Normal programming…

… recommences! Regular readers, please do excuse the last post. Let’s just say, after weeks of self-control, I found it impossible to resist this opportunity to be naughty staring me right in the face. And now, let’s leave it at that, shall we?

Excitement is in the air at the JnM household. The husband returns from a two month exchange program in the US next week, goodies in tow. Toys and dozens of books for his darling Baby M. A digital SLR and iPhone for himself. And one teeny weeny gift for me. Sigh! How the mighty have fallen!

Okay, I am exaggerating. My gift is a surprise, so I have no idea how tiny (or huge) it is. And guess whose pictures the SLR will end up capturing? And finally, the stuff for Baby M was painstakingly researched and selected and ordered online by none other than yours truly. The poor husband ended up merely playing messenger boy in this instance. So I thought, why not be generous and give him his iPhone in return for the courier service? Yes, I am pretty generous that way.

Baby M will be taking off for Mahabaleshwar as soon as his daddy makes an appearance on Indian shores.┬áThis will be his fifth trip in less than a year, after Lonavala, Delhi-Agra, Indore and Alibag. Quite the seasoned traveler already, is our Baby M. He’s been so kind as to allow his poor parents to accompany him this time as well. But don’t expect such largess every time, we’ve been warned. Okay dear, we’ll take what we get.

The no-fuss baby that he is, Baby M has been very little trouble the last four times, gleefully taking in all the different sights with large curious eyes when awake, falling asleep in our arms when tired, and lapping up the sterile but yucky-tasting packaged baby foods as well as the delicious but hardly very hygienic dhaba food with equal ease. The husband and I have our fingers crossed this time will be no different.

The only part that worries me is the long drive. Active toddlers can be hard to manage in a confined space, and Baby M is as active as they get. I am trying to get him hooked on to looking out of the window – nothing like observing the world outside to kill boredom and enrich your mind I believe – but the idea is yet to catch on. In the meantime, mommy’s singing (talk of captive audiences!) and his favorite books seem to do the trick.

Strawberry-picking (and eating!), boating, horse-riding, hiking, swimming and lots of parent-child and husband-wife bonding is on the cards. Wish us happy travels, please!

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9 responses to “Normal programming…

  1. Oh you must be excited aren’t you? And Baby M is looking forward to meet daddy? We are waiting to know what gift you got..Baby M indeed is a seasoned traveler. Good luck with your trips..

    Me: Thanks! I am looking forward to the gift too… hope it is special enough to blog about. :) The husband refuses to spill the beans for now!

  2. OMG! Baby M is getting all the love and attention and he is basking in it, isnt he? :-) I’m so so glad to hear about his dad coming back home and getting gifts! How exciting!! Babe, him being back and you guys setting and starting a new life together is in itself a big gift :) But yes, a material gift is still very important :-)))

    Have fun on all those trips and write about all of them :) Hugs :)

    Me: First of all, my apologies for the late late reply M! You are so right about a good life together being the best gift possible. But in case you are still interested (wink wink!), the husband got me a fab pair of sunglasses from Umreeka!

  3. Wow have fun and tell us when the gift arrives. Baby M, trouble Dad and Mum as much and have fun baby…

    Me: First of all, my apologies for the late reply Sumana. Yes, we did have lots of fun and Baby M was hardly any trouble. (Except for not letting us eat our meals together in peace ever!)

  4. Strawberry-picking , boating, horse-riding, hiking, swimming…WOW!

    Very Very Happy Travels to the JnM household indeed :D
    Have fun you guys!

    Do justice to the new SLR and click lot of pics ( of you know who)..and we’ll be waitign ( very eagerly) for a photo post.

    Ok? Pls say yes.

    Me: Umm… we didn’t swim or go boating or pick strawberries really, it was too much fun to just sit on our horse and lord it up! :) And yes, my apologies for the late late reply! How have you been? Must head to your blog to find out. I have been completely out of the loop lately.

  5. Was just randomly browsing blogs, and came here. Don’t even remember how I reached here. :( Really enjoyed reading some of your posts, though. Will be back for more. Am adding your blog to my blogroll. Hope you don’t mind. :)

    Me: Mind? It’s an honor – thank you! Welcome here, and I hope I haven’t put you off by my prolonged absence. Oh, and my apologies for the late reply.

  6. Sounds like a fun time in store ahead! make the most of it, can’t wait to hear what your gift is :D

    Me: The gift was a fab pair of sunglasses… perfect for the trip ahead! :)

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