Keya’s Journal

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Keya’s Journal

April 15th, 2006

First song

Today Keya sang the Alphabet song in tune for the very first time! She pronounces the A-B-C correctly and for the rest of the letters she sings whatever sound she wants, but the tune is perfect! Her dad and I are so happy :-)

I have also started singing the Phonics song to her for over a month now, and she can say the phonic sound aloud after each verse.

We have had several guests staying with us this week and Keya absolutely loves the company and attention of so many people. She has learnt several new words, in English, Marathi and Malay.

January 24th, 2006

Big girl now

Keya is able to drink milk from the bottle all by herself now. She even resists if one of us tries to hold the bottle to help her. She tries to pry our hands away from the bottle, one finger at a time!

January 6th, 2006

Learning to pray

Keya is back to her usual playful self. She LOVES to be put on the kitchen worktop. She fiddles with the tins and utensils on the worktop, opens the overhead cabinets and pulls out stuff from in there. She likes to pull down the sugar container so that I can open it and give her some sugar from it :-) She also enjoys doing Bappa Morya (joins hands in prayer).

December 20th, 2005

Keep Walking

My little baby is now a toddler. She is still not walking confidently and stumbles now and then. Yet she loves to walk so much, that even when we take her downstairs to play, all she wants is to walk around! Here is a video of her walking at home.

December 12th, 2005

Chicken Pox!

My poor baby contracted chicken pox last week. We were surprised and dismayed that she should catch this at such a young age. The good thing is, as she is so small, she is hurting much less (compared to older children and adults) and her fever lasted only a day. Her rash is slowing shrinking and fading,but she has socks on her arms to stop her from scratching herself. Last night was the first night she slept through without waking up (last 2-3 nights she woke up frequently and cried). Today we gave her a bath with warm water and Dettol. She thoroughly enjoyed playing in the tub.

November 15th, 2005

Missing Aaji & Maushu

Keya’s Aaji & Maushu have left and the house seems very empty now. Keya seems okay, but I am sure she has begun to miss them. Since last evening, she has been cranky and somewhat irritable, especially when all three of us were busy cleaning up and clearing the house. She misses having so many pepple at home to play with her.

November 10th, 2005

Happy First Birthday!

We hosted a grand birthday party for Keya at home. Of course, first birthday parties are more for mom and dad than for the baby, so we had lots of our friends over (and some of Keya’s too). Keya wore a chaniya-choli (a gift from her Aaji) and looked like the sweetest little girl ever!

There were three birthday ceremonies. First was Chinese-style - Keya stood on two large pink “pau’ (loaves of rice) and then put on two cute little pink baby shoes. Next was Indonesian-style; Keya and Sri aunty cut a mound of Nasi Kuning (yellow rice) which was then distributed among the guests. Finally, I blew out the single candle and Keya cut the birthday cake.

The cake was a gorgeous and *low-sugar* mango cake and instead of the usual “Happy Birthday” message, this one said “Keya is Number 1″. It was her dad’s choice; we figured that this would be the only year that we would get to choose the cake, so we chose what we loved best. All the guests praised it a lot.

We also got a height chart for Keya and marked her height on it. She is almost 72 cms tall.

October 15th, 2005


Aaji (Grandma) is here and Keya is thrilled! Plus, Maushu (aunty) is going to come here soon and we that to look forward to :-) I have made a list of places to see and things to do with them. We may not be able to take Keya along everywhere (due to her early bedtime) but we are planning activities at home to make the most of their visit. Life is going to be really busy and I may not have time to make new entries.

September 27th, 2005

Cranky no more

Keya is back to her normal self now. She has been eating and drinking properly from last evening. From yesterday morning, she has been going out with Sri aunty to see me off at the bus stop and has resume her playing hour in the evening. This morning she is playing and giving smiles readily to everyone. I also waved “tata” (bye-bye) to some people and when one uncle carried her, she did not cry at all!

September 23rd, 2005

Cranky Keya

Ever since she had a fever, Keya has become rather cranky. Sri says she has become wary of strangers now (whereas earlier she used to look at people with interest and smile back if they smiled at her). She has also become quite clingly and wants to nurse non-stop. So for the past few days I am somewhat sleep-deprived. Am looking forward to catching up on my sleep this weekend.

However, this morning, when I took her out she did look around with interest. Her dad said she was very animated when she came back. Maybe she is bored of sitting in the house since Monday and wants to go out again.

© 2004 Graphics by Carla Hester   © Photos and content: Keya Kaulagekar