W R I T E –
My #onelittleword for 2019. For many reasons.
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month and reading stories of so many fellow mom bloggers on Instagram, took me back to my initial days of motherhood and how I hated everything about being a mother, except my darling baby of course!
I’ve never been the kind who makes New Year resolutions or writes down goals. Like a true Taurean, I just get on to doing something till I achieve it, or till I realize it’s not meant for me!
This year I was introduced to a new concept by a couple of wonderful bloggers – One Little Word. It is originally a concept of Ali Edwards from Oregon, USA since 2006, who explains the concept very simply as “A single word can be a powerful thing.” (https://aliedwards.com/one-
I see it as one word or theme to live your year and your life by – be it in your relationships, be it at work or home, be it with your projects, be it with your goals, etc. The word should inspire and motivate you to keep moving towards something better.
I saw some fellow UAE Mom Bloggers come up with some wonderful ideas for their own words for 2018 and it got me thinking what is the one thing lacking in me?
The news of a pregnancy brings along so many emotions for the parents and families, mainly happiness and anxiety. If you have an older child who is yet too young to understand the situation, parents worry about how the situation will affect the child. As a mother, I understand this as my elder son, A was just 22 months old when we realised we were pregnant with his brother.
Initially, we received a lot of mixed emotions from our families – happiness and excitement for the arrival of another bundle of joy, and apprehension on how A was too young for his world to be shaken up like this. Bearing in mind that I am a stay-at-home mother, my son spent every waking (and sleeping) moment with me, and this fact started to cause me a lot of stress too!
It’s amazing how children learn so much by watching and observing their parents,but what’s even more special is how parents can learn to see everything in a new light when they are with their children.
Every new experience for the child, becomes a new experience for the parents too, as they get to learn a different way of exploring and dealing with things.
I love Diwali – the biggest Hindu festival of the year – the festival of lights!
Last year, I wrote about how I spend My kind of Diwali in Dubai. This year, I wanted to document my Diwali in pictures – the Rangolis the kids’ and I made, the diyas we lit, the clothes we wore, the prayer rituals – everything!
Diwali typically is a 5 day Hindu festival starting from Dhanteras and ending on Bhai Dooj.
Today, on your 5th birthday, I’m not going to tell you how much I love you…you already know that. I’m not going to tell you about the man I wish for you to become, there is time for that.
I once read somewhere:
“Do not forget to wish your mom on your birthday, its one of the most special days of her life”
I’m a full-time, stay-at-home mom who manages a business, a home and a blog on a part-time basis. Come school vacations, and the pressure increases as the kids wake up with me in the morning and sleep late at night with me too. This means that there are days when I am with the kids 24×7.
Over the last 5 years of mommyhood, I’ve seen various friends go on holidays without their kids – some on a girls’ trip and others on a mini-moon with their husbands. My husband and I always thought that we would not enjoy a holiday without the kids and we would not want to deprive them of the pleasure and learning that comes with travelling and being in a new place.
My kids see their dad only on Fridays.
But the first thing dad does every night when he comes to bed, is kiss them on their foreheads.
The kids get to play with their dad only on Fridays.
But dad knows most of what they have been upto everyday.
The kids only eat 2 meals in a week with their dad.
But it is their dad who sits and feeds them those 2 meals, (and knows how much of a struggle it is!)
I am an introvert. My uncles and aunts often describe my childhood self as “the girl who used to hide behind her mother”. I was quite shy and only comfortable around my immediate family and close friends.
When I was in high school, my older sister went to Wollongong, Australia to complete her undergraduate degree. She has always been a people’s person and loves making friends. Looking at her having a great learning experience there – both inside and outside the classroom – I had decided that I would also like to go study abroad.