Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Baby Gizmo YouTube Giveaway

Awesome giveaway for Day 7 - Bumbleride Flyer!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bugaboo Giveaway

Baby Gizmo has yet another fabulous giveaway (wonder if I will ever actually win one of the awesome products they give away!) - this time it is the (hold your breath!) BUGABOO DONKEY!

Yes! How cool is that?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

the pregnancy story

it would not be right to pen down chuku's birth story without revealing the supremely embarrassing pregnancy story - sigh!

the fact is that i did not know that i was pregnant until i was at 23 weeks gestation which, in lay terms, means that i was nearly 6 months along before i "accidentally" found out that i was expecting a baby.

in my defense, i did not have the usual symptoms of pregnancy that most folks experience. for starters, my cycle has NEVER been regular so going for months without a period is a normal thing for me. i did not have any food cravings, morning sickness or sudden weight gain.

here's what happened. i had not had my period in a really long time and before i visited my ob/gyn on 15 september 2009 to discuss this, i took a pregnancy test which was negative. when i visited him, we discussed options for fertility treatment etc. and he started me on a course of hormonal pills to regulate my period. i was to have revisited his office for an ultrasound in 15 days time. however, dad had a surgery and i decided to go to hyderabad to help mom and dad out and figured that the fertility treatment could wait till i returned from there. i left for hyderabad on 6 oct 2009. i was there for nearly 2.5 months during which time i noticed some random strange stuff happening with my body that i did not relate to pregnancy in any way!

  1. my hair, which has always been super straight and silky, turned dry and frizzy all of a sudden. i put this down to the fact that i was coloring my hair.
  2. i was tired all the time. i mean ALL THE TIME! i put that down to jet lag, the fact that i was doing a lot of running around for mom and dad and was traveling around a lot with ved and my in-laws.
  3. i was peeing more often than usual. this did not become a problem until around dec 2009 when i thought i was suffering from UTI cos i felt like i needed to pee all the time!
ved and i got back to charlotte mid-dec 2009 and i was continuing to feel tired all the time. it took me nearly a month to recover from what both ved and i thought was jet lag. since ved fell ill due to his allergies in india, it took him that long to recover from him jet lag anyway. in the meantime, the constant need to pee became a pain in the wrong place! once we got back to charlotte, ved and i started a fairly intensive workout regimen. i was becoming increasingly disillusioned with my slow progress in losing weight. despite my best efforts, i was only able to lose a pound or 2 here and there and my stomach did not seem to be reducing despite all the ab crunches i was doing! the earliest appointment that i was able to get with greg parker, my ob/gyn, was on 9 feb 2010. he completed my annual physical and asked me routinely if i was -pregnant - i said that i did not think that i was (what a joke!) but that i was not sure. he ran a routine pregnancy test - same as always when i visit him. we discussed fertility treatment options again and he sent me packing with a prescription for hormonal pills with the instruction that i was to go back for an ultrasound in 2 weeks time. i was at the parking lot, just about to get into the car, when he called me back into the clinic to give me the shocking and momentous news that i was pregnant. i drove back home in a daze to share the news with ved - both of us were shocked and ecstatic!

2 weeks later, i had my first prenatal ultrasound - i almost fell off the table and ved almost fell off his chair when we got to know that i was almost 6 months pregnant. we were pegging it at max 2-2.5 months!!! the strange behaviors of my body finally started making sense to me! it was like fitting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together - the whole picture was suddenly very clear!! and yes, i still feel very very stupid for not realizing much sooner that i was pregnant!!

a week later, chutku started moving around inside me - if no one had told me, i suppose i would have figured out on my own that i was pregnant by this point.

other than the backaches and need to pee all the time, i must say that i had a fairly easy pregnancy. i was eating healthy and exercising anyway since i had been trying to lose weight. i continued on the regimen, modifying the type and intensity of the exercises. the last month of the pregnancy was as miserable for me as it is for most pregnant women and it did not help that chutku was born overdue.

the birth story will be another post!

getting down to it!

so i have finally decided to actually use my blog for posting stuff like i was supposed to, as opposed to letting it collect virtual dust! what prompted me to to do this after a 4 year hiatus? an 8 month old baldie in my life named tarun vedam a.k.a. chutku. i realized a few months ago that i would eventually forget all of the cute (and not so cute) stuff he did when he was a baby - eeeks! what on earth would i do when i got upset enuf to wallop him? or when i wanted to know what he did when he was a day old or week old or 3 months old or whatever?

so i have now resolved to capture all that i can remember from the time i learnt that i was pregant with him, starting with the pregnancy story - he will want to hear it one day and i want to make sure i tell it to him right!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

i miss you DD

those were the days...the golden days of DD programming -

  • of Malgudi Days - the lilting, melodious title tune & the exploits of swami and his friends. simple. timeless.
  • of Karamchand Jasoos - who can forget the carrot-munching detective and his seemingly airheaded sidekick kitty...the words 'Shut up Kitty' have never been uttered with more flair!
  • of Street Hawk - the man...the machine...street hawk!! the show which introduced hi-tech gadgetry to tv...kudos.
  • of Buniyaad, Hum Log, Nukkad, Humraahi - those long running serials which the mature audiences were hooked to. the current never-ending saas-bahu serials are not even a patch on the likes of the old dd serials. ghanshu bhikari, khopadi, devaki, masterji, laajoji...all characters that have left indelible imprints on my mind...
  • of Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi - the show that gave us the unforgettable dialogues: '30 years ka experience' and 'yeh kya ho raha hai'!
  • of The World this Week - prannoy roy was an instant hit with his polished accent and crisp reading of news and events across the globe. i used to eagerly wait for the entertainment news during the last 5-6 minutes of the show.
  • of Chitrahaar - the only show which aired the latest film songs...how i used to love to sing along. of course, most of the lyrics used to be all wrong!
  • of Indradhanush - introduced the then unknown world of comupters and cloning. i specifically remember the food capsules - these would magically transform into the dish you want to eat...yum!
  • of Fauji - ahhhhhhhhh....my first and biggest crush! :-) shahrukh rocked the show...and my life in equal measures! i wasn't quite sure whether to rejoice or mourn when he and babe he fancied got trapped under the parachute...heh!
  • of Pacchpan Khambe Lal Deewarein - such an adult show. also the root of my second largest crush on an indian tv show hero...aman verma was totally drool-worthy (as gross as that sounds!!) in the show.
  • of Wagle Ki Duniya - quite a funny show. there was also the added charm of wagle's mannerisms and characteristics (and escapades) being very similar to my dad's mannerisms and characteristics.
  • of Surabhi - renuka shahane's winning smile and siddharth kak's impeccable language, along with the format and presentation of the show were quite the hit.
  • of Star Trek - my childhood resemblance to dr. spok earned me the infamous nickname of mrs. spok (why mrs. i wonder - i could not have been more than 6 yrs old when i earned the bloody title which continues to haunt me to this day. i, very thankfully, don't bear the remotest resemblance to spok now!)
  • of Trishna - the wonderfully indian adaptation of pride and prejudice. what fun!
  • of Udaan - the title track was lovely and the serial was one of the many inspiring shows that aired on dd in those days.
  • of Chunauti - a brilliantly simple depiction of the struggle with drug addiction. a wonderful way to spread the social message.
  • of Vikram aur Betaal - betaal's long tresses were rather fascinating, i must say! heh!
  • of Ramayana and Mahabharat - epic serials. epic entertainment.
  • of the Spiderman and He-Man cartoons - the show tunes of 'Spiderman! Spiderman! Friendly Neighbourhood Spiderman!' and 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' were anthems unto themselves.
  • of Rajani - a great method of spreading the message of consumer awareness.
  • of Vyomkesh Bakshi - the unbeatable detective played to perfection by rajat kapur.
  • of Qile Ka Rahasya - what an anti-climactic ending after building up all that suspense!
  • of Honi Anhonee - demystified the unexplained in a rather interesting manner.
  • of Mungeri Lal ke Haseen Sapne -some of the episodes were very average but some were absolutely hilarious. for some reason, the episode i remember very vividly is the one in which mungeri lal dreams of becoming batman (!) with a weird song called 'Batman, Chamgadar Batman' playing as the intro to his character. heh!
  • of Tamas - brought out the brutal realism of the partition. i remember it used to air rather late in the night.
  • of Turning Point - there hasn't been a better way of learning science since...
  • of Lifeline - Jeevan Rekha - the title tune was soooo apt. and the series provided a fairly realistic insight into the lives of doctors.
  • of Kashish - very mills & boon type but quite a hit with me in those days!
  • of the indian Jungle Book - 'Chaddi pahen ke phool khila hai'...need i say more!
  • of Phatichar - a hilarious serial with pankaj kapur in the lead role.
  • of Flop Show - the hit show that introduced jaspal bhatti's comedy.

the list can just go on endlessly. jaane kahan gaye woh din...they just don't make serials like that anymore. damn crass commercialism.