Birthday Party Planning Experience

As you may remember from my earlier post that I was in a dilemma. In the end I decided to listen to my heart and take the chance of hosting a birthday party of a one year old. God help us!

One top tip – Start planning at least 1.5 months ahead because cost comparison takes time.

And more so if your husband leaves you with all the responsibility and goes abroad. At least we finalized on the venue and menu before D left.

After that I was in simultaneous discussion with 8 – 9 home bakers (because the commercial ones don’t make much customized designs), 4-5 decorators and 9-10 photographers.

First the decorator. I realised I have stepped into the market with a measly budget for decoration. Leave the new party planner “mompreneurs”, even a direct balloon guy was not ready for that. And some mompreneurs don’t even work in that budget..they start with 8k. Such a momentary thing as decoration is so costly. What on earth will I do with a welcome board with kid’s name after the party? Save it for next year and clutter my home? They just try to convince you that you need balloon arches, balloon pillars and god knows what even if you keep insisting you want SIMPLE decoration.  Then there are themes.. rainbow, barnyard, princess, minions, hello kitty and the most popular FROZEN (yes the movie)!! If only I had few young and willing relatives and a balloon blowing machine!! Anyway I managed to finalize one with a little increase in my budget and according to my needs. Hope the hall will look good.

Then this whole home baking thing….so many of them around..finalizing how much weight for around 50 guests..deciding flavor..phew!! After analyzing everything I decided to go with the party planner lady only for cake too. Even though she is the middle person, the price was good and I guess she has her reputation to think of so must have hired a good home baker. I decided to go with black forest flavor as it is very popular. Fingers crossed!

Then photographers!! Oh Boy! do they charge a bomb for just giving soft copies! There are experienced professionals and then there are young students who own DSLRs and want to make some money on the side. Let’s see how the photographer I have selected does his work.

Then entertainment for kids. So many options…tattoo, balloon modelling, magician, caricatures etc etc. Earlier I thought there was no need for this expense as Keya is not going to enjoy this and we want the party to be over soon. Then I thought there has to be something to keep the small guests busy and entertained. So I decided to go for balloon modelling as Keya loves balloons …she may enjoy watching the guy do his thing.

Lastly return gifts. That is one thing still remaining because people have not RSVPed yet. Have to ping them again to get a headcount and then finish this last pending thing. What is the most polite way to ask people to RSVP on their invitations???

So planning a birthday party increased my knowledge of many new things. Now let’s just hope everything goes well.

P.S. Thankfully Mr. Modi didn’t announce just before the party. Else the cash payments would have become impossible. That’s a good sign.

 

Irony

So I don’t even want to count the number of posts by which I am lagging behind NaBloPoMo. It seems my “a month of daily post challenge” is going to run for two months to make up for the missed number of posts!!

To be honest it is not that I don’t get 15-20 mins to post a few sentences but there are a lot of factors which lead to my no-show.

#1 If I post, I want it to be a good one so I am unable to write just anything to be done with it.

#2 When I get the “me-time” to do something that I like without hindrance is after 12 midnight and I feel too lazy to sit and blog. I had thought my smart phone will help in NaBloPoMo but due to numerous falls, it has started to slowly die on me.

#3 I rather spend the “me-time” watching movies or some downloaded episodes of TBBT on my mobile, than force my brain cells to work anymore.

Now for the irony

I came across an ad looking for content developers with electrical engineering background in one of the Facebook groups. I decided to mail and take the thing forward to keep in touch with my profession. It looks like I may become one of the SME (whatever that stands for in the content developing world) and isn’t that going to be ironical???

Here I am unable to write few words as a blog post daily which takes hardly half hour and I am thinking of working in a time bound fixed delivery schedule to write technical quality stuff!! Mad or what!!

Sigh..I can’t even say the money will motivate me. If that was the case, this blog or my travel blog could have been so big in the years gone by.

Anyway lets hope I am able to do it. Fingers crossed!

Blank Passport

So as you know D has gone off to Netherlands for the third time. During the weekend he visited Hamburg with my sister and her family who came from Denmark….Killing two birds (meeting and sightseeing a new place) that’s my sister. She has lived in Paris, Lisbon and now Denmark. She has visited Italy several times and seen Venice, Rome etc. D has been to Sweden and Netherlands and now Germany. My parents had visited my sister in Denmark.

And me?? Nowhere…zilch..zero. My passport is blank as the face of many students studying engineering…as empty as the ATMs nowadays.  Boo hoo hoo!! Sob!! I fear I am going to die with a blank white passport without a single visa stamp in it..not even of Nepal!

So I asked God ….Google god not the other one…”cheapest countries to visit for Indians” and the gist of the many places, he enlightened me with, and the ones I find interesting are as follows:-

1. Seychelles

2. Bhutan

3. Thailand

4. Singapore

5. Vietnam

6. Malaysia

7. Indonesia

8. Dubai

9. Nepal

10. Sri Lanka

11. Maldives

12. Cambodia

13. Hungary

14. Costa Rica

Hmmmmm…….

So I should start working on my bucket list,eh?

 

What A Day!

So I almost gave up on NaBloPoMo. My usual blogging time is night but since D is away and grandparents go to sleep early, I am left alone to handle Keya. I am lagging by three posts I think..need to check.

Anyway, so what a day today, huh folks?? PM Modi created a storm with his announcement yesterday and today Donald Trump become President of USA. What were Americans smoking? Did it all come down to Hillary being a woman? Would Americans rather vote for a misogynist, nonsensical, absurd man than a woman? Shocking for THE top developed nation. In the first place, why were there no good candidates? Why people had to choose between fire and frying pan?

Let us see how Trump’s presidency proceeds. What walls and other ideas he comes up with.

As for our home ground, I am stuck with two 1000 rs notes. Can get deposited only after D returns. Thank goodness for online shopping options. But kudos to the PM for taking such a bold step.

Piya Gaye Rangoon

D left for Netherlands just few mins ago…gone for two weeks. Thankfully my parents came to help me out during the time. Kudos to those moms who handle a baby 24×7 alone!!

I have done it only once till now when D went on a 4 day official trip to Pune in October. It went well but two weeks??

The day he had returned from Pune, it was already midnight.Keya had slept off at her usual time. At around 4.15 am she started doing regular restlessness..I tried soothing her as usual…in that she must have opened her eyes and saw someone was there. She curled up to me and started peeking ..peek and hide….peek and hide. Then she confirmed it’s a known and loved person…crawled to her dad and started giggling so much, slapping her palm on his face (her way of showing adoration), laughing. It was so touching to see. She became full awake and I told D “all yours” and slept off. 😀😀 He fed her, changed her… she slept at 6.30 am.

Let’s see how Keya responds when she sees him again after two weeks.

Perfect Mother

 

“There is no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one” ~ Jill Churchill

So the most common question whenever someone talks to you after you have a baby is “So how is motherhood”….And I feel there is an expectation to hear “Ohhh its wonderful, so charming etc etc”only..If you don’t say that there is an underlying fear of being judged and labelled as not having motherly feeling. But the truth which I am sure many moms want to say is its tiring, hectic, exhausting, challenging etc along with the happiness, joy, the high you feel. And I usually can’t fake my replies so I say “it has its own ups and downs” or I say “its different”😀

This motherhood thing… sometimes I think the famous position in human relations, the epitome of sacrifice, love, etc etc , the person about whom stories are written, shlokas are there…the position about which legends are there…I have become one of them. Mother. It is going to be one year but it is yet to sink in. It also makes me fearful of the level of responsibility, love, sacrifice, dedication, patience etc it symbolizes….God knows if I have that in me…I don’t think so. God knows if I m doing and will do it right. Sometimes I feel I m just winging it. In what world do people get ready for motherhood?? Even after years of getting mentally ready, I think I just got ready for pregnancy and delivery, not the after part of it.

I think every mother faces this thought scores of times in a month. The utopian or lofty image of motherhood is created by media (be it old literature or new portrayals) by people raised by imperfect and human moms but to these children their mom is their mom. So unless there’s a serious psychiatric problem that creates an unsafe situation for the kids – we are all good moms. We all have it in us because motherhood is primal basic and homely. It’s not uniform… it’s unique to each family and individual. It’s not a formula of a stone dropping 1 m in vacuum, it’s variable and a continuous process of feedback and error correction like a flight.

a019e89aa35e4885798496b427093c84

Whatever you have in you, with your flaws and limitations, that’s the perfect motherhood in your context. Your neighbor’s idea of a perfect mother maybe totally different. Not to mention your mother-in-law’s idea WILL BE totally different.

In fact my idea of this whole parenting thing is its like a rugby match…the rugby ball is the child, you are trying to make a touchdown or whatever they do in rugby…and all the players running towards you trying to stop you are Judgement, Unsolicited Advice, Competition, and Comparison.😀

If you ignore all this and do what is right for a child in terms of nutrition and development – physical, emotional, behavioral and mental, then you are the perfect mother for your child. Remember you are human….not the superhuman image of mother which has been imprinted in our minds. You are allowed to be imperfect and make mistakes.

7d3b8f5f9bc67cbe1267e5f917ae03d7

Motherhood Insights

I was toying with the idea of compiling my tweets on motherhood as a post since many days. Now when NaBloPoMo has come along, what better way to write a quick post?😀

So here are few of my reflections on motherhood…This may as well become a quarterly post series because the reflections and insights are going to continue for a long time!!

#1 Eyes poked,nose bitten,lips pinched, stomach trampled,back beaten,neck slobbered on,face slapped,hair pulled…. Violence mothers face!

#2 So Indigo announced “quiet zones” aka child-free zones in their flight. Whoever came up with the idea that a child-free zone can save passenger from noise of a bawling baby inside an aeroplane,has never traveled with one. Unless of course those special seats are surrounded by noise proof walls. Bose headphones would serve better.

#3 Whoever said we must chew our food 32 times before swallowing, didn’t have a baby.Mothers should win fastest eating competitions.

#4 Dear MorisonsBaby why would you stick flowers on baby shoes? Baby pulled it out. Decor should be sewed on baby stuff.

#5 I intentionally skip pages in touch-feel baby books,those which when scratched make horrible sound like chalk on board or nails on wall.

#6 Giving your marriage saree’s blouse for alteration after few years and motherhood shows how “far” you have gone. Not to mention it’s depressing.

#7 The key beings behind the whole social structure, the act of socializing etc are babies. They make you open up to neighbors, strangers, all. From not talking to neighbors & not knowing 95% of them, I’ve become quite social now.As long as there is no unsolicited advice. And maybe soon I will join the ranks of people posting coloring competition certificate their kids won in kindergarten. *Eye Roll*

#8 Doctors say sleep is very important for babies’ physical and mental health..baby’s sleep is important for mom’s health too especially mental.

#9 Baby laughing in sleep is just another one of the cutest things in life.

#10 I feel cannibalistic instinct when baby is so cute.To nibble those toes,pinch those cheeks and chomp on that butt.But you just suffice with kisses.

#11 Shake shake..bang bang…mouth!! No that’s not lyrics of any song. That’s the process steps of “how to deal with an object” by baby.

#12 Nobody knows “perfect timing” better than babies.The moment you take off diaper they pee and Nobody knows “in nick of time” better than mothers.

#13 The person who came up with lift-the-flap books idea didn’t have kids of his/her own. Or maybe those flaps are meant to be torn apart.

#14 Even a newly wedded wife doesn’t wait for husband to come home from office as eagerly as an alone stay-at-home mom.

#15 Babies are superheroes with their capes aka bibs on their front rather than on back.

#16 Goddess Durga wud have been great at feeding time….one hand to feed, one to entertain,one to hold,one to scratch a sudden itch etc. Mulling on Goddess Durga…she takes multitasking to another level.

#17 Necessity is the “mother” of all inventions not father because moms arethe ones that need to come up with new tricks to feed, change, bathe etc

#18 The original version is “Smelly mom,smelly mom, what is the baby spitting on you? Smelly mom, smelly mom It’s not your fault”

#19 Two persons can never ever have cleanliness OCD …maids and mothers. One will lose income and the other sanity.

#20 That time of life when instead of worrying about body curves, we worry about the percentile curve of length, weight & head circumference and shape!!