Today’s Quote is specially dedicated to all those ladies who missed out on the Black Friday Bargains 😉
Today’s Quote is specially dedicated to all those ladies who missed out on the Black Friday Bargains 😉
If you have been following my blog, you may have read about V’s erratic sleeping habits in my coffee update post.
Although I mentioned it only towards the end of the post, I would be lying if I said that it was the last thing on my mind when I wrote the post.
This sudden change in V’s sleeping pattern started sometime after his second birthday in early October. Thanks to Babycenter, I did expect a few changes in his sleep pattern. However, I foolishly assumed it to mean that V would simply skip one of his morning naps. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. In V’s case, there was hardly any change in his daytime nap. Instead, he starting sleeping less at night. He would sleep for two to three hours post his usual bedtime at night and then wake up refreshed and stay awake till 5 or 6 Am in the morning (today he was awake from 2:30 AM to 8:00 AM). He would then sleep for about 6 to 7 hours at a stretch and wake up only in the afternoon. Obviously, the system was wrong.
At first I thought it could be because of lots of unspent physical energy and tried to increase the amount of physical activity that I usually try to include in V’s daily routine. However, I found it increasingly difficult to include outdoor activities after the end of daylight saving, and the onset of autumn (or is it winter already?). Instead, I tried to include as many indoor activities as I could think of such as dancing, jumping and running around the house. Still, it didn’t work and so my poor hubby was left with no choice but to deal with my sleep deprived alter ego; waiting to snap, snarl and bite.
So, after going through various stages of whining, ranting, crying, guilt, self-pity, frustration, anger and then trying to make a change and failing miserably, I was back to Square One. Tired of cribbing about the same thing to anybody who would bother to talk to me, I have finally come to the conclusion that this task needs to be tackled in a bit more organised and planned manner.
And That, my friends is how Operation Slumbertime came into being.
Here is what I plan to do:
Step 1 :
Try and create a sleep journal (akin to a diet journal), to log in the number of hours that V sleeps during the day and if there is a pattern to it. Hopefully, it helps in identifying the problem. *Fingers crossed*
Depending on the results of Step 1, will post updates on the steps that follow.
Sometimes, it is necessary to stop what we are doing and see how far we have come and where we want to go. Life is too short to be lived for somebody else. In the end, all that matters is what YOU think about YOURSELF.
I plan to share some of my favorite quotes every Friday aimed at increasing positivity and confidence; to bring cheer and lighten up our moods after a hectic and stressful week.
I decided to start with this quote as this is the best reflection of my thougths and feelings as we are nearing the end of the Blogging 101 & Writing 101 Courses.
Even though I have been unable to complete all the assignments, I know I have tried my best and I definitely know I have learnt a lot in the last three weeks. Therefore, I am happy.
If I were having Coffee with you right now… I am sure we would be discussing about the multiple Terror attacks in Paris last week, and feel sorry for the innocent victims and the unnecessary lives that were prematurely killed. I would probably tell you that the pattern of the attacks reminded me of similar terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008, known as the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, and urge you not to lose hope in humanity. This video by one of the victim’s husbands is very touching and definitely inspiring. I am sure Paris will rise back stronger than before.I would applaud the French Government and Police for their brave and quick action in handling the situation.
If I were having Coffee with you right now… I would probably spend a few minutes ranting about the weather and the windy and chilly evenings at Derby making it difficult for me to step out of the house after sunset. I would also talk about the weather back at my home town of Chennai, a coastal city in Southern India. I would tell you about the heavy rainfall in Chennai over the last few days that has caused flooding and water logging in many parts of the city. The unexpected monsoon has claimed 178 lives across the state of Tamil Nadu. Friends and Family have been sharing pictures of streets that have changed overnight to resemble the canals of Venice. Several good Samaritans have been reaching out to help the people stranded due to the floods, offering accommodation and food packets to those in need. The services offered by a national Cab service operator “Ola Cabs” was noteworthy. The online cab aggregator for personal transportation immediately co-ordinated with local fishermen and rowers to offer free Boat services to those in need. You can read more about it here.
If I were having Coffee with you right now… I would be talking about the famous Indian Festival of Lights known as Diwali /Deepawali which was celebrated last week. I would tell you how disappointed I was at first to be missing the celebrations in India. I would then tell you about the double celebrations we had this year in Derby over the course of two weekends with two different group of friends : A get-together with my Husband’s colleagues and family last weekend and another get-together of the South Indian Association on the weekend before that. Two weekends spent blissfully.
If I were having Coffee with you right now… I would tell you how excited I am to finally lay my hands on a copy of Jeffrey Archer’s latest Clifton Chronicles “Mightier than the Sword”. My Husband and I have been waiting forever for the book to be available at our local Library. I would say that the long wait was definitely worth it. The book was a page- turner,with the plot twists as expected from an Archer novel. Eagerly awaiting the sequel scheduled to be out in Feb 2016.
If I were having Coffee with you right now… I would definitely give you an update about my little boy V. I would tell you about the sleepless nights I have been having off late, due to a sudden change in my son’s sleeping patterns. I would tell you about his newfound confusion between day and night and how he has been waking up at 2 AM every day like an alarm clock and running and jumping around the house till 6 in the morning. This has been happening for about two weeks now.The lack of proper sleep at night is making me a wreck. I have been trying everything I can think of including letting him get a lot of physical activity during the day to trying to schedule his afternoon nap a little early. After a day, he reverts to his own sleeping schedule. Desperately praying and hoping for God to work his magic and bring back some normalcy and routine into our daily schedule. God knows how much I long for a normal 5 hours sleep at night.
I write because :
Note: Written for the Writing 101 Course – Daily Challenge Day 1
Have you ever locked yourself out of the house only because you forgot to take your keys with you just before closing the door (assuming you have a self latching door, as is the norm these days)?
Have you ever done your grocery shopping for the week and realised that you have left your wallet behind only after reaching the till?
Have you ever driven half way across town to pick up clothes from your favourite Dry Cleaner’s only to realise that you left the receipt back home?
Or Maybe you are the “Smart One” who always keeps ticking off a Check-List mentally as you leave the house to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything important. Mobile? Check! Wallet? Check! Keys? Check!
Most of us know about Murphy’s Law (some better than the others 😉 ) and how it is bound to rain on the day you forget to take your Umbrella.
Now, imagine you are the mother of a toddler! The probability of each of the above scenarios happening to you has just become 10 times higher.
That’s why having a check-list becomes a necessity.
Here is a sneak peak of the list of items on my Check-List.
Note: Some of these items may not be required on a regular basis and hence skipped occasionally. I am trying to keep the list exhaustive.
That’s all I seem to remember now. In case I have missed out anything else that you like to carry along, please let me know in the comments. I would love to include them to my purse/hand bag as well.
Also, out of curiosity I would like to know if somebody has ever forgotten their kid’s shoes while going out for a walk (Or is it just me??).
Do share an incident where you have forgotten something like this and felt silly later. We can all share a good laugh and learn from each others’ experiences.
Note: This post is in response to the prompt on Writing 101. Daily Challenge Day 2 – “List”. You can read about it on my previous post here.
New to Blogging,I know I have a long way to go and lots to learn to get my “Dream Blog” up and running. So, the minute I read about the Blogging 101 & Writing 101 Courses on WordPress, I signed up for them without a moment’s hesitation. Here’s why : a) The courses were FREE b) The Assignments were NOT Mandatory and most importantly c) It seemed like a wonderful platform to connect with other new bloggers like me.
Bonus : I have also discovered some very interesting Blogs to follow 🙂
Our first task is to write a post on “Who I am and Why I’m here”.
Most of my friends have already finished their assignments and posted them on their blog.
So, not wanting to be lagging behind in my daily assignments (even though they are not mandatory), I will get to the point straight away without any more preamble.
You can call me J. I was born and brought up in India. I have a degree in Accounting and worked in India for a short while. Around five years back,I got married to my “Prince Charming” and moved to Switzerland shortly after. Due to several reasons, I couldn’t work in Switzerland. Not that I am complaining :). We lived in a small village in the Swiss Countryside and the life there was a complete contrast to the fast-paced city life I was used to earlier in India.This gave me a lot of free time to pursue other interests, mainly travelling and trekking. I also learnt a bit of German while in Switzerland, something I hope to follow up in the future.
After a three year stint in Switzerland, we returned to India with a new addition to the family : the “apple of my eye”, my darling boy V. Ever since I became a mother, my life has undergone a sea change. My life seems to revolve around my little boy. My husband and I started our journey as parents feeling somewhat clueless and lost. From just waiting for the sleepless nights to end at first to then watching V smile, laugh, giggle, crawl, walk and now talk (albeit just a few words), sometimes I wonder how on Earth has time passed by so quickly.
V is two years old now and I know that unless I take some effort to pause and create some lovely memories with V, time will fly.I hope to record and preserve some of our wonderful memories in this blog, knowing it will be something we will cherish in the future.
So, why choose to blog instead of recording them in a Private Journal?
A.To Make New Friends:
Being a Stay-at-Home Parent is hard and to survive the days of tantrums and share your problems, you definitely need support. Support from the Spouse, Support from your parents, Support from your Siblings ans Support from Friends. My Husband works in a Consultancy Firm and so we have had to move cities/countries two times in the past two years. This means I have to make New Friends, something I have struggled with ever since I finished College. Making New Friends via Blogging means you don’t have to worry about losing contact/touch with them after the next move 🙂
B.I Like Writing
I really do enjoy writing. I always have, but also find it very difficult to write consistently. That is why, I have never been able to maintain a Dairy/Journal. I would discontinue after the enthusiasm of the initial week.
With a blog, at least I can hope to rely on the Daily Stats Page to serve as a reminder when I lag behind (like today).
Anyway, I am glad I have finally been able to finish the first assignment. Hope to be more regular going forward.
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