Month: August 2014

Our Weekend

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Our weekend started early this week with a visit from my brother in law and his family. They have two young girls aged 6months and 6years old (6YO). I was initially worried about how we’d cope with three little ones in the house but it was great fun! Ludoo was so happy to have two little friends, I could really see her character coming out as she spent time with them. Cheeky smiles and silly giggles, she was in her element!

Ludoo with her big cousin watching a bit of Tracey Beaker!
Ludoo with her big cousin watching a bit of Tracey Beaker!

We also took the girls swimming which they really enjoyed! We spent an hour in the warm baby pool with 6YO dancing and splashing around, trying to race us across the pool whilst we held the babies in the water. I’ve been taking Ludoo swimming for about 6 months now and I’m so glad I started her early, she absolutely loves the water and can’t get enough of it! Bath time is probably her favourite thing, also because she gets some daddy time!

A trip to the park was another adventure for the little ones, as well as making nachos with my older niece. Sprinkling cheese and layering the tortilla chips made her feel very grown up in the kitchen, a good way to keep her entertained!

We thought we’d do something a little more special with a trip to London as 6YO hasn’t been much before and travelling on “the tube” was a real novelty! We went to Buckingham palace, M&M world, saw the big screens at Piccadilly Circus and the favourite… HAMLEYS! We were in Hamleys for a good hour or so as there was plenty to see, from people doing magic tricks to driving cars on the ceilings! I bought each of the girls a Hamleys teddy bear to remember the trip and 6YO a personalised necklace, which she was very happy with!

A memorable trip to Hamleys!
A memorable trip to Hamleys!

So all in all I think the Reli’s had a fun filled trip, not quite the late nights out and stumbling home that we use to do without the kids, but definitely great seeing all our girls playing together and forming wonderful relationships as cousins which will be so valuable in years to come.
Hope you all had great weekends and a very happy Monday! xxx

 

 

 

 

 

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The world just got a little less funny…

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It’s so sad that today we lost one of the worlds most amazing comedians… Robin Williams. He was an amazing character that must have touched everyone’s hearts with at least one of his performances. From Mork to Peter Pan, Mrs Doubtfire, the genie in Aladdin… the list goes on. I grew up watching his shows and films, so to hear the news this morning was truly heartbreaking. I had no idea he was battling depression, but it goes to show what a cruel condition it can be.

Depression is unfortunately one of those unseen diseases that really can destroy a persons mind. Because it is unseen I don’t think society realises how debilitating it really can be. It’s just as bad as having a broken leg or arm, if not worse because no one can see how bad it is. And its difficult enough for the person experiencing it to understand what they’re going through, never mind trying to explain it to others. A friend of mine recently went through a lot of anxiety and upset due to this condition, but she was extremely brave and confronted it head on… She even posted on Facebook to explain her struggles during mental health awareness week and I was so proud of her. It takes great strength to admit to a condition like depression as it really isn’t very well understood. My job (apart from now being a mummy) is with the public, and I often meet depressed people who put on such a front in society that that in itself must be really stressful. I hope more can be done in the future to support those with mental health challenges or at least empower them with the knowledge of how to get help and not suffer alone. 

Jason Manford’s tribute to Robin Williams put it better than I could ever write…

Touching tribute by Jason Manford
Touching tribute by Jason Manford

I found this story about Robin Williams so touching; Robin&Christopher Reeves. The way he used his comical skills to try and lift others when he was suffering himself is truly selfless. He was a great man, RIP Mr Williams… Nanu Nanu. xxx

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Our Weekend

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This weekend has been super duper busy with wedding season in full swing. I love a good wedding as it’s an excuse to get all dolled up with the family! My baby girl was gifted so many beautiful dresses it’s great having the chance to put her in them… She looks adorable in every single one! (But I would say that right?!) There’s one in particular I can’t wait to dress her in… A gorgeous off white and blue Indian anarkali outfit, I measure her against it every time we have an Indian wedding to go to!

Beautiful anarkali purchased by a dear friend on her travels in India
Beautiful anarkali purchased by a dear friend on her travels in India

She’s almost ready for it, but I decided it’d be safer to choose a lightweight floral dress with the weather being so humid right now. It’s a gorgeous one from monsoon and very wearable! I even found the shoes to match 🙂

Baby girl's summery floral monsoon number!
Baby girl’s summery floral monsoon number!  

For me, I had a coral lace shift dress which disguises all my recent wobbly mummy bits! Teamed up with a statement necklace and nude high heels I felt great! It was a beautiful wedding and very lucky to be on the Saturday as there were thunderstorms on the days either side of it. It was in an oldy worldy mansion house with renaissance art all over the ceilings and walls. A beautiful venue for a beautiful couple!

My coral lace shift dress with nude accessories and a statement necklace
My coral lace shift dress with nude accessories and a statement necklace

Today we had an extremely lazy Sunday, which is just what you want when there’s crazy heavy rain all day. It’s also Raksha Bandan today which is a type of “brothers day”, it signifies the relationship between a brother and sister. The sister promises to love and pray for her brothers’ well-being and he promises to protect her throughout life. I’m so happy and proud that my sister ties a Rakhi for my husband, and it’s not just out of tradition, they truly have a special bond, I know my husband will always look out for her as any older brother would. Traditionally you feed each other something sweet (you’ll come to realise this is an ongoing theme with Indian custom… feeding each other lots and lots of sweets… not that I’m complaining! I have a terrible sweet tooth!) and the brother gives his sister a small gift. 

A rakhi tied by my sister on my husbands hairy wrist :)
A rakhi tied by my sister on my husbands hairy wrist 🙂
This is the charm my hubby chose to gift my sister, I thought it had beautiful sentiment and meaning. So grateful that they have a lovely relationship!
This is the charm my hubby chose to gift my sister, I thought it had beautiful sentiment and meaning. So grateful that they have a lovely relationship!

I hope you all had great weekends and a very happy Monday!
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What’s this all about anyways???

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Some of you (probably all of you!) are wondering why I chose to name my blog “heysugardumpling!” Well, there’s two reasons really…

My baby girl was born at a very healthy 9lb 14oz (I am 5’1″ short and no baby in our family has ever been that big as far as I know!). So the doctors, family and friends all had dropped jaws when they saw this little chubster in my arms! We couldn’t pick a name to start with so we nicknamed her our little “ludoo”, which is a round Indian sweet made mainly of ghee, sugar and nuts… A bit like a sugar dumpling!!!

Secondly, my late mum used to sing me a song in the bath as a child, and it went…
“Hey Fatty Boom Boom, you sweet sugar dumpling. Just because you’re so big and fat, don’t believe im afraid of that!” 

It made me laugh, which is probably why she sang it! (Or because I was big and fat!) But I’ve since found out its a famous song from the 60s which refers to fat black women and “boom boom” refers to the sound of their jiggly bits when they walk! See here. Fabulous song choice from my mummy is all I’ve gotta say! I guess it was like the “Baby got back” of her time (That’s the song Ross and Rachel in Friends sang to their baby to make her laugh), and I’m guilty of the same… baby girl thoroughly enjoys shaking her booty to a bit of Jason DeRulo Wiggle! 🙂 So there you have it, my crazy logic to choosing the name heysugardumpling! for this blog… It makes me smile and chuckle inside everytime I say or read it… So guess that’s not a bad thing eh?!

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Just getting started…

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So this I my first ever blog entry! I’ve been wanting to start a blog since I had my baby girl in November 2013. It’s such a life changing experience having a child, this little being you create consumes your whole world and it’s a love like no other! Totally indescribable. But there’s no manual!!! I had no idea if I was feeding her right, holding her right, putting her to sleep right?! While I don’t anticipate creating a manual, I thought it would be fun and useful to document my experiences as a first time mummy in London!

Ok so baby girl is 9 months old already, so I will be writing some of my blogs in retrospect, but I’m hoping it’ll be insightful nonetheless! It takes 9 months to grow a baby and I think it’s taken 9 months for me to learn to be myself again and still enjoy the things I used to, as well as be a mum! Becoming a mummy has really made me value my own parents and all they did to raise us as well as they could. They were both first generation immigrants, my mum came over from Kenya and dad from India… And their story started here in London where they both met. My husband’s family are born and bred in and around Worcestershire for the last 3 generations at least! So our baby girl is half English and half Indian… And unlike maybe 30 years ago, children of this mixed race are much more common. It is socially more accepted to have a mixed race background (I believe!) and I hope we can raise her to understand and appreciate the best of both worlds!

So this blog is for my baby girl and my late mum. It’s sad that you’ll both never meet… But being without my mum has taught me to learn things FAST and also appreciate what a valuable role I have to play in my baby’s life. So here’s to being the best mummy I can be!!! And I hope you enjoy hearing about our adventure! 🙂
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