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Hi guys out there! Well, stories have been my first love because they make life. We all have stories to talk about, stories untold, stories locked in our hearts. I have been writing stories ever since they influenced me. Here I am with three fiction novels in my kitty. If you have a story you want to talk about, you can always write to me. Here you'll find my blog posts too which are sometimes funny and stupid because I choose to write what prevails within me. About me on a personal note: I love to write at any time. Some day, I want to be the person who creates a tiny difference in the book world. Apart from that, I do have common interests just like anybody else with an extra tint of passion for books. You can always write to me here chitalmehta1987@gmail.com or check my website here - www.chitalmehta.com

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The “TOY” investment

After my obsession with clothing stores, I discovered my recent obsession when I stepped into a toy store. Within few minutes, my shopping cart was filled with toys which I fiercely believed will contribute to my toddler’s development and growth. I imagined my son playing with all the toys and claimed that he needed to have them, no matter what. Then my husband comes along and puts some sense into me telling that no kid needs so many toys to play with because we all know that kids get bored with toys eventually. I believed this for a long time but I recently realized this – “Toys are essential for babies and toddlers”. It’s the kind of toys that we provide them that matters. The “type” of toy and not the quantity matters.

So, I carefully looked at my shopping cart and decided that toy companies would do anything to lure us into buying toys that our children may not need at all. Since a few months, I have researched across the web often and also read a lot of reviews on what kind of toys do children really need. Also, there is money involved here. As parents, I think it’s important to understand where we are investing money when it comes to purchasing toys.

I am a firm believer in letting my toddler move around the house. So, I always look for toys that doesn’t let him remain seated for a long time as children need to be extremely active.  Here is my list of what let’s my child move often. I have also, ended up buying things that were not needed at all. In short, I bought the wrong toys but with experience, I am learning.

V- tech walker – this is an amazing walker, I bought this on the basis of a friend’s suggestion. My son loves it even though he has mastered the skill of walking months earlier. I think it’s a great toy for kids to move around and be in motion.

Fisher price corn popper- I wasn’t really keen on this one but I decided to give a try. I even considered returning if my son wasn’t really using it. Eventually, he started enjoying pushing it around as it’s fun to hear the balls popping inside the toy.

Step2 duck pond water table – I purchased this one on a deal from Toys R us. I really needed something to beat the summer heat as it becomes hard to keep a toddler occupied indoors without television. This is a great product because kids love to play with water. There are many versions of water table which I will be exploring in the future.

Toy stroller – I am a big fan of this stroller as it’s extremely cute. My son loves to push it around the house with a doll seated in the stroller. It also lets him stay in motion for a long time. It’s cheaper at Toys “R” us than amazon.

Pull along toys – I think pull along toys are fun for kids as they love to pull along almost anything as they walk around. I didn’t have to really research because I got a couple of them as birthday gifts which are amazing. There are so many pull along toys out there that it can get really confusing to pick. But parents will know what’s best. Sing along toys are also a great add on as they let kids to be familiar with music.

bubbles – Children are fascinated with bubbles. I usually use them when my son gets really cranky as it a great way to distract him.

Board books- Being an ardent reader, I have been reading to my son from day one. Today, he favors at least 5 to 6 books and cannot go without reading them even a day. We read together the same books over and over because babies and toddlers love to hear familiar stories. I am amazed at the collection of board books that are out there in the market. I usually pick books after reading reviews posted by other customers.

Balls – No surprise here. Balls are a great way to have fun time with kids as it lets them move around everywhere. The downside to this is that you also should be extremely active as ball play needs company.

I would love to hear from other parents on what kind of toys allow children to be active without the need of being dependent on screen time.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Diary of a toddler

At 15 months, the world around me seems so big and exciting. Did you know how fun it is to watch ants crawl by? Did you know it’s fascinating to chase shadows? Also, it’s amazing to stare at the fan rotating. Do you know it feels awesome to run barefoot on grass? I am simply in love with footwear. I always want to touch them but mommy doesn’t let me. There is something mysterious about it. I know these things don’t excite you because you’re an adult. Most things are boring for an adult. Anyway, that’s not my concern.

At 15 months, all I really care is about running about and discovering my abilities. I can walk and run with my two legs. That’s my biggest achievement so far. It’s also fun to watch my mommy and daddy run behind me, trying to get hold of me. I have seen my mommy gasping for breath, asking me to stop and just take a nap so she could relax. I feel sorry for her but there is really nothing I can do about it. I am a toddler. Being adventurous comes naturally to me. Really, I don’t really plan on bugging her or making tantrums to annoy her. I just end up doing what I feel like and I have made her cry couple of times. She doesn’t get time for herself, poor lady. But that’s fine, I’ll be a grown boy few years from now and she is going to miss all this fun so much. So, I am just going to make the most of it and fill her life with just ME. Of course, daddy is a part of her life too but right now, I am the priority. You might think I am selfish. One look at me, I am sure you’re gonna call me cute, adorable and cover me in kisses. I have that effect on people. Ha ha!

At 15 months, I am having lot of food battles with mommy. She talks about this with other mommies all the time complaining about how little I eat. And they say the same thing about their babies too. And I know how deeply it concerns mothers when their babies don’t just eat. Trust me, we try really hard to eat but somedays, food is the last thing on our minds. There is so much energy that we don’t have the time to sit down for food. Also, somedays food is so boring. Mommy cooks the same thing and expects me to gulp down. I have taste buds too and I have preferences too, just like her! She doesn’t get it at times and ends up in a battle fight with me. Lately, she has learnt to understand that I can actually go without food at times. But I mostly prefer finger foods, because it’s so much fun to feed yourself than having fed by spoon. Sometimes, I nibble on slices of fruits, veggies and anything that I can get my hands on. Mommy does so much research to buy different varieties of food. I want to tell her, I am a simple baby, don’t complicate me too much. I really can’t explain her much because my words are just blah to her.

Anyway, I don’t care. If I don’t feel like eating, I am not going to eat it. Period. She should get the message instead of forcing me to eat. Also, she worries so much about my weight. What she doesn’t know is this – we toddlers are not really concerned about putting on weight because there is so much to discover. On the other hand, there are some days when we really love the taste of food. I wish my mommy could stop worrying so much about this whole food thing and simply let me enjoy my moments. I am sure she will understand me. After all, she is my mommy. She always does.
At 15 months, I realize that human beings are fascinating. It’s amazing to watch other people smile at me and I like to smile back at them. Sometimes, I don’t really get much of a response because most people are busy looking at a screen. Mommy calls it a mobile and never lets me touch it. I wish people smiled and talked to me more often. But that’s okay. I am a baby and I forget things so soon that these things hardly matter.

At 15 months, my world is growing bigger and bigger. Of course, mommy and daddy are always going to be part of it but my world is expanding every single day. I am growing so fast that it’s so hard to stop running. I know I am going to become like daddy one day but I will always remain mommy’s little baby.

Alright then, I have to head for a bath with my favorite bath toys and then struggle with mommy for an hour to fight off food and then head for a nap and then wait for daddy to get home. So much to do!!!

See you all soon.