I was recently going through the drafts section & this post from March 2012 popped up. I never finished writing the entire post, hence it’s draft status. Publishing this for posterity..
Today when I opened the garage door to enter the house, I knew it was different. I knew that once I enter inside, I won’t have to switch on the lights. Or sit there thinking about a dinner recipe for 1. Coz after 3 weeks, I wasn’t by myself. Z has been out of the country and I was alone at home. Well, not for the entire day. Just the nights and weekends. In all of 28 years, I’d never been alone at home. As a kid back in India, it’s very difficult to find yourself in that situation given the huge extended families and neighbors around to take care of the ‘poor kid’ who was left alone.
I enjoyed my ‘freedom’ for the first few days. I always wanted to go to dinner, shopping (grocery & other kind), movies alone. Kinda like what she says..
And I did that. Not everything on that list, but some. I loved going to the bookstore at night, just browsing the endless shelves, without having to worry whether Z was getting bored (I generally drag him to bookstores, so…). The Home Goods trip – check. Ditto for Marshalls. I wanted to watch Descendants (George Clooney = dreamy eyed me), but it wasn’t playing in any of the theaters nearby, so that plan fell apart. I went for dinner with friend. Babysat kids (which is a good thing :D).. Did a lot of work in the yard..
But then after some time, things started getting boring. I started staying up late at the office. I stopped planning for elaborate meals since it would be just me. I mean, lets face it. It blows that no one is around to praise all that effort you put into creating a masterpiece in the name of dinner. Awesome food isn’t fun anymore if no one is around licking their fingers while telling you how great the food was. I started missing the small things. Like having someone around to listen to endless nonsense at the end of the day, the funny arguments over why the other person should be the one who switches off the bedroom light today or how it’s not your turn to wash the dishes today. I had creaking floors to keep me company…
I’m a huge fan of Ikea. I don’t care what people say about it. I’m head-over-heels in love with that store. I’ve had furniture that has lasted forever. Our Ikea Ramberg bed lasted us for 7 years, at the end of which we decided to graduate to a grownup bed. But I still think the Ikea one was better (sorry Z!). So great is my love for the store that the only concrete todo item on my list for my maternity leave was to go to Ikea once my mom came over. That was going to be my first attempt at decorating the nursery since we had gotten our house back after the contractors finished work on the kitchen & we reclaim our house back. But bebu had other plans and decided to make a grand entrance on the day of what would have been my 1st day off from work. Poor baby never got a proper, decorated nursery.
So 4 months later, we made 2 trips to Ikea (of which the 1st one was Bebu’s first trip to a store [start ’em when they are young, i say]). And I like the new stuff they have in the store.
Ikea makes you do a doubletake when you look at their staged rooms. Just the sheer amount of storage they have in such a small space is mind boggling. Things that I liked –
1. Pallra box – This is my attempt to finally storing all my jewelry in one place. And it’s holding up good so far. And this discovery is all thanks to Anna from Door Sixteen (link).
2.Pallra box, set of 4 – I didn’t get this one, but not for my lack of wanting it. Z wasn’t a huge fan of these & I didn’t have a convincing enough reason to get it (yet!)
3. Skubb boxes – We have the . And currently we use it in Bebu’s room. We got these ones in the turquoise and lilac. Now all the toys, bath stuff have their own place. No more clutter. Since these look easy to clean, I’ve also started using one of these as a laundry basket for her clothes.
4. Godmorgon – We have a tiny master bathroom. Even with very few things that fall under the category of makeup, this is a problem. I love the entire Godmorgon line. And this one especially. Just look at the amount of things you can store!!
5. Losjön hooks – Yes, I get it. They are functional. Super functional. But so puuurttyyyyyy!!! 😀
Baby stores are overwhelming for me. Too much stuff. But Ikea makes it seem easy.
We are currently using is the Kusiner boxes (3). I wanted a storage system for diapering. This is a perfect fit for one wipes box and 12 diapers. Done and done! One box is to hold her toys. For now..
Tableware et al: Bebu hasn’t started drinking other liquids yet. But I want to have this Börja sippy cup (1) around once she’s ready.
The solids food phase is coming soon. I got these Smaska bowls (3) set. And apparently babies are known to spill & spit out food. Who knew? So I finally got around to getting a few bibs. Hence the Klaad (5). But, plastic bibs.. (Kladd Randig bib (2) ) Fewer items in the laundry? I’m game!
I guess one more trip is in order.
Time flies. Especially with a baby around. And it was on this date, a year back, that we found out about our precious bundle of joy. Someone who has changed everything. In a good way. I don’t even remember what we did on weekdays after we came from work. Or how did we exactly spend our weekends. We had a lot of time then. But I like this phase. ‘Coz free time is hard to come by. And seems pretty precious. I feel as if I get more done during those nap times. Super precious nap times.
So, in honor of this one year celebration, I wanted to debut this new card that mamma made. This reminds me of bebu every time I look at it. And giraffe seems to have the same twinkle as bebu.
Love you sweetheart.
Thanks for all the joy you’ve brought in our lives.
Mamma & Daidu
What do you get when you have a flower stamp, a roll of washi tape and cardstock paper?
A card, ofcourse!!
Here’s a card mamma made for a friend who got recently married. This was one of those impromptu cards that came out really nice. Side note: Washi tape is awesome! I must’ve been living under a rock for all these years.
Weekends bring alongwith them lots of babytime. For us, the parents. And a little break for my mom. But this weekend was different. This weekend we took bebu for her first birthday party. Park, summer, kids, cake, and an added bonus of toy train translate to fun! For the kids. The world needs to find a solution for the schlepping of baby stuff problem. But that’s another post.
This post is about another birthday on the same day. A birthday for which mamma made a new card. We were thinking about what to make. ‘Coz this card was for a guy. A 24 yr old guy. This is not her regular demographic. We started thinking about what kind/color of paper, which stamp, dies.. Decisions, decisions! Finally we narrowed down on a theme. The fact that the bday boy was a night owl. So
I think it turned out pretty amazing. Whaddya think?
Created by: Anita P
Created by: Anita P