The witty Visha did this post and made me realize that after having Zini, i am doing old things in a new & many a times wierd way or how the same old things have new meanings for me. Here goes the list:
1) Work out:
So Before Zini (doesn’t it sound like Before Christ?!??! So let’s call it BZ ;)), i used to work-out in different ways…Sometimes i used to go and play badminton or table tennis with hubby and friends and other times i used to go to gym for my workouts.
When i got pregnant, i used go for walks in our society…
But After Zini (let’s call this time AZ), i don’t do this run-off-the-mill kind of workout, Naah Sir!!!
Initially, i used go for my walk with Zini in the pram, but that didn’t last long…Zini decided that she is not a baby and won’t tolerate sitting in the pram while the world passes by…So the pram was ditched.
Now, i got my work-out by playing bhagi-bhagi (Running around) & dancing to the tunes of nursery rhymes with Zini…And also, by giving Zini the rides of seesaw, swings, slides and other play-ground paraphernalia…
And the latest is, when Zini madam sits in her cycle & i push her cycle while jogging…oh, but this is strictly done at home, Zini doesn’t want to be seen in public being pushed around ;). So imagine, i am pushing her cycle and we moving around in circles in our drawing room, after some time i start feeling really really dizzy, with all those chakkars…
But the thing is that the old machine still gets some work-out 🙂
2) Reading books:
BZ, i used go to cross-word, land-mark or my local 2nd hand book store and buy bag-load of books, come home, relax in a bed and read the book, sometimes accompanied by some nice snacks 🙂
AZ, i read books when Zini is asleep. But, i also cook when Zini is asleep (during the day). Which essentially means that I have to read books while cooking, so as i mentioned in Visha’s post, i use my microwave oven as a stand, put my book on that and read while cooking 🙂
Even my choice of books have changed somewhat, now i also like to read books about babies, how to raise them, how not to raise them so on and so forth 😉 So now, you can find me reading the “What to expect” series, Dr Spock and books like “Bringing up Vasu”….
BZ, i used to read Newspaper 1st thing in the morning…
AZ… Newspaper?!? What is it?? Where is it?!? Ohhh, that thing on which Zini writes and then tears into the million pieces and throws in the kitchen sink??? Uff, big nuisance it is…
But I am thankful, that i still get to read the books and my choice of books has broadened…
BZ, achievements meant learning a new tool, getting a good score in the exams, learning to ride a vehicle, getting that salary hike or promotion, getting an award, buying a car etc…
AZ, definition of achievement has changed drastically. In the initial days of AZ, i was so proud of the fact that i could hold Zini professionally (like all moms do, you know). And sleeping with her in the same bed and not crushing her under my weight was a big achievement for me, I even managed to wake up at a slightest whimper from her (In the past i have been likened to a certain KumbhKarna, so now you can imagine how proud i felt)!!!
Other important achievements were to be able to bath her, feed her and manage to distract her when the tantrum toofan striked 😉
Actually, When i resigned from the job, i told my (ex)boss that he was spared from the ordeal of doing my appraisal because for my achievements of the year all i could think of the AZ ones only!!!! During the session i would have bored him by talking about them while he would have teared his hair thinking “but what about the work” 😉
So , I still learn new things, count them as my achievements (though i can’t put them in my CV) & feel proud about them 🙂
4) Work and boss:
BZ, work meant going to office in the morning, doing site-visits, slogging on computer and so on..I used to get weekends off, sick leaves, public holidays and used get paid in money…And yes, all my bosses were really good, mature, considerate people…
AZ, work means being on call 24/7, no leaves (not even a sick-leave), no weekend off, no payment in money and ohhhh, the boss is the toughest of them all. Now, i have Zini for my boss, you see 😉
Though, i am not rewarded in cash (and i complain a lot about that), i am rewarded now with lots of hugs and kisses and i am loving it 🙂
Though i may not like some of the work
ordered assigned to me by my new boss, but did i mention, i just love this pint sized boss of mine 🙂