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My Mom Was Right

Since ages, we have been hearing maa hamesha Sahi hoti hai (mom is always right). As a child I grew up hearing this sentence and always thought what crap. But as time passed by I only realised how right she was when she said things.

One patent dialogue by my mom is unforgettable “ Shadi hogi tab pata chalega.” (You will realise when you get married).

I always argued I have always got the best in life and sasural (in laws) is going to be no different. Thankfully, I have the best sasural but that dialogue is still in my mind. Yes, I realise now how a home maker feels. There were times my mom cooked food and we simply said we don’t want to eat because the cooked food was not our taste or we ate out and forgot to inform mom. (By we I mean my brother and me). Now I understand how it feels when my husband or any other family member does that.

Her second favourite dialogue was “Bache bade karna aassan nai.” ( Its not easy to bring up children).

This is like a fact I agree to 6778890% . Yes, motherhood is beautiful but it’s not easy. I realise now how bad my mom might have felt when I argued with her in situations where she was right or disrespected her. I realise it thinking how would I feel if my son would do this to me. Each day of bringing up a child is totally different and in itself a new experience.

You may also like to read Breastfeeding – How to get it right? 

The lesson learnt is no matter what you feel & whatever is your age ; never take your mother for granted & never ever ignore their favourite dialogues coz they come out to be true (LOL) .After all experience counts.

“Wisdom lies in the right use of knowledge” quotes – Charles Spurgeon

This post is a part of a blog train organised by Elina Wadia where 20 Indian moms have some together to write on how their own mothers were right! To read her article on the same topic click here.

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Windmill Festival – Save the Date

Are you ready for some fun this December?

Then here you go. 

SAVE THE DATE for the Windmill Festival  is here to add to some fun.

Windmill Festival – ‘India’s First International Children’s Festival’ is back. The second season of the festival is scheduled to be held on  go December 16th and 17th, 2017 at Jio Garden, BKC in Mumbai. The festival is a joint initiative between Event Capital (a Laqshya Media Group Company) and Tribe Asia. Aimed at children of all age groups, Windmill Festival has something to offer for everyone – from toddlers to teens and even their parents! The festival is co-powered by  Lyrica buy from uk India Gate Brown Basmati Rice and held in association with  http://oceanadesigns.net/envira_album/granite-color-selection/ Asian Paints Kids’ World (Décor Partner)  Avon cycles (Associate Partner), Hypercity (Retail Partner) and Sony YAY!(Happiness Partner).

Festival tickets: Tickets are live on Bookmyshow |
Child – Rs 600 per day
Adult – Rs 300 per day
Free entry for children below the age of 2

You may visit their website for more details here.

 

The two-day children’s festival will see special performances by artist and TV personality Rob and singers Arjun KanungoDarshan Raval, Akasa SinghBhavya Pandit, Vipin Heero and Raaga Trippin. The festival will also include a day care centre, various play areas, a petting zoo, centre for robotics, a curated section for art, craft, science, sport & music workshops, a concert arena, sports arena, and much more; all categorised to suit the needs of different age groups of children. In addition to all these offerings, toons from Sony YAY!, India’s leading kids entertainment channel – Guru Aur Bhole will also be seen engaging with kids at the festival.

Windmill Festival is specially curated for urban families who are always on the look-out for the next opportunity to spend quality time with their children. While the festival has no age limit, the activities are curated to suit the 0-3, 4-7 and 8-14 age group. The key objective of the festival is to give the urban child an outlet to be creative, gain information and get a recreational experience along with an avenue to spend quality time with their parents and friends in an outdoor setting.

Speaking about the genesis of the festival, Mr. Swaroop Banerjee, CEO, Event Capital, said, “The concept of Windmill Festival is something you’ve never seen in India before. We have curated over 50 workshops for children to sample robotics, aeronautics, comic book making, puppetry, storytelling, pottery, charcoal painting and so much more. We want the child to discover his/her innermost passion and work towards developing it. In addition to the workshops, we have a music stage with performances curated for families. We also have a first of its kind petting zoo where children can pet farm animals.”

I am going to be there with my family. Hope to see you all there having some family time.

A big shout out to the Windmill Festival’s community partner JAMMS. Do follow them on social media Facebook, twitterInstagram and become a part of an awesome mommy community.

You may also like to read Socialising after becoming a Parent.

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COMFORT OR COURAGE – what to choose when travelling with a baby?

I am a social being. I would go mad if I had not meet people. To keep my urge of socialising going, I meet people and travel to places with friends and family.

We all know parenting dramatically changes our life. However, we need to keep it going and   so we planned to travel with our boy this vacation and noticed how the plans kept changing, keeping him in mind.

Planning a travel is so much fun. We had our vacation planned up quite well. I had gathered a lot of courage and planned an 8/10 hours of road trip to Gujarat. The couple who were accompanying us came with one other exciting travel plan.

The new plan was to travel to one of the cold places in the North. This excited me as I have never witnessed mountains with snow or for that matter even a snow fall. I wanted to go but I was constantly thinking if I will be able to do a comfortable vacation with my boy to such a place.

I asked several friends and took their view points. Most of them asked me to go ahead with the plan. Some asked me to think over the travelling time and cold temperature there. This left me thinking.  After considering suggestions of my friends and a final discussion with my husband we finally gave up. I didn’t have the courage to travel with my 1 year old to a place so cold and neither I wanted to travel with him in the ghats.

We chose comfort over courage this time and didn’t go ahead with the plan. But thankfully we worked out something and are travelling to Udaipur now.

Why I chose to go to Udaipur?
  • It is a plateau. So, travelling will be easier as compared to the mountains.
  • the climate of the place when I visit will be quite pleasant, so that’s an advantage.
  • It’s quite close to Mumbai, so travelling time won’t be much.
  • Travelling is never done free. Some good offers attracted us to visit the city.

 

So at the end, you can choose either courage or comfort when travelling with a baby.

You may also like to read Road trip with babies : Tips and Tricks

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Socialising after becoming a Parent

If you read my post regularly you might know that I had a beautiful pregnancy. I worked, partied  ( the decent way) till the end of my pregnancy. In fact even four days before delivery I was out socialising with people.

Once,I gave birth to my little boy, I was enjoying my motherhood eternally. I loved changing diapers and nappies every hour. Breast feeding was in itself a beautiful experience.

Few days passed by, our friends started calling my husband and me to join them for dinners and outings. But, we were not prepared, we were not sure to leave our baby home with my mother in law. Although I was sure that she would take care of him just the way she did for her sons and daughter.

We kept denying and saying no to our friends, but somewhere even I was craving to go and meet people. What made me worried was, is motherhood an end to our personal life? Is it the terminal to my social life? But I gave back an answer to myself, I am not going to allow this to happen. I don’t want motherhood to effect my social life.

Soon, we managed things and started meeting people outside. Although we never said a yes to people saying we would join, but always kept the decision to last minute.

So how did we manage?
  1. We left home once, K slept for the night.
  2. I pumped some milk and kept it in the bottle, so that my mil could feed him in my absence in case he wakes up.
  3. We would keep the meetings short.
  4. We always met friends at a place close to our house.
  5. Once my baby completed 4 months of age, I started taking him along with me wherever I could.
  6. I preferred meetings my friends at someone’s place for the comfort of the baby.
  7. Baby carriers was a huge help to me while I shopped in malls.

How did you socialise after having a baby?

You may also like to read A Mom’s NostalgiaMy experience of attending a wedding with an infant.

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge.

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Krazy Kids Karnival : Save the Date

Its the festive time of the year. Each one likes to have fun during the festive season. Most of you might have either planned your vacations, family events or in the process of planning. If you are still thinking what to do this festive season, I am here to help you.

SAVE THE DATE for the Krazy Kids Karnival is here to add to some festive fun.

 

Get the children along and do things…

Enjoy rides… taste exciting food…

Lip smacking desserts…and more.

Parents will enjoy it too.

The Krazy Kids Karnival is here in all its excitement.

Spread over 2 acres of fun space, the event will have interactive fun & learning workshops, amazing live shows, dramatic amusements & adventure camps. Aimed at attracting children aged 0 to 15 alongwith their parents, with wide range of fun activities for the children, tasty treats for the family and great shopping experience for the parents.

Your favorite characters like Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Gajju Bhai, Chacha Bhatija alongwith Guru Aur Bhole will be awaiting your presence with loads of goodies for your children, come join their gang !

The Krazy Kids Karnival is just the place offering 12 hours of non -stop entertainment.

When : 14th & 15th October
Where : City Park , Bandra, BKC.
What time: 11.00 Am – 11.00 Pm.
Entry Rs 200/- Per Kid / Adult, Tickets Live on BookMyShow
Free Entry for Kids below 3 Yrs.

Yo may also Book your tickets at Book My Show.

Follow the Krazy Kids Karnival on Facebook.

For event updates and to know more visit their website www.krazykidskarnival.com

I am going to be there with my family. Hope to see you all there having some family time.

A big shout out to the Krazy Kids Karnival community partner JAMMS. Do follow them on social media Facebook, twitter, Instagram and become a part of an awesome mommy community.

You may also like to read Road trip with babies : Tips and Tricks

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The Journey from a Mother’s Womb to God’s Womb – The World

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Jasmeet Kaur for introducing me. Read her blog mommyvoyage.I have followed her throughout my pregnancy days and even now.

I am loving the prompts this blogathon is giving me from being a woman to why its fun to be a girl and now towards my pregnancy days, delivery and baby. Todays prompt is “My Deivery and My Baby”. I have been thinking since some time to record my delivery and this prompt has given me the opportunity for the same.

Before we conceived, we wanted him, once we conceived we wanted to feel those movements, before we delivered we were in love with him and were dying to see him. It was a beautiful journey where we fell in love with someone whom we didn’t even know.

I am referring to my Baby as ‘him’ because it’s a boy and I know and I have no intentions of gender biasness.

This beautiful journey ended with a planned C-Section on 21st of July, 2017. I had a very pleasant and relaxed pregnancy and thankfully so was my delivery. I went out for dinners and meets even four days prior to my delivery. You may like to read on My pregnancy outfits here

We left home in the morning around 9, visited the temple and took blessing from the Lord. We were elavated and skittish at the same time. I entered the hospital and got in to the process of changing and getting ready for the operation. In no time I was ready and laid on the hospital bed. There were several doctors, nurses there getting things prepped before the main Dr. arrived. I was full of mixed emotions.

The doctors were prepared and I was given anaesthesia. I was fortunate as I was in expert hands and I didn’t even realise the anaesthesia was given. I actually had to ask her, If it was done or are we still to do it. And to my surprise she said it was done. So in a while I started feeling giddy and was losing control over my body. (you Know I actually loved this feeling now I know what it feels to get dunked, LOL). I could see the entire process from the ceiling which had a mirror like thing. The doctors were talking to each other, “Our decision for the planned C-Section was right.”. I felt so positive, I had taken the right decision. And there the Dr. announced “IT’S A BOY, CONGRATUALTIONS!!!”.

The moment was euphoric. The nurse showed me by pink baby and that feeling of joy was abundant. Soon, the baby was taken for a wash and I was still laid on the bed while the doctors completed the process.

I could see and hear everything but had no energy to reply. I was taken to one of the hospital rooms where my family was waiting for me. It took me an hour or so to get back to my normal self that is come out of giddiness. Since then I was wide awake and met and spoke to all the visitors. I went to sleep only in the night. I had no pain, no giddiness nothing at all. The birth of my baby took away all the pain or the doctors painkillers worked very well on my body.

The doctors advised me to try turning on the first day. I was asked to stand up and walk the second day, thats when I felt a little pain but I think that much pain has to expected. But frankly, I kept calling my husband as he was away the second day to come and relieve me from the pain. I know he couldn’t do much but that positive talks and words by him made me feel good and I tried to get as relaxed as I could. While I pen down this experience the memories are being revived and I now realise how deeply I was touched by his caring attitude and how he gives me reasons enough to love him more with each passing years.

The third day, I could walk with very minute pain and on the fourth day I was home with my baby in my arms.

Now, I can go on and on, but I better stop here with this quote.

The pain of childbirth is not remembered. It’s the child that’s remembered.

-Freeman Dyson

I would like to introduce you to my  friend & co-blogger Khyati Gulati Tewari. Read her post on the prompt for today here.

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My Pregnancy outfits

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Jasmeet Kaur for introducing me. I loved her blog mommyvoyage on the prompt for today Being a Woman In India.

I think clothing is transformative. When you put something really beautiful on, you feel something. In so many ways, we’re always playing a form of dress-up – it’s just a grown-up, much chicer version of it. It’s nice to be able to be whoever you want to be.

 -Jason Wu

I have always been a girl who loves dressing up. Pregnancy was no different. My growing size justified my shopping and I kept shopping. Here, I share with you some of my maternity outfits that I wore and rocked my pregnancy.

I preferred cotton over any other material. I hated wearing jeans during pregnancy and wore legging or Palazzos instead. Dresses were my favourite as they were comfortable and stylish.

  1. Basic cotton Kurti (DIY by me)

2. Tunic and maternity leggings.

3. Maternity tee with a Palazzo. If you are shy to show your tummy you may wear a shrug over it.  See picture 5.

4. A DIY design by me. This dress worked for me from 5 months to 9th month and even post delivery. The dress has a satin thread which is adjustable and you may loosen or tighten as required.

5.Loved this dress which worked for quite long. The shrug is worn to hide my huge arms.

6. Track pants and Tees are the best when home. Loved the comfort these tees gave me.

7. I have worn this dress maximum times. It as nice pleated dress from Nine Maternity Wear.

8. Dungarees look quite stylish and they are comfortable too even post delivery for feeds.

9. A pure maternity outfit which gave me the ease of feeding post delivery too.

10. I rocked my baby moon in this comfortable white dress from Nine Maternity Wear.

You may also like to read on why you should go for a baby moon here.

11. I was in love with dungarees during pregnancy.

Other than this I wore shirts and tunics with belts. Writing this post made me realise I dont have pictures in them (Sad Face)

Where do you buy such outfits from?

I purchased from anywhere I liked, I made many myself looking up for designs online, let me tell you I also wore some handed down by my mom friends.

In particular look up for Nine Maternity Wear, Green Bell store in Juhu, Mumbai and do a lot of DIY.

P.S : I did not have any intentions of blogging when I was Pregnant and don’t have HDR pictures.

I would like to introduce you to my  friend & co-blogger Khyati Gulati Tewari. Read her post on the prompt for today here.

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Review : Baby’s Castle

Your baby isn’t even ready to walk and you take her for a swim session. People may think you are crazy. I would say yes, I am crazy. I took Mr. K for a swim session to Baby’s castle at Santcruz in Mumbai on 27/4/17. Mr. K was 8 month old.

Baby’s castle is the first and only wellness centre in India. It is ideal for babies ageing from 1 month to 2.5 years depending upon their weight and height where they can conduct relaxation Aqua Therapy, Aquatic Physical Therapy and Baby Swimming in a comfy environment.

They offer a one time session and a package too where you can take the babies on regular basis for swim lessons. In conversation with the staff there, I came to know that there are babies of 2.5 year old with them who are swimming on their own and some younger babies with a little help.

I wanted to take K for this session since long. In fact, I had planned I will take him here when he was still in the womb. Recently a friend who has a baby 10 days younger to K asked me if I would be interested to join her for a swim session. Without a second thought, I agreed and said a yes. She had taken an appointment for three of us (three babies) of 2.00 pm.

We reached there on time. The lady there made us fill the form and showed us the entire castle. It had two baby pools, play area for babies and a room for moms spa session.

Immediately after that the staff took our babies one by one, changed them into swim diapers. the place where they changed the clothes was extremely clean. There were toys to keep the babies engaged while they were changed. The staff took utmost care to make the baby comfortable while they were changed. K was ready to go into pool.

Mommies could enter the pool too which was fun. Once K was ready, I made him touch and play with water from out and then gave him to the professional taking care, while I went and changed. I entered the pool and we played in the pool with some actual swim play which the professional there was teaching us.

What I liked?

The castle was very clean. It was quite baby friendly. The staff was extremely professional and helpful. We got all the help needed.

The swim coaches were polite and gentle in their talks. They handled the babies extremely well. K was happily going to them, so they could do some actual swim exercise with him. For other babies, they showed the mom, and the moms were doing it. But they tried to take each baby. They remembered the name of the babies and called them with their names which gives a personal touch.

As a mommy, when your baby is doing new things you want pictures to be taken as memory. So, when I asked the staff, is there anyone who could click pictures, they helped us with a boy who clicked pictures of ours. It may sound silly but these pictures are memories for life.

After the swim session, babies were given warm towels. These are sanitised towels and I personally saw them doing it.

Once the swim session was done, they let us be, take our own time to feed the babies. So there was no hurrying up, we were at our own pace.

The play room was equipped with new and latest toys and it was child friendly.

What I didn’t like?

There was spa session given to moms, which I found to be very ok. It would have been nicer if the staff took care of the babies while moms had the spa.

The swimming session was for 30 minutes, which got over very quickly and we wanted more time, but as per the guidelines we can’t have a longer session than this.

I also felt it is highly priced. The price could be reduced to 1000 for a session and they can minus the foot spa for the moms.

Conclusion:

Overall, my experience with baby’s castle was good. We had an extremely good time. Mr. K enjoyed to the fullest. Kudos to Dr. Priyanka to bring such a concept to India. I would recommend you to go for at least one session despite the price. Many paediatricians also recommend the aqua therapy for babies with week body.

To book your appointment. visit their website http://www.babyscastle.com or get in touch with them