A week ago at the Koh Samui Airport; the four of us are rushing to our plane in an open air buggy. Leila pushes me. She shouts, “WOW! Mum. Look't Leila hair,” as she runs her fingers through her hair. “Yes! Your hair is blowing in the wind.” “Rawul awso,” she says, pointing at her … Continue reading Blowing in the Wind
Between the Lines
It’s 7am. Leila follows me into the bathroom. I notice her reflection in the mirror - fiddling with the drawers that store extra towels - as I brush my teeth. She’s not really interested in the drawer handles or contents. She’s working on something else. “Rawul did it!” she says over and over. Every time … Continue reading Between the Lines
Early this morning, while I was still half asleep R was chewing on one of Maher's ear phones. It was not the dangerous one where a piece comes off and is a serious choking hazard. I didn't react to it. There has been more than enough "No, not that." A little too much lately and … Continue reading Tattletale
Rahul stopped using the pacifier a week ago. I though it would be much harder than it has been. He asked for it only a handful of times since then and never insisted or cried. We simply told him he doesn't need it anymore. The trick was that for the first three days we were … Continue reading Pacifier-free
Medium and Happy
Rahul and Leila have come a long way since their birth at 31 weeks gestation. At 18 months they have caught up with other children their age physically, emotionally and developmentally. Leila recently jumped from the 5th to the 10th percentile in weight, and Rahul is steady at the 10th. In height they are both … Continue reading Medium and Happy
R and L are now officially a year and a half. Their love for music and dance is growing with them. R has a very cute new dance move. He shakes his head and shoulders very fast and then swings his arms around freely. Leila does cha-cha-cha type steps around the house. She also goes … Continue reading One-and-a-half
My not so controlled, not so scientific experiment.
Our sleeping arrangement is as consistent as everything else is with me lately. L and R share a room and have a crib each. For the beginning of every night they are in their room. Some parts of some nights we have one of them in our bed, and sometimes much more rarely both. Having … Continue reading My not so controlled, not so scientific experiment.
We had to laugh (in retrospect!) when…
...on our way back from a trip to Hong Kong in October 2010, we missed our flight and had to spend ten hours at the airport scavenging for diapers and formula! Leila had a bad case of diarrhea and so we left the hotel a little late, but I can't put the blame on that! … Continue reading We had to laugh (in retrospect!) when…
5 to 6 am – funny hour
My night shift ends at 6 am when Maher's begins. If there is a waking after 5 I catch myself asking Maher what time it is, hoping it's 6 so I don't have to get out of bed anymore. The last two mornings it was 5:45. We had to laugh because he gets to turn … Continue reading 5 to 6 am – funny hour