A Furrytail Of Babies

A long long time ago (4 years to be precise), there lived a husband and wife. Very much in love, very much the ‘newlyweds’, very much the travelers, and very much on their way to discovering what it was to live the life of an expat in a country far far away (Dubai) from their home (India)…

Time went by very fast, as they settled into their new roles (and lots of household chores). A little after the New Year celebrations of 2013, they decided to have a baby. It made sense, it was after all the logical thing to do. So they embarked on this mission with full gusto, and signed up on every ‘animal rescue’ site there was on Facebook (Dubai chapter). They didn’t have to search for long, their prayers were answered very soon. There she was… with the biggest brown eyes, a smile to melt your heart, and a tail that could wag faster than the propellers of an aircraft. It only seemed right to name her after the one store they loved the most. Zara.

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 The couple started spending much of their time training, feeding, grooming, loving their new Rottweiler. She was the best thing that had happened to them. Yes their travels decreased, yes their expenditures went up, but there was no denying that she brought in even more love and happiness than they had ever imagined. They did such a good job looking after her, that they thought to themselves, ‘What can be better than having this baby?’. The answer was pretty obvious, ‘Another one! This time around, the human kind. Now THAT would definitely complete this family’. They had, after all, mastered the art of sleepless nights, getting up anytime between 4 and 6am for walks and feed, and keeping this lil munchkin happy and healthy. A baby can’t be any tougher right? They won’t poo and pee all over the house, they won’t chew the furniture, and if you leave them swaddled in one place…they will remain there till you are back… Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.

One year after, they were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. That’s when it all hit home. It was hard work. HARD WORK. The loving husband pitched in as much as he could, but it was tough. The wife juggled between baby, doggy, husband, house. And like all other fairytales, this one had a villain too – Time. There were not enough hours in a day!!! It was tough keeping Zara and baby apart, even tougher together .

The wife started losing her lovely locks, and husband started looking haggard. Both became whiney and started nagging each other all the time. It was turning into a nightmare. The only peaceful moment in the house, was when the baby smiled (or slept).

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It took a lot of patience (and discussions) to understand the whole family dynamics and the change. Slowwwly but surely, they set into a routine. Their lives started normalizing, they rediscovered their friends and favorite restaurants… House was again filled the sound of music, husband played the guitar again and the wife sang songs. Both babies started understanding their place in the family, and the house once more burst with laughter, mischief and play.

 And so they lived ‘Happily Ever After’

 Well, till the day they discovered a tortoise outside their house! They looked at each other cheekily and thought, ‘Hmmmmm, now what can be better than having 2 babies? 3 of course!!!’

The End.

 Stay tuned for the next article on ‘Introducing dog and baby’ 🙂

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Counting Boys

mapIt’s a no brainer that India boasts of the all too skewed up sex ratio. With such a patriarchal society like ours, every house wants a boy. Well, every house, except for my hubby’s. Their’s is a small family comprising of two uncles, four cousin and two brothers. A total of ten men (including DH & FIL) in a combined family of fifteen. This lopsided figure started turning for the better when ladies came in as spouses. However, it was safe to say that if India primarily had more boys than girls, I think my new family had a very major part to play.

 Baby no.11:

So it didn’t come as a surprise that everyone prayed hard for a girl when the first of our cousins got pregnant (As they all had when the aunts in the family were expecting, but we know how that turned out!). Oh how badly everyone wanted a girl. Everyone’s hopes soared high, and excited talks prevailed in every house. Counting minutes to D Day for when the lil angel would make ‘her’ appearance. The lady of the hour was finally wheeled into the hospital as the family stood with waited breath… On Feb 15th 2011, a beautiful baby was delivered. A beautiful baby boy. And no matter how the family felt about another boy joining the jing bang, celebrations rolled out to welcome the new arrival. After all, what really mattered was that both mother and baby were healthy, right?

 Baby no.12:

Three years on, my hubby and I announced our big news. This was now also a time of family group chats on Whatsapp. As the family got bigger and mostly living away from one another, the minute to minute update of food, clothes, jokes, ‘Goodmornings’ and ‘Goodnights’ ensured everyone stayed closely connected. And no matter how far my delivery date was, the excited talks on having a girl had already begun. Not a day went by when ‘we hope it’s a girl’ line wasn’t brought up. Few weeks down the line, another cousin got pregnant. The family was bursting with happiness. 2 girls maybe?? Were we both finally going to break the jinx? Bets were made, praying was made mandatory, and a conversation which went something like this ensued every other day:

“So how many girls in your house Dee?”

“Your parents had 2 girls”

“Your sister also had 2 girls”

“So isn’t it true that most of your cousins are girls?”

Everything that hinted at how high the chances were to have a girl in the family, thanks to me, was discussed. In a weird way, I felt the pressure that women in a patriarchal society feel, except that we had the gender in reverse. And before you get all judgmental about my hubby’s family, you should know that everything was always said in jest, and the pressures from such jokes n teases were more in my head than in actuality. But even so, I felt it.

Feb 16th 2015 arrived all too quickly. I was finally wheeled into labor room, and in a matter of hours, delivered our beautiful baby. A beautiful baby boy! The count of boys just went up to 12. But no matter how disappointed the family must’ve been, I was congratulated with full fervor. After all, the baby and I were both healthy.

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 Another baby:

 Few weeks on, the other cousin was wheeled into the delivery room. Now all eyes and attention was on them. Were the prayers finally going to be answered? Was the jinx finally going to be broken? We all waited and waited and waited for the big news. On 24th April 2015, the cousin delivered a beautiful baby. A beautiful and gorgeous baby girl!!! Can I possibly explain how ecstatic the family was? Probably not. Let’s just say, they were happy and relieved (And that all phone lines jammed from Mumbai to Muscat and Whatsapp just crashed!). It was now possible to welcome baby girls into the clan. Needless to say, everything pink was drummed out and the whole family was finally going to get a lil angel to spoil ❤

My boy is now 3 months old, and I love him no less than I would have a girl. He’s perfect. But something my dad said the day he was born, makes me smile each day….

“Now I won’t feel outnumbered in a family of girls. MY supporter is here 🙂 ”.

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Reason I chose to be stay at home MOM

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There he was sleeping peacefully my little Angel…I just Love love my little baby 🙂 Isn’t he the most precious gift I can ever ask for in my life?!! Isn’t his smile makes everything possible in the World ?!! Isn’t he the best ??!! isn’t he my reason to love my self and love everyone around him ???!!
 My thoughts started flowing endlessly . There was no full stop, comma or even exclamation mark !! As if I couldn’t swallow anything..Only thing was questions and questions in my mind and heart??????
I was on maternity leave and was going to start work in two months time. Those two months now seemed to be such a short period to me on that long night.. I just couldn’t sleep and kept thinking and fighting with my own load of questions, which had no answer from my side.
Till that time I was so much prepared that I was going to start working and look after my boy too. Now it seemed like some impossible task. Then I got what I like to call as answer of my never ending questions.
YES.. I would love to be STAY AT HOME MOM 🙂 or home maker or house wife whichever name we like to call it and happily look after my little bundle of joy. And here are the reasons I chose to be stay at home Mom.

1. To be able to breastfeed:

I exclusively breastfed my boy for the first six months and started baby led weaning after six months. I wanted to continue feeding him on demand. Of course I could have pumped it and someone could have fed him while would work but I did not want to miss the special time we both spent with each other. It’s so priceless and precious.

2. To never miss a milestone:

I never want to  miss any of his milestone, it’s something I never knew I will be so keen of. But the joy to see my son achieving all his milestones, is just unbelievable. I had always visioned him to start walking and come to me with a big smile on his face! I’m still waiting for that day to come. Keeping my fingers crossed!

3.  For those cute baby things:

Is it only me who just loves baby fragrance? I have always loved how my boy smells! His hair smells, his tiny face, little hands, everything smells just so awesome. I didn’t want to miss those morning cuddles and those lovely hugs from him.

4.  To live the moment:

To live the moment, this is something he has taught me. He is so full of energy, and always ready to learn new things even if he fails so at it, in the beginning. His love for me is so pure and unconditional. Children teach us so much about life. How could I just miss those beautiful years of our lives?

5.  To be there for my child: babythemommyblog

Above all, my child always wanted me, his mom to nourish him. To be with him, spend time with him doing silly yet fun things. He wanted to sleep with him, snuggle him, feed him. His life revolves around me and my life around him.
 So I wanted to make these first few years, the most precious ones of our life. I knew these initial years are going to work towards building up strong foundation for his future. Every one in the world needs someone who loves them unconditional – he is sleeping peacefully next to me. He who heard my heart beating when he was in my womb. He who loves me. He who chose me to be his mum.
I chose to stay with him. To be his MOM!

Four Photos | February 2015

This series Four Photos reminds me of taking more and more pictures every month. And I’m sure I will cherish all these moments for years to come.

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^^ I took this one on a lazy morning when I was standing at the window, doing absolutely nothing.

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^^ Nothing excites me more than a stack of freshly launder cloth diapers. And I just can’t resist myself more clicking too many pictures of them! Obsessive cloth diapering momma, I’m!

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^^I took this picture back in 2009 when I visited Charminar with family! I obviously didn’t have a high-end camera back then so I had clicked it from my Nokia 5700! Throwback time!

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^^ I took this one when we went out with kids to one of the beautiful parks in Doha. I just love this picture for that awesome reflection in water and the shades in the sky!

 I strongly suggests all of you to try and capture little moments in life, so you can look back to see how much fun you have had while snapping them. So go get your cameras and start making some memories!!

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My First Liebster Award

This couldn’t have got any better. Yayy! I’m super excited for being nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank you Marlene of First-Time Mom at 42 for making this happen.

You can find her at here. http://1sttimemomat42.wordpress.com/

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What does this mean?

The Liebster Award is basically an award that is by bloggers, for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in the discovery of new and upcoming bloggers.

When nominated, you are asked to answer 11 questions and to share the answers in blog post.

The Liebster Award Rules require that I answer several questions about myself and nominate one or more other blogs that I enjoy, so here goes.

1) Why did you decide to start a blog?

The day I became a mum, I knew I had to tell the world how incredibly awesome it feels to be one. And the pure intentions of sharing the ups and downs of my life with other beautiful people out there, who might just need that little boast to kick start their journey of being a parent. 😉 

2) What is my favorite thing about blogging?

Every night I sit down to check my mailbox and I’m overwhelmed to see those lovely messages from my readers coming in from different parts of the world. So yeah the favourite thing about blogging for me has to be my audience. Thank you readers for accepting and appreciating my crap and still loving me so much! 

3) What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?

I can only talk about being a mom and a blogger, that’s how it’s always been for me. I was never a blogger alone! And coming to the ‘challenge’ part, almost every day is a like a challenge. But the most challenging part of them all, is tucking our little humans in their beds and then sit down ‘hitting’ the keyboard!  But then at the end of the day, I thoroughly love it. 

4) What is your favorite thing to cook?

I’m not a great cook! Definitely not. But I occasionally do bake cookies and muffins for our girls. And yeah my favourite thing to cook is the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

5) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I have always dreamt of a long peaceful holiday in Venice. So yeah Venice it is. 

6) When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ok the answer is going to sound stupid to you. Because it always kept changing ‘the-what-I-want-to-be’?!?. At one point I wanted to be a doctor, then an engineer, then an air-hostess , a chef but eventually I got trained to be a teacher. And here I’m a happy WAHM blogger! 🙂 

7) What would be your dream job now?

This is a trick question. Well I’m still ‘dreaming’ of it for now! 🙂

8) What is your favorite meal to order at a restaurant?

A full-fledged Mughlai or Chinese! Or may be a little from both?

9) What is your favorite dessert?

I’ve a sweet-tooth so mostly anything will do! But in particular old fashioned Chococolate Fudge with a scoop of vanilla icecream is to die for. 🙂 

10) What is your favorite Holiday?

Definitely Eid holiday with family! Delicious food, happy reunions, gifts, night out with cousins, ..aahh that sheer feel of joy and happiness!

11) What would your dream date night include?

Dinner, Dessert and a long drive.

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I was born in 1990.
  2. I just can’t start any day without my energy drink—coffee 😉
  3. I LOOOVE Bollywood music to the moon and back.
  4. When I was in college I had a lot of interest in painting.
  5. I love House M.D
  6. I say more “Nos” than “Yes”.
  7. I rarely watch TV shows and new movies now.
  8. I have no idea what alcohol tastes like. Seriously.
  9. I don’t wear makeup too often.
  10. I do what I love to do and I do it obsessively.
  11. And yeah, I love being me.

I nominate Kaley of ‘So, I have two babies’, which can be found at http://nickknockedmeup.com/

Hilarie of ‘Postively Paniked’, which can be found at https://positivelypanicked.wordpress.com/

Sandy of ‘Crooked Housewife’, which can be found at https://crookedhousewife.wordpress.com/

Love,

haajra

 

 

Masaledar (spicy) Chicken Curry Recipe

Here we are with yet another lip-smacking recipe for all you foodie readers. If you are a huge fan of the hot and spicy Mughlai cuisine and of course if you are not a vegan then this chicken curry is for you. Go ahead and treat yourself with this super spicy dish.chicken curry

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 1/2 kg with bones
  • Cashew – 8-9
  • Almonds – 9-10
  • Chironji – fist full
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Chopped Onion – 1 (thin sliced and deep fried until golden)
  • Mint leaves – chopped
  • Coriander – chopped
  • Garam masala (spices) – one half teaspoon
  • Cardamom – 2 whole
  • Cloves – 1-2 whole
  • Black Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – 1 small (whole)
  • Vinegar – 4 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice- 2-3 teaspoon
  • Tomato sauce – 4 tablespoon
  • Sesame seeds- 3 teaspoon (roasted)
  • Dry coconut – 2 tablespoon ( grated and roasted)
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Red chilli powder – 1-2 teaspoon
  • Ginger garlic paste – two and half teaspoon
  • Yoghurt – 300 grams (beaten)
  • Oil – 5 tablespoon

What you need to do:

  1. Wash the chicken thoroughly.
  2. Marinate the chicken with salt, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, lemon for half an hour.
  3. Then add yogurt and fried onion to the chicken and mix well.
  4. Now keep the chicken aside for another half an hour.
  5. Make a paste of cashew, almonds, chironji, sesame seeds and dry coconut (add a little water if required) and keep aside.
  6. In a pan heat oil and put the chicken and add vinegar, whole spices to it and stir.
  7. Cook with lid for about 20-25 minutes and stir occasionally.
  8. Add the prepared paste to the pan. Let it cook for 20 mins or until the mixture in the pan starts to thicken.
  9. Stir in between so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  10. Add tomato sauce when the mixture thick enough.
  11. Simmer for 5-10 mins or until the oil separates.

Serve with rice or chapati.

Which spicy dish have you heard this week?? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers X

Carter’s Baby Blanket {Giveaway}

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When I found out that I was expecting for the first time, one of the first few things I thought of shopping was for cute and beautiful baby blankets. As our first was a winter-born I knew blankets were the best thing to keep the baby nice ans snug.
And then when I had my first daughter two years ago, I can’t tell you how many blankets and quilts I was given. I have an entire bin full of them! But after having my second daughter almost ten months ago, I received just a pair of blankets. Everyone knew that I probably had more than enough. Carter’s baby blanket was the first one I ever received, so it has a special place in the shelf and in my heart! 😉
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So here’s is something for all you readers, a cute little giveaway so you keep your tots, nice, warm and snug in the coming chilly season!
Carter’s is a well-known company that offers amazingly soft and durable baby stuff. And when I say amazingly soft, they truly are! I have a dressed up both of my girls, in the outfits from their clothing line,  and I just can’t deny that they are all so so adorable.
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And I’m so happy to be giving away one of their lovely baby blankets to one of you. It will come in this cute bear print pictured here. So if you want to grab this soft and lovely blanket for your baby then follow these baby steps.
  1. Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall and tag Hfareen’s Space to it. (So I can check).
  2. Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.
  3. (This is the one you must do) Leave a comment below and tell me why you want a Carter’s baby blanket.
 Or simply click on the underlined Rafflecopter link  and then follow the instructions.

Enter here—a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is worth ₹ 600/- approximately

You don’t need to be a wordpress user/blogger to enter this giveaway.
*For Indian residents only.
I will select a winner on August 4th.
** This is not a sponsored post.
Good luck to you!
haajra