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Chhori turns 3!!

I cannot believe my daughter turns 3 today. Most of you have been with me on this journey from the day I announced that I was pregnant. Can you believe that it has been full 3 years since I introduce her to you all? 

I wanted to write a letter to Chhori to reflect on the first few years of her life. I hope she will read this one day and understand how much we love her and how much she has changed our life. 

Dear Chhori, 

I still can’t believe how fast time has flown since the day I first laid my eyes on you. 

Even before you were born, you were already a part of me, every second of every day, for almost 9 months. For this reason alone, Chhori, I will never, ever stop loving you for the rest of my life. 

When I was pregnant with you I was a little scared at times thinking about how the future would be but the moment I saw you, I was sure things would be ok.   

You were so tiny then, all helpless and fragile. I used to spend nights awake nursing you and just looking at you because you have completed me. I loved to carry you in a baby carrier with you enjoying hearing my heart beat and snuggling up against me. 

You evolved from lying on the cot, to sitting on your own, from carrier to stroller and from crawling to waking then running. Now, you’ve grown into a little girl who has accomplished so much. 

 

You are already potty-trained, know what you want to wear when we go out, sing along to numerous rhymes, dance to Nepali songs, can identify different shapes, colours, numbers, letters, and so many other things.  

You are this beautiful little soul. From you I have learned patience, I have experienced family, and I have evolved too. I am a better person for having you in my life. 

Every day is a testament to the wonderful person that you are, and Papa and I will always be proud of you. We love you, simply because you are our daughter.  

Happy Birthday Baby Girl. Wishing you a million days that reflect the possibilities you see. 

I love you with all my heart. 

Love,

Mama

We are having party to celebrate so will post more about it later.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Playing dress up with Chhori

When we have time on the weekends, I love to play with Chhori and spend some quality time with her.

We do role plays and she loves it. I am always the “baby” and she is always the ‘mama”.

Sometimes she surprises me with a dialogue that I had said months ago.
Last week as we were doing a dress up, I dressed her up in a sari and accessories like chura (bangles), pauju (anklet), bindi (head gear), sachika (red head tie).
She looked absolutely adorable and I really loved it.

She was supper happy and she was singing and dancing to the Nepali song “Kutu ma kutu, supari dana” and “pani paryo asina jaryo

I just love all these little things that I am able to do with my cutie pie. I know one day she will grow up and will stop playing dress up with me but until that day, I will enjoy every minute of it.

Have a great weekend everyone !!!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Mouse in your tummy 

The other day when I picked Chhori from Daycare and told her that I am really hungry. We need to go and make something to eat.

Chhori: “You got mouse in your tummy?”

Me: “No, I am just hungry. Let’s go home and make dinner together.”

Chhori: “No mama, you have mouse in your tummy.”

She kept insisting that I have mouse in my tummy no matter what I said so I accepted it.

AS came home after work and I told him about my conversation with Chhori.

He started laughing really hard and when I asked him why, he said it was because he was teaching Chhori that.

In Nepali, if you are really hungry you say, “I am so hungry that I feel like I have mouse running in my tummy.” This refers to the stomach rumbling when we are hungry.

So, AS had been talking about that to Chhori when explaining hunger and that’s the reason she was so adamant that I had mouse in my tummy 🙂

It is so amazing that kids pick stuff up so quickly and my Chhori is growing up so fast for sure.

Have a great week everyone!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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 Potty training fun

Finally Chhori is potty trained and I am very happy.

When I was researching potty training, I read that you need at least 3-5 days straight at home to train a child successfully.

It was really hard to get that time so when I took 4 weeks off work during Christmas and New Year,potty training was on top of our list.

Before the actual training, we read lots of articles and watched so many videos on YouTube. From all the different techniques that we found I choose the one to reward her with stickers when she sat on the potty.

Most of the videos make it look so easy and said that it can be done in 3 days but it took us nearly 7 days for Chhori to do both pee and wee in the potty.

First day of potty training was fun, trying to put her on the potty every 10 minutes. Both me and Chhori were excited and she did all her wees there but had 2 poo accidents on her training undies.  On the first night she actually woke up in the middle of the night saying she needed to pee. We were very impressed and thought it was going great.

On the second day, she refused to go to the potty every 10 minutes so we did it every 30 minutes. With best effort on both our side she still had 2 wee accidents and didn’t do a poo for the whole day.

On day 3, she had 2 pee accidents and 1 poo. That day I was really up set because it felt like we were going one step forward and two steps backward. She went and sat on potty many times but still managed to have accidents.

By day 4, Chhori was an expert in going to the toilet on her own and surprisingly did her first poo in the potty. She was very excited and so was I. I rewarded her with two stickers that day and she was super happy.

Day 5 was better with no accidents at all but later we still had accidents now and then especially if she hold her wee too long and has to go in a rush .

But we are happy now that she is getting better and having fewer accidents.

The most important things to remember when you potty training 

  • Be patient
  • Don’t be angry when they have accidents
  • Have a week free from other thing so you can concentrate on the training
  • They will eventually be nappy free, always keep that in mind
  • If you think your child is not ready do not push them
  • Every child is different so one rule doesn’t apply to all
  • All the best

Have a great week everyone!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Things Chhori says

Before I had a baby, everyone told me how much faster life flies by when you have kids. And I believed them in the same way someone who has never experienced it does.

But now being a mother myself, I know exactly what they mean. Chhori is already 2.5 years old and it is hard to deny how time has flow by so quickly. Sure, sometimes I wish I could still hold her, swaddled in a blanket, like the day she came home for the very first time from the hospital. But those moments are fleeting.

The other day, she came and slept on my lap after a long time and it felt so good. She is still this tiny person but things that come out of her mouth surprise me all the time.

The other night I finished making the bed and she said, “Thank you for making my bed mama.” No one taught her that but it is so nice to hear that.

The other day I was in our driveway waiting for the automatic door to open so I took one of my hands off the wheel and she said, “Mama, please drive with both hands.”

I was reversing into the car spot so I unbuckled my seat belt so that I could see properly and Chhori told me, “Please don’t take off your seat belt mama.”

She wanted me to dance with her so she said, “Stand on the circle and do like this, (lift one foot off the ground) and clap like me.”

And there are times she comes and complains about her Papa or her cousins,

Mama, mama, B dada is not sharing toys with me.”

Mama, papa said No

Mama, papa not play with me.”

Mama, I want PJ masks toy, B dada is not sharing with me.”

“I am Owlette, papa is Catboy and mama , you are Gecko. We are PJ Masks family.”

The list keeps on growing but whatever the conversation is, I am really enjoying a lot. Don’t get me wrong, there are time when she irritates me by repeating the same thing again and again but most of the time I love her company and her unconditional love.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Party time and Chhori

The second half of the year is very busy for us socially. Almost every weekend we have functions like birthday or pasni or something else. There is also Dashain and Tihar followed by my own birthday, AS’s birthday .these months are a bit chaotic.

We have been going out so much lately that on weekend, this is what Chhori asks the first thing in the morning.

Chhori : “No work today Mama.”

Me: “No because it is a weekend.”

Chhori (screams): “Yes weekend!” (Even though she probably doesn’t understand what it means 🙂 )

Me: “Yes baby.”

Chhori: “We have party today?”

Me: “Not today, so and so will come to our house for dinner tonight.”

Chhori: “So party tomorrow?”

Most of the time the answer is yes so she thinks weekend means party  🙂

One of her teacher from childcare asked me last week if we have a party every weekend. I was surprised and asked her why she asked that.

Apparently every Monday when Chhori goes back to the child care, they asked her what she did and her answer was always that we went to a party for didi (sister) or bhai (brother) or aunty etc. They thought she was making all these answers up but she definitely was telling the truth. I am so tried during the weekends that sometime I look forward to a Monday to rest  🙂

Out of some of them have been big events where I dress in traditional outfits and I love it.

Also Chhori loves to dress in her princess outfits.

She has been very social lately and loves to dance when we go to these parties.

Last weekend we had AS’s cousin’s party and we were all sitting on the table eating the entrée. Chhori decided to dance after her food and was just standing around our table. After a while she came to me and this is the conversation I had with Chhori.

 

Chhori: “Mama, I love party.”

Me: “That’s good, I love party too.”

Chhori: “Please stand up.”

Me: “No, I want to sit for a while.”

Chhori pulling my hand: “Please stand up

Standing up and following her to the dance floor: “Now you go and dance.”

Chhori: “Mama, stand here and take my photo please.”

Then she starts dancing. I was speechless and didn’t know how to respond and what to do expect laugh and take pictures of her.

My baby is growing up so fast. 

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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PJ Masks show and Paw Petrol

If you don’t have children around you, I will forgive for not knowing what PJ Masks and Paw Patrol are.

PJ Masks is an animated children’s television series which follows three 6-year-olds, Connor, Amaya, and Greg, who lead relatively normal lives by day, where they are neighbours, classmates, and friends. However, at night, they become Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko, and fight crime as the PJ Masks, a superhero team. Together they go on adventures, defeat criminals, solve mysteries, and learn valuable lessons.

Chhori loved them so much that recently we bought her Owlette. She take her with her almost everywhere.

So when we saw a show coming up for PJ Masks, we decided to take her. We told her where we were going and she was really excited. She will jump and sing, “PJ Masks are on their way – into the night to save the day …“She does mess up the words a bit but it is nice to see her all excited.

So when we went to see the show, obviously there were lots of kids and parents. Some kids were dressed as Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko or have some toy with them.  We dressed Chhori as a Batgirl and obviously she took her Owlette with her.

We arrived early and sat at the middle of the stage. Slowly the place started to fill up and then the most awaited Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko came on stage.

They talked, they sang and they danced. She had a great time. Then they said their good bye and left.

When they were existing the stage, Chhori started to cry and said, “I want PJ Masks.”

I didn’t know what to do so started to talk to her and explain to her that they will come again next time. After a while she was OK.

I got to know about Paw Parol from my nephew and Chhori started loving it too recently.

PAW Patrol is an animated television series focuses on a boy named Ryder who leads a pack of rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol. They work together on missions to protect the shoreside community of Adventure Bay.

There are 6 dogs

  • Marshall is a Dalmatian.
  • Rubble is an English bulldog.
  • Chase is a German shepherd.
  • Rocky is a grey-and-white mongrel of an unspecified breed.
  • Zuma is a chocolate Labrador retriever.
  • Skye is a cockapoo.

As I am a nice mum ;), I decide to buy her a set of Paw Patrol bowl, cup and spoon.

Last week, I was so excited and gave her the cup with milk in it. She was so excited at first and then she looked at the cup and started crying saying, “Where is Skye?”

I know that Skye is her favorite character and we have few of her in our house but didn’t realise that they only put 5 dogs on the cup and the bowl. Seriously, who made that stupid decision? I did’t think about checking either when I buy them.

Anyway, it took me good 5 minutes to explain to her that Skye was in mission when the photo was taken and after that she went on a holiday. Finally she understood and I was relived.

Next day, my nephew was around and of course when saw the cup asked the same question.

Chhori replied,” Skype went on mission and on holiday so she is not here.”

Do share you own experience with all the commercialised cartoons kids watch these day.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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