Finally we have decided upon a name for the little one – Clara. We (rather hubby) was very specific that the name should be either a Sanskrit name or a Malayalee name ( means one that is popular among Keralites). Since I prefered the latter, the choice was much easier. Clara happens to be the name of his grand mother. I should be honest at this point and say that Clara is of Greek origin and it means bright, famous. So much for the Malayalee name, but it doesn’t matter since it is a well known name in Kerala.
As I look back, I still remember the dreaded days before she was born. Clara was diagnosed with a narrow ascending aorta at 20 weeks during a anomaly scan followed by a fetal echo cardiogram. Subsequent scans also said the same. The pediatric cardiologist predicted 60-70% chance of “Coarctation of Aorta” on birth of the baby which will require surgical intervention within a week after the baby is born. Everything was depending on the echo taken after birth; which means that I actually wished that the baby would stay in my womb for much longer since she is safe inside :).
Anyway God once again proved that miracles could be part of your lives, just that you should believe and pray that they will happen. My full term baby who had a bed booked in NICU before birth didn’t even spend an hour in NICU. That was nothing short of a miracle for me. After three echocardiograms after birth( 2 in hospital and one at 1 month old), Clara’s heart is almost normal.
I feel wierd writing about Clara’s heart condition in a blog which was never a place where I shared much personal information. But I do want people to read this and face the situation in case they encounter such a dilemma in their life. I know there would a lot of people who would have terminated the pregnancy since they don’t want to go through the possible trauma of a congenital heart disease even in cases where doctors assure you that it is totally curable. Yes, we were also confused initially, but we started loving the baby more ever since. As my doctor said, if you had done that, you may be terminating a perfectly normal baby as it turned out to be in Clara’s case.
Clara turns out to be a rather mischievous kid who can bring down the house by screaming. But she knows to put her best behavior on visitors. You should see the little one smiling and cooing at the people who come to see her. My heart melts all over when I see it. Guess that is what it means to be a mother !!! Being a mother is a 24 hour job indeed :) Can’t imagine how I am gonna work away from her.
Anyway I am happy to be back updating this blog after a short break. There are lots of reviews pending in my drafts, but lack of time and proper system access makes it difficult. Lately I have started exploring the world of kindle books and rather liked the experience. Audio books are definitely not my kind, though I want to keep trying at it for some more time. Listening with concentration isn’t my cup of tea. I do have access to internet since my thoughtful husband decided to gift a Samsung Galaxy Tab before Clara’s birth. Everyday I wake up and thank him for that gift since I realised that I am addicted to internet just like most people who are addicted to TV.Amazon Kindle app for Android is one of my favourite Android apps.
Michael Connelly is my favourite author right now. I am amazed about his talent to churn out sensible crime fiction with such great quality. I have read too many of his books that I have difficulty in recollecting the plots when I see a book :). But no book is same. If you are interested in mysteries and thrillers, Michael Connelly book is the one for you. Beware, you may not feel like keeping the book down until you are finished.
Happy April Fools Day !!! (i missed it by a min )
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