A child is more than just a child for a family

I can't believe it has already been one year since you came into our lives. Time has flown so fast, and you have grown into a naughty little toddler.Each moment spent with you is a blessing. Your smile makes us forget our worries.Your angelic eyes are bright and curious. Your gaze is full of love and trust. You try to please us all, but it is clear that nana ji is your best frienThe way you get excited about the smallest of things, ignoring the brightest of toys to go after the dullest of objects, you teach us important lessons about life.You interact with birds and animals as if you understand them... they are your friends, your playmates.  You are a wild child, baby Urvi. Happy in the city, and in the village, as well as in the wilderness...you are our little mowgli...Technology is at your fingertips -- even though you have your own toy phone and laptop, you still want to grab the ones that we are using...and we have no choice but to yield. :)Now that you have started crawling and standing, we are waiting desperately for the day when you will take your first step...we want the time to move fast and yet move slow...We don't want to miss a single moment of this phase of your life...May God Bless You Dear Urvi...May God shower you with choicest of blessings on you andmay you lead a long, healthy, and happy life..You are our angel, our joy, and charming princess.Happy Birthday Dear Urvi !!!

Before my niece was born, I had never realized that kids can transform a family so much. Even though before Urvi (my niece) came into our lives, we had really never felt that there was something lacking. But her presence somehow makes it all the more complete. She has not only changed the dynamics of our relationships with each other, she actually acts like an anchor keeping us all together and making us realize our responsibilities as adults around her. 


I can't believe it has already been one year since you came into our lives. Time has flown so fast, and you have grown into a naughty little toddler.Each moment spent with you is a blessing. Your smile makes us forget our worries.Your angelic eyes are bright and curious. Your gaze is full of love and trust. You try to please us all, but it is clear that nana ji is your best frienThe way you get excited about the smallest of things, ignoring the brightest of toys to go after the dullest of objects, you teach us important lessons about life.You interact with birds and animals as if you understand them... they are your friends, your playmates.  You are a wild child, baby Urvi. Happy in the city, and in the village, as well as in the wilderness...you are our little mowgli...Technology is at your fingertips -- even though you have your own toy phone and laptop, you still want to grab the ones that we are using...and we have no choice but to yield. :)Now that you have started crawling and standing, we are waiting desperately for the day when you will take your first step...we want the time to move fast and yet move slow...We don't want to miss a single moment of this phase of your life...May God Bless You Dear Urvi...May God shower you with choicest of blessings on you andmay you lead a long, healthy, and happy life..You are our angel, our joy, and charming princess.Happy Birthday Dear Urvi !!!


Recently we were in Himachal with my parents to celebrate Diwali and Urvi had also come with her mom & dad. And the result was that after merely 4 days of the vacation  we felt as relaxed as if we had come back from an year long sabbatical. You forget all the worries and stress when kids are around. 



Urvi's best friend is her Nana Ji, although she ensures that she keep everyone happy :). Everyone had bought diwali gifts for her and my Dad had arranged something special for her - some homemade snacks for better health. Since winters are coming Mom was also busy weaving warm clothes for her. Everyone was trying to ensure there was always a big smile on her face, and good health is very important for a cheerful personality in kids. 


She is just 2 years old and is not yet able to speak complete sentences. But she can express her thoughts by saying different words and with body language. Her mom had taught her to say 'Happy Diwali' to everyone and to request for no crackers. She was very cutely wishing everyone 'Happy Diwali' and 'टाके no no' :). After Luxmi poojan, I took out some basic crackers ( फुलझड़ी , चकरी & अनार ). Urvi was also there and as I took one फुलझड़ी near the candle, Urvi said 'no no Mama Ji' and I requested her to light only one. And if she doesn't like it then we will not do more. She didn't look too convinced.


Soon after her mom came out and asked me if I want unhealthy people around me and specifically mentioned about Urvi. This simple sentence made me realize that a healthy child makes a happy home and why do we want to spoil this for few small things, which can be easily ignored. 

I can't believe it has already been one year since you came into our lives. Time has flown so fast, and you have grown into a naughty little toddler.Each moment spent with you is a blessing. Your smile makes us forget our worries.Your angelic eyes are bright and curious. Your gaze is full of love and trust. You try to please us all, but it is clear that nana ji is your best frienThe way you get excited about the smallest of things, ignoring the brightest of toys to go after the dullest of objects, you teach us important lessons about life.You interact with birds and animals as if you understand them... they are your friends, your playmates.  You are a wild child, baby Urvi. Happy in the city, and in the village, as well as in the wilderness...you are our little mowgli...Technology is at your fingertips -- even though you have your own toy phone and laptop, you still want to grab the ones that we are using...and we have no choice but to yield. :)Now that you have started crawling and standing, we are waiting desperately for the day when you will take your first step...we want the time to move fast and yet move slow...We don't want to miss a single moment of this phase of your life...May God Bless You Dear Urvi...May God shower you with choicest of blessings on you andmay you lead a long, healthy, and happy life..You are our angel, our joy, and charming princess.Happy Birthday Dear Urvi !!!

Somehow it became a topic of discussion for the evening and we started discussing about the ways we can take preventive steps to keep our kids healthy. Soon after everyone realized that it's also important to keep ourselves in good health so that we can take care of her. Somehow this was the first time I listened to all these discussions so seriously and pledged to follow some of the suggestions shared by my parents. 

I can't believe it has already been one year since you came into our lives. Time has flown so fast, and you have grown into a naughty little toddler.Each moment spent with you is a blessing. Your smile makes us forget our worries.Your angelic eyes are bright and curious. Your gaze is full of love and trust. You try to please us all, but it is clear that nana ji is your best frienThe way you get excited about the smallest of things, ignoring the brightest of toys to go after the dullest of objects, you teach us important lessons about life.You interact with birds and animals as if you understand them... they are your friends, your playmates.  You are a wild child, baby Urvi. Happy in the city, and in the village, as well as in the wilderness...you are our little mowgli...Technology is at your fingertips -- even though you have your own toy phone and laptop, you still want to grab the ones that we are using...and we have no choice but to yield. :)Now that you have started crawling and standing, we are waiting desperately for the day when you will take your first step...we want the time to move fast and yet move slow...We don't want to miss a single moment of this phase of your life...May God Bless You Dear Urvi...May God shower you with choicest of blessings on you andmay you lead a long, healthy, and happy life..You are our angel, our joy, and charming princess.Happy Birthday Dear Urvi !!!

During the discussion, my Dad reminded me of my boarding days when he used to bring a box of Dabur Chyavanprash every month and somehow this was a common practice followed by every parent of kids in my hostel. And it's still used in our family.

This post is inspired by 'A healthy child makes a happy home' campaign by Dabur - https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/

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