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Breastfeeding – How to Get it Right?

Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience and I always wanted to breastfeed my baby. I am thankful to God as I never faced any issues in producing milk. But there are moms who do face such issues.

Each mom who faces issues with producing milk might have googled n number of times to find what can work for producing more milk.

I am no doctor or nutritionist to suggest you what can work for you. But I would like to share what worked for me. This should help you stay positive and give it your best.

  • Talking to the baby:

As soon as I got pregnant with K, I started talking to him. Though I never got any response, it was beautiful time we spent with each other. Post bath when I applied moisturiser on my pregnant belly was the time I never missed talking to him. This is when I kept saying to both the baby and me that s/he was going to be exclusively breastfed for first 6 months of life and post that till we can manage. This doesn’t help produce milk but it made me strong each day and I was more positive.

  • Eating lots of protein:

I had a lot of protein rich food during my pregnancy. My doctor had given me a protein powder which I hated but he warned me saying I will have to be admitted to take protein injections. For God sake, who wants to go and stay in a hospital, I better take my protein powder. This protein powder went on till K was majorly on breastmilk .i.e. till 9 months of life.

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5 parenting learning of this year

 


Its been only 17 months that I have been a mom but parenting has taught me a lot personally. Everyday experiences has helped me improve each passing day in my parenting journey too.

I thought of sharing with you all this years learnings:

1. Be Patient:

All through my life I was an impatient being. Just can’t think of waiting and going slow. I want everything done quick and fast. This cute little baby has taught me you need to be patient to deal with me 🤦🏻‍♀️. I will fall sick, I will throw tantrums and there is no way u can get through this. Patience is the only way out.

2. Be soft:

There are times when I have given up and actually yelled and told my boy, ‘I told you not to do it, why did you?’ This has come back to me as he also yells when he sees us yelling. So to teach him to be soft I will have to be a role model. (Kindly don’t judge me for this #momslife)

3. Spend quality time:

Yes, this is the most important part of life. He has demanded that time from me and now I see to it that I give him minimum one hour of undivided attention to him. I am also trying to have some good quality time with DH.

4. Moving outdoors:

There are days when I feel too lazy and don’t want to step out of the house. But this little guy pulls me to the parks and this leaves me fresh and energetic. He has taught me how important it is to breathe outside air.

You may also like to read COMFORT OR COURAGE – what to choose when travelling with a baby?

5. Follow a rhythm :

Mr.K has a rhythm and does everything everyday around the same time. When there is change he gets disturbed and this has taught me how our body moves into a rhythm and how difficult it is to accept a change.

6. Learning happens with mess:

Over the course of 17 months, I have learnt that children love doing mess and they learn a lot through it. Mr.K loves eating food by himself. This creates a lot of mess but he has almost learnt to eat with spoon. I am sure he will master it very soon.

You may follow us on Instagram or Facebook to witness this.

7. Let them get accustomed to:

Kids love going outdoors. There have been times when we have avoided restaurants and instead ordered food at home. Reason being he never allowed us to sit comfortably and eat. But some recent visits to the restaurants have made me feel that the more often I take him, the more accustomed he will be to the environment. This goes for social gatherings too, the only thing is I have to keep running behind him.

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

What has been your learning this year?

 

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Review : Figohoney Pocket Diaper and Wet Bag

Once destroyed, the nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price – Ansel Adams

Yes, and we need to be careful about our Mother Earth and try and use products that are eco-friendly. What are some eco-friendly products that one can use while raising a baby? I would say many. One among the many is cloth diapers.

Many brands have taken the initiative of helping moms raising their baby in a gentle and eco-friendly way. One such brand from the cloth diaper is Fig-O-Honey. I got my hands on their pocket diapers and here is my review for the same.

About the brand: 

Fig-O-Honey is a Bangalore based brand that makes eco-friendly cloth diapers in beautiful prints and vibrant colours and is quite a rage among new parents. It was started by Sneha Thakkar, who is an IIT Bombay alumni and worked as a data scientist for over a decade.

Sneha is a mommy to her two little cuties. So, Fig-O-Honey is a brand by a mom for the mom.

Brand claimed features: 

– Includes 1 cloth diaper + 1 absorbent insert
– Suitable for babies from 4.5 kg up to 15 kg
– Adjustable snap buttons for S/M/L sizes
– Waterproof, machine & hand washable, breathable
– Comfortable elastic on the leg sides
– Crossover snap buttons for smaller babies
– Hip snap buttons to prevent wing droop

Materials:

– Outer printed layer: Polyester with waterproof and breathable TPU
– Inner layer: Soft micro suede that wicks moisture away and keeps the baby’s bottom dry and is stain-resistant.
– Insert: Absorbent 3-layer microfiber

Price:

446INR

Where to Buy: 

Their website Fig-O-Honey

My experience: 

I have this personal love for cloth diapers. Love the cute bums that these diapers make with their quirky prints. I tried the map print from Fig-O-Honey and loved the print absolutely.

Pros:

  • It came in two pieces, 1 diaper and 1 insert.
  • The fit was snug and there was no leakage problem.
  • I prepped it with one wash with other clothes in the machine.
  • It soaked very well and worked for good three four hours for my 14 months old.
  • The insert material is buttery soft which gives a lot of comfort to him.
  • The cloth diapers micro suede material kept Mr. K dry and comfortable.
  • The insert and the diaper dried quickly after wash.
  • Reasonably priced.
I didn’t find any con in the product.

get link I would give the diaper a 5/5.

Fig-O-Honey Wet Bag

  • We tried the emoji print wet and dry bag and again loved the colour and print.
  • The fabric used is of high quality and keeps the smelly diapers well without any smell coming out.
  • It has two zips one for the wet diapers and one for dry.
  • It comes in quite a good size which helps especially when the baby is small and we have quite several wet diapers.
  • We have been using it as our swim bag too. So, this bag can be used in a lot of ways when not used as a wet bag.
  • It could have been priced a little less, but the quality is quite good, so I might as well pay for once.

You may also like to read Introduction to Modern Cloth Diapers

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

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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

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

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My Conception News Story

http://pittsburgh-divorce.net/spousal-child-support/ Mr. K took good time to select us as his parents. Yes, we waited for 22 months before we could conceive this little man. 

While, I was going to the doctor and doing follow ups to conceive naturally, there was a time when the doctor said you may have to get a IVF or IUI. My husband and I were disheartened.  But we thought this way or that way, having a baby was more important. Since we had some trips and a wedding lined up, we thought we would start the process after we finish these.

 

But, God had drawn different map of life for us. I returned from my trips and had a strong feeling that I had conceived. My breasts were sore but the news was not definite. I missed my period. I was excited to check if I was pregnant. But I didn’t as I had failed and cried so many times before. More than me, my husband didn’t want me to check.

This girl wanted to dance in full swing in an event but what if I was pregnant. Its better to check and be safe.I did the home pregnancy test early morning and to my happiness, I saw two faint lines. I came back to my room and slept next to my husband and was thinking of different ways to share the news with him.

 

We woke up and got in to our normal routine. After bath, when he entered the room to change, I couldn’t control but showed him the pregnancy kit, and he didn’t follow a thing but asked me, “What? I had told you, don’t do the test, why did you bla bla bla..” I replied it shows too lines which means we have conceived and we were pregnant. He jumped with happiness, he danced for total 5 mins. I still remember the elation on his face.

 

The twist in the story comes now. We went to the doctor and told him, we had conceived and here is the pregnancy kit that shows it. The doctor asked us to repeat the test and the result came opposite, showing no pregnancy. In my heart, I was sure, the test at the doctor was wrong and that I have conceived but somewhere I was nervous. The doctor asked me to get the blood test done and told me he would call me if at all the report showed pregnancy.

 

I had my routine day. I didn’t have the time to check my phone, while I was at work. but as soon as I left from work and checked my phone, I saw a missed call from the doctor. With bated breath, I called the doctor and received the happy news, I was waiting for.

 

The much awaited phase had arrived in our lives bringing in loads of luv n joy . The feeling of parenthood is difficult to be pen down . It’s a joy that is cherished in your heart and the memories of that joy are always as fresh as a daisy. When we as parents become old n our children adult ; this experience when shared seems like a moment one has just experienced. This is God’s creation.

You may also like to read my conception story Already in my heart someday in my arms: A story of conception

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

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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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A Mom’s Nostalgia

Pregnancy was the most beautiful episode of my life. Being a new mom was yet again a  pleasing experience.

Parenthood is one toughest hood of life. But there are times when a dad or mom would feel nostalgic about being a parent.

Times when I become nostalgic about my early motherhood phase.

I know its not been many years but only few months since MrK was born but I miss those times when he was in my womb or a new born.

1. Seeing a pregnant mommy, reminds me of the most beautiful phase of my life and yes, I feel like getting pregnant again.

2. A baby wearing mom with a tiny baby makes me sentimental and reminds me when I wore my boy and took long walks everyday.

3. Crawling babies are the cutest. I want to see MrK crawling again.

4. The most beautiful part of being a new mom is breastfeeding. Though, MrK is not weaned but we no more have long sessions of breastfeeding.

5. When a tiny baby tries to creep or glide, it makes me emotional.

6. When a mom struggles to make her baby sleep, I want to tell her hold on, this phase is going to be for a short time, love each moment.

7. Now, I am little crazy, but I miss those cute bums with cloth diapers too as we are in our under pants most of the time.

8. A sleeping baby is the warmest thing. When I see a tiny baby sleep for hours, I want to go and eat them up.

9. When I felt my pregnant friends kicks, I wanted my Sonshine to go back into my tummy and kick.

So to all the pregnant moms and new moms, I know early motherhood ain’t easy but hold on to that time. Soon you will be nostalgic about it.

You may also like to read My Lullaby to Sleep Train My Baby

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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.

 

http://ipjornal.com/noticias-tecnologia/ciencia/421096_molecula-com-propriedades-farmaceuticas-descoberta-nos-acores.html 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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Benefits of Co-Sleeping

CO–SLEEPING

When I was pregnant I read that babies either sleep with their parents in their room known as co sleeping or sleep in another room since birth.

I chose co–sleeping for my baby.

Ways of co-sleeping:

  1. Parent’s Bed: Baby shares the parents bed.
  2. Attached Crib: A extension or crib is attached to the parent’s bed which is open from one side facing the bed, so that the baby and the mother has access to one another. (I have this one)
  3. Separate Bed: The baby sleeps in a different bed in the same room.

Certain Benefits of co-sleeping:

  1. Easy access to #Mrk (my son) made it easy for me to put him to sleep again immediately.

 

  1. Except for the initial 40 days where the feeding sessions were long followed by poop and pee, I almost fed him drowsing (almost sleeping). The benefit here was I could get back to sleep easily as I was in half sleep even while feeding him.

 

  1. Breastfeeding is easier. Now that he is almost 14 months, it’s even more easier.

 

  1. He feels secured.

 

  1. I feel there are less hassles during bed time.

 

  1. Worked for me as I have less space at home.

 

  1. I could monitor him well during illness.

 

  1. Reduces the risk of SIDS.

 

  1. He never had nighttime separation anxiety.

 

  1. There are rare chances of a fall from bed. I am saying rare because we had one.

 

  1. It gives his dad some more time to be with him. Most mornings are night are full of cuddles.

 

  1. Its lovely to wake up next to you baby. In my case, he wakes me up with that broad smile.

 

  1. If you are a working mom, it gives you some more time with the baby.

 

  1. There are no chances of poop staying over in the diaper especially in the early days.

 

  1. A fussy child may sleep better.

Also Read Why should you go for a Babymoon here.