Monday, 30 December 2013

What happens to Nude Underwear Models??

This post contains discussions of a under wear model type career. No gruesome photos involved though...
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Two days back my husband K, Aarav and I were travelling to somewhere when we had to wait for 60 secs for a traffic light to turn green.. Now Aarav has this habit of giving spontaneous uncensored commentary on everything that happens around him. Most of what he says can now be understood by strangers even, which leads to funny discussions.. Especially since he seems to notice things that we very easily miss or want to miss. He's got the eyesight of a hawk, that boy!!

With the car window open and Aarav looking outside, he spotted the gigantic billboard where they put up a new poster of a underwear male model, sprawled across a couch in all his god made glory showing, sporting a tiny triangle. I was sure that this would be embarrassing so I tried to roll up the window but Aarav was in no mood to be censored.

And so he peeked out the window, pointed to the only red color in that billboard and shouted - "Aai, aaai. Baba, aa baba te bagh!!  To dada shame shame ahe!!!!" (Mom, dad look!! That guy is nude!!)

By now every one at the traffic light was staring at us and enjoying the conversation.

Now, by the law-"if you cant escape to topic, tackle it asap", I said to Aarav, "Hmm shame shame ahe. Ma?" (Yes he is, so?)

To that Aarav promptly replied, "Daas chavel na!!!" (Mosquito will bite)

Stunned, I repeated "daas chavtil?" (Mosquitoes bite?)

Aarav, "khoop daas chavel" (lots of mosquitoes will bite!)
And once the fate of the nude model was decided and declared to the world, he sat down again...

This was the reasoning we used to give him to curb his spurts of nudism. Thankfully, one little mosquito proved us true by taking a biteful of Aarav once, so he now very strongly believes that if you don't cover yourself, mosquitoes are sure to bite!!! And the more skin you show, the more mosquito bites you get!!

Yup, that's what happens if you choose a nudity based profession. Be ready to be devoured by mosquitoes!!!
Hilarious!! Even got a few laughs from strangers who agreed with the little toddler!!!

So now we have established what happens if you are a nude underwear model. You get mosquito bites. Lots of them!!! Truly, no jokes!!!

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PS- This does not end here. As this is a very hilarious bloggable experience and a blog makes a great read if a photo is involved, I wanted to go back to the location and get a photograph. (Oh the things I do for you, blog readers!!!!)
But as that route is a very populated one and K's office is nearby, we end up seeing at least one of his colleagues every 9 seconds..

So I said to K - "I am not going to take photos of that nudey, would you please??"

K - "You want me to park next to the billboard on my way to the office and take photos?? No way"

J - "Yes please. I would have done it, but you are so well known there that I don't want to be spotted there!!" And then I tried to convince better "because I don't want you to be famous in office for being the guy whose wifey was busy focusing her camera taking pictures of nude underwear models in red triangles!!"

I thought I won the argument. Alas!

K-"Nope. No way. Never. You do it.
I'd rather be famous as the guy whose wife stares at posters of nude underwear clad males models! ......
Then as the Guy who stares and takes photographs of posters of nude underwear clad Male models!!!!"

Alas! So neither of us wanted to go stare at red triangles, this post will have to be compromised with no nude model!! Enjoy!!

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Conversations and reasoning by the little toddler !!! 

And no underwear modelling as a career!! ;-)
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Toddler Talons..

Cutting a toddler's nails is never an easy task. Especially when the toddler knows the use of long nails.

But the good mother in me needs to get this done. At least before the toddler takes flight and catches the bird (me) while pretending to be Nigel.

Which, today he did. Seventeen hundred
times. Lovingly. So I could not even get mad at me.

I now genuinely believe that the nursery rhyme "chubby cheeks" has been designed by the preschools to remind the parents that it is time to do some nail cutting..

Chubby cheeks, scratched off skin...... 
Grumble grumble.

Anyway. Aarav's nail have now grown to win against talons of a bald eagle. And it is finally time to cut them short.

So, to catch Aarav at a time when he is the most understanding and amiable ... I woke up at 1:08am.

Armed myself with a nail cutter and slowly... very slowly took his left thumb for a trim.

At 1:11:00 am, took off a tiny part of Aarav's thumb nail.

1:11:20 am. Aarav twisted and hid his claws.

1:12:00 am I tried again.

1:13:00 am Aarav twisted and turned and frowned again.

1:14:00 am I tried to unwind and untangle him into a non-tako sleeping style and tried to dig out his finger from under him.

1:15:00 am Aarav woke up. Sat up. And looked at me very sternly.

1:15:10 am. "Aai. Sorry mhan!!! Bau zhala!! Sorry mhan mala!!!"

Umm... ok Sorry Aarav!?

1:16:00 am. "Aai Zhop. Waa." And then he curled up and slept again.

1:17:00 am. Stunned and surprised. And a bit flustered on being scolded, I am now blogging.

0.25 of Aarav's nail has been cut. 9.75 nails left. 

Targeted success at this rate.. 39 days to go...

When your tiny toddler knows -even in his sleep- what to say to get his point understood.
Even if you are being scolded!!
!! Joy !!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Yellow and Blue!!!

I want some sort of James-Bond-camera and microphone setup on me or ask Big Boss to help me with it.. because there is no way otherwise to be able to keep up with the antics of Aarav every second...

Yesterday night, we removed Aarav's Neptune and hearing aids and let him be till we were ready to sleep. It was already midnight and I got in bed and was about to doze off, when suddenly Aarav started shouting.. 

Blue - Yellow - Blue - Yellow - Blue - Yellow - Blue
Yellow - Blue - Yellow - Blue - Yelloooooow - Bloooooo.......

Without his magnets on, he was not speaking to us, but he was entertaining himself with something..

I turned around and watch him complete his series of alternating colors and then I realized that he was not just saying them for fun...

Aarav was actually following and saying out loud the alternating pattern of colors on our bedsheet!!!

Without a doubt - Blue and Yellow!!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Singing Nursery Rhymes...

Our therapist gives us weekly tasks and homework items to focus on..
Few days back she told us to practice one nursery rhyme per week, and then we will repeat it in therapy and see how much he has picked up by listening.
I started this exercise on Monday and as usual Aarav has surprised me !!!

This is the nursery rhyme he chose to sing... Can you guess it??

He seemed to have practiced this one in school. I just suggested the rhyme and he went on to complete it ... without any prompting at all!!!

There are other nursery rhymes that he knows as well, but they are broken or babbled..
This is the first complete one that makes real sense!!!
More to come soon :)


Hearing, memorizing and then "Singing" out nursery rhymes !!!
Nursery Rhyme
Johny johny? Yes papa?
Eating sugar? No papa.
Telling lies? No papa
Open your mouth! Ha ha ha!!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Caught bloggin'?

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Note - This is not a real blog post. The above has been written and saved by Aarav.
In the past Aarav has been known to send out sms and mms and whatsapp updates to all my contacts..
He has progressed to publishing his own blog posts now.
I just did the noble task of hitting publish on this with proof :)
Aarav caught in action :
Aarav justifying his actions:
I am still wondering why he added the Rhino in this post though :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Charming little brat!!

Last week, we were invited to a wedding reception. I was staying at my Mom's and we were going to go to the venue together. 
As it was a formal event, I planned to wear a Saree and had got office formals for Aarav.

Saree draping in the presence of a toddler is really really difficult, especially since he finds it amusing to play hide and seek with the saree during the process.
So I dressed up Aarav first, put him in his good clothes, his formal shirt, cuffs, tie and everything. And then gave him his favorite snacks in a bowl and his favorite cars to keep him busy till I got ready.

It was already 6:00 pm and we were to depart by 6:30pm.
All of us got ready. Mom was dressed in a very pretty Saree and I was ready as well. Right on time.

We all gathered in the main room and were about to go out. All this time Aarav had finished his snacks and was still playing with his cars. He had seen us but had not really looked.

Mom picked Aarav up to help put his shoes on and gave him a big cuddly kiss. And then suddenly froze..!!
She was the first one to go near him and got the strongest whiff of the freshly made poop that Aarav had stocked up on in the last 10 minutes..

Me - "Aarav, You pooped right now?? Aaaaarav!!! and you dint even tell!! Bad little boy!! You'll make all your clothes dirty! and mine too!"
my Mom - "Aarav, You poopy boy! You should tell when you need to go!!. Boy you need to go change! right now.....". Suddenly... "Wow!" shouted Aarav cutting mom off.

When cornered Aarav is smart enough to know that I am not the right person to sugar up. I don't budge at all!!
So even with out acknowledging me, he turned and looked at mom. Correction, he looked at her from head to toe and gave her a big big smile and shouted, "WOW!! Mmmmm Wow!!"

Mom was completely stumped! And before she could register what he did, he walked past us straight to the bathroom to get cleaned up.
No one could scold him after that.

The little toddler is a diplomatic charming rascal!!
So very hard to get a upper hand now!!

Friday, 7 June 2013

One Year progress report!!

We had the one year progress report today!! 

Aarav's progress graph has been upward and he has done well. The Therapist, Surgeon and the Audiologist all were present for his progress report.

Effect of CI Surgery on Residual hearing

Before the report we did a unaided hearing test. Aarav way put in the sound booth and this time we used big head phones instead of inserts.
Aarav liked the headphones and wore them without any complaints!

We then compared his current audiogram with one that we had done before the surgery. There is not much difference!!
Diagnosis for both ears is the same of course, Profound bilateral hearing loss. But the same graph before and after surgery! So that means his right ear still has the same level of hearing as before his surgery.

He did not respond to a specific frequency (aa sound) on this test though, which was present the last time. But we will be testing him once again to confirm this. Especially since he got bored in between the tests and chances are that he may not have responded properly. There could also be the possibility that the last time when we had tested his hearing, he may have responded out of habit and not hearing.. So we do need to test that frequency again.
That being said, as there is no response to only one frequency and we saw responses to all others, it means that he still has the same level of hearing as before surgery.
If the surgery would have affected his residual hearing, then all frequencies would have been affected and not just one.

So the good news is.. Aarav was still able to hear from his right implanted ear and responded exactly the same as the last test! This is a very good thing, as it means that the surgery did not cause him to lose any residual hearing that he had in his right ear!

One year progress report : Audition and Expressive knowledge

According to the readings of our therapist, Aarav's audition and understanding has covered up quite well. The gap between his actual age and his hearing age is now very less. He understands and behaves exactly like any normal hearing 2.5 year old should. So Audition- wise we are in a good place.

Expressive speech always comes a bit slowly with respect to audition. And if we are to evaluate Aarav's expressive age then he is approximately 9-10 months behind his actual age. But if we compare this to his actual age he has covered up quite well.
Before this report, I made a list of words that Aarav uses and knows and shared it with our therapist. According to my list, Aarav understands approximately 200 words and uses approximately 150+ words on his own.

Now, truth be told, sometimes I think that this number is less and sometimes I think it is more... I made this list overnight and there will surely be more additions, but what Kaustubh and our therapist said, was that we should be counting only those words that Aarav uses without prompting. Words that he uses correctly, in context and on his own. So now I think I need to cut down that list even more.. (or actually test Aarav to get a real count..)
But still even if we do a straight 50% cut on his expressive count we are at 75-80 words that he does use. So that is good.
(Though now that I have thought about testing Aarav, I will be doing that soon anyway. I need this real count now instead of approximations :-P )

In terms of effort and time, we seem to be doing the correct things till now.. but there is always room for improvement.
Improvement not for Aarav, but for us. Aarav did excel our expectations this times well, but we do see a lot of scope for effort inputs to be done by us.
More time reading books. More play time. More talking ..

This is most definitely Rome and just a year of effort in building it is not going to be enough.
We have come a long way in this year and we still do have a long way to go ahead...

Aarav's residual hearing was not lost due to surgery!! He still has some hearing. Profound and insignificant for everyday non-CI use.. but it is not completely gone! 

Aarav has done good progress in this year! More positives to look forward to in the coming year!


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Tiny Car-Loving Hypocrite

Nudistic bike rides
I have no idea why Aarav is suddenly in love with cars. Aarav used to love bike rides a lot..  

He loved the bike for a lot of purposes.. X games Bike stunting.And Santa travel services. And Body painted Nude Bike rides. It worked well.
Suddenly we have a big change from bikes to cars now...

Aarav is now a Car man.
Bikes are fine for Santa and X-games or trampling on our toes in the house with his super speed bursts.....
But he surely loves cars..

He sleeps with a car in his arms.

X Games Bike Stunting
He will bathe with cars in his tub.

He will let the Car soothe his fears and help him sleep...
He will feed the cars food.. (According to cars movie, they have mouths and hence can eat. I cannot remove that assumption)

Such is the love of cars that now it is being imposed on us..
This happened yesterday.

Aarav and I were going to go attend a family event and Kaustubh was to join later..
When my brother, Malhar came to pick us up, he had brought his bike...

Bike Parking
As we were already late, we hurried through the basic discussions and dint realise that we spoke in front of Aarav that we will take thebike to same time.. Big mistake.

When Malhar picked up his helmet and bike keys.. Aarav watched calmly till the bike keys were taken .. and then suddenly he jumped and stood in front of him.. blocking the door and then made a face...
And then in all his tiny intimidating-ness, he shouted!!

Car... Car...
Bai Naaoo. Bai Shee.

So we had no option but to take the car keys with us.
We then went and stood in front of the car, and then tried to convince him that the car is dirty.
He, in turn tried to convince us .. "Bai Shee shee.. Eee. Bai Naoo... Caa bhooor"

Santa Travel Services
(Bike is dirty, Dont want the Bike. Car. We go out )

So we then told him that the car just slept.. don't wake it..
Car Zhopli .. Bike var jau.
Patted the car to sleep, sang a lullaby and then said bye to the car..

Finally all the dramatic convincing made Aarav give our claim a thought..
But Aarav has learnt from the TV drama that the big people in the house are not very truthful.. So He had to check the authenticity for himself.

Aarav tried to open the car himself and it did not budge... (obviously.. we locked it beforehand :-) )..
Aarav, "Caar Oppi. Bai Hmmm hmmm. Bhoooo"
And so finally after spending over 15-20 minutes with the sleeping car, Aarav agreed to take the bike.

Even if Aarav loves his bike.. and loves riding and playing and stunting on it.. he now wants people to always use the car.
So unless you can convince him that the said car is asleep, never give him any keys while going out..

Tiny car loving hypocrite.

Aarav loves his cars

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

One year since surgery...


14 May 2012.
Surgery day.
Aarav Shewale.
Right ear Cochlear implant surgery.


A year has passed. One Complete Year.

How is this even possible? How has it been a year already?

The day drags on forever, but the weekend vanishes in thin air?
And what we consider to be a significantly long time frame, a 'Year', that seems to pass faster than the blink of an eye??

A year ago.

We were in the hospital today.


Why do I still remember this as I do?
Why is it still so difficult to write?

Why do I still remember entering the hospital room and showing Aarav the birds flying outside, trying our level best to get him settled in the foreign environment, playing hide and seek in spite of disapproving looks from other hospital patients who dint know that we had a baby in here. Living through the day in anticipation of the time to come but still pretending normalcy.

How do I still remember the doctors visiting the room. The checking, poking, testing and then playing and helping Aarav to feel good?
Why did I not notice just the smiles that were spread when Aarav played with these ladies but also saw their eyes that spoke the emotions of a mother within?

Why do I still remember preparing for the surgery? Preparing the documents. Running for the medical insurance. Making the documents ready.
Telling family what to do if we are not sane for something important. And yet being perfectly normal when the time came?

Why do I still remember the night before that Kaustubh spent walking the corridors of the hospital trying to sooth Aarav to sleep?
How do I still remember that he had not slept for days before the surgery but the night before, when at my darkest hour, he still conjured up strength when I could not?

Why do I still remember the look Aarav gave me when they took him into surgery?
How do I still remember that he was brave one and was first to wave me bye bye?
Why do I still remember that I dint cry when I felt broken?

How do I remember the expression on every face when Aarav was yet to wake up from the anaesthesia?
The expressions that changed to joy when he did stir after so long and then looked around to take in the room to see everyone present.
The smiles that we saw when he signed to us to tell that his nurse just left the room...

Why do I still remember the pitiful glances of people when they saw tiny little Aarav with the heavy bandage on his head.
And then laughing it off to continue living in denial of how significant a change that has just happened?

Why do I remember every single thing that happened a year ago yet have difficulty telling what I had for breakfast today morning?
Am I not allowed to forget this day? Or to be able to only keep it as a memory and filter out the emotions that the day brought?
To filter out the anger, the pain, the turmoil, the anguish?

Why cant I disentangle these emotions and just write out the day as a 'event'?
Why does every returning memory compel me to relive it again?

How can I write pages of utter nonsense in minutes while it took me five days to write about today?

One year has passed.
But the bandages remain intact. I cant rip them off.
More than the fear of the truth is the fear of remembering the events that we lived through to get to the truth.

Amusing isn't it?
Was the trodden path that I now remember really so excruciating that it still shadows the joy that I have today?
Would remembering the pained tears of yesterday still make them stronger than the tears of joy that I have today?
Maybe I should not be digging up corpses.

Last year I told myself, "One year from today, I will have forgotten this day and I will be happy".
I obviously have not forgotten but I guess I am happy.
Happy enough to want to write about the flames that still eat through my ivory tower.

Flames that will die out eventually.
They will. I know. They have to.

One year from today. I will give them another year to egress away...
One year from today I will have forgotten this pain and I will write this day as just another blog event.
One year from today I will have been healed. Mended. Or dead inside.

One year from today....

Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Triumvirate sets up shop for Aarav's next school year..

The Triumvirate being Aarav's school teachers, his Parents and last but not the least, the leader of our group, Aarav's Therapist...

We LOVE our Therapist !!  Yes. We simply love her!!
I may not write about her much, but our therapist, Shweta is an integral part of our lives now. We may not mind not meeting our families for weeks, but even a single therapy session missed makes us truly homesick...!!
She takes a lot of effort for Aarav. She even came to visit his daycare soon after he was implanted to help ease him into the daycare life again..
She makes us study and gives us homework to do as well, she records observations and keeps track of Aarav's development and much much more...
Now this may seem like part of her job, but you can tell when a person is just doing his job and when one really goes beyond his call of duty and does things for you...
She really does care !
She is the simply the best.

Last year, Shweta had come to visit Aarav's daycare after the implant was done.
Last week, 10 months post implant, she came to visit again!!!!

This time too, she carved out time from her schedule and waited and met with the daycare people and Aarav's teachers.
She spoke to the teacher and took notes.

Here's what we learned..

1 - Seating arrangement in a classroom for a child with Cochlear Implant

The teachers said that Aarav is one of the most proactive kid in school, but if he sits in any of the back benches he then gets so bored that he takes a nap in the middle of teaching time!!
So the teacher now placed him in the first bench, right in the front. He was much more attentive after that.

Shweta's input :
Aarav's seating arrangement has to be such that his CI ear gets maximum exposure to what the teacher is saying..

Placing the CI kid in the correct place in a classroom is very important to his learning.

 Either the CI kid should be seated in a Horseshoe seating position or in the front row if seated in a classroom row wise method.
As Aarav's right ear has been implanted, he should be sitting with his right ear towards the teacher when in Horseshoe.
Or placed at the left side of the teacher, such that his right ear faces the wall, and left ear to the next kid near him.

Now I was a little baffled by the second seating method, I was expecting Aarav to be seated with his right ear towards the teacher.
But Shweta's explanation helped resolve this.

If Aarav has a talkative child near his right ear, closer than the teacher, then the teacher's voice gets masked and Aarav will then pay more attention to the child next to him and not the teacher. Whereas if his ear faces the wall, then by the way sound travels, the talkative child will speak in his left ear, and his right wear will still be able to pick up the teachers voice as it bounces of the wall next to him. In this way the teacher's voice will not get masked under anyone's voice!!


2 - Benefits for the child with Cochlear implants of being involved with speaking peers

Aarav's teachers observed that when Aarav sits next to any quiet kid, he is quieter. But when placed in between two talkative ones, Aarav is equally babbly. He does like to interact a lot.

Shweta's input :
Again proper seating arrangement and interactive learning with the involvement of the talkative child.
Basically what should be done is let the talkative child and Aarav speak by turns, so that Aarav gets new words from the kid and understands that he has to speak.

Even we are supposed to implement this now as a dialog method. So we have to take turns and speak with Aarav now.

3 - Restricting Visual games and encouraging listening

Aarav does not like repeating anything, said his teachers. He is much too fast for repetition and he gets bored really fast.
And if he knows the routine, like a nursery rhyme, he will just wrap up the actions and move one even if others are yet to do it..

But when the teachers introduce anything new, Aarav loves it and is one of the first ones to try it out..

Our observations and solution :
His speed cannot and should not be remedied, we just have to channel and put it to good use :D
As his visual prowess will always remain better, we have to make sure that he does not have many visual distractions.
Only then will he learn to employ his hearing skills better.

I faced the same problem at home as well.. By the time we have done 2-3 ling sounds Aarav used to get bored of the activity and move on to the next.
So now I have packed off all his toys and give him only one toy at a time and once he is done playing with it for the day, it is packed away again.
This way seems to be working now. We consistently did our lings by playing basket ball and then beads and so on.

Shweta's suggestion for making Aarav pay attention:

Shweta asked the teachers and us as well to repeat instructions for Aarav again after calling out to him specifically.
As Aarav now responds to his name well this will help grab his attention and inform him that he is being spoken to.

When any instruction is given to all, for example, "Come on kids, lets bring a chair", the teacher is supposed to repeat, "Come on Aarav, lets bring a chair!"
When this is done, Aarav will understand the command better.

We tried this at home as well. when we call out his name, Aarav turn to see towards the caller and then listens for the next sentences and obeys faster..
This is much better that just generalizing action sentences for all.

4 - Other observations

a - Expressions and people skills of the tiny toddler

The teachers say that where he lacks in expressive language, he makes up for that in gestures or babbles or facial expressions!
While this may not be a plus point where verbalizing him is concerned, but that is definitely an asset to his personality.

b  - Leadership skills in Aarav

He is a leader. He even got graded A+ in leadership skills!!! He will not tolerate being dominated for sure.
And he is not the kind of person to use brute force, but will employ his charm and be all sweet and cunningly persuasive.
The teacher told us about one such incident..

One of his friends had his favorite car toy and he wanted it back as soon as the kid took it...
So instead of asking the other kid for the toy directly, he went and got another toy. And then told the kid that, 'the car is dirty, this toy is nice, here take it, throw the dirty car away' and then did a simple exchange.
He was happy and the other kid was happy!! A win win situation for all!

c  - Takes time to make friends..

He takes time to get acquainted with new people. He is not afraid, but just cautious. That seems to be a good thing too!

d  - Responds to his name in a crowd

In a crowd of 12 kids, Aarav responds to his name.

e - Responds to environmental sounds

When the class is in session and there is a loud environmental sound, Aarav responds to the sound and turns.

f - Aarav tries to repeat and mimic speech

Aarav repeats or tries to repeat saying the words that the teachers say.

Homework for parents..

After the school discussion and our latest therapies we have been given the following homework...

1 - Include vegetables and flowers in therapy study. Also make sure to implement 3 word memory for Aarav by using three word sentences.

2 - Babbled syllable songs.
We are still in between new syllables. He understands them but saying is still not happening. But if we force him to say them then he can!
For example, he still says AAee for Monkey, but if you make him repeat OOOMM , eem , aam , aem, ssm and so on, he can say them properly.
So now the task for us is to make him say these in sing song games and for every game he should say a syllable.
Repetition and practice is needed a lot..

3 - Add range to speech. If he knows a word, introduce a new synonym for the word.


On an ending note..
This month and school year end may be considered a breeze if compared to what is yet to come now...
Aarav has been speeding ahead of us and the effort that we are taking as parents does not seem to be enough now for his progress.
It is like we are pulling him back when he can do a lot more ...

The next year we now have to be actively involved in Aarav's study and schooling schedules and make sure that we prepare him for all that will be taught in the school.
This preparation is also to be able to mainstream him next year.

So for those you have seen how crazy our life has been this year... well??  
We may not even be seen in the coming years now that we have to put in an all-out effort to achieve our goals ...

The raw materials have now been delivered.
Time now to lay down the real foundations... 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Aarav passed Play Group!!

Last year Aarav attended Play School. The school was in the Daycare campus and in the daycare timing.
So our thought was, that if he has to be in the daycare for 8-9 hours, he might like the organized play time of 2 hours spent in a school-environment.

Our main intention of sending him in the school was just to let him have fun instead of being in the daycare for the entire day..

We dint follow the syllabus or make him revise any school-related homework. We just paid the fees and let him attend the school with all his friends..
The only homework we were doing was our therapies..

When the first term results were given, we got all 'B+'s for most of the items and B or less in anything related to communication, verbal or otherwise.
As he was implanted just a few weeks before school started, we were not expecting anything from him. And he was barely 1.5 years old. Too young to be schooled..
In fact, even that he sat throughout the school hours was more than enough.

Now that the year has ended, we thought that promoting him into the next higher class might not happen as his communication is still not as strong as other kids his age..
But what did we know!!! Aarav surprised us again!!

Aarav has attended the school for the entire year with his ears working, of which the last six months he was comfortable with his new ears well..
In spite of us not really taking any effort for the school or the exams or any grades.. Aarav passed Play Group!!! Yay!!

And as if that is not all?? He was able to appear for the exam just the same as other kids and got a lot of correct answers as well !!!
While we thought that taking his report card was going to be just a formality, it actually turned out to be a huge event for us !!!!

Aarav's teacher said that was able to name out and identify cars, few domestic animals, few wild animals, fruits, few action items, 3 colors, 2 shapes, and a lot more.. !!
He did miss out on a few questions about naming flowers, social helpers, naming good habits, and spontaneous speech.. but we will now add them to the to do list..
But he did properly answer all the questions that we had covered as part of the therapies. He also babbled and danced a nursery rhyme in the exam!!!
(I have these written in Aarav's diary.. I'll post a picture soon)


During the discussion of his school year, exam results and future plans, Our therapist also had come to the Day care and School to visit and meet with the teachers. (LOVE HER!!)
His teachers think that he may be ok in the next higher year, but we do not want to push him ahead to soon, especially since age wise we still have the time to go gradually.
So it has been decided that Aarav will be attending Play group this year as well.
And Aarav's therapist, and us, we all will be actively participating in his school year and we will be studying for his school over and above his therapies..
I will post more on the discussion that happened soon..

But lots of celebrations till then!!!!

Aarav passed his very first school year at 10 months and 2 weeks of Hearing age !!!!!!!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

And the TV is back on again!!

Gone are the days when we depended on the supremely-entertaining-captivating-immobilizing Television for Aarav's dinners.

When the TV is on, Aarav moves like the moon around the earth.. His eyes remain fixed on the TV and the rest of his body just hover around.
This was the ideal situation a few months back when I wanted Aarav to start sitting in one place and have his dinner instead of running marathons at every morsel.

Even now, when we sit for dinner, the sure-fire way to make Aarav open him mouth for the next morsel is to threaten him that the TV will be switched off..
He still stares at the idiot box and opens his mouth to eat whatever I feed him and chews it faster every "now the TV is off" threat.
Such a blessing it was.

But as the TV is encroaching in on our non-dinner time, we wanted to reduce the TV use.
This is becoming a hard task now.
The TV now has a very commanding presence and every single cartoon we have DVR-ed, calls out to Aarav as soon as he is home!!

And if the TV is on, and Aarav is home, we have to see only what he wants to see!!!

The digital video recorder is a curse when you have a toddler.
Especially when he knows that we have recorded all his favorite cartoon movies.

We have now seen
Up 187 times
Megamind 234 times
Monkey thieves 378 times.
Ratatoille 424 times.
Lion king 553 times.
Teletubbies an equally excruciating 643 times.
Aladdin 779 times.
Ice age 894 times
And Finding Nemo 456562.7845 times in the last three months.

We can now recite the entire movie dialogs parallelly and say the multiplication of 2 at the same time. And if we stammer it will be for the table.

It is worse when Aarav knows the correct remote.
Hiding the remote is just child's play even for him now! We get a look saying "Dude?? is that all you can do??"
And the TV is switched on again.

It is even worse as Aarav knows the 'Play button' on the DVR remote.
So pausing and saying "TV broke down" does not work.
He just goes and uses the remote himself and hits the play button.
And the TV is back on again.

It is even even worse when Aarav understands that we are tricking him by switching off the TV from the main line.
He checks and knows that the switch is off and asks us to switch it on.
And the hypnotizing Tv is back on again.

It is even even even more worse that if we keep the TV switch on, but disconnect the TV plug and hide it away, he knows we have not even plugged the TV in!!
Using all his mighty tinyness he searches behind the TV table for stray plugs. Tries to plug it in.. which means we have to plug it in.
And the Annoying-Hypnotizing-Tv is back on again.

It is even even even more more worser that no matter what two full-grown-smart-innovative-cunning-strategically efficient-adults do to keep the TV off, the tiny tot simply cannot be fooled.
He works his brain and works out whatever 'genius' ideas we concoct to keep the TV off.
He just knows how to solve it.
And then the Brain eating-Annoying-Hypnotizing-Idiot box-of a TV set is back on again.

And It is even even even more more worse-est that if we do outsmart him and Aarav cannot figure out what we did to kill the TV, he just screams bloody murder and tell us "AAI EEVEE LAU"


Don't judge me if I manage to throw a tricycle through the bloody LCD and strangle it with its own cord.


Sunday, 28 April 2013

True words and real conversations!!!

Aarav and I were sitting in the balcony reading a counting book of fruits..

I wont say it... a video does more justice than words here...
See and enjoy!!

Jui - mhan ata chal "One"
Aarav - one ...
Jui - moj kiti ahet bara..
Aarav - one two three four five ten
Jui - Six?
Jui - aani ummm... kuthle fruits mahitie sang? Apple?
Aarav - (still in the counting mood...) Apple two three..
Jui - (laughs..) Apple two three nai ..
Jui - Apple
Aarav - apple
Jui - banana
Aarav - balana
Jui - mango
Aarav - bango

Jui - you want a book? i'll get a book?
Aarav - one two five four bango.

Then I prompted a few more corrections which Aarav obviously dint like.
So he basically told me to it is....... told me to get out...

Aarav - (signed go) Ja. Up.
Jui - What do you what me to do.. play hide?
Aarav - (signed go) Ja. Up
Jui - Bol
Aarav - Aai nako
Jui - kay nako
Aarav - Aai ja
Jui - ja?
Aarav - Ja.
Jui - jau aat
Aarav - ja aat
Jui - ithe nako basu.
Aarav - signs no. and blabbers something..
Jui - aat jau?
Aarav - ja
Jui - ka re please basu de na..
Aarav - aai please ja
Jui - Aai please ja.. ok bye bye
Aarav - bye bye..

English translation:
Jui - Say now "One"
Aarav - one ...
Jui - Count how many we have...
Aarav - one two three four five ten
Jui - Six?
Jui - And ummm... Which fruits do you know? Apple?
Aarav - (still in the counting mood...) Apple two three..
Jui - (laughs..) Apple two three ! No! ..
Jui - Apple
Aarav - apple
Jui - banana
Aarav - balana
Jui - mango
Aarav - bango

Jui - You want a book? i'll get a book?
Aarav - one two five four bango.

Then I prompted a few more corrections which Aarav obviously dint like, so he basically told me to it is....... told me to get out..

Aarav - (signed go) Ja. Up.
Jui - What do you what me to do.. play hide?
Aarav - (signed go) Ja. Up
Jui - Say it.
Aarav - Aai dont
Jui - dont what?
Aarav - Aai go
Jui - Go?
Aarav - Go.
Jui - Want me to go inside?
Aarav - Go inside,
Jui - Dont want me to sit here?
Aarav - signs no. and blabbers something..
Jui - Go in?
Aarav - Go.
Jui - But why? please let me sit here.....
Aarav - Aai please go.
Jui - Aai please go.. ok bye bye
Aarav - bye bye..

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