy Halloween' and saying 'trick or treat'..after I finished my dinner and all of this for a while, mumma, daddizz and myself left for trick or treating in the neighborhood. Initially I was low tone on 'trick or treat' but after couple homes, I screamed it out and wanted to go on and on. After about 15 homes mumma daddizz asked me if I wanted to continue and I obviously didnt want to give up. But it was kind of cold that day and I had some cold already so we headed back home with tons of candies, play dough and some mini pretzels, etc. in my pumpkin basket. Wow, I had soooooooooooooooooo much fun that night that after that when Diwali and New Year came, I would want to do the same on those festivals too.. :)

And last but not the least my most amazing development update: I am making whole sentences in Gujarati that not only make sense but are also almost always grammatically correct. I exactly know which word to use when and how to speak what I mean. My mumma is very proud of my speaking abilities and also says that I have started to realize how to twist things as per convenience. For eg.: whenever I want to be picked up by her, I say that I am a little boy (she says that only little boys get picked up/held up) and whenever I go to see the gymnastics at my school, I say that I am a big boy and want to join gymnastics and jump like those people (cuz mumma says that I still need to grow big to be able to do that)..U see how I know what to use at my advantage when it's required?? ;) I also like to take je-je bhagaan with me in the bathtub for my morning shower and give him a bath. I have been dancing a lot these days to different music and speaking 'dance, dance' during that. I go out a lot with mumma after school since there's less chance of playing in the playgrounds due to cold and rough weather. We both go to either library, grocery shopping, toy stores, parks, or any indoor place where I can have fun. And I love eating chocolates..mumma had sort of kept me away from 'em till now but now that I know how yummy they are, it's hard for her to do that if I see 'em.

Phew!!! That's a long one...pics and vids coming soon..

Thanks and have fun everyone :)
Anay :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

22 mths: Gadhaaj (garage) bandh, Gadhaaj open!!

Hey All,

Isn't the title of this post interesting / intriguing?? Yup, it is something I was totally obsessed with at my masi's place at New Jersey, during my vacation last week. I and mumma left for NJ on 31st Aug. and this was my 2nd experience of traveling in a plane. The 1st one being my trip to India when I was barely 13 mths old. So it was kind of exciting for me to go through the whole check-in, security check and boarding process at the airport. When they took my stroller for scanning at the security check, I yelled and cried thinking that they would take it away forever from me! Anyways, it was mind boggling for me when the plane took off and we reached the high skies amidst the clouds. I was sort of restless during the flight since I had some cold and also because there was less space to play and move around :( But finally, when we reached, we saw Mauna masi and Noopur didi at baggage claim and felt a lot better and more after seeing Harshad masa outside.

I pretty much slept that nite, although gave some hard time to mumma for that. Next morning, I saw the backyard with Manju ba, saw the colorful birdies there, tall trees, tomatoes, green peppers and some other stuff and had fun. My daily routine was to wake up around 10:30 am -ish E.T. and then go to the backyard with ba, then have breakfast, shower and play (read explore masi's home). Then I would eat some lunch, play some and have my nap. After that, milk around 4pm -ish and lots of play in the front yard or climbing up more stairs (my another obsession) and then snack at 6pm. More of play with Shaili didi and Noopur didi and masi and masa and ba and then dinner around 9pm. Then would be the laughing spurts for me. I would keep circling from their kitchen to the drawing room to the formal dining room and back to the kitchen and while doing this, laugh laugh and laugh. It was such a funny yet enjoyable thing to do! Mumma loved it with me :) :)

And yeah, just like I 've named all cars in my home here (eg. kaka car, dada car) I named their car as masa car. So if I wanted to go out I would say 'masa car ma bah bah chano (chalo)'. Then comes the magic..the first time I saw the garage door opening automatically, I was dumbstruck. It was like magic or miracle for me, and since then I would say 'gadhaaj bandh, gadhaaj open' meaning 'garage close, garage open'. Masi took us to a big park close to her home and I was thrilled to be there, the long tall slides the big swings and the rock climbing place. I had fun there. We also went to see a nicely lit big fountain at the NJ downtown at nite and all the time I was concerned about a ball that was in the fountain pool, floating there :)

Then daddy came on 4th Sept. and joined us in the fun. We went to see the Princeton University and downtown that eve. and clicked lots of pictures and ate cool ice cream. I tasted from everyone's cup and it was so nice of Shaili didi and Noopur didi to feed me their ice cream till I was done :) We also visited New York the next day, boy it was a long day!! We went for the ferry ride to Statue of Liberty which was again fascinating for me. It was nice weather then and a good view of the skyline from the upper deck. We also went to the Empire State Building and watched the city from the 85th floor, it was such a bright view cuz of the lights everywhere. There was a 1.5hrs of wait time for the queue there, and thankfully I fell asleep right at the beginning of the wait till the end :) Then at midnite, we went to Times Square and just drove through and clicked some pics from sun roof of masa car. We finally returned home at 2am and I was all energized after a long nap, so didnt want to go to bed. Poor mumma and daddiz had a hard time ;0

Next day, we went to Priyal masi's place, she is a childhood friend of mumma's. Both masi and Parth masa had cooked good food and I especially enjoyed eating the gulab jamuns made by masi. I also had some strawberry ice cream and 2 chocolate candies there. They also took couple pics with us. And the next day, we went to see daddiz's school time friend Bhavin kaka and his wife Shweta aunty. They were also nice and we all went to eat out at a desi place where there was variety of food (indian-chinese, indian-italian, hyderabadi, gujarati, punjabi, bombay ishtyle, etc.). Everyone had paan at the end and I had the red tiny balls of jin-taan. I had ice cream at their place too, mumma says I am as much a fan of ice cream as her :)

And that very last nite, we had ton of fun at masi's place clicking pics. Especially with masa's tripod, it was a new toy to explore. He would place the camera on it and then set the auto-click and once it would flash and the pic was taken, everyone would clap including me. I was so excited doing this, that we did it again and again..almost 4-5 times. I need to collate all the pics from everyone and then upload them, so you can see how much fun we had this vacation.

I miss u all a lot, masi, masa, both didis and ba. Come soon to see me again and we'll have more fun together!

Love ya all,
Anay betu :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

21 mths 2 wks: I miss u two two Kakas ;(

Hi All,

I have been having a lot of fun time since last few weeks. Especially my last week and weekend were really great with two of my daddizz's cousins who were here from Ohio, Mitesh kaka and Neelay kaka. They were here with us to spend some time of their summer break, and it was my first time with them. Initially, before I got used to having them and calling their names, I used to say "two two kakas" :) They got me and Anshbhai and Kuku bunn (Khushi) nice gifts and played cheerfully with us, took us out in the backyard and played volleyball, basketball etc. And pampered us a lot all the time. We went to San Francisco, Chuck-E-Cheese and Mini Golf with them, apart from the fun time (the best) spent at home. Too bad I couldnt say goodbye to them before they left, cuz I slept early the night after which they were leaving. I misss uuuuuu soooooooo much kakas :( Do come back soon again, or we'll make it next year to Ohio for more fun :)

Now about more things that I do. Mumma says I have a very good grasp of opposites now. I know the meaning of few and use them appropriately during my conversations. Like: chhuttu-bhegu (joint-apart), oppar-neeche (up-down), aagal-paachhal (front-back), hamna-pacchhi (now-later), garam-thandu (hot-cold), open-close, bhamm/chamta/bakku - vahali/kisses/huggie (hurting-loving) and mottu-naanu (big-small). I also say 'next' when I am done listening to some song or reading something. I have learnt to say 'please' when I want something to eat or want someone to do something for me. I know what 'eat' means. I also am helping mumma in meals, by feeding myself more than before. I like to eat spaghetti with sweet tomato n basil sauce, mac-n-cheese, roasted corn, butter, cheese, idlis, pan cake with maple syrup, cakes, raisin bread, chocolate and orange cream cookies, parle-g (my daddizz's fav.), baked paneer, white rice, yellow daal, jeeru powder, maggi, zucchini, green beans, beetroot, and many other foods.

I like to climb up the steps on the slide in the backyard and then slide while screaming 'aaaaa'. There's this park called 'Vasona Park' where I've been twice with mumma daddizz and others too, that I like particularly cuz of the circular pipe type slide that's there. I love sliding there while screaming 'aaaaa'. We had lot of fun there last to last weekend with Mitesh kaka and Neelay kaka and others. I also like the hinkko (swing) in my backyard and love it when mumma plays hide-n-seek with me there. We pick strawberries and I wash them with the garden pipe water and eat them fresh. I also like to help mumma with watering the plants, but nowadays I have gotten naughty and wet my clothes n myself with it too ;)

And the best of all. Mumma says that the best time with me during the whole day are the mornings. Right after I wake up, I crawl to mumma and say 'mumma' very lovingly as if am singing it and then hug her (sometimes 4-5 times to mumma's delight) and kiss her and cuddle with her. Then I crawl to daddizz and do the same and its soooooooo much fun to be together. Sometimes I also ask them to do 'mumma daddizz' which means that we all 3 hug together to each other and just stay that way for few seconds. I love cuddling and being cuddled in general :) And morning reminds me of night, when daddizz helps me sleep he sings 'Shree Ram Jay Ram, Jay Jay Ram' nowadays. I've picked up on that and also hum it 'See maam, jay maam' :) Mumma is so proud of me and happy that I am following daddizz :) :)

And lastly, I had been to Yahoo campus few weeks back with mumma daddizz on one of daddizz' friends' invitation. It was a family fun event and I had ton of fun there doing artwork, playing with the balloons, bubbles, jumping in the bouncers with daddizz, seeing all the stuff around and eating few things. Pictures are here for you on the link below.

Y! Event Pics

Love ya all,
Anay :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

19 mths 4 wks: Things that I do

Hey Ppl,

This blog entry is dedicated mainly to share things that I do. Hope you all are doing fine. I am sure everyone of you has some or the other plans since its the July 4th long weekend! :) We are going for swimming today afternoon and am pumped up cuz its my first time. I love being in water a lot.

Now coming to things that I do often. I am very affectionate to Khushi, my younger cousin (Anshbhai's younger sister) and pat her, share toys with her and hug her often. I call her 'bunn' lovingly which means sister (ben). I have realized long back that when there's camera around or anybody says the word 'photo' I instantly give a very sweet and naughty smile...Its unique and whenever someone sees me smile, they are like 'who taught you to smile like this?'!! I name each and every food on the table that I eat, whether its crackers, cheese, milk, veggies, fruits, juices, rice, etc. I love eating cakes nowadays, and was the first one to eat Anshbhai's birthday cupcakes on his birthday. Had fun playing with and eating the colorful cupcake decorations :) I have started to enjoy my time at my day school and know the names of all my teachers. Miss Bertha is my primary care teacher and I keep speaking "teacher Bettha" the whole day there and at home. Teacher Tina is my 2nd favorite and I speak her name quite frequently too. I like eating the school lunch and eat it all by myself, love the songs n dance, the playground time (esp. the buggy cars and the sand time), the art work and other things that I do there. I help mumma with laundry and like pushing the laundry hamper from my room to the washer and say 'kugg-kugg' (chug chug) while doing that. I recognize which clothes are mine, daddizz' and mumma's. I am very fond of doing 'seva-puja' and help mumma every evening with that. We dress up je-je-bhagaan (God) and then do the 'divo' which is the main attraction :) Then we offer some 'pataad' (prasaad) to je-je-bhagaan and I eat it and share it with all at home. I have also learnt to say 'kunkoo' (thank you) to anyone when they give me something or do something for me. Mumma taught me just once and I learnt when to use it, isnt that amazing?? :) I also say 'more' when I want more of food or some activity that we are doing. I had gotten some rashes and mumma applies 'bump cream' (rash cream for healing the bumps) to those. Since then I have learnt that whenever anyone gets hurt, bump cream can heal it and I rush to get it for them. Smart boy, aint I??? :) The other day, when mumma came to pick me up along with dada at my school, I said "Mumma back" and she was surprised as to how do I know when to speak back and all. I am a fast learner mumma, so...

There is a lot more that I do, but mumma needs to recall more and jot it down here. So a break for now untill next time. See you all soon, with more updates on that and about how we spent the long weekend.

Anay :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

19 Months 2 weeks: recent pics

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the weekend as much as I am. No school yaaay!!! I still remember my teacher, but it is fun to have off days :)

As promised below are my recent pics. Hope you like them.

- pics from our family vacation (part1) (part2)

Love u n miss u all.

"Ba bye",

Thursday, June 17, 2010

19 Month 1 week: Going to day care

Hi All,

Sorry for writing after such a long time. I have been a bit busy, but mainly lazy. The big news as of 1 week ago is that I have started to go to day care. First, 3-4 days were a bit rough, but I am doing much better now. I cried a lot the second and the third day, but from 4th day onwards, I cry for less than 5 mins. Pretty impressive for a small kid, don't you think? I am also eating pretty well there, by myself and also by my teacher, Teacher Bertha. She takes good care of me and I have quickly learned to say her name. Anytime anyone mentions my school, I say "teacha betha" :). I also sleep there very well. So all in all I have adjusted well.

Of course I miss my mumma when I go there, so then I shower a lot of love for her when I get back, in the form of hugs n kisses. I also want to do everything with mumma (poor dadda :) ). I think slowly I will get used to the idea and won't cry at all, since mumma and dada will come an pick me up in the afternoon.

On to my toys, I have gotten very fond of remote control cars. I started playing with one that my mama had got one for me. Then, dadda-n-mumma got a nice one for me recently and am having a lot of fun with them. I could play with them for hours together. I am going to be a car guy like my dadda and mama.

I have also started playing a lot with Anshbhai. I have started to say his name as "Ann Bhai". We play together and also fight for toys. In general, we love having each other around, but sometimes still we fight for toys. We are too small to understand that we should share, u c :D.

Of late I have also gotten lot better about eating. I have started to eat and enjoy all kinds of foods. Makes my mom's life so much easier. I am sooooo goood ;). I have also started to understand the concept of camera, so moment I see a camera I start smiling. Dadda n mumma have lots of pictures of me smiling. Hopefully we will upload them soon.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading my blog, I will try to update again soon with pictures.

Take care,

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

16 months 4 weeks: Fun should never end!

Hey Everybody....

How did u like all the pictures that I ve been posting lately??? I hope u like 'em. U may not be surprised to know that my motto of life is 'Fun should never end' :) I not only love to do dhamaal masti (free play n pranks) but also never want it to end. When am playing peekaboo with daddy, or mumma says something funny and I laugh over it or when they do some actions that amuse me or stuff that excites me, I want it to go on and on and on...and god forbid if it ends, then I scream, yell or drag them along to do it again and again :0) Fun should never end, u see! :) So to add to the fun, here are some pictures of the Holi celebration at Stanford Univ. that we went to, last weekend.

Holi 2010

Mumma and daddy are really happy and excited that I speak a lot of words, babble a lot and try to closely follow what they are speaking, so I can speak some of that too some day. As my mumma said in one of the previous posts, I speak more than 20 words already. Some of the new ones are appam (open), aamaa (in this), aapa for aapo (give), aaga for aagal (in front of, forward), tuttle (turtle), paap for taap (sunlight), bom (bomb), pappah (paper), dot-dot (when I see dots or circles or want to scribble using colors), pahpah (potty seat), paa paa (walk), kuck (truck), kukker (tractor), dugh (duck), bap-bap (dip-dip), bhamm (it fell down), bub (bib) and probably some more...its hard for mumma to jot down all of 'em cuz she hears variety of words sometimes mixed together too...like ba ba, ka ka becomes baka baka! :p

I can also feed myself with spoon now. Two days back, I fed myself about 10 spoonfuls of homemade yogurt. It was a scene to be captured, my bib n food tray were all sploshed with the yogurt n mumma still loved it, although she forgot to record it :( Since then she has been encouraging me every meal to feed some by myself with a spoon. Am also learning to drink by myself from the sippy cup by holding it high up. I am already doing great sipping from the straw, and love it too. I drink water, orange juice n sometimes milk too, in my new straw cup.

I guess that's all I have at the moment, but more coming more often. So stay tuned!

Anay :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

16 Months and 3 Weeks: more pics

Hi All,

I finally uploaded more pics. Below are the links.

My Mundan pics from March 7th 2010
Professional Pics taken at PictureMe Portraits

I also went for Holi festival at Stanford today. It was amazing. I was really surprised to see so many people covered in so much color. Crazy.... if you ask me :) But it was still fun putting color on mumma-daddy and saying "dot dot dot ...". Fun stuff. I have some pictures from the festival as well. Will be uploading them soon.

That's all for now. Bye, or as I would say it "ba ba ..." :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

16 and half months: News n Pics

Hi All,

Sorry it has been a long time since I blogged. I was sick in the middle for a few days and then recuperating. I had to be hospitalized for a day, but am back to normal now, i.e., doing all the masti in the world :D

First some news to share, two weeks back my kaki gave birth to a little baby girl, Khushi. So I have a little cousin sister now :) I have lots of fun playing with her. And I am not the youngest in the family :( :).

Other then that I have made a lot of progress in the linguistic department :) I speak many words, some of them half, but still. Here is a list of a few, mumma, papa, daddy, ba, dada, kaka, car, cat, ight (light), shoees (shoes), ball, puple (purple), bowww (brown), biib (bib), pat (pant), theeese (straw, don't ask how that is straw, it just is :) ), and many many more. I will attempt to repeat anything that you ask me to. Of course, understanding what I am saying is your job ;)

Also, mom and dad did my babri 2 weeks back. I have very little hair now. My hair were so beautiful :(. Mumma also made 2 chotis on my head and took a lot of pics. I was very cooperative during the whole thing. I wasn't even scared of the hair clipper. I was happily sitting in mom/dad's lap while they cut my hair. I am soooo goooood :D!!! Everyone says I look much more grown up now, but I still do lot of nakhras. When asked "where did my hair go", I place my hand on the head and make a face. I am getting used to it now though.

I also started peeing and pooping in the potty seat, yaaayyy!!! It is so amusing for me right now. But, I show the potty myself when I want to pee, about 4-5 times a day. Not bad, right?? :)

Also, wanted to say I miss India. Shauryabhaiya, ba, dada, Karanmama, Keshamasi and Mintimasi, who used to give me water all the time, all of them. I had such good fun with them. I miss them all. I recognize them easily in photos and and call them out to play with me :)

Finally, I have some pictures to share with you all from the India trip. Will upload pics from my babri soon.

India pics
more pics from india trip

Bye for now. Will try to write more often.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

14 months: My exciting India trip...Miss u all there :(

Hi All,

It's been a really long time since I wrote to u all last. 2 months since my 1st Birthday. Wow!! Time flies real fast. Mom, dad and I were busy shopping and packing for India trip after my Birthday and soon it was time for me and mumma to leave for India on Dec 4th, 2009. My first trip to India, my first flight journey was different but exciting. Mumma says I was very well behaved and didnt harass her at all, I played well, ate well and entertained everyone in the flight by saying hi to almost every single person in our cabin :) The air hostesses were really impressed with me and my actions/expressions. I didn't sleep much though, unlike other babies on the plane who would cling to their moms and sleep most of the time. We had company of Neha masi and Nikhil masa and they were very helpful and fun to be with. I missed daddy though, and realized only after reaching India that he wasn't around.

Initially after reaching to my nana-nani's place in Baroda (Gujarat state), I would wake up at 5am and call it a nite at 6pm in the evening. It took almost 10 days to wear off the jetlag. Since I love meeting everyone, I would go to whosoever called me or even before someone would call me, which pleasantly surprised them. My nana and nani, Kesha masi and Karan mama, Minti masi and Shaurya bhaiyya all loved playing with me, pampering me, feeding me and taking me out and I too loved it all. I miss them soooo much, especially Shaurya bhaiyya: my buddy, my partner in crime (we would both climb up the stairs almost 5-6 times a day and compel others to follow us ;)) and my playmate. Minti masi would sing and help me and bhaiyya sleep on the swing in the noon everyday, make sure we were drinking water every hour and also play with us lovingly. Kesha masi would pamper us, feed us from her plate and we both would go crazy at the sight of her and jump up-and-down to be picked up by her. Karan mama would take us out in the car for rides and also we had lots of fun with the remote controlled car, the drum and few other toys he got us. Nanaji would take me out in the stroller (most of the times he would take us turn by turn and sometimes together) for a ride to the park or the society and also read books at home to us. I had lot of fun with Naniba doing 'peek-a-boo' from the window that was by the stairs. I would call out 'baa, baa' once I was by the window on my way up the stairs and wait for her response, and then crackle up laughing on seeing her there :) She also used to take me out to see the birds in the morning, chaanda mama at night, etc. I also saw Bhavesh masa couple times on the web cam and he talked to me over the phone too.

By the way I forgot to mention my biggest achievement off late, I STARTED TO WALK within a week of reaching India!! It was so exciting that I wouldn't stop walking untill I would call it a nite. Mom and everyone else would get tired and go ballistic running after me in every nook n corner of the home. My fav. spots were the stairs and the puja room. I would run to jai-jai bhagaan's mandir and keep meddling with the idols and stuff. I learnt a lot new things in India. I knew how to climb up the stairs, but learnt walking down 'em with Shaurya bhaiyya. Also learnt climbing up and down from the sofa after seeing him do that. We would both push our strollers from one end of the compound (similar to backyard) to the other and have fun everyday. I also learnt speaking 'kite', 'bye-bye', 'baah-baah' (which means I want to go outside), 'done', 'mumma', 'mama' (Karan mama), 'tent' and few other words. I started to drink water regularly there (thanks to Minti masi). I started to eat more rice, khichadi and greens too. I loved the saakar (crystal sugar) that nanaji gave as prasaad every morning.

Things that surprised/excited/pumped me up were the sight of a cow/sheep/goat/buffalo, chacha rickshaw, kites in the sky and my choo-choo shoes (shoes that make a typical sound when squeezed at the sole). Also, going for shopping and to people's places was fun. I would walk down through the entire house and inspect every room of theirs, eat different things and get lots of gifts too. Daddy joined me and mumma on 2nd Jan 2010 in India and he was super excited and emotional to see me and mumma after almost a month. I was asleep when he got out of the airport, but on the way back home, I woke up in his arms and I was so sleepy/surprised/confused and blank all at the same time that I had no reaction. Daddy was hoping that I hadn't forgotten him and to his pleasant surprise, I gradually recognized him and cuddled him and wouldn't leave him till 2 days. He was my teddy bear for 2-3 days whom I would go and cuddle every so often and wouldn't let him be out of my sight :)

Everyone that we met later when daddy came, would go like 'oh wow, Anay is so cute, he looks like mumma/daddy, he is so obedient and quiet, he goes to anyone who calls him, is so active' and the list goes on. I had some health problems like viral infection and throat infection after getting there and before getting here, and the medicines were a very unpleasant episode. But I am fine now and getting better at eating too. Mumma had a gum infection by her wisdom tooth and had to get it extracted while in India, and she too is doing fine now. Daddy and my family members there had some hard time taking care of us then.

And last for now but not the least, we enjoyed Uttarayan (a festival of flying kites) a lot in India. It was my first Indian festival in India and I saw kites too the first time there. We saw numerous kites in the sky everyday even 20 days ahead of Uttarayan but the day of Uttarayan was overwhelmingly exciting. I was so busy looking at the colorful kites in the sky the whole afternoon that I didn't mind being held by mumma and others all the time, instead of walking independently :)Daddy was so pumped up that he went early to the old home (we flew kites on the terrace there) with Karan mama early morning. He also got me some kites that I am gonna share with Anshbhai here.

Will write lot more next time and also hopefully share the pics and videos then. Till then, bye-bye and take care.

Miss u all in India, veryyyyyyy much :(
Anay :)