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Miss you

It’s been a crazy week at work. Going in early, coming back late with meetings all day.

So A and I have missed our morning routine – milk together, breakfast, then the drive to school. And by the time I get home, he’s fast asleep, or I just go and crash.

I crawled into bed at midnight, after my calls. I’d last seen him at 8:30 am. He’s had a mild fever in the evening…

His eyes closed shut, he reaches out, feels my face and asks “Where’s Dad? Who’re you?”.

And my world shatters.

I mumble, “Its me. Mumma. I’m back”

Still asleep, he answers back feebly “I didn’t cry. I didn’t bite. I won’t scratch. Promise.”

It took a while for it to sync in.  Earlier, I’d threatened him I’d go off to office if he threw a tantrum & bit & scratched me. And then I was gone. The whole day. 12 hours.

He was still a bit feverish. He sat in my arms for a while. We went searching for his Gems ball. He had some water. I tucked him in again.

2 minutes later, I came back from the loo. He was sitting up on the pillow. “You went to the bathroom na…. I was very sad… I was waiting for you..”. And I melt into a complete puddle.

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.. is a maid. Or an army thereof.

A cook, a cleaning lady, and a housekeeper.

Any mommy out there who disagrees?? Please speak up. I’d like to know how the heck you manage to stay sane.

This post again stems from lunch table discussions at work. Normally I have lunch with the rest of my team – all guys. These days, once in a while, I have lunch with some girl friends. And invariably the topics of discussion center around kids, maid and spouse. In that order.  And some food for thought – one lady mentioned she’s not perturbed when the spouse is travelling or away for a few days. She manages just fine. But her world is turned inside out when the maid/cook/nanny take even a day off.  Silent pause. Lots of nodding in agreement.

I wonder if any of the guys out there would understand this.

There are so many roles the ‘woman of the house’ dons. Unconsciously. Cook, housekeeper, nanny, laundress, manager etc etc. If you had to hire help to take care of all those tasks, how much do you think you’d end up paying? And more importantly, how would you get so many hired help to do their job right!! hehe.. one would go crazy trying to coordinate so many maids/help!

But I ramble.

Here in India, life as a working woman (aka one who goes to office and gets paid for her work), is impossible without an  army of maids. I wonder how women in America/elsewhere manage without hired help?

[ for those interested, Penelope has some whacky related posts.]

[Written on June 15.]

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I’m starting to look for a creche. For when Goosh turns 1 yr old. Yes, starting to look from now. I want to be assured that there’s a good place nearby to send him too. And I’m also trying to get some creche/day care set up on our campus.

Would love your feedback on what kind of things to look for a in a good creche…

I think first comes the people who run it – they should genuinely love kids. All else follows.

Is it better to have a creche near home or near office?

Near home is good so that the kid doesnt have to travel much. But then, when both parents are working and there’s no one at home during the day, what will you do in case of an emergency?

I think near office is better. But then that means that the kiddo has at least a 30 min commute each way; and he has to be strapped into a car seat, which is kind of tough.  But I’ll be close by during the day… and hopefully, I can visit him during the day. However the few good day-cares I’ve heard about (close to office) dont allow parents to meet the kid during the day!!!

Would love to hear about your experiences! Do write in!

And ya, I just discovered polls 🙂

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