Operation Slumbertime

15099773683_f36735afc7_oIf 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.

Sleep

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.

Photo credit:
  1. Image 1: Flickr.com
  2. Image 2: Quotesgram.com

 

Feel Good Friday Quotes

 

EmilysQuotes.Com-Competition with no one

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.

 Image Courtsey: EmilyQuotes.com

Time for a Coffe Break/update

FranceParisAttacks

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‚Äôs¬†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¬†‚ÄúOla¬†Cabs‚Ä̬†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‚Äôs¬† 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‚Äôs¬† latest Clifton¬† Chronicles¬†‚ÄúMightier¬†than¬†the¬†Sword‚ÄĚ.¬†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‚Äôs 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.

 Image Courtsey : Washington Post

Why do I write?

I write because :

  • Writing¬†helps¬†me¬†organize¬†the¬†gazillion¬†thoughts¬†going¬†on¬†in¬†my¬†mind.
  • Writing¬†helps¬†me¬†with¬†introspection.
  • Writing¬†motivates¬†me.
  • Writing¬†brings¬†me¬†joy¬†and¬†cheer.
  • Writing¬†is¬†interesting.
  • Writing allows me to be as creative as I wish.
  • Writing¬†makes¬†me¬†think¬†and¬†look¬†beyond¬†the¬†mundane¬†and¬†ordinary¬†life¬†of¬†a¬†stay-at-home-mom.
  • Writing¬†helps¬†me¬†document¬†some¬†of¬†the¬†ordinary¬†and¬†some¬†not-so-ordinary¬†happenings¬†in¬†our¬†lives.¬†It¬†helps¬†me¬†create¬†and¬†preserve¬†memories
  • I¬†like¬†reading¬†what¬†other‚Äôs¬†write.¬†Hence,¬†I¬†write¬†in¬†the¬†hope¬†that¬†someday,¬†somebody¬† somewhere¬†will¬†enjoy¬†reading¬†what¬†I¬†write.
  • Writing¬†is¬†an¬†art.¬†And¬†like¬†any¬†art,¬†requires¬†a¬†lot¬†of¬†practice.¬†I¬†write¬†to¬†hone¬†and¬† improve¬†my writing¬†skills.
  • I¬†like¬†to¬†work¬†out¬†my¬†brains¬†and¬†love¬†solving¬†puzzles.¬†Writing¬†to¬†me¬†is¬†like¬†solving¬† a¬†Jigsaw¬†puzzle¬†figuring¬†out¬†the¬†right¬†words¬†and¬†their¬†proper¬†placement,¬†making¬†it¬† challenging¬†and¬†interesting.
  • I¬†dream¬†of¬†being¬†an¬†author¬†someday.

Note: Written for the Writing 101 Course – Daily Challenge Day 1

A Mother’s CheckList (Writing 101 – Daily Challenge #2)

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¬†‚ÄúSmart¬†One‚Ä̬†who¬†always¬†keeps¬†ticking¬†off¬†a¬†Check-List¬†mentally¬†as¬† you¬†leave¬†the¬†house¬†to¬†ensure¬†you¬†haven‚Äôt¬†forgotten¬†anything¬†important.¬†Mobile?¬†Check!¬† Wallet?¬†Check!¬†Keys?¬†Check!

Most¬†of¬†us¬†know¬†about¬†Murphy‚Äôs¬†Law¬†(some¬†better¬†than¬†the¬†others¬†ūüėȬ†)¬†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.

  1. Extra Diapers
  2. Wet Wipes
  3. Diaper Changing Mat
  4. Hand Sanitizer
  5. Extra set of Baby Clothes
  6. Snacks
  7. Water Bottle/Sipper
  8. Feeding Bottle / Feeding Cover
  9. Child’s favourite Toy/Book/ Busy Bag
  10. Lots of small Plastic Bags (can be used for diaper litter/ to store wet & soiled clothes/  to contain all the waste till you get to a dustbin) (You can save space in your bag by  folding plastic bags into compact triangles like this one here.)
  11. Muslin Cloth (in case your toddler is running a cold) / Dry Tissues
  12. A Folding Shopping Bag (Because we all know that a Mother has to make the  inevitable pit-stop at the Grocery shop for Milk and Bread, and nobody likes  to pay 5p for the plastic shopping bags)
  13. Wallet (Also check to make sure your credit card/cash is in the wallet)
  14. Mobile Phone
  15. Keys
  16. Umbrella/Raincoat (depending on the weather, but if you live anywhere in the UK,  you must be used to carrying it along everyday)
  17. Sunglasses (at least in Summer)
  18. Hat & Mittens

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¬†–¬† ‚ÄúList‚ÄĚ.¬†You¬†can¬†read¬†about¬†it¬†on¬†my¬†previous¬†post¬†here.

Kickstarting Blogging 101: Who I am and Why I’m Here

New¬†to¬†Blogging,I¬†know¬†I¬†have¬†a¬†long¬†way¬†to¬†go¬†and¬†lots¬†to¬†learn¬†to¬†get¬†my¬†‚ÄúDream¬†Blog‚Ä̬† 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‚Äôs¬†hesitation.¬†Here‚Äôs¬†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 ūüôā

Our¬†first¬†task¬†is¬†to¬†write¬†a¬†post¬†on¬†‚ÄúWho¬†I¬†am¬†and¬†Why¬†I‚Äôm¬†here‚ÄĚ.

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¬†‚ÄúPrince Charming‚Ä̬†and¬†moved¬†to¬†Switzerland¬†shortly¬†after.¬†Due¬†to¬†several¬†reasons,¬†I¬†couldn‚Äôt¬†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¬†‚Äúapple¬†of¬†my¬†eye‚ÄĚ,¬†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‚Äôt¬†have¬†to¬† worry¬†about¬†losing¬†contact/touch¬†with¬†them¬†after¬†the¬†next¬†move¬†ūüôā

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.