Friday, December 18, 2009

A Wee Girlie

Ro sent me post this pic of my little doula baby, Tarana. Her older brother Ayaan has kindly arranged the toys around her and T herself is looking awesomely cuddly but this photograph is extra special to me because the red kantha she's lying upon was stitched by me this summer.

It was made out of an old saree of mine, a much-worn favourite given to me by Mejopishi one Pujo when she decided I was old enough to get sarees for the festival. I didn't like to cut it up but for my doula baby only the best would do, na?

I sat up hurriedly stitching it at nights after Rahul went to bed, trying to finish it before I met Ro in Madras in July. I thought it looked too plain even when I did give it to her so I brought it back to Cal and did a little more embroidery on it and then had to scramble trying to post it to Bombay when Ro had an early Caesarean.

I know it's not right to bind so much to material things but I look at that bright patch of red and I think of Ro telling us girls that she was pregnant. I think of her wondering what kind of an older brother Ayaan would make. I think of when I first started reading Ro's blog (I was expecting a Fidgety Fudge) and I used to pay great attention to whatever Ayaan did. I think of how much Ro wanted a little girl this time and how hard she and I tried to pretend we'd be just as happy with a little boy too. And I look at Girlie and you know, life seems so right.


SUR NOTES said...

the kantha blanket is precious.

the toy arrangement around the baby so oderly and precise that i am bowled over.

and ofcourse the little girl...precious precious precious.

starry eyed said...

Awww lovely! Delicious baby! and beautiful beautiful post!

chandni said...

how cute is that??

rohini said...

rightly said..looking at a baby simplifies the probm's of the world

Rohini said...


Thanks for this post, Sue

dipali said...

You brought back all of that wonderful year! When I met Ro for the first time at Sur's place she was expcting and didn't know it, and when I hugged her I'd just hoped that she'd have her wish granted really soon:)
Such a joy seeing young Tarana on your pretty kantha!

sraikh said...

Its such a joy when what you are hoping for, comes through. When I was pregnant with my 3rd child, everyone assumed we were trying for a boy because we had 2 girls.(It wasnt) And I wished so much that I had a boy not because of inlaws pressure or crap like but because I wanted a little boy. I had sisters growing up and wanted a boy just see how things were different.

And when I was pregnant with my 4th, I again wanted a boy because how perfect is 2 girls and 2 boy. When my wish was granted, it was like joy held no bounds. Even more, people always comment(the nice ones at least) how perfect my family is

Mama - Mia said...

what a beautiful beautiful post Sue! :)

and yes Baby T looks delicious! and you saying if you hope hard enough, things will happen?! that seems like a right thing to happen! :)


Gayatri said...

- touching post :)
- lovely blanket
- tarana looks so cute :D
-hoping my next will be a gal..sighhhh