Merry Christmas – 25.12.2006

I had planned to go chronologically with the posts from Ye Olde Bloge but it seemed like a good time to pull out this old post – actually I was over enthu and had three posts up on X’mas in 2006. We were in Allahabad and this was Pre-Bean. Do you remember a time before the Bean? I don’t. It seems like I’ve just always been her mother. I present the X’mas season posts that week. Have a great X’mas and a Happy New Year you all. If you don’t hear from me in the next week – it’s because I’m busy travelling. Catch you on the other side.

But where is the X’mas tree?

This year since I am going to my parents’ home I decided not to put up an X’mas tree… it would gather dust while I was away and my son would pull it to pieces when I got back… So I just put up a twig with red and gold baubles and filled the vase that holds it with red and gold star and heart shaped baubles… It’s nice… but oh to have put up my very own tree!
Maybe next year when the Brat is older…. oh damn.. that is when the next one will be swinging on the branches….I think my tree is going to stay wrapped up in bubble wrap and tucked away for a few years yet…

Rocking around the X’mas tree

For those who are wondering why I haven’t blogged in a while… this is the reason why… I am at my parents’ home for X’mas and have just been too lazy to get on to the www…. I have been lying on a rug in front of the fire place, watching the flames for hours on end, sipping hot cups of tea and listening to music while my son sits on his haunches and methodically takes decorations off the X’mas tree and rearranges them… Sorry if I gave you guys a scare…

Last night I was dancing with him in my lap and in the mirror I saw another mother and child…. with almost identical features dancing to the very same X’mas carols, cheek to cheek, around the grand piano almost 25 years ago…Thanks for some beautiful memories, ma…

is what the OA and I have been most of this vacation on a rug in front of the fireplace…

For those who knew we were going away to a wildlife reserve for a few days, well that got cancelled. All that eating rich food and partying late finally got to me and I am laid up with some amoebic infection and surviving on toast and tea… Bah. Merry X’mas indeed!


Compliments of the season from the little drummer boy

…who only opened his gifts on X’mas morning..

began opening gifts at 2 am, when we returned from church after the midnight service…. shall soon show pictures of all my loot!

Father and son

…..have spent plenty of time bonding this vacation and I don’t know how my son will deal with the lack of space andΒ lack of company once we get back to Delhi…playschool, here we come.

Sugar and spice and everything nice…

If you glow it’s a boy they say, some turn the theory around and say you glow if you are carrying a girl. If you carry to the front it’s a boy, but if you gain weight all around, it’s a girl. We even tried my wedding band on a chain and then on a strand of my hair to see what I am carrying. Old wives tales abound and women have for centuries tried every trick in the book to find out whether they are carrying a girl or boy. Friends and older family members want to know why I am so keen to know the gender of the baby.

Well, right from reasons like asking my brother to buy me cute baby stuff from abroad to picking the colour of the bassinet, there are a dozen reasons…. but the biggest reason? Well I don’t know about others, but I am eager to know just like so many women over the last few centuries… There is a life growing inside of me and I am not willing to be just a blank vessel!! I am eating healthy and taking every precaution to make sure that little life is nurtured and cared for. And I would like to know as much about it as possible. I am signed up for four different baby mails a week and I can tell you which body part is developing this week and how big baby is… and after all this surely it comes as no surprise that I am eager to know the gender.

My brother did buy stuff from abroad for baby bean…Baby bean’s first X’mas gifts..even before she has arrived…..Merry X’mas my little angel… Only God and my blogging friends know how badly I want a daughter!!!

My parents who have a vague grasp of blogging were very aprehensive about me posting this entry. What if it turns out to be a boy after all, they ask. Well, I will be disappointed for a while, but I will grow to love the little fellow anyway. And he will have to wear pink for the first few months because that is all the poor Mad Sibling could get, no gender neutral colours available. And as for those who read my blog…. I think they will understand my disapointment more than anyone else and be my greatest strength. For now, thank you all those who prayed for a little girl…Now all we need is a healthy pregnancy or what remains of it… and a healthy baby.

27 thoughts on “Merry Christmas – 25.12.2006

  1. Wow – just out of curiosity – how did you know it was a girl? I mean did they let you find the gender through ultrasounds in India? I am so like you – could not wait to find out when I had lil N but luckily we were in the US then so it was okay for the docs to tell us there. But now that I am in India, pray please tell me how you go about finding out the gender if/when I do have a second one?

  2. such a lovely time of the year to recycle these posts ! i’ve probably said this before, but will say it again – love the warmth of these posts. merry christmas and a happy 2011.

  3. hehe – lurrvvveee the pic of the lil drummer boy. and i went and bought pink and only, only pink… in sweltering delhi heat with my swollen feet…and you know what i got..u shud check his pix on FB – he looks quite the dude – especially when he is invited to polo matches ( *gasp ) !!

  4. Hahaha–I went through the same thing, I was convinced it would be a girl—made my mom send me baby girl clothes from India (LOL the reversal!) and happily waited for my daughter to emerge.

    It was a boy!

    So I now have three little baby girl frocks that were never used. (LOL and tears at the same time).

  5. Merry Christmas!!
    I started following your blog just after the bean was born,but I remember reading some of your older blog entries.Since the Brat is such an affectionate brother to the Bean, can’t quite imagine the days when he was an only child.He seems a lot naughtier in these
    pre-Bean posts. Did he mellow down after his sis was born?

  6. I’m so glad you got ur wish MM πŸ™‚ What would you do without her…lol.

    I’ll repeat it…I love your parents house. It looks like something out of a magazine. Add the Christmas charm and it looks warm,cozy and inviting.

    And the little drummer boy looks so cute! Wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New year!

  7. Aww beautiful pictures and beautiful post! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year MM and to all of your family too! If you have time, can you pls fly over and be my interior decorator, your house always looks so beautiful and neat, I dont have an ounce of creativity in me 😦

  8. Merry Christmas ,MM. Hope you & your family have a love filled & happy holiday. Hope all your dreams come true in 2011. And hope to see you writing a lot here πŸ˜‰

  9. Awww such cute pics and posts! πŸ™‚
    So the Bean was named even before she was born, eh? For blog purposes, I mean. πŸ™‚

    Hope you had a great Christmas this year! πŸ™‚

  10. Merry Christmas to you, OA, Brat, Bean and your Parents and all…..
    sorry the wishes are late in coming, but hope you had a great day.

  11. Awww… this reminds me of how convinced i was that i was having a girl, even though the world told me my bum says it’s a boy. I was a tad disappointed when it was a boy, but quickly noticed he had my mop and cleft and felt happy. But I am guilty of dressing him in a frock one day when i could bear it no more and taking pix, just to see what it felt like. The husband says i will never be forgiven for that!

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