Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eight Years Old

Rahul is eight today. I haven't had the time to get all sentimental and angry with him for growing up, partly of course because his little brother keeps me too busy but mostly because I am finally accepting his growing.

He is no longer a very little boy and he's hardly even a little boy. He drives me crazy and I think this is because his temperament is much like mine, just amped up. He is quick to anger, all about the drama and very soft-hearted. He is impatient and bossy and demanding. Yesterday he drove me to tears. And this morning he reminded me of all that is best in him, gentle manners, little kindnesses. Shortly we will go collect his report card which will no doubt be another exercise in biting our lips and trying not to get depressed, so I'm reminding myself that he is more than his report card. After all, I was too.

He is thrilled at being a big brother. Not a day has gone by when he hasn't told us what a good thing it was we have Puchke now. Because earlier, our lives were very boring, he says.

Eight. I accept it but it takes all my willpower to do so.

Friday, September 05, 2014

In Your Thirties

- You watch your children grow up. Where did your baby go?

- You watch your parents grow old. How do you make your peace with that?

- The man you married is greying, slowing down, less likely to take risks.

- Your bones hurt more often. Such an old people thing.

- Your friends are no longer young people fresh from university.

- The environment matters more than ever, but now it's self-need driving you rather than ideals.

- Politics matters. Not enough to lose friends over it, but still.

- Your car is more likely to have baby bottles than booze in the backseat.

- Your music is starting to get dated. You hear the radio play Savage Garden during 'Classics' hour.

- Your mental confidence is less matched by your physical condition.

All of this is flummoxing because you feel so young.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Product Review: Yowzza Baby Rompers

Lynn of Yowzza sent me a couple of their baby rompers last week, to try out for feedback. The package reached me over the weekend and contained two rompers of the 3-6 month size and the signature Yowzza puppet bag.

Let me say right now I love the puppet bag. Not least because it's the perfect size for an eight year-old Dada to use to tell stories to his new baby brother. It's funny, cute and the paper is sturdy enough to last a while. Click over to their site to see how it works.

The rompers are cute too. The one-liners may not be everybody's cup of tea, but they should be a welcome change for people who seek something different from the cutesy stuff more commonly available everywhere. Speaking for myself, since I find P rather edible, the "Bite Me" romper makes me grin. The fabric used is a rich, thick cotton, from organic sources according to Lynn, which explains the high pricing. The white presents no headaches but I'm waiting to see if the red will bleed or run even beyond the scope of my Colour Catchers. UPDATE: I washed the red and not only did it not bleed, the fabric washed and ironed beautifully.

Size-wise the rompers appear wide enough to clothe chubby babies comfortably but I find them a little short for the 3-6 month mark, considering they need to fit around a diaper as well as the baby. They'll fit P perfectly in another month or so (he's 7 weeks old now) but unless they stretch quite a bit, I don't think they'll last him till he's 6 months old -- and he's not an especially large baby. They do have a measuring guide on their website which should help parents work out the size(s) to opt for.

That said, the only real problem I have with their range is with the labels at the neck and sides. I would prefer softer labels if labels there must be but ideally I prefer brand information printed directly on baby clothes rather than on labels; similarly, washing information is so much better on a label inside the hip area where it is unlikely to irritate delicate skin. And I dislike external labels (so unnecessary) so I wish they'd reconsider those. I like that Yowzza's attention to detail goes beyond organic cotton: the printing on the rompers is done using non-PVC and lead-free ink.

All things considered, I find these rompers cute, comfortable and conversation starters. Together with the puppet bag they'd make excellent gifts for kids you know. And while Yowzza currently only offers short-sleeved rompers, long-sleeved ones will be in their online store soon for the winter, along with more design options. Also on the agenda are t-shirts for older kids -- I suggest Big Brother and Big Sister tees. For me as an online shopper, the icing on the cake are their free shipping in India and cash on delivery options.

You can check out Yowzza's current collections here and keep an eye on their new offerings via Facebook.