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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Birthday in Goa
It was my birthday and my hubby planned a nice surprise. Just two days before my favorite day, he announced we are going to Goa. Oh! My God! was my instant reaction. Anyone who knows my love for beaches can very well read the thoughts and emotions behind this reaction. For those who don't know India well- Goa, a city of beautiful beaches, is a paradise where you will find nature at its very best. With large palm and coconut trees adorning the sand make the place look serene. This is the only tourist spot in India that has more foreigners than the native people.

The next very moment reality sunk in and I hesitated on the thought of handling Maks, my son, away from home. After all it was going to be the first long vacation with him. But the temptation of one of the most wanted holiday spots on my list took the better of me, we packed our bags and we were off to Goa. That was the best birthday ever with candle light dinners by the beach side, attending shack parties and days full of fun and water sports.

Handling Maks was quite a task though. I have always considered him a game for new things. He likes going out and loves water so the least expected reaction was he being scared of a beach. Children always surprise you and so did he. The moment I put his feet in water, he started crying at the top of his voice and was running away. I was shocked and couldn't understand what was happening. Then I realized it was not the water but the typical sound of splashing waves that made him uncomfortable. One incident that I can clearly recall is he looking at the waves while sitting in my lap and then immediately burying his face in the cozy corner formed by my arms. It looked as if he was again trying to get into my womb. Throughout the entire holiday, one of us used to be with him out of water and the other one enjoying alone.

We tried and failed but never stopped trying. And finally just before the day we were about to leave, he was feeling ok. I won't say he started liking the waves but he was getting used to the idea. He threw another big challenge my way. Somehow, he suddenly showed reluctance to take formula milk and that is the only option when you are on move. I really had a hard time making him drink and eat things. May be he was not feeling good from inside. He had lots of water but very little milk. We came to know later that it was a heat stroke.

It was a learning experience in terms of taking care of kids on a holiday. They have to be handled much more carefully and cautiously than adults. We have the endurance but there is still time for them to be that strong. Nevertheless it was a holiday worth remembering both for good and little tough times. And that’s the way it is with kids around.

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wow, ur hubby so nice and romantic! my hubby? hmmm...i think he will only buy me a birthday cake

March 5, 2009 at 8:07 AM  

What a nice b'day celebration. Happy Birthday Jaanvi!!

March 5, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

Hey Hazel

Ya he is :) but then everyone has his own way of expressing love... it can be through a bday cake or a vacation... what matters is the emotion behind it, isn't it!


Thanks Vicky for your wishes.

March 5, 2009 at 11:11 AM  

First of all, a Happy Belated Birthday to you!! Glad that you had a wonderful beach holiday with your loved ones :) It's so true that handling young children during vacation is not an easy task, but with them around it can be so much fun sometimes.

March 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

Nothing like a birthday that also makes us wiser and more matured as a parent ya!

The gift your hubby gave was so GREAT....but the gift God gave you was equally enriching.

Happy Birthday girl. You deserve a great one!

March 5, 2009 at 12:53 PM  

@ Fussy mum

Thanks so much... ya it is.. it may be difficult but it surely has its fun moments.

@ Ann

Thanks dear.. It was definitely a rewarding experience.

March 5, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

Happy Belated Birthday to u, Jaanvi! That was an awesome b'day celebration.
Yes, kids r vy unpredictable. My boy loves water, but he disliked the beach. Refused to stand on the sand! hehehe

March 5, 2009 at 6:26 PM  

Belated Happy Birthday and god bless your beautiful family !

March 5, 2009 at 9:42 PM  

@ Slavemom

Thanks a lot dear... ya my son too first was reluctant to walk but later on atleast spared me of that misery.

@ PurpleHeart

Thanks so much for your good wishes.

March 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

wow...what a lovely hubby you have...happy belated birthday!

March 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM  

ur hubby is so romantic, thanks for sharing on Goa, would love to go there if i have the chance :)

March 9, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

Hi Jaanvi, happy belated birthday to you.
I have seen Goa on TV's 'Lonely Planet' and it is beautiful, but I think like Hawaii, too commercialised.

Your hubby sure knows how to give birthday presents. Quick, go cook fish head curry for him, ha ha.

Guess Maks not used to seeing high waves coming to shore.
There's a lady blogger who has 5 kids, all girls, oldest I think 9, youngest about 2, and she either travels alone with them overseas to faraway places meet her husband somewhere or with her husband...and her kids now all seasoned travellers.

You have fun, and keep well, Lee.

March 11, 2009 at 7:03 PM  

wow sounds like a romantic getaway to me! with candle light dinner as well :-)

here's wishing you a happy belated birthday!

March 12, 2009 at 8:31 AM  

@ Contented Mom

Thanks for your wonderful wishes.

@ Uncle Lee

Ya you are right... it is definitely very commercialized but still there are certain lonely beaches that give you the peace and unadulterated environment.
Ya Maks is not used to it but I am definitely planning to take him again to any beach holiday so that he can overcome his fear...

@ AndrewJune

Thanks so much June... It was for sure romantic and breathtaking... :)

March 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM  

Happy happy birthday :)

That does sound incredibly romantic. Beautiful pictures!!!

March 24, 2009 at 12:21 AM  

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