Sunday, December 27, 2015

Megha's 4th Birthday

This 4th birthday for Megha is so much special for us so many reasons and the top 3 reasons are 1) Tanush is with us 2) Megha now knows and truly understands/ anticipates and enjoys the birthday 3) My parents are here.

Megha couldn't wait for her birthday. Starting September she has attended 4 birthday parties (2 of them from her school JK friends) and she was looking forward for her birthday. She knew what theme she wanted from the very beginning. It's Sofia the First (Disney's latest young princess).  This asking for Sofia started well before Halloween and I thought maybe by mid November she will change her mind but she did not. So, Sofia it is!

Megha wanted well her friends from school to be invited. That would make it 28 kids. So we cut down to kids from JK only, which was 14 kids. We also invited our family friends. After the last person rsvp'd yes, we had 24 kids and 26 adults.

We booked the same community center that we hosted Megha's second birthday party a while ago.

When we shopped around for entertainment, especially princess Sofia related, I couldn't find anything that was happy with. Since Sofia is not as popular as Elsa, we didn't have too many options.

Finally I decided to let go of the entertainment and just figure something else out. Since its around Christmas time, what better craft can there be other than the stocking? I bought about 30 stockings and lots of craft supplies. It took me several trips to the dollar store to get everything in place.
Each stocking had color sketches that go with it so that kids can color their own stockings, lots of stickers, glitter stickers, Christmas tree ornament with a string attached, foam shapes, round and bell shaped ornaments that can be colored and used as a Christmas tree ornament, pipe cleaners, Pom poms and some craft paper clips.

The idea was to keep the kids occupied for at-least 30-40 mins.
Apart from this, I also labeled every bag so that kids don't get into any kind of disagreements.
Putting this together has not been as easy I thought it was going to be. I had to cut glitter stickers in to small portions (so kids don't waste the whole sheet), portion the foam shapes/ stickers and quite literally everything needed attention. Several hours of work spread through about 4 days accomplished this task. I was very happy with it and so were the kids.

Apart from that, we also hired a local Milton mom to do simple face painting for the kids. Kids thought it was super fun and I was so happy to see the kids happy.

Cake, as usual was ordered from the same lady who bakes all of Megha's cakes. This time to go as per the theme, we ordered a 2 tiered cake (Anands selection). After much deliberation, here is what I decided for the flavors; the bottom tier was a simple yellow cake with custard+delche de leche as filling and top tier was chocolate cake with chocolate ganache as the filling. Of course the over all cover was fondant and butter cream holding the fondant and the cake together. It was soooo good to look at. Chocolate cake was finished much faster than the yellow cake (but of course).
We brought home small portion of yellow cake.
I bought Sofia the first paper plates, napkins and spoons and I thought the whole cake table looked cute.
Cake Cutting:
We 4:

Food was below:
Starters: chicken nuggets, veggie spring rolls, party mix chips and pretzels. Pop/soda; juice and water.
Mains: Cheese and pepperoni pizza, naan, veg biryani, muttar paneer, chicken biryani, butter chicken, raita, macaroni salad, potato salad.
Dessert: ice cream and cake

For a change (from previous parties) most of the food was consumed. Whatever left, which is not much, we brought it home.

For the party favors, I kept it simple as the the kids were getting to take their hand made stocking filled with things kids usually like. The favor bag consisted of a box of playdoh, crayons, small writing book, pencil and an eraser. I also left a big bowl of candy consisting of Hershey's kisses, candy canes and soft chocolates for kids to fill in their stocking.

The hall was big and it was such big help when a few friends showed up early to help. Anand helped set up tables and a few decorations and had to leave to pick up food. Everyone pitched in and soon before the first guests showed up, the hall was all decked up and ready. It was such big help to have my parents around. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to take care of Tanush and keep running around receiving the guests, helping kids etc.

Since Anand brought food just in time, everything was still warm/hot. If we brought it along with us when we first came to the hall, I would have gotten cold.

Megha was super excited and sure was the belle of the ball. She looked adorable in the white dress (From Macy's in states).
Tanush was wearing a comfortable sleeper. I could not put on his new outfit as he was crying so much in the car and was all tired. I just left him in his comfortable cotton cloths. I wore a brand new outfit myself; thanks to Anand for the gift card he gave for our anniversary. Anand was wearing his T.

Over all the party was a success. All of us were very tired, especially Anand as he was working nights. Megha got so many gifts which she opened at home the very evening when one of our friends came over with their daughters.
Tanush was such a sweetheart and so was Megha. Such a beautiful day it was.

On Megha's actual birthday, she really wanted to go to school. So off she went! Before that, I made her favorite breakfast, hashbrowns with eggs and bacon; served in her new Sofia cutlery. She loved it.

My parents blew a few balloons for her.
We gave her the birthday presents we bought for her and she cut the cake I baked at home (zebra cake).
My baby is 4!

Here she is opening her gift from her grand pa and grand ma (Anand's parents)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Party time!

Megha's 4th birthday party is 2 days away and I am really excited! We did whatever we can and I hope it all goes well.

Signed/ a tad bit stressed mom.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tanush rolled over today...!

...And I am the proudest mom on earth today and I am so sure of that!
My baby can now roll over! Wow. I am so happy to have caught that "first ever". And once he figured out how to do that, there is no stopping him. It's just only been few hours since he first rolled over and already, when ever we put him down, he immediately rolls over.
Megha was so delighted too. My baby is soon going to outgrow my lap...though he will never outgrow my heart.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

First taste of water!

Today I gave Tanush his first taste of water! I know I know, he doesn't "need" anything other than breast milk for the first 6 months and until he starts solids but after he cried a bit today, I figured let me give him a few drops of water. We put filtered water in a small cup and fed him a few drops, Megha also fed him a big.
My big boy! A big milestone according to me!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rush rush rush!

It doesn't matter what time we wake up, I always tend to rush in the mornings. Most days I am up and about by 7 and 9 is when Megha gets dropped at school (sometimes by me and sometimes by A). Brush teeth, wash face, brush hair, set breakfast, make/pack lunch, apply band-aid for a boo boo on hand because it will make her tummy feel better (I know!!), squeeze in a coffee, kiss another imaginary boo boo, attend to Tanush, ask/tell/yell to hurry up and wear the jackets, shoes...all between 7-9. Everyday I think, tomorrow I will not rush. Invariable between 8:50 and 9 I end up rushing!

Wonder if this is the case at every parents home who has a child under 5.

P.S have I ever mentioned that Megha is going through that phase where she wants a band aid every other day? Apparently every (well, most) kid goes through this and we are at it right now.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

3 Month old!

How very quickly time flies! Tanush is now a 3 month old. He is officially crossed a stage where we call him a newborn. Now he will be called an infant :)
Very proud of the fact that we both stuck with exclusive breast feeding so far. Nothing is more healthier for either Tanush or for me.

When Megha was 3 months, I used to obsess over all the little milestones, constantly check on google if she is reaching what she is "supposed" to. But this time around, I am going purely by instincts. And we are doing excellent.

He recognizes me and smiles when I coo at him. Just about started grabbing small rattles with his tiny little fingers and I noticed that he alsmost figured that it should go in this mouth.

He absolutely loves his massages! I heat up a bit of olive oil and gently massage him. When I say gently, it's as gentle as I can be. I trained myself to listen to his cues and proceed. He knows what's best, he knows what he likes. I just need to trust him and follow his cues. Doing this is making both is us really enjoy our massage times. I usually sing a song to him or talk to him and he maintains the eye contact and often showers me with the cutest of the smiles ever! Sometimes Megha helps me massage him and oh, he absolutely loves his sister. Anything she does is mesmarizing to him.
He seems to get baby acne if I use anything other than olive oil on his skin. So I stick with olive oil on skin and coconut oil on his head. Same with Aveeno, he gets acne with Aveeno. So we use J and J products on him.

From the time the clock strikes 8 (many a days even sooner) he would start to fuss. He will only calm down when we take him to his room. I give him another massage with the moisturizer (all the while talking/singing to him), change his bum, get him into his sleepers and settle down to feed him. By then he is ready to sleep. Having said this, he usually keeps waking up every 5-10 minutes from 8:30 until 10 PM. Most days I top him up with more milk so that I can get some decent sleep for 2 hours or so. 

He prefers to look to his left side. When we put him on a mat for his belly time, he is almost 3/4 there in rolling over. 

We have plenty of skin to skin (touch). It seems to soothe both him and I. Oh baby, you entered 4th month! Already! Love you (and Megha of course) to bite and pieces.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Tanush is now 3 months (4 days less). I see a routine slowly falling into place. Here is what my day usually looks like:

6:30 Am: hand Tanush to my mom so I can rest for 30 mins
7:30 Am: wake Megha up (or she gets up and comes for me anytime between 7 and 7:30). If I am super lucky (it terms of getting extra bit of sleep) she comes at 7:45
7:45 till 8:30: get her to eat breakfast, pack her snacks and lunch (which more often than not come home untouched), grab a bite myself and get some coffee.
8:30: feed  Tanush (he then naps for an hour)
9:00 drop Megha at school
9:15 to 10:15 grocery shopping or errands etc
10:15 till 11:00 play with Tanush/ bathe him
11:00 feed and get him down for a quick 20 mins power nap.
11:30 take bath, eat lunch (thanks to my mom who makes sure that food is ready by 11).
1:15: until 1:15 play with him/ engage him
1:15: feed him and get him down for afternoon nap
1:45 try to rest until 2:45
2:45 or 3: feed Tanush
3/30 pick Megha up
4:00 her snack time, play a bit
4:30-6:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have Gymnastics, ballet and swimming respectively. The other days, we just hang out around the home, read a book, draw, make crafts and goof around
Somewhere here feed Tanush and he goes for a nap
6:30: Megha's and my dinner time
7:00 start tidying the toys
7:30: head upstairs, brush the teeth, change and read a few books.
8:00 Megha is asleep
8:10: feed Tanush and get him to bed
8:40 I get to sit down and take a breath.
Until 10 PM Tanush fusses and finally settles down around 10:15.
If Anand is not home, Megha wakes up about 10:30 and starts to fuss. By the time both kids settle down its usually about 11:30 or 12 and that's when I go to sleep.

Some days it's not too bad and some days it makes me want to pull my hair out. Most days wouldn't trade this for anything. One odd day, I would give anything to get a 8 hour sleep.

Anand, my mom and dad help a lot. It would be 10'times harder had they not been helping

Friday, October 23, 2015

Baby talk.

"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." Said Rumi.

The best poetry and the best work of God comes from an infants voice. How lucky am I to witness and hear that, first from Megha and now from Tanush. I do listen. I love to listen.

Tanush started responding with his smiles, goo goo gaaas, emmmm, gruuuus.... It makes me happy to just hear him. Everything else simply pales in comparison.
He holds my finger when he is feeding, oblivious to this world. When I go near him (when my mom is holding him), he starts kicking his hands and legs faster as if to say, "I hear you". Oh baby. I love you to bits and pieces.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Actions and Reactions

Continuing the post from yesterday. All I could do last night was think about Megha (while holding Tanush almost all night) and how she was in the car yesterday, returning from the swimming lessons. When she took her seat-belt off when I was still driving, I was really scared (unreasonably scared). When I started yelling, she stopped responding. She said, No, I wont put the seat-belt on. I yelled once more and she did put the belt back on. All the while Tanush screaming in the seat. I was torn between driving fast to get home fast and pick him up and driving slow as her seat-belt was off. Some say I just need to zone things out. I am trying. As a mom, it doesnt come naturally to me. It will need some work.

After coming home, she refused to get off from the car. I am not sure if she was scared I would continue to be upset or she was being difficult in general. But later at night while holding Tanush, I started replaying what all happened.

All Megha was doing was protecting herself. From me. From my anger in that moment.
When one encounters a threat (verbal in this case), the brain sends forth a defense mechanism. You do what you can to shield yourself from the impact. Thats all Megha was doing. I started yelling, she started her thing. Very rarely, I catch her lie. When you corner her and she feels threatened to say the truth, she lies.

I seriously need some parenting lessons!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Guilty mommy

Sometimes I struggle to make a judgement call when it comes to being a mom.
This evening after swimming lessons, Megha seemed very off. She didn't want to buckle in no matter how many times I had asked her to. By then Tanush started crying. The silly boy hates car seats. I had to really yell at Megha. I hate yelling. I absolutely do.
After we started driving, in the middle of the road she took off her seatbelt. The bottle cap had fallen off and she was trying to reach it. I got annoyed because I had told her 100's of times to stay buckled in. I told her again and she was taking her sweet time and looking around, not really Manding attempts at buckling herself in. I got upset again and yelled at her. Told her no ice cream. She asked for lion king CD, I said no for she was being difficult. She pleaded and then she yelled. I didn't budge. 

Later at home I realized that she was being so difficult because of all the power struggle. The girl just wanted lion king. Should I have given in? I don't know. If I did, does it reinforce that I will give in even when she is being difficult and not listen? I don't know.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Regression or not?

Megha will probably hate me when she sees this when she grows up. She is going through something like a regression of late when it comes to potty. Our family doctor had told us to expect this. When I saw her when Tanush was 2 weeks old, everything was fine. No accidents, nothing. 2 weeks since, things changed. As hard as its to control our frustration, I am trying my best self to positively reinforce the potty again. We have to specifically ask her to sit on potty for poo these days. All my research (online) shows that its a completely normal scenario when a new sibling arrives at home. Thank it will be ok in a few weeks to a few months.
My heart went out for her yesterday when she was sitting on the potty. She goes, "mommy, I am really really trying. I dont want to disappoint mommy daddy". And then she sings a potty song.

It must be so hard for her with so many new things thrown at her. First the grandparents visit, then the baby, then the school, then something going on every other day after school....a busy day. She doesnt openly say anything but I feel she is trying her best to take it all in. She is all but 4 (almost). I was talking to a friend of mine (who has two kids herself) and she made a statement which is so treu. Having a baby at home to Megha is like your husband bringing home a new, younger wife. He spends 75 to 90% of the time with the new wife. The older one cannot do anything to change, it is up to us to help her understand that she is still loved. It doesnt happen in 2 months. It takes time. I am trying myself...

Some days are much harder when she throws a major tantrum for a reason I simply cannot see. The past 4 nights Tanush hasnt been sleeping well, which means I am up every 30 minutes through out the night, every night. I started chanting (Daimoku) to bring some much needed calmness. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The real tell or not to tell?

This evening, I was looking a book for my mom to read. The book happened to be Anne Frank's diary. I was telling some really good things about that book to mom and she wanted to read it. After Megha's snack and before her ballet lessons, Megha asked me who that girl is on the book. Megha loves new books and so she was curious. I told her it was Anne Frank. She wanted to now who Anne Frank was. I was torn between explaining her who she really was.

For those of you who don't know Anne Frank, she was a young girl in hiding (with her family) during holocaust.
Megha wanted to know Anne Frank. She asked me, "tell me Anne Frank's story", just like she often says "tell me Tanush's story". I wonder when is the right time to introduce Holocaust to her. I briefly told her some parts and quickly gave her a Kinder surprise to get her to stop asking me more questions.
I always thought my biggest struggle would be to explain that Santa isn't real! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

"I have Hands!!"

If Tanush can talk, he would be saying "I have hands!" Right now. The boy started realizing that he has hands of his own and he loves moving them around. When I leave him on the gym/mat with a few toys around, he tries to slowly grab on to them. He has a firm grip now and loves to hold my finger when I am feeding him.

On the flip side of his experiments with his hands, at times he gets really frustrated. Like, when I am feeding him, he pushes me away, effectively losing his latch. He thinks I am doing it and starts to cry because he is not "done" drinking his milk :)
Sometimes when he is playing he hits himself with his hands and starts to cry or throw angry looks at me! The silly boy :) guess most babies do this all but it doesn't take my pleasure away.

Megha in the morning (every morning) asks me to tell he "Tanush's  story" when I am brushing her teeth, meaning what all he did during the night. She is most interested in knowing what color poop he went. She absolutely loves it when I make up stories about the color instead of just saying the right color :) 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tanush's first month birthday

We celebrated Tanush's first month birthday on 21st Sept. I was so excited to bake a cake for him. Usually Megha helps me with baking but that day she way away (for gymnastics) and in all the rush, I missed adding butter to the batter until after the batter went into the oven. Oh well, sometimes its the thought that counts right?

Here is Megha helping blow the candle...

Here is the one month birthday boy. How fast time flew by. If you take one night at a time, it feels longer but overall, time did fly by. He is starting to look more and more like Anand.

On a side note, I thought I could resume watching my favorite shows on TV/ Netflix but it doesnt seem like thats gonna happen anytime soon. I guess its too soon to expect to be able to watch shows!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Vinayagar Chaturthi 17th sept 2015

One of my favorite festivals when i was a child (and even today) is Vinayagar Chaturthi. I am the happiest mom on earth when I got to celebrate it with Megha and Tanush (and of course Anand and my parents).
Here are the happy kids:

Here is our Puja table which we managed to put together. We also out some of Megha's books and one soft book from Tanush near the puja table.

We made kozukattai, sweet pongal, sundal, lemon rice and a few other things for lunch. Megha dressed in her new outfit and so did Tanush. He didnt particularly like being in fancy cloths and soon I had to take him out of those cloths.

3D Painting by Megha

When the below craft/ painting was being made, I was asking Megha her suggestions about what she wanted in her painting. She was too tired (from school) to do anything on her own other than gluing paper and she kept telling me, "you do it momma, I will watch". 
So, I started it by asking what she wants on the paper and she came up with mountains, sun, clouds, pond, frog and the tree. 

I cut the mountain out of the previously made/ dried painting from Megha's craft box, Cut the sun and cloud from the foam shapes, and made a small pond. When it came to a tree, we needed brown foam for the tree trunk which we didnt have. I was wondering what to do and she came up with a brilliant idea that we can re-purpose the small cardboard (previously a puppet) and stick it upright!! What an amazing idea! I could not have thought of a better idea myself. Way to go girl.... The power of leaving things open ended brings out the best in Megha (and so does in every kid).

Anand helped with the frog. 

The awesome 3D painting is now ready. She glued things on the paper. 

Walking with Tanush

Tanush, not unlike Megha, seems to enjoy walking. We started going for our walks a few days a week, trying to make the best out of the last bits of summer. He does not like it when i stop the stroller even for a few seconds. The kid needs to be on the go all the time, if he is in his car seat.

Love this picture! He slowly started focusing on faces, voices and anything bright and close. He also started grabbing on to my finger tight. He still likes to sleep on his belly but loves best when someone holds him tight when he is sleeping (who can blame him for that).

My poor baby got sick last week though. Megha caught something from school and was down with fever and cold. Promptly, Tanush also got it. Thats when we made our very first trip to the ER (19th Sept) as we were quite nervous about cold in infant Tanush. Luckily nothing was the matter. We just needed to start using the nasal aspirator to relive some mucus. He is a lot better now. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

First Rakhi with Megha and Tanush

Tanush's birth happened right before the festival season began. Here are some of the pictures from the Rakhi festival that happened on August 29th, 2015.

 Tying the Rakhi on her brothers hand...

And finally, the most awaited moment (for Megha), her gift from her brother! A live looking dinosaur! Roooar!

We also sent a cute little Rakhi to Jayeesh. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Megha's first day at JK!

Where did all the time go? Seriously?! She is already in JK! Here she is at the entrance of her school on the first day of kindergarten.

My eyes welled up and I was going through so many emotions only I know!

Soon after getting into the car, Anand started talking about something else altogether and I think I kind of got distracted from my blues.
Here she is sitting after praying on the first day:

Under the same circumstances, on the first day of Daycare sooo long ago.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How quickly they grow up!

Tanush is just 3 days short of being a one month old baby. Unbelievable how quickly he grew up. The  newborn cloths which used to loosely hang on him now fit on him right. I am hanging on to everything precious. And literally everything about him is precious.

A public nurse came to visit me today as part of the routine visits. She went through a whole lot things like post partum depression, baby blues etc. then finally she asked me what makes me happy as a mom to Tanush. I went on to say so much...finally she told me, the moment I started talking about him, I started smiling. I didn't even realize it myself :)

His cheeks are slowly filling in, God bless! How lucky am I to be his mom! 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My smart Boy and my smart baby girl

Its been exactly 2 weeks since we had our Tanush. If I take one day at a time, I feel like I am still recovering from a major surgery. If I look at the over all picture, its hard to know that its been 2 weeks!

I call him Tanuboo, just like I call Megha, Meghaboo.

Tanu is feeding well and is sleeping a lot better than the initial few days; as better as you can expect a 2 week old to sleep. After I feed him, I burp him and since yesterday, I lay him down when he is still awake. He kicks his legs, passes gas, fusses a little but eventually (with in 5 mins) falls asleep. EDIT: I spoke and jinxed this!!!

Some of the sleepers/onesies he wears are from Megha's time. Its unbelievable how quickly she grew up!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sleep issues

Tanush has not been sleeping well at all. If I have to mention one downside to exclusively breastfeeding, I would say that someone else not able to feed the baby so that I can get some much needed sleep. He is 3 weeks now and I am yet to sleep for longer than a max of 2 hours in one stretch in the past 3 weeks.

Tonight, actually I must say morning, it's almost 1 AM. I had been trying to get him to sleep for longer than 4 hours with no luck. He wants to feed all the time and doesn't want to sleep. This has been happening since a few days and I am beyond exhausted.

In the evenings, as much as I would like to, he doesn't stay awake. On top of that, we have people around who love to hold him snug (I don't blame them). So come night, he is too rested to settle down.

Sometimes I feel a little resentment towards everyone who is able to sleep through the night and during afternoon while I seem to struggle even to get 60-90 min sleep. No fault of anyone. It's just the sleep deprived, tired mommy talking. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Valaikappu for Baby Reddiar

Like last time, this time also I had 3 parties generously hosted by colleagues at work, friends and by Anand. Had fun in all these parties. The most special was at home hosted by Anand as he has prepared all (well, most) of the food items and planned everything.

Usually for the second baby we dont have Seemantham. But we do celebrate Valaikappu. My parents were here like last time. Here is last years celebration:

Unlike last time, we woke up fairly; I at 5:30, mom around 6:30 and Anand around 4 AM. By then Anand started cooking and was already mid way through. I started helping clean up, make coffee and do small things around. Majority of the cooking was taken over by Anand.

Here is the Puja table that we set up.
one more:

We had quite a few guests and I am glad to note that everyone whom we invited showed up.

Anand and I...

With mom and Dad

Blessings time for the little bun.

Everyone loved the food, i cant blame them. It really was yum.
We also had a little get together from the girls from my college days. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Our Baby is home!

Our little bundle is home! Hard to believe that its already been 12 full days since he was born. I will have to write a birth story yet for him.

He is such a joy. Baby and I are well on our way to getting used to each other. As of now he feeds every 2 hours during the daytime and every 2 and half to 3 hours during the nights. When i started writing this post, I had so much to tell. Now I dont know where to begin. My heart is so full with love for him.

Here he is resting with his dad.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Day before Jr Anand's arrival

Bags are packed, room is ready and pre-op registration done. Only thing remaining is for me to actually be prepared. I thought 9 months is a long time, I will be prepared but no. I am only getting more and more anxious. I guess its normal, considering a C section is quite a big deal, quite a life changing event.

We prepared Megha as much as we can, that she will be with my mom and dad for 2 nights. I am a little worried. This is the first time since she was born that I will be away from her during nights.

I hope and pray everything goes well.

As of now, nothing is more important than the well being of the baby. For that to happen, I play a major role. I intend to remain positive, push out all the negativity and concentrate only on the baby. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trip to Safari Niagara (Zoo)

Summer fun continues. Megha loves animals both big and small. We took her to Safari Niagara near Niagara falls last month. As is the usual scenario, I captured a picture of Megha and Anand at the entrance. We packed a small wagon too that had pillows, water, back packs etc.

She is especially fond of flamingos and was delighted to spot some soon after we entered the zoo park. She learned that Flamingo's are pink in color because of the food they eat.

There was little petting zoo where she fed the goats.

Here is another picture near the petting farm. She is always talking about visiting a farm, a barn, animals etc and she was delighted to see them in the zoo.

We saw several species of birds. We also stopped by for a while to look at the sleeping "Nala" (lioness).

Soon she was too tired to walk and ended up on her favorite spot, her dads shoulders.

Soon it was selfie time followed by lunch time!

I was a warm day and we kept hydrated. She would want my shades and hat when she is too too bored wearing her own shades and hat.

Megha and Anand also fed the Giraffe. Ooo that was scary (to me) but looked like they both had fun!

We also spotted Hippos, zebras and other animals. But by then both Megha and I were too tired to continue enjoying and we had to say good bye to animals.

As soon as we sat in the car, she wanted to know where "The Falls" were. Since we were only a few minutes away from the Niagara Falls, we went there, like the last time. Only this time, we stopped by for dinner. We had the best seats and the view to the Falls was awesome! The food was delicious; well, the starters were as we ordered cheese and salad. Cheese was out of the world.

After dinner, Megha was filled with energy and I was starting to feel more like myself again.

We took some pictures and the little love looked absolutely adorable.

Here Anand was pointing to the rainbow...

It was a wonderful wonderful day. Loved every bit of it.