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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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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://beckenhamtheatre.co.uk/event/childrens-theatre-spring17/2017-01-21/ Get the children along and do things…

see url Enjoy rides… taste exciting food…

go to link 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

toprol xl 100 mg 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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My Lullaby to Sleep Train My Baby

The most common question moms would get postpartum is does ur baby sleep in the night? Does he cry?

Thankfully, I had a YES in my answer for the first question. Its a bliss when your baby sleeps well in the night.

Sleep training is of utmost importance as this helps a mom from postparutm depression and a well slept baby is a happy baby. The question is how will you do this?

Remember, that for first two – three months of life a babies sleep is different to ours. they dont understand the difference between day and night. For the first forty days of Ks life, I didn’t bother much. I slept when he slept whether it was day or night.

You may also like to read Benefits of Co-Sleeping.

Between 5 and 6 months we had formed a good pattern. I kept trying different things to form a pattern and here I list down the things that worked for me.
I started following these when quite early but religiously when he was 3 months old.

Wake Up:

We had a fixed wake up time at 8:30 am. even if he woke up for a feed at 7:45, I would wake him up between 8:30 and 8:45 am. This helped me schedule my day.

Evening Naps:

I avoided his evening naps as far as possible, if I allowed him to take a nap, I would try to keep it short and actually woke him up in half an hour max.

I would avoid diapers in the evening naps only to see him wake up with wet nappies.

Bed time Routine:

We had a set pattern for his night sleep. I would give him a wash, followed by cream massage, play some soft music at the background and feed to sleep.

I followed the night routine everyday without fail and in a month or so, he slept at the same time everyday only to wake up in the morning. Though he did wake up for his feeds. We also kept the lights dim, so that he knows its time to sleep now.

Pattern of the day:

I tried to keep a set pattern for his day. Wake up, play, feed, sleep and repeat.

There were days he wouldn’t sleep in the afternoon, but the baby carrier came to my rescue. I use to take him in the carrier and take some rounds in the house and tadaa maximum 10 mins is what it took for him to sleep.

So basically, I would like to say is there are different ways; keep trying different modes to achieve your best. Let me know in the comments below if any of the above works for you.

Also tell me, How did you sleep train your baby?

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First Year of Baby – Khevaansh AKA #Mrk

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.

The prompt for today is ‘First Year of Baby’. I am so thankful to this blog challenge, it has helped me record all that I was wanting to record since a very long time. One such thing was #MRKs first year monthly pictures. So here I share with you all his monthly pictures. Do leave your comments below if you do the same or would like to pick one of the following ideas.

1st month

2nd month

3rd month

4th month

5th month

6th month

7th month

8th month

9th month

10th month

11th month

1 year

All the above props are diy. Let me know if you would like me to do a post on the same.

You may also like to read The Journey from a Mother’s Womb to God’s Womb – The World

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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6 things to keep in mind to get fit

 

Being a chubby girl since childhood, I am in constant struggle of being fit. Read about my fitness journey here. These are some ways that worked for me.

1. Have an aim:

You must find an aim to get fit and lose that extra weight. You need to find why you want to get into the new you. It could be anything from fitting into that dress to being fit enough to play with your baby, wedding in the family, become thin to match your hubby or just to be fit and ditch that thyroid, pcos etc. My aim to lose weight is to match up with my dear hubby as he is on the leaner side.

2. Break your aim in to short term goals:

Breaking your aim into short term goals helps you achieve results. It gives motivation when you achieve your results. Your goal can be reaching some weight in so and so months, some occasion in the family and so on. My last goal was to reach 70 kgs till march end as I had a wedding in the family in April. And believe me I reached it only because I had that goal in mind. My next goal was to reach 65 till July end. I didn’t reach 65 but reached 66.

3. Mindful clean eating:

I have already shared I had been to a dietician to lose my extra weight before my wedding. They do super work but over the years I have learnt that it’s not dieting its diet that’s important so having a balanced diet and making some life style change is the key. We need to work on what you eat. Increase natural food, increase your protein intake, reduce processed food, eat everything in small portions, drink lots of water. Now everyone says the same but this is what it is. Don’t follow for 3 months follow for life.

4. Have a buddy:

The best partner can be your spouse. But if he/she keeps busy ask a friend. If that too doesn’t work have an online buddy. Now I have online buddies we have a what’s app group where we post our pictures post workout and share our meal plans. This will keep you accountable and you will go for it just bcoz you must post it there.

5. Measure yourself every fortnight:

Numbers cannot be the only target. At times, you may not lose any weight but loose on inches. This happens when you eat good protein rich food and lose your fats. This will keep you updated. Body measurements will help you know which area you need to work and weight will keep motivate you to work more.

6. Exercise:

The most important thing is exercising. Exercise keeps your metabolism high. Try and at least do 30 minutes of exercise every day or at least 4-5 times a week. If you have a very busy schedule then you may take stairs, walk wherever possible, workout on weekends. Any kind of workout is helpful so don’t think just two days is not gonna help.

Please note I am not a fitness expert. I am sharing this with my personal experience.

 

 

 

 

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My fitness Journey – As a mom and otherwise

Most moms worry about getting fit and losing weight postpartum. I share my story of fitness here to help you girls.

2003 – 2007 : I have always been a chubby girl. I was always called moti (fat) by my friends in my school days. once I joined college, I knew I must do something but since I am a foodie dieting wasn’t my cup of tea plus I never even thought of it. inspite of this, I still got thin. Now you may imagine How? How? How?

I come from a middle-class family where we were taught to value each penny. My parents never gave me extra money except pocket money. During college days one wants to join friends for movies and a lot of bowling and stuff. I never got money for all such stuff. Whatever little pocket money I got was for me to travel from home to college and classes plus to eat throughout the day.

How do I hang out with my friends when bunking was so much fun? So, what I did was didn’t eat any food or just ate one samosa from a shop which was a friend and my favourite. I ate only when I couldn’t manage my hunger. Thanks to starving I lost a lot of weight.  My tummy was flat but I lost all the glow and looked pathetic. I was still happy because I never looked so thin. Thanks to college, classes and lack of money I maintained this weight for good 3 years. I worked on my glow and looked good in the third year which was my first year of degree college.

2008 : I had grown up. There was a lot of guy looking around, crushes and all such madness. This brought me to my guy for life my husband. There was a lot of outings and eating out, pampering and chocolates and stuff.  Despite gyming I put on all the lost weight. I finished my college and went for a professional teacher course B.Ed I gained maximum at this year. Thanks to long lectures and over stuffing of food. In all this time, I was fighting to lose weight but never lost any.

2009 : I was teaching in a renowned school and everyone at home wanted me to get married but I didn’t want to, only coz I looked fat. I’m sure many of you might have felt so. And so, I had to tell my mum wait for some months. I went to this dietician called Tripti Gupta. And damn she helped me lose all the extra weight and I was all fit, lean before my wedding day. I owe it to her. My in laws never saw me fat and never believed I was fat.

2010 – 2015: After marriage most couples gain weight, but thankfully both of us maintained and remained lean. Damn! over the years I gained weight. At 4 years of my marriage I was back again to my motapa (fatness). By the way major weight gain was thanks to a colleague friend who was supposed to get married. She made me eat all the samosas saying I’m going, when will u eat with me again and stuff. Let me again tell you I was in constant struggle of losing weight over these years too and sometimes I lost sometimes I gained.

Then I had to conceive so I lost all the interest as my major focus was conception. Now after delivery I am back again to my fitness obsession.

2016 – 2017: On my delivery bed, I was 86. When my baby was 9 month old I was 70. I had lost around 16 kgs of weight, which was quite good in 7 months.  Postpartum I knew I had to get back to the lean me. I started working on it when my baby was 50 days old. Clean eating was happening even before post that I started yoga to gain strength. I continued yoga till my baby was 6 months and now I follow my youtube gurus.

Now after a year post delivery, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight which is 66 kgs but yes I still have a lot to loose. Not to forget my target is not only weight, I am writing down weights here because thats something measurable and can be seen but I have gained a lot of strength. My body is tighter to the body before pregnancy thanks to exercising,

Read my article on things to keep in mind (these helped me) to get fit here.

Adding some pictures here for you all to compare.

wedding time

wedding Time

some years post wedding
50 days pp
1 year post delivery

 

Let us know about your fitness journey in the comments below.