Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Megha loves to laugh with me :)

...and am I so glad to share her joy! Two days ago Megha and I were returning from her daycare and as is the routine, she was talking to me in her language. Here is our conversation which made me laugh so much!

Me: Megha sweety, where do you live?
Megha: whey live..(where live?)
Me: Milton
Megha: Momma...home!

Isnt she the smartest and the cutest? When I laughed out loud, she joined me! She loves it when we share a joke and so do I :)
I hope (am sure actually) that we will share more moments like this Mag-pie.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Constipation remedies

Megha suffers from this constipation every now and then. This morning it was s terrible :( Poor baby was suffering so much! I called my grand ma (Chandra leela tathi)and she gave me a couple of suggestions which helped megha a LOT! Here are some constipation remedies:

1. Prunes (effective, I give this to Megha everyday)
2. Castor oil massage on tummy
3. Bubble bath with extra bubbles after castor oil massage. This was the suggestion from my grand ma and behold...she pooed right away!
4. Well mashed banana with a pinch of sugar. (grand ma's advise)
5. Plenty of water every day.

Tomato rice

Megha seems to love tomato rice! For the first time ever she told me, "wow, momma...yummy" when she had it last night :)
Here she is enjoying her dinner :)

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add some cloves, cardamom, pepper corns and bay leaf. Add chopped tomato. Add the seasoning like salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Add rice and enough water. Pressure cook for 4 whistles! thats it!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cancun, Mexico (Oct-2013)

As is with almost all of our vacations, the trip to Cancun, Mexico was planned well in advance. I couldn't have been happier with the choice of holiday destination as we were just about to head into winter here in Canada. Here we are waiting for the flight; Megha and Dad having a great time at the airport, running around.
On 19th Oct 13 AM we left for Cancun. The moment we landed in Cancun, I knew i knew its gonna be an awesome holiday!

Here is Megha posing in front of Coco-Bongo's a party pub/place or what ever you want to call it. She had woken up at 4:30 in the morning and had slept only for 30 mins in the plane. So, she is not exactly in as high spirits as I was :)
Here is my very first piñacaloda and Anands very first Corona at the airport when we were waiting for cab! I felt silly to be wearing a sweater! No one else was!
We had booked a condo as it's easier to cook Megha's food that way. By the we reached the condo, we had our from Florida (Appu and Ramana) already there. I was so happy to see them!

The condo was cozy, comfortable and it had everything a condo should have, including a small kitchenette. Since we had packed some of the things like pressure cooker, it's supposed to make our life easier...alas, if only we had packed the weight for the cooker! Lol but still, it was very helpful.

The condo looks out to a lagoon. Here is a picture.
In an hour, we went out to Walmart to buy a few things like water, bread, butter, eggs etc. Once we returned to the condo, we had a quick lunch followed by a nap.

The evening came and thus began our vacation. We headed out to the beach.
 We headed out to the sea. Had so much fun! Appu and Ramana watched Megha for a bit while Anand and I swam into the ocean. Ah the joys of swimming in the ocean!! Loved it!
After a quick shower, we went downtown. My first choice of restaurant was Coco-Bongo but wasn’t 100% sure if it was appropriate to take Megha there. So we went to M-extreme! We had authentic Mexican food. The tortilla shells were so much different than the Old-Elpaso which we find in Walmart! And even the chips tasted different. We took a few pictures and headed back to the hotel.
22nd Oct: The morning after reaching Cancun, we decided to visit Chichen Itza. We had multiple stops at different hotels and we stopped over at Mayan village. We bought Megha’s birthday written according to the Mayan way and here it is:

We also had lunch here. It was turning out to be a hot and long day. We bought couple of bottles of Tequila.
Finally we reached Chichen Itza, a large pre-Columbian city built by Maya people. Chichen Itza means “at the mouth of the well of the Itza (ethnic linage group”.  Between AD 900 and 1050 Chichen Itza expanded to become a powerful regional capital controlling north and central Yucatán. It established Isla Cerritos as a trading port.
According to Maya chronicles (e.g., the Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel), Hunac Ceel, ruler of Mayapan, conquered Chichen Itza in the 13th century.
Now to the most interesting part: At the ruined temple city of Chichén Itzá, the creators of the El Castillo pyramid devised a quirk that would shine on for centuries longer than Mayan civilization. Such is the pyramid’s architectural precision that during the vernal equinox – when night and day are of almost equal length all over the world – the morning and afternoon sun produces a light-and-shadow illusion of a serpent ascending or descending the side of El Castillo’s staircase.
The feathered snake at the bottom helps the farmers decide on harvest (Don’t ask me how).
Mayan civilization was barbaric, as were all the civilizations around that time. Below is a pok-ta-pok court. 
This Mesoamerican ball game was considered a sport  but mainly a ritual associated to worship,  and it was played for over 3000 years by the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica . It is not certainly known how this Maya ball game was played but according to the most widespread version of it, the goal of the game was to pass the ball through one of the rings without touching it, the players needed to strike the ball with their hips. They used a solid rubber ball about 20 inches in diameter and weighed up to 4 kg (9 lbs) or more. It was extremely difficult to get the ball through a ring. In fact, when a player could achieve it, it was then the end of the game. The game ended otherwise when the ball touched the ground.
As is the ritual, the winner of the game is sacrificed to God, as only the best is given to God.
Below is the sacred Cenote located in Chichen Itza. According to post-Conquest sources (Maya and Spanish), pre-Columbian Maya sacrificed
objects and human beings into the cenote as a form of worship to the Maya rain god Chaac. Cenotes are formed by dissolution of rock and the resulting subsurface void, which may or may not be linked to an active cave system, and the subsequent structural collapse of the rock ceiling above the void.

And meanwhile somewhere, we lost Appu and Ramana but then where could they possibly go? We looked around to find them taking pictures! Not to mention, I ended up buying a plain cotton dress worth $50; Megha's dress was $35. If Appu were beside me, she would have steered me away as the dress appeared to be no more than $5. But never mind, some souvenir from Chichen Itza! below are the dresses! awww...arent they cute? A sleeveless dress in would be interesting to see when I would get a chance to wear this again! for Megha? Forget it, she already outgrew it! lol...Appu, if you have a girl, you know you are getting this Megha's dress right?  
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by another Cenote.
Here is Megha playing in the wa-wa at Cenotes.
 It was super cool! Close by was a Tequila brewery and it was interesting to see how Tequila is made.
The day came to an end and we finally reached the hotel.
23rd Oct: The day after Chichen Itza, Anand and I decided that we will take it easy and relax at the hotel itself. Ramana and Appu had gone to X-caret. We woke up at last as Megha woke up…around 8 AM. Had a hearty breakfast of bread with scrambled egg and headed out to the pool. Oh, Megha had so much fun. 
The toddler pool was just the right size with just the right depth. It was already past 11 AM and of course Anand was having Corona and I, white wine. After playing for a while, Megha was dressed in a makeshift toga using a beach towel.
We returned to the room and we all took a loooong nap. Towards the evening, we headed out to walmart to buy a few other things. We also went to a Mexican restaurant. The portions were mui-grande! We packed some food for Appu and Ramana too but looks like they had a long tiring day at xacaret.

They left the next morning :( 

We shifted to their room...loved it. Here is the view from the room :)
The next day was Xel-Ha, pronounced as shell-ha. It is an aquatic theme park located on the coast of Caribbean Coast. It is mainly an underwater natural aquarium where you are allowed to snorkel!
Here is Megha posing infront of the park. We chose this park over xcaret because this is relatively a smaller park with certain of our interests in our minds.
We took all-inclusive package so that we can eat and drink everything we want. The park had lots and lots of small trails connecting various attractions like lagoons, scuba dives, snorkels, swimming with dolphins (which we didn’t do) and looking at the manatees.
It was so peaceful and so beautiful. Megha had so much fun talking to these pretty birds!
Here we had super breakfast; Meg also had her scrambled egg while watching Dora.
Then we went for snorkeling. Xel-Ha is known for its beautiful underwater natural aquarium. I must rush to add, Anand ended up buying a $57 swim trunks because the one he brought from the hotel was too That upset him really bad. But i told him, he is neither the first one nor the last one to spend $57 on swim trunks! Oh ya, we also bought a phone cover to take pictures under water.,,,how much? $50! have we really used it? Ya...once.
We all wore life vests and here is my sweetheart wearing a baby-life vest!
I went to snorkel first while Anand was with Megha. This was the first time ever I was snorkeling and this was also my very first time in water with a life vest. I must say, swimming with a life vest is not really that comfortable and add to that the paddles (?) and the snorkel. But I must say, it was the most amazing experiences ever! The moment my head went under water, all outside noises drowned. It was magical…it was more than magical. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily be underwater/float and my oh my; beautiful fishes I encountered
The first time a big fish came too close to my eyes, I freaked out and immediately put my head above water. But the shock soon was replaced by a curiosity and I went under water again. The lagoons were really clear and I was able to see the bottom of the lagoon. The fishes were so pretty, I saw pinks and blues and even sting ray fish! A baby one at that!
Here are the kinds of fishes you can find in Xel-Ha!
Here is me by the floating bridge (in the water) where we encountered really beautiful fish.
After coming ashore, Anand took his turn to step into water while Megha and I played by the shores, watching lovely colored fish. She wanted to get into water swimming like we normally do in the pool. I tried but the life vest was so weird…I don’t know how to explain this. I felt like I was sinking (yes yes…I can swim very well) and couldn't manage Megha with her life vest on.
Nevertheless, we still had a great time playing by the shores. After that we fed Megha her lunch we brought from the condo (she didn’t eat much and I didn’t push it) and she fell asleep right away giving Anand and me some much needed yummy-lunch-time-in-peace…She is such a sweetheart. I also tasted some really good ceviche and some Mexican coffee.
After lunch we headed out to the floating bridge where we were advised that lots and lots of beautiful fishes swim around. Anand and I took turns swimming across. They were not exaggerating. It really was one of its kind natural aquariums.
Here is Anand snorkeling!
After this, we went for a walk around the park. We encountered iguanas, turtles, mayan under-water caves and many more fun stuff! What a beautiful day we had!
As it was time to go, Anand and Megha trying to relax by the hammocks.
24th Oct: Happy 6th Anniversary! Woke up very late, had a big breakfast and we headed out for shopping. We shopped at La Isla on Kulkulken Blvd. After that Megha had a wonderful time playing in the water fountains.
Here is Anand having equally great time with Megha at the fountains.
After that we had lunch at Baby Lobster…I had baby lobster and Anand had some tacos. Did I tell you all, they charge as much as 20% tip?
The food was really good, surely anniversary-worthy.
Then we returned home, napped, hanged out by the pool and beach and slept again. Beautiful day.

25th Oct: On this day we went to a small island by the name of Isla Mojares. Its 13 km into Caribbean Sea. We took the Ferry out to the Island. The weather was not really good. We rented a golf cart like the rest of the tourists and went around the city. We stopped for lunch too. The rain really picked up towards late afternoon and it was getting cold. While the views were really beautiful, we couldn’t really enjoy the island to its full glory.
We stopped near a turtle farm where they save/breed the turtles. Megha loved this place. By then it was pouring…Megha vomited on our way back.

After 6 beautiful days of fun and relaxation, it was almost time to return home. Once we reached the condo, we packed everything, all set to head home. I was missing home so much and I was ready to call it a vacation.
My favorite picture in the entire trip!
A close second...
A close third!
Thanks Appu and Ramana for joining us for a couple of days…Anand and Megha for all the love, companionship and everything else.

Friday, January 17, 2014


"So dayee (daddy), what is the minimum age to join your company Westjet?"

She loves her dad's cap!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Megha talks more!

It's such a joy to see a child grow up right in front of your eyes! How glad am I to witness Megha learn to speak! She started communicating more and more these days. She understands a lot of things and started to respond when we ask small questions.

She says, "momma, you ok?"
Says, "careful momma"
When asked what she would like to watch, she knows exactly what she wants and tells me, "Dora!"

When she was expressing some distress at the daycare, my daycare provider asked what she wanted itseems; then Megha said, "momma, dayee"...

She learned to ask for water when she wants it, specially during dinner/lunch, "wa wa"...

She also very sweetly says please and thank you! Please I think still needs some work but she perfected when to say thank you!

Here she is playing with her dad's flash light. She figured out all by herself how to switch it on/off!
Don't worry, we don't let her flash it in her eyes for longer than 2 seconds. She seldom gets to play it it.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014


It doesn't matter how big or small a toy is; if it has wheels, Megha rides it!
Here Megha is riding a little toy-dog!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dad's note

An extract from Facebook: Posted by Anand this evening.

Sooooo very proud day today....
When Megha was done at the dentist, she got a Dora and Nemo sticker for being a good girl. We had to stop at our family doctors for a follow up after. At the doc's office they have a little play station where a 5 or 6 year old girl was playing by herself. Megha, as usual, went straight to the play station and started playing along side the other girl. Initially Megha sad HI to the girl with no response. After a few tries, she came to me, grabbed the stickers and went to the other little girl and offered her the Nemo sticker. The other girl was a bit shy and wasn't interested in the offer. Megha tried a few times and even tried putting the sticker in the other girls hand. No luck. She came back to me swapped out the Nemo for the Dora sticker (Megha's fav cartoon character) and offered that to the other girl.... Numerous times. No luck. Didn't realize Megha is taking up after her mum this much but good for her and needless to say, very proud of you young lady.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Recap

An year in Megha's life.
January: Megha was all but one year (well, 2 weeks older) when we entered 2013. She had just celebrated her first birthday and I was marveling how much she had grown. That also meant that my one year maternity leave came to an end and I had to return to work from Jan 02, 2013.
The hardest part was leaving her at the daycare. Oh, how she cried for the first 7 working days! Big fat tears would roll down her cheeks and I was feeling so sad all the time when I was at work. But in 7 working days she decided that she had enough and stopped crying after that! What a relief to see her happy again!
Picture in Jan:
Feb: One snow storm after the other rocked in our province leaving us longing for summer. It was so hard to get Megha ready in her snow suit before taking her out to the daycare at 6:20 am. She also fell sick in Feb (ear infection).
March: Megha started walking with out support in March 2013! What a proud day for us! We also made a trip to the cottage and Megha went sledding for the very first.
Since she was getting more teeth, she also started brushing her teeth! below is a picture taken at daycare...she has a small paper in her mouth...which she was made to spit, much to her dismay.
April: Megha started speaking small words. She says Ba for ball and car for She has also started eating a lot more new foods than before and since she can now slowly walk, she is up on and into everything!
May: Mother's Day! We went to Orlando, Florida to visit Appu, Ramana. We went to Disney World and Megha had a much fun looking at Mickey Mouse! Megha also learned to sort the shapes and a few colors. She also started eating small pieces of chicken. Before all she used to eat was puréed of mashed food. She is growing up fast.

June: by now, Megha can recognize quite a few animals. We had been teaching her with the help of soft toys and she gets to learn so many things while playing with them. Megha started eating her dinner all by herself! Of course there was lots of mess in the beginning but June is when she first started eating her dinner by herself (with some help from Anand and I).

July:  middle of summer and it was getting really warm. We enrolled Megha in swimming lessons and she absolutely loves to play in the pool! At daycare too almost everyday they get into the pool. She had her very first taste of cheese omelet and she seems to like it. She also completes the rhymes (last words) when I sing a rhyme.

August: we celebrated Anands birthday and Janmashtami in Aug. She also started calling me Momma for the very first time! She can say many more words than what she was saying in July.
Unfortunate incident: Megha slipped on a girls foot and fell. Her forehead split a little a lot of blood came about. This was her very first big boo boo (and last for now and hope it holds good for future too).
September: Megha said her very first sentence in September, "Hi Oso". A proud day for us all! The month was cooler than Aug and we spent a lot of time outdoors. We also taught her to say thanks and welcome and she is using it inter-changeable. Lol
October: Megha can now count upto 10! She also says all the last words of the rhyme twinkle twinkle. She loved playing with the fall leaves at the daycare. She had dosa for the first time this month and she managed to finish 1/2 of it! She also said her first 3 word sentence, "I love you". She was penguin for Halloween.
We also went to Cancun, Mexico in mid October.

November: Megha started speaking a lot. She talks so much gibberish but if you listen carefully, you will know what she is saying. We had a fantastic Diwali and Megha really was looking pretty in her pattu pavadi.
December: Megha turned 2. Happy Birthday baby! We had a good birthday party with limited guests. She helped us set the Christmas tree. She and her dad bought me earrings for birthday!

Happy New Year darling!