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Dear Ariya, The last day of school was June 5th. And you were so sad to say good bye to your teacher. You found out that your teacher is not coming back to your school, and the thought that you … Continue reading
We are going through week 4, 5, 6, and 7 of quarantine. And you are missing school so hard. You turned 7 on a Saturday, the day before Easter. It was tough. It was so tough. I tried to make it special for you. I asked all of our friends and family to send me a video clip for you, wishing you a happy birthday. And man, that video was 14 minutes long. So many people love and care for you. And even though Daddy was working so much, I tried so hard to make it special for you. I ordered a peacock cake from Crumbs and Crumbles. I decorated the eat in table with peacock colors, balloons and streamers. I tried not to go overboard with the presents, but I think you favorite present was a new bike. A NEW BIKE. To celebrate your new skills. You are 7!! Where did the time go?
It’s crazy not having a regular schedule. Ariya has her school work to do, and we try to do school work, “fun sheets” for you. There are times when you say “what can i do?!?!” We color. we do crafts. We paint. You ride your bike and scooter with Ariya. You have your zoom ballet lessons just like Ariya. And it’s been tough while we’re trying to get this house ready to sell. We had to move a lot of the toys. Your stuff is packed up, in storage, in the other house. You just want things to go back to normal. You just want to see and play with your friends. You just want to go to the park and swing on the swing set, or slide down the slides. Sorry, sweetie, there are still too many unknowns. But we’ll figure it out, I promise. In the meantime, you are so great with baby Anika. You love to make her laugh and you play with her, with her toys.
You’re 9 months old!! And you started crawling! Stop growing so fast. It happened all of a sudden. One minute you were on your hands and knees. The next, you were rocking back and forth. And then you were off! I still can’t believe it.
What can I say? You love saying da da da da, ba ba ba ba. You love playing with your toys. But really, you love following your sisters around everywhere. Whatever they are doing, you want to do too. If they are cuddled on a blanket, you want to play with that blanket. If they are sitting down, you’ll crawl into their lap. They love you so much.
As we’re getting the house ready to put on the market, I have so many mixed feelings. This was the house that we brought all of you home to. Ariya and Asha had so many firsts in this house. So many memories. And I’m sad that we won’t have those memories for you. But I’m trying to focus on the present. And I’m trying to take as many pictures as I can, to try and remember everything.
Grandma joined us on our trip to California! We had a layover in Chicago, but then finished our flight to San Diego. We rented a car and checked in pretty late at the Bahia Resort. You girls were knocked out, I think you didn’t even bother eating dinner. But what an exciting time. I attended a photography conference called the Hybrid Collective. You got to go off with Daddy, Asha, Anika and Grandma and go explore. I think it was tough for you, you kept asking where I was, why I can’t hang with you all. I did manage to escape for a few outings. Our hotel was on Mission Bay, so you did get to play in the sand and water. We also went to Cabrillo state park to look at the tide pools and go on a mini hike. You had so much fun in the water and the sand, and learning about all of the things you’ve seen. Uncle Eric joined us, which was nice, and he brought his girlfriend too. It was a nice mini reunion, with Grandma and Daddy and Uncle Eric.
Then, we went drove to Anaheim to spend the day at Disneyland!! Oh my gosh, what a magical place. We met up with my friend Erin from TheLeoLoves to take our pictures and it was so nice to have professional photos taken at the happiest place in the world. You were so excited to meet all of the princesses, and get their autographs. It was pretty cool. There was a moment where I thought I lost you. We had some minnie mouse ice cream, and you saw Donald Duck. I told you it was ok to get in line, but did not realize that Donald Duck was walking AWAY from us. When I turned around, you were gone. I swear, I lost it. Daddy and Grandma had no idea what was wrong. I just turned my back for a second, and just freaked out. We ended up finding you, first in line to see Donald. And I was so happy and upset, I didn’t even realize that I made you get out of line, to give you the biggest hug ever. I don’t think this has ever happened to me, and of course, it happened in Disneyland. But you were ok, we were all ok. whew!
You were pretty fascinated with the Star Wars part of the park, but there wasn’t really much for you to do there. And at the end of the night, when the parade and fireworks started. Wow, you were all amazed. It was the perfect end to the night!
We came home on a direct flight from Los Angeles to Dulles. You got to spend a week at school, and you were so happy to see your friends. You’ve been talking about your birthday party, and celebrating with your friends.
And then the coronavirus hit the rest of the United States. You weren’t able to go to school. We weren’t able to have play dates. The gym shut down. No more ballet, or theater class, no more bollywood dance. At first, you were excited. It’s like one big staycation. I was worried. I never signed up for homeschooling. But I knew I wasn’t going to let you have a ton of screen time day in and day out. So there was a lot of scrambling to keep you girls busy.
In the middle of all of this, we closed on a new house. We started our search for a new house in January, and never thought we would be buying a new house in the middle of a pandemic. But here we are. The house is great, it has a pool, it’s on 5 acres. There are horses behind our tree line. The inside will need a lot of work, but we’re excited to make new choices. You and Asha won’t have to share a bathroom, so there’s that.
Most of all, we’re just thankful that we’re healthy and safe. Daddy has to work a lot, but that’s the same as always. It’s just business as usual for him. If he’s not stressing, we’re not stressing.
You were so excited for California. The idea of having a sleepover EVERY DAY was your idea of a dream. You got to cuddle with Ariya and hang out with Grandma. It took some time warming up to Grandma, but by the end of the week, you were sad to see her go. In the meantime, we did some fun things. You had no care in the world when you rushed into the bay. It was breezy, it was not summer time. But you just love the water. Your pants were soaked. Even when we went to Cabrillo State Park. Shoes off and pants slightly rolled up, you were so excited to be near the water. And overtime the water crashed on the rocks, you squealed with glee. But every time you got near the edge of a cliff, I think you gave me a heart attack each time.
Disneyland was so exciting! You were super excited to see all of the princesses, and to have your very own autograph book, just like Ariya had. You could have cared less for the lines, you were just so excited to ride the rides, and eat all the junk food and see the next best thing. But I think the best part was the parade and the fireworks at night. You were on Daddy’s shoulders and you were in heaven!
You had school for just 3 days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) before we realized that you weren’t going back to pre-school. You pre-school was just following the county’s guidelines, and the county realized that there was no way that we could go back to school before the end of the year. So, no more school until hopefully the fall. In the mean time, you’ve been playing a lot with Ariya and Anika. You are so excited to have Ariya home. We’ve been trying to do some school work, some coloring, practicing writing, reading lots of books. But you are obsessed with tablet time. But sometimes, it’s the only way I can get some quiet time, to do stuff around the house. No one’s complaining though. As long as there’s a good balance, we’re all ok.
Oh my goodness, your first plane ride is to California! And you were a rockstar!! You were so content, not a lot of fussing or crying. You nursed, you slept, you played with your sisters. And Grandma and Daddy held you when you got tired of being with me.
The time change was interesting. Your napping and bedtime schedule was way out of whack. It was tough getting you to sleep in the crib and by the end of the trip, you were in bed with us. Do what we have to do to survive right? I think you were happy to be in bed with us too.
You got to attend your first photography conference 🙂 I like to start you girls off young 🙂 Daddy wasn’t able to get you to nap when you went off on adventures with Grandma and your sisters, so I ended up wearing you so I could hear my favorite photographer Jonathan Canlas talk. And then I nursed you in the bathroom (good thing they had a cute waiting area with the most awesome light, of course I had to take a picture). You met some of my friends from the photography world and were the best baby ever.
Disneyworld was nice for you, because you were either being worn by me or daddy, or in the stroller with Grandma driving you. You could have cared less for the rides or the princesses, but at least we have pictures of you there.
By the time we got back, the world was in the middle of a pandemic. And you were just happy to have your sisters home with you. I don’t think you even remember what it was like to be on your own, because the girls were with you every second that you were awake. And you love them so much.
February was a normal month. The usual events happened. You had theater class on Mondays, ballet on Thursdays, Balvihar and bollywood dance on Sundays. We’ve had some pretty busy weekends, hanging out with friends. You’re loving school as always. But you’re really looking forward to our trip to California with Grandma the first week of March. There’s this thing going on, this virus called COVID-19 (or coronavirus) that’s been spreading across the world, and there were some cases in California. I was worried about going to California, but we had been planning this trip for a while, and everyone else thought it wasn’t a big deal. So we decided to go.
You are thriving so well at school. You’re learning so much and you’re so happy with all of the crafts that you’re doing there. You come home with a cool craft every week. You started doing a sports class at the Little Gym on Tuesdays, and one of your friends from school is there. So that’s been great, having Ariya and Anika come to see you do your thing. And you have so much energy. Oh my gosh, you have so much energy. Apparently ballet, the little gym and bollywood dance is not enough for you. You are excited to go on an airplane to go to California. And you can’t wait to sleep in a hotel, it’s like one big slumber party.
You, my sweetheart, are driving me crazy. You are not sleeping at all. You fall asleep for a few hours at a time. Nursing you to sleep did not help. I was at my wit’s end. I ended up calling a sleep consultant to help. We thought we’d get some healthy sleep habits established before we go on our trip. And wow, you were a rockstar. We figured out a nap schedule, you ended up only waking up once a night. It was amazing. So worth it. We are all well rested because of it. And next month, you’re going on your first plane trip to California!!
It’s December! The countdown is on for Christmas. And you are so excited for Christmas break. Asha turned 4, which was a nice day to celebrate. Daddy went to Florida for a conference so it was just us girls for a week. When he got back, it actually snowed so you had a few snow days, made snow angels out of the dust, ate a lot of snow. But we did not have enough snow to make snow cream or go sledding.
We celebrated Asha’s birthday at the little gym. You had fun with some of the older siblings, like Myra and Addison. I think your favorite part was the cake because it made your lips look like you were wearing makeup.
We baked a lot of cookies for the holiday season. We actually went over to Asher’s house to bake and decorate cookies, and hang out with Asher and Marni. You missed Asher so much. We also saw Marni perform in a play based on a Junie B book. The play was interesting and you were enthralled with the acting. I think you want to start reading the Junie B book series. Personally, I’m not a fan, and I hope you realize that too.
Christmas vacation was nice. Nani and Nanu came to visit. A lot of relaxing, a lot of hanging out with your grandparents. Daddy was off of work, so that was nice too. You girls were spoiled for Christmas. Santa must have thought you were a very good girl.
New Year’s Eve was pretty chill. Daddy had to work. I think we just watched a lot of tv and hung out at home.
You turned four!! Oh my goodness, you’re growing up so fast! Daddy and I came to your class with cupcakes and to sing happy birthday. We just wanted to make you feel special. Afterwards, I took you to the hair salon. You made the decision to chop your hair off, and we all love it. It fits your personality so well. And it’s so much easier to wash and brush your hair. You don’t fight us anymore when it’s time to do anything with your hair.
Your friend from school, Lelia, turned four, so we went to her house for a princess birthday party theme. oh my goodness, she had princess dresses to try on, jewelry to take home, makeup to put on. You and Ariya both had a ball! You decorated crowns and small jewelry boxes to take home. I think you two had a blast!
Your friend Emme turned four too, so we went to her birthday party at the Little Gym next. It was a pretty long fun filled day. I think we were all exhausted that day.
We had a few snow days and had to miss your Christmas program at your pre-school. What a bummer. You missed the Christmas program last year because we went on vacation. And now we missed it again because of the weather. I don’t think you were too concerned, you were just happy to be on Christmas vacation. We made a small snow man and you helped shovel the driveway. But the snow wasn’t too impressive, not enough to go sledding or anything
You would think you’d be tired of the Little gym, but nope, we had your birthday there a week later. You had so much fun, you just love the Little Gym. The theme was outer space. The cake looked like a galaxy. It was pretty delicious too.
Christmas was a blast. And lucky girl, Nani and Nanu gave you a bike for your birthday/Christmas gift. A Frozen bike! You love it so much, you don’t care how cold it is, you want to ride your bike in the back yard all the time.
I think your favorite present was the makeup set. Any chance you get to put make up on, you’d take it. You can be such a girly girl with your makeup and wanting to put on my heels and wear dresses. But then you turn around and tackle Ariya to the ground and are so rough when you’re joking around and wrestling. You are a character girl. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
You are now five months old! oh my goodness, you just keep growing and I can’t handle it. You’re still waking up in the middle of the night all the time. But that’s ok, we’ll get through it.
It was your first Christmas! How special, spending it with all of us at home. You have no clue what’s going on, but you are starting to pay attention to your toys, feeling different textures, grasping things with your hands. so that was pretty cool.
The girls love you so much. They always want to hold you, or touch you. And you love staring at them. Asha is always acting silly to make you laugh. And you do, you laugh so much! You’re giggling all the time at Asha. And Ariya jumps around and tries to make you feel better every time you start to cry. You are so lucky to have two pretty awesome big sisters.
Dear Ariya and Asha,
We started off the month with our yearly Diwali celebration! Nani and Nanu came to visit because they wanted to see you and Asha on stage. So we all got dressed, and got a surprise from Akash Uncle! Akash Uncle was driving through on his way to/from Charlottesville for an interview for a residency program (kind of like what Daddy did before getting his job) and stopped by to see us. It’s always nice when family comes through.
You two were so awesome on stage! You’ve done so well with Susma Didi and your bollywood dance class. It’s pretty amazing how much you both love dance, and the bollywood songs, and watching youtube videos of all of these songs. I love watching you take it all in. Asha, everyone was so impressed that you knew all the words to the song and was singing along as you danced. Afterwards, you both had so much fun partying it up with your friends. We had a hard time pulling you away, but Anika had enough and was ready to go to sleep.
We went to DC for the weekend. That was a pretty fun adventure. We dug for dinosaur bones and used microscopes and learned all about butterflies and insects and saw all kinds of cool stuff at the National Museum of Natural History. We met up with friends, had dinner and went to the National Building Museum the next day. It was pretty fun, seeing how homes were built back in the day until present day.
Thanksgiving break and Thanksgiving happened. Auntie Anjuanette, Uncle Kashiff, Mekai, Jayden and Grandma came to visit, which was nice. Spending time is always great with family. You love hanging out and playing with your cousins. And Grandma stayed to help us put up the Christmas tree and decorate it! Yay, it’s official! Christmas is near!!
After Grandma left, we went to go see Frozen 2. And wow, you girls LOVED it! It was a good movie. The story, the songs, everything was just great. And then we went to Clearbrook Park to meet up with our friends, the Stephens family, to see the Winter Wonderland and meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. Asha, you were so excited to tell Santa what you wanted.
You girls can’t wait Christmas!
You’re 4 months old in November. And man, I don’t know what is going on with your sleeping. I think I’ve read every book there is on how to get you to sleep, but you still wake up every few hours. We’re trying to figure out a rhythm, but it is tough, especially when I have to take the girls to their activities. We’ll figure it out.
You actually received a letter from your guidance counselor at school that you are invited to join the SCA. You are now your class’s representative for the SCA and you get to do fun stuff around the school. You meet once a month with other students from other classrooms and decide on important things. For October, you got to take some time out of the day to go with the SCA to the farmer’s market to pick out pumpkins for the school. I had a parent/teacher conference with your teacher, and she just loves you. You excel at everything that you do. You’re reading chapter books, you read so much ALL THE TIME. At the bus stop, on the bus, at home, in the car, everywhere. I love it. I used to read like that all the time too. I’m so happy you get lost in books like I used to. Your daddy loves to read too. He was the one that got us started on Harry Potter.
Let’s see, what else happened this October? Nani and Nanu came to visit, and we went to Garba. Daddy was off too, so we all got to go as a family. Since you made so many friends from the Bollywood dance class, you had a blast. You danced in the circle for garbage, you picked up those dandiya sticks and Priya auntie and I taught you and your friends how to do garba. You ran around with Veer and Jai and Asha. It reminded me so much of my childhood. I remember running around with my friends at grab. And following my mom in the garba circle, not really knowing how to do anything but still trying. It made me so happy that you love our Indian culture so much. You ask to listen to bollywood music, you practice your dances at home. I wish I had that growing up, but I’m so glad that you have it for yourself.
We also took some time to go to our usual Pumpkin patch, Hill High Farms. Right near our house, we go on a wagon ride to the pumpkin field. A cowboy rides up to us and gives us a history lesson on the land, crops, and animals. There’s a hay maze. There’s also a cornfield maze, haunted house and escape room, but I think you girls aren’t ready for that yet. Maybe the cornfield maze next year.
Let’s see, what else… Not much…EXCEPT HALLOWEEN! You didn’t want to go to the store and get a costume. You wanted to make your own. So we found this pretty dress on amazon, dressed it up with a flower crown and some wings and voila, you were a fairy. And you loved your costume so much. We had the Monster Mash at school. We played games, won some candy, decorated some cupcakes. Daddy came for a little bit before he had to go to work, but I think you were really happy to have him, Asha, Anika and myself there.
We spent our annual tradition of trick or treating with our good friends Priya auntie and Meetul uncle, and Jen and Stephen and their kids. Azusa auntie and Uncle Ellford met us as well. It was great…until it poured down rain. We were drenched as we ran back home. But we got a lot of candy, had dinner, and watched a movie. What a great way to end the night.
It was a pretty good month. You had fun running around at the Garba with your friends, but then you crashed pretty hard. Good thing Nani and Nanu were there, because you were sleeping on Nani’s lap pretty much the rest of the evening.
You’ve been obsessed with this show called Haunted House on Netflix. It’s actually a pretty creepy anime show. After doing some googling, it’s from South Korea. But man there are some scary concepts that you seem to think are hilarious. You roped Ariya into watching them as well. Well, with that in mind, when you wanted to pick out your Halloween costume, I thought you wanted to be a unicorn, or a fairy like your sister. Nope. You wanted to be a …….GHOUL (according to you, a ghoul is a type of ghost). You loved seeing spooky.
We had your first field trip this year at Marker Miller. We got to ride a wagon again and take a tour of the farm. There was a story about Johnny appleseed, we got to pick apples and see goats. And the best part was playing on the playground and eating your apple donut.
You came along to the Monster Mash and couldn’t get enough of it. You could have stayed all night. I think you can’t wait to go to Kindergarten. Only a few more years, sweet girl.
You’re so different from Ariya. you’re rough and tough, you love to scare, and be scared. But you can be so girly too, with your dresses, and doing ballet and bollywood dance. You are definitely one of a kind.
You’re 3 months old. And you’re moving, A LOT. You’re learning to roll on your side. Which is kind of good, and not so good. Not so good because you’re done with the swaddle, which really helped calm your moro reflexes. But great that you’re growing. Now you just need to learn to move on your side and calm yourself. I still wear you, but you’re also starting to sleep longer in your car seat, when we’re running errands, or taking the girls to and from stuff. You are the sweetest little thing, like a doll baby. The girls can’t get enough of you. At the garba, everyone wanted to hold you and cuddle. I get it. I want to hold you and cuddle you all the time too. Slow down, please, don’t grow up too fast.
August is an exciting month. You start the first grade this month! You found out who your teacher was, and was so excited to meet her. We found out that you know a few friends from last year, including Ethan from music class and little gym (back when you two were babies), and Addy from pre-school. The first two weeks weren’t too bad, pretty basic stuff, just a refresher on what everyone knows. Your teacher knows that you are an avid reader, so she gave you a chapter book to read, a book from the series the Magic Treehouse. We’ve started reading the 2nd Harry Potter book, a Chamber of Secrets.
You’re still doing gymnastics and Bollywood dance. and next month, you start ballet! I think you’re pretty relieved not to do soccer this season. And I can tell how much you love gymnastics, you’re doing handstands and cartwheels all over the place! I think the one downer is that your friend Claire will be ending gymnastics, so you won’t get to see her at class anymore. We’ll just have to try harder to make a playdate happen.
You finished up camp at preschool the first week of August. And you’ve been restless ever since. You miss Ariya when she’s at school. You can’t wait for your school to start. Don’t worry, September will be here before you know it. In the meantime, we did have orientation and you got to meet your teachers and see your new classroom. That was pretty exciting.
You also started the Little Gym! You have been BEGGING for the little gym classes since last spring, and now that you’re finally there, you can’t contain yourself. This has been probably one of your most favorite things to do. I’m so happy that you get to do something for yourself, instead of getting dragged to all of Ariya’s activities.
You also started Bollywood dance with Ariya. You’re young, and it’s tough to hold your attention for a full hour. But you did great at your first class! Keep on dancing!
Asha, you try my patience like no other. I love you so much, but wow, you are so stubborn, hard headed, and you just don’t listen. What am I going to do with you? I have to keep reminding myself that these qualities will serve you well when you’re older, but right now, I wish you’d just listen to me and do what I say when I say it. Why does everything have to be a battle of the wills? Please tell me this is the longest phase of our lives and it will get better?
What can I say, Anika, you are just the sweetest little doll baby. Your smile fill me with such happiness. You still won’t sleep on your back, and still want to be held all the time. I’m actually wearing you right now in one of my wraps. Even your daddy has started using the wrap, when we discovered that you’re not a fan of the ergo carrier. You sleep so soundly when you’re worn in a wrap. You do sleep for long stretches at a time when you’re in our arms. And sometimes, if we’re lucky, you’ll stay asleep if you’re swaddled and in a swing. But it would be great if we could start putting you in your crib…. We keep trying. You keep growing. We all love you so much.
Here are some pictures from Grandma’s visit, and Nani and Nanu last month along with this month’s photos:
July is finally here! In addition to some really cool camps that you got to do (Needle Arts Camp at the Discovery Museum, Intro to Dance with SCAA, and The Little Nature Camp), we’re having a baby! You are so excited to meet your baby sister, Anika. You’ve already told me about all the things you’ll do to help me take care of you. You’re going to be such a great big sister.
The camps were amazing. I knew the Needle Arts Camp would be one of your favorites. Your aunt, Priti Masi, bought you a sewing kit a long time ago for Christmas. And I bought you a sewing machine for your birthday. But I think you’ve always been frustrated by the limitations of the plastic needles. So this camp was perfect. You learned how to thread a needle, make puppets, and now you have instructions how to make other things. You were so excited every day when I picked you up. And Asha was happy your camp was at the discovery museum, because I would take her there to play while we waited for you.
The Intro to Dance camp was great as well. It was with your favorite teacher, Ms Abby. The camp taught you ballet, jazz and tap. You’ve never learned jazz or tap before, so this was a great introduction. Of course the camp was during baby Anika’s big day! I didn’t get to see your big performance, but your daddy went and recorded it. You were amazing! I think, if it was up to you, you’d sign up for jazz and tap for the year. But since I told you that you could only do 2 things starting out, you’re sticking to ballet and gymnastics for the school year.
The Nature Camp was amazing! I think this was the one camp that you can’t wait to do every year. You learned a lot about nature. You played in a mud pit and threw mud at each other, you canoed in the stream, caught bugs in the meadow. So much outdoor fun. Your best friend Asher told you about this camp, and thank goodness he did, or else we never would learned about this camp.
Anika came on July 10th, unexpectedly. And I think you thought that I’d go to the doctor’s office for a check up and come back with the baby. You didn’t realize, and I think we did a poor job of explaining it to you, that I would stay at the hospital for a few days with the baby to make sure everything was ok. You were pretty emotional and didn’t understand why I couldn’t come home with you. It was tough explaining it to you and Asha. And one day, you’d be calm and cool, and Asha would be an emotional mess. And the next day, you would be emotional and Asha was the cool calm one. So weird. But once we came home from the hospital, it took an adjustment. Luckily, Nani and Nanu were here, as well as Daddy to help with the transition. And you became so in love with your baby sister.
There was so much excitement in our household. You didn’t understand why I was washing the baby’s clothes, or getting her room ready. You didn’t know why we were cleaning all of the baby’s toys, but you were ready to help.
On the day of Anika’s birth, your daddy was post call and did not get a lot of sleep. And we needed some help taking care of you, and taking Ariya to camp. Our friend Niki was so sweet to take you to the pool to play with Asher and Marni while dropping Ariya off at dance camp. We had to wait until Nani and Nanu came up from Richmond. You know something was happening, but I don’t think you really understood that baby Anika was coming. But you were so ready to give her the toy that you picked out, a baby Shark stuffed animal that sang Baby Shark. I think you picked it more for yourself than for your sister, but surprisingly, all 3 of you love that stuffed animal!
You couldn’t wait to hold Anika at the hospital. You and Ariya both loved on Anika, and tried to gently give her hugs. You were both smitten with her. But you had a really hard time not being the baby anymore. The transition was tough for you. Anytime your daddy or I held the baby, you’d want attention. In a way, you regressed. You stopped using your words when you wanted something. You wanted hugs all the time. And you couldn’t understand why we were always holding the baby, and why we couldn’t cuddle or play with you like we used to.
We tried to organize fun things for you and Ariya to do, while Nani and Nanu were here. You saw the Lion King when it came out, and Nani came with you and Ariya. Nanu and Daddy took you and Ariya to the pool. You went to the kid zone a few times with Ariya, while Daddy, Nani and Nanu worked out at the gym.
Luckily, Grandma came to visit with your cousins Mekai and Phelix. It was chaos, and you loved it. You ran with the boys and Ariya, you got to play with Grandma at the pool. And Grandma got to bond with baby Anika too.
Well well well. You arrived a few days early, quite unexpectedly. The plan was for you to arrive on Friday, July 12th. The plan was for Nani and Nanu to come on Wednesday or Thursday, just go get used to the girls’ schedule before I went to the hospital. But something told me that things would not go according to plan. I had a stress test scheduled for Wednesday July 10th. And on Tuesday night, I thought to myself, maybe I should ask Nani and Nanu to come earlier, JUST IN CASE. Your daddy was working Tuesday night, and of course didn’t get any sleep, so Wednesday, he was delirious. Which, of course. He was post call for Ariya’s birth and for Asha’s birth. It’s like you girls are giving Daddy a taste of what it would be like, sleep deprived nights worrying over you girls.
So, during Wednesday’s appointment, the sonogram showed that apparently I had been leaking amniotic fluid, because there wasn’t much left. Which mean I had to go to the hospital as soon as possible. I was in a panic. Nani and Nanu had to drop everything and drive in from Richmond. We had to line up childcare for Ariya and Asha. Luckily we have awesome friends, and our friend Niki was able to take Asha to the pool and Ariya to dance camp and gymnastics. Daddy and I went to the hospital around 11am. Of course I didn’t have a big breakfast, because I had been managing my gestation diabetes and trying to be healthy with a half english muffin with peanut butter and 1 egg. Well, I couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the day. We were hooked up to the fetal monitor and everything looked great. And my favorite doctor, Dr. Leonoard, who delivered Ariya and Asha, also delivered you!
C-sections and the recovery was tough, but to finally hold you in my arms made everything worth it. You were born at 5:42pm, and weighed 8lbs 5 oz and were 20.5 inches long. I thought you’d be this huge baby, because Ariya and Asha were both about 6lbs. But you were still so tiny. So much hair, just like Ariya and Asha. And from the start, you were lifting your head and looking around.
We were so happy to finally take you home. But that 4th trimester is a real deal. All you wanted to do is be held by Mommy and Daddy. Poor Nani and Nanu, they would try to hold you, but you would cry and cry and cry. And your cry is a wail. It’s a shriek. It’s loud and insistent and surprising to come out of such a small little body. I think it took 2 weeks for you to finally get comfortable and let others hold you.
I think I panicked the first time Daddy had to go back to work and Nani and Nanu left for Richmond. They stayed for 2 weeks, and they miss you and Ariya and Asha, but they were ready to get back home, to their routine. And we had to make our routine. I think I’m getting the hang of it. Baby wearing is key. You love to be held, it’s the only way you’ll sleep.
We did learn that you had a tongue tie, so we had to get that lasered off. But after that, breastfeeding has been a breeze. You are growing and thriving. We are all so in love with you, your smile, your baby coos, everything about you.