So after months of wait and speculation, my girl arrived on her due date, just half an hour into her estimated date of arrival. She was supposed to come into the world through an induced labour in the early morning, but she just couldn’t wait and decided that a midnight arrival is much more fun.
I have not written the birth stories of my two elder children and don’t think I will write this one either. All I will say is that, this was a labour and birth which made the doctors,the nurses and I extremely happy. It went as smooth as it could be :)
I have had my share of sleepless nights, the trouble compounded by two elder ones running around the house. Add to it, my baby girl seems to have a troublesome tummy which means she frequently vomits quite a bit. Sometimes it comes through the nose too which is pretty scary. I have been trying different medicines for her – homeo seems to be slightly effective, trying ayurveda for the time being. Hopefully she will grow out of this phase quickly.
We have completed one month already and I didn’t feel liking updating the news here till now. If you follow my instagram, you would have known the news much earlier though.
That is all my friends. As far as reading books, I have read a few books in the last few months and hope to finish reading 25 books in 2017. I find reading on my kindle easier, but the kindle books are quite expensive which kind of holds me back from buying whatever I want to read. But I have been adding to my collection. Hope to write about those books here pretty soon.
When you have written a post about looking back at 2016, I thought I will write about things I look forward to in 2017.
Mummy’s 70th Birthday
I am the 5th child and my parents are elderly. This year I am looking forward to celebrating mummy’s 70th birthday with the whole family. We are planning to have a small get-together including extended families. My mummy’s siblings are older; most of the able-bodied ones are outside India.But we hope that can get few of them to be with her on her special day.
Chotu starts school
Come June, my son will start his formal education starting with nursery. We have already enrolled him in a pre-school from yesterday. The experience has been quite incident-free for the first 2 days, but we are expecting him to bring down the school one day soon. As of now, he is enthralled with all the toys at the pre-school and has even stayed there till noon from 9 am.
I have decided to read just 25 books in 2017 as a part of Goodreads Reading Challenge. This is quite less compared to the target of 35 which I completed in 2016. The reason behind the lesser number is that I want to read a few big books towards the Classics Club challenge in 2017. If I don’t make a dent in the reading list, I may miss the target of reading 50 classics between 2014-2019 by a long way.
Bluehost has hiked the hosting charges quite high that it is forcing me to rethink the hosting. If I am not making any progress in keeping up this blog, I may very well move it to a free wordpress site. Personally I prefer spending time on reading books that use it for writing reviews. There are only very few books that inspire me to write a review and I really don’t want to force myself to write review for the sake of it. Anyway I have decided to give another year to this self-hosted site and will make some decisions by end of the year.
That is all dears. I will try to be more regular here. Do follow me on instagram for better updates regarding my life.
Now that we are half way mark of 2016, I thought I will write down about the half year that has gone by.
~Our own space
In May, we moved into our own apartment 2.5 years after booking it. There has been few issues through this journey, but the overall experience has been quite good. After all the builder completed the construction without much delay, which is a big thing these days in Bangalore. Continue reading
Wishing all of you a fantastic 2016!
I was too held up with work till yesterday morning that I was not sure if I will be able to spend any meaningful time with my family during this year end & the weekend. I achieved a major milestone today which meant I can afford to take a break during the weekend. The original plan was to work through the weekend to finish off few things by Monday morning.
About the year gone by, 2015 was a tough year in all terms, especially managing a demanding work schedule with two small children. There were days when I really wanted to call it quits and become a stay at home mom. On the other side there were also a lot of learning in terms of developing my skill set and it has boosted my confidence tremendously. Anyway I have emerged more confident and happier by the end of the year. The son has become a naughty toddler and the girl is a textbook case of ‘terrible three’. I wish them to grow up quickly and being more independent though I know I will wish the opposite in a few years.
Onto the subject of books: I read 29 books though I planned to read 50 books as per my Goodreads challenge. I will not put a separate post of about yet another time when I missed completing the challenge. Anyway I think I will keep the challenge to 35 books in 2016 to give more time to read those huge books that I had avoided for some years ( Hello Shantaram, Lord of Rings, The Three musketeers)
In 2016, I plan to gain some progress on my classic club reads. As of today, I have read 6/50 for the challenge, the highlight being The Brothers Karamazov. For all those who are in two minds about reading this masterpiece by Dostoyevsky, please don’t hesitate. Just start reading this one. You will not be disappointed.
The new kindle has changed the way I read. I love the ease it provides and I think I will be reading more kindle books in the coming years. I love physical books, but the physical convenience of a holding a kindle vs holding a big book wins me over me.
I am excited to start the new year by reading the third book in the Coromoran Strike series by J K Rowling. Have you read it ?
What are your book related plans for 2016? Do let me know !