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Motherhood Changed Me Completely, Only For Better!

How Has Motherhood Changed Me ?

From being footloose and carefree to being cautious and well-organized, from being confused and uncertain to being sorted and confident, from being easy-going and at times ignorant to being more informed and well-researched – motherhood changed me completely, only for better.

Motherhood did not come easy to me. I had a high-risk twin pregnancy which made me undergo multiple tests, hospitalization, weekly injections, ‘n’ number of medicines – all that made me feel more like a patient and less like a pregnant woman. During those nine months, every motherly feeling of happiness came with a sigh- sigh of sciatica pain, sigh of food aversions, sigh of nervousness! At that time I kept wondering what exactly does motherhood entail, apart from the physical changes that my body underwent. It didn’t take me too long to get that answer. I soon realized that motherhood is not just a feeling that dawns upon as soon as we hold our kids for the first time. It’s more like a journey of growth and transformation that changes the entire being of a woman.  

Motherhood changed me at many levels. I became aware of my strengths and weeknesses. I learnt to take my responsibilities happily. Most importantly, I started to understand my life better- my priorities, my vision, my expectations from life- all became clear.

Motherhood changed

Here’s how else motherhood changed me 
1. I started to value my parents more

It’s rightly said that we start valuing our parents all the more when we step into their shoes and face their struggles. Not that I loved or valued them any less before, but after being a mother myself I realised how it isn’t easy. I could now feel the struggles my parents faced in a more real way. All of which has made me more expressive in my love and respect for them.

2. Moved towards a healthy lifestyle.

My husband and I realised that our young kids are fully dependent on us. As much as they need to be fit and healthy, we too need to be super energetic and active in order to take care of them in the best possible way. So we adopted major changes in our lifestyle. From binge eating to cautious meal planning, from packed and junk food to organic and natural choices, we have moved towards a healthy lifestyle.

3. Gained a new found confidence of doing things my way

The initial days of motherhood brings in a lot of nervousness and confusion, which is made worse with the multiple suggestions and advices that come from all directions. For me, that phase was overwhelming. However I learnt how to follow my own heart and do what suits my situation. This confidence of knowing my instincts and doing things my way emerged stronger on becoming a mother.

4. Patience, Efficiency and Organization- All Seeped In

Motherhood familiarized me with my own abilities. Be it my ability to breastfeed my twins non stop for 5 hours or to put them to sleep together in 5 minutes, be it my patience to deal with their growing tantrums or efficiency in managing them together along with my work and home – I derive confidence from my own powers and strengths that I never knew I had.

5. Learnt to enjoy and treasure each moment of life

Life with kids changes every minute. They grow up fast and their antics, their activities that we enjoy today only form our cherishable memories for tomorrow. So I now treasure and enjoy each phase, knowing that it’s temporary and won’t remian the same. I have learnt to live each moment of life fully. 

It’s not wrong to say that motherhood is a life-changing event. It brings along many challenges and struggles but at the end it only makes a woman capable and equipped to understand her life better.


This post is a part of the blog train started by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies. She has brought along 41 moms across the globe to share their story of how motherhood has changed them. Meet the 41 moms here). Pooja has also shared her own perspective on this here.

Motherhood Changed Me

I want to thank Danisha from LoveThatYouCanBuy for introducing me and I invite Alpana from MothersGurukul to board the train with me and share her views on the same. Alpana is an Indian mom in USA with two cute little angels. She is a management professional and passionate writer, who has contributed various articles for websites like Parentous, Indian Moms Connect, World Of Moms, etc. Her blog beautifully records her wonderful parenting journey with her son and daughter.


Do you relate with this post ? How has motherhood changed you ? Share with us in the comments below.

Also read: The Hardest Part Of Motherhood

Softsens Baby Care Range : Gentle Skin Care For Your Little One

Softsens Baby Care Range of Products- For The Precious Skin Of Your Child

Every mom has her favorites when it comes to baby care products. While we all have different choices, our criteria to choose that one brand that suits our kids is more or less the same.

I have tried multiple skin care brands for Aarav and Aarohi, in their first year. Everytime I would buy a new product, I would look into factors like affordability, effectiveness, suitability, natural ingredients and safe constituents. While there are many brands that fulfill one or two of these criteria, there are very few which fulfill all. Finally, I came across Softsens, that one brand which could tick off all the criteria that I usually look for.

About Softsens

Softsens’ mission is to provide moms with convenient, safe, efficient, sustainable, and affordable products that help motherhood be the most blissful experience of life for them. Their products are ‘Inspired by Mom, Developed by Experts’. This Indian company believes in a simple philosophy that ‘Mom Knows Best’ and so they listen to the needs and experiences of real parents across the world before creating any product. Their aim is to combine the valuable insights of parents with the knowledge of world class experts, and develop products that ensure safe and happy parenting. Their range includes Bath and Body Products, Bodysuits, Accessories, etc. Click here to have a look at their collection.

Key Features
  1. All the products are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested

  2. They are alkali free and do not include synthetic colours

  3. They are not tested on animals.

  4. These products are suitable for all skin types, of both new borns and well as older children.

My Experience

Imagine how you would feel on receiving a complete hamper of baby care products by a brand! Elated? Yes, that’s exactly how I felt. We received a neatly packed hamper that contained the entire range of bath and body range products. Even before I could use the products there were two things that impressed me beyond measure-

1. The Packaging- Not every brand pays so much attention to the outer packaging of their products. The team of Softsens however is different. We received the products neatly placed in a printed card board box. Given to the perfect packaging, there was no scope of spillage or damage of any product. 

Softsens

2. A Beautiful Note– What more would make a mom feel special than a few words meant to appreciate her? Well, Softsens won my heart with this beautiful message that came packed with the products.

Softsens

The Products:

Here is our experience with the products that we received –

1. Baby Massage Oil

Softsens

  • Light oil, not too dense
  • Non-sticky and non-greasy
  • Hydrates the baby skin well
  • Has Vitamin E and Olive Extracts

I have used this oil on my kid’s skin as well as hair and it worked well for both.

Price:  Rs 175 for 200 ml

2. Baby Shampoo

Softsens

  • Tear-free formula
  • Safe for everyday use
  • Mild, gentle, enriched with essential oils
  • Thick and lathers well

The shampoo left my kid’s hair soft and smooth. I personally loved it fragrance and the effect it left on their hair.

Price: Rs 165 for 200 ml

3. Baby Wash

Softsens

  • Tear-free formula and doesn’t cause irritation in eyes
  • Enriched with Shea butter and natural milk
  • A small portion is enough to lather well
  • Has a pleasing fragrance

The baby wash rinses off easily. It doesn’t need a lot of rubbing or washing. It does not leave the skin rough or dry after use.

Price: Rs 150 for 200 ml

4. Baby Soap

Softsens

  • Made with 100% pure vegetable oil
  • Free of synthetic colours
  • Easy to hold and lathers well

I liked the fragrance and soft appeal of this soap. It doesn’t leave the skin dry after use. However it melts quickly in water and so may get over soon than expected.

Price: Rs 45 for 75g

5. Baby Cream

Softsens

  • Rich with Vitamin E and Shea butter
  • Moisturizes the skin well
  • Keep the skin hydrated for long

The cream is thin in texture and consistency.  Although that makes it easy to use and apply but it can also lead to some amount of wastage as a lot comes out in a single squeeze. One has to squeeze the product carefully for optimal usage.

Price: Rs 135 for 100 g

6. Baby Lotion

Softsens

  • Contains natural milk cream and Shea butter
  • Moisturizes the skin well
  • Thin in consistency and easy to apply

The lotion is thin in consistency. It is  easy to rub and spreads across the skin well.

Price: Rs 150 for 200 ml

7. Baby Wipes

Softsens

  • Alcohol free wipes, safe for daily use
  • Contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera extracts
  • The texture is thick and strong
  • Has a sticky cover on top that keeps the product wet

I loved the wipes. They are well-moistened and do not dry up quickly. They are super soft and gentle on the kid’s skin.

Price:  Rs 65 for a pack of 20 wipes

8. Baby Powder

Softsens

I do not use talcum powder for my kids, so haven’t used this particular product. The constituents mentioned on the pack, however, ensure that the powder is pure and gentle. It helps to prevent friction and reduce excess sweating.

Price: Rs 110 for 200g

Mom’s Recommendation

I would surely recommend Softsens baby care products as they are designed keeping in mind the needs and requirements of a baby’s soft skin. All the products are mild and have a pleasing fragrance. I particularly liked their baby wash and baby shampoo that suited my kids well. Their entire range is super affordable and value for money.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent these products by the brand to use on my kids and share my experience of the same. The review holds my honest opinion and personal views of using these products for over a period of one month.


Did you find this review useful? Do share your views in the comments below.

Also read Ang-tatva: Pamper Your Skin The Organic Way

My Mom :  My Source Of Wisdom and Learning

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Veena Regit from The Reading Momster for introducing me. The prompt for today is ‘One Woman In Your Life Who is An Avatar of Goddess’
Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to Preetjyot Kaur from My Little Muffin. I love how she writes about breaking the stereotypes and raising independent girls. Do check her blog post on the prompt for today.

My Mom: The Goddess Of My Life

We have reached to the last leg of this blogathon. While I enjoyed each day’s prompt and wrote effortlessly on the same, today’s prompt made me do some brainstorming. It’s not everyday that we write about Gods and Goddesses. It’s not everyday that we think about the powers that guide us and drive us to continue on our path.

The first person who clicks to my mind when I think about this prompt is my Mom. It is rightly said that parents are the physical personification of God on earth. We haven’t seen God but we have surely seen our parents who are our God.

My mom is a very pure soul. She is the one who has made me what I am. She is my creator, my constant source of strength and wisdom. For me she is all- Durga, Laxmi, Parvati. However if I have to choose one- I would call her Sarasvati. Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, and learning. I derive my wisdom and learning from my mom.

My mom belongs to a beautiful state of Jammu & Kashmir. After spending some wonderful years of her life in that state, she moved to Delhi with my father. From a tier 2 city to an urban metro- the transition was not easy for her. She had her own struggles, which she managed to face in the best possible way.

Through her own experiences and achievements in life, she could pass on some wisdom that has helped me to grow and be successful in all aspects of life.

Mom

Let me share with you some of the golden lessons of life that I have learnt from my mom.

1. Smile is not an expression but a way of life. It is one thing that makes us sail through even the toughest of situations.

2  Hard work may not be synonymous to success. But it is certainly synonymous to mental peace and inner strength.

3. There are not just 2 ways to look at a coin. There are many if only we broaden our horizon, look for suggestions and be open to feedback.

4. No one else can make us that happy in life as we ourselves can. All we need is to look within and value our self.

5. We receive what we give- if we spread love and positivity around, we gain the same.

While there is so much more that I learn from her each day, these 5 lessons that she taught have helped me to understand and live my life better.

Mom

The most famous feature of Goddess Saraswati is the musical instrument, Veena that she holds in her hand. Her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony.

My mom is my source of knowledge and harmony in life. There is no problem in my life that she cannot solve. Be it a professional advice or a personal struggle, she manages to find a solution for all. Now when I have become a mother myself, there is so much that I need to know and learn, but I don’t have to look too far. She is right there guiding me at every step and giving me strength to keep giving the best.

The symbol of Goddess Saraswati also includes a Peacock by her side. The peacock symbolizes colourful splendor, celebration of music and dance. It is believed to be the devourer of snakes, who takes the poison of the serpent on self and transmute it into radiant plumage of enlightenment.

My mom too believes in living her life fully by celebrating each day as a happy day. She adds colours in my life with her positivity, simplicity and joyful nature. Like the peacock, her selfless love and patience, inspires me to be equally virtuous and pure as she is.

It is rightly said that our mother is our first teacher. There is so much that I have learnt from different people in my life, but the best learnings came from my mom. She has made me wise and taught me how to live life beautifully. My mom,  indeed,  is the Goddess of my life.

Who is the Goddess of your life? Do share in the comments below.

Also read this poetic piece – Oh Mother!


This blog is a part of the #9daysofwomanhood blogathon where 25 bloggers have joined hands to celebrate the essence and strength of Being a Woman!

Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion-  With Goodness Of Oats For Healthy Skin Care

Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion: Healthy Skin Care For Your Baby

Changing weather and dry skin almost go hand-in-hand- isn’t? 

Changing weather usually takes a toll on our children. Be it their health or skin- everything comes under the weather. And so the problem of rough and dry skin becomes inevitable. There is so much we try to do for the healthy skin of our babies and yet all that doesn’t seem to be enough.

A child’s skin needs special care, especially in the growing up years. Hence, it makes all the more sense to choose the right products which includes specific ingredients that ensure a healthy and smooth skin for the baby.

While purchasing any skin care product for my kids I am very particular to know what goes in its making. My first choice is always that which includes natural and traditional ingredients that are proven to be safe for children.

When I chanced upon Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion, the first thing that impressed me the most is the mention of Oatmeal in the list of ingredients. We all know how beneficial Oatmeal is for all skin types, even for the most sensitive ones. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritation and treat inflammations.

About Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

Aveeno is one of the most trusted and renowned skin care brands. The Baby Moisturizing Lotion by Aveeno is no exception. This lotion includes the goodness of oats and other healthy ingredients from the nature that helps to form a protective layer on the child’s skin and keeps it moisturized for long.

Key Ingredients:

Water, Glycerine, Dimethicone, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, benzyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, distearyldimonium chloride, isopropyl palmitate, petrolatum, sodium chloride and allantoin.

Key Features:
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Sreroid-free
  • Dermatologically Tested
Price

The baby lotion is priced at Rs 799  for 227g

What’s Unique About Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

The ingredients and formulation of this baby lotion is planned in accordance with the delicate skin of the child. The presence of Glycerin, Pterolatum and other rich helps to keep the baby’s skin moisturized.  It’s key ingredient OATS works best to re-hydrate the skin leaving it smooth and supple. The vital elements included in Oats- proteins, enzymes, vitamins, lipids, and antioxidant– help to protect the delicate skin of the baby by restoring its pH levels and preventing skin dryness. It has a naturally nourishing formula that’s non-greasy, and helps to keep the skin moisturized for a full 24 hours. It’s regular application doesn’t clog the skin pores. This baby lotion is super gentle on the baby’s sensitive skin and so can be used on a regular basis.

My Experience:

Both Aarav and Aarohi have a rough and dry skin type which turns worse in the changing weather. I have been using Aveeno Baby Body Lotion for them for quite some time now. I apply it daily after bath and massage lightly. It has a pleasing effect as their skin turns soft and smooth immediately.

Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

Here’s about the lotion that has impressed me the most:

Hits
  1. It’s non greasy lotion and doesn’t leave any residue behind.
  2. It isn’t too thick in consistency and so can be applied smoothly. 
  3. Once applied it gets absorbed on the skin easily and doesn’t need to be rubbed much. 
  4. It leaves the skin soft and supple till the next 24 hours.
  5. The packaging of the product is fairly good and doesn’t lead to spillage while using. 
  6. All the ingredients included are clearly mentioned on the pack along with specific warnings and directions to use.
Low:

There is nothing low about the product except for the fact that it’s a tad expensive and may not suit the pocket of all.

Mom’s Recommendation

I would surely recommend Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion to all moms. It’s natural formulation and safe ingredients makes it it an effective solution to the problem of dry and rough baby skin.

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Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post. However the views and opinions expressed here are my own. The review holds my personal experience of using this product on my kids for over a week.


Did you find this review useful? Do share your views and leave a comment below.

Also read: Keebee Organic Cotton Ethnic Wear: My Choice For This Festive Season 

6 Essentials That Helped Me Sail Through The First Year With Twins

 It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Veena Regit from The Reading Momster for introducing me. The prompt for today is ‘My First Year With Kids’

Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to Preetjyot Kaur from My Little Muffin. I love how she writes about breaking the stereotypes and raising independent girls. Do check her blog post on the prompt for today.


I call the first year with my twins as a year of ‘experiments’.

It was a completely new world for Aarav and Aarohi. Their struggle to make some sense of the reality around was very evident. Well, it was no different for us too. Like them, we too were trying to understand the nuances of the new role that had just dawned upon us. The first year was our year of learning, trying and making endless errors. Not that things have changed much in the second year, but they surely seem to be a little more manageable.

Like any first time mother, I was a frazzled mom in the first year. Each day turned out to be a new day that brought its own moment of happiness and joy, and also brought its own kind of pain and challenges. Since I was having twins, everything came in double the proportion. We were trying to understand the needs and demands to two babies in such a way that we could do justice to them both.

There were so many things that we tried, used and then got rid away with because we didn’t find them serving a purpose. There were so many things that we wanted to buy but couldn’t thinking they did not serve a long – term utility. Amongst the billion of tricks, techniques and advices that came our way, we were just trying to understand which one would best suit our parenting style. Finally a few things did work for us and helped us pass through that phase easily.

Let me share with you those six essentials that proved to be indispensable in our first year with kids. 
Breast Pump

Breastfeeding is one of the biggest challenges a moms faces in the first year. In my case, the concern was not just about feeding them right but also about feeding them enough. And so one of the wisest purchase that we made was a breast pump. It was an aid that made my entire breastfeeding journey with my twins easy and manageable. I bought an Avent Manual Pump and used it for almost 1.5 years

Baby Rocker/Bouncer

First year

We invested in two baby rockers by FisherPrice. Aarav and Aarohi used to enjoy sitting in their rockers till of course they started to crawl. I used to place them in their respective bouncers with some light music in the room. While they used to play with their toys hung on the rocker, I used to finish off my household chores. After 6 months, however,  they used to enjoy climbing on and off the rocker more; but it still used to be their favourite place to play or listen rhymes or story books that I used to read aloud for them.

Twin Pram

First year

Our evening walks were made possible with the help of a twin pram.  Aarav and Aarohi used to enjoy  watching the birds, vehicles and people around. It would be our favourite time of the day as all three of us would enjoy roaming in the fresh air. Initially we were confused whether to buy two single prams or one twin pram. There are not name reasonable options in Indian market for a good twin pram. We eventually bought a Joie twin pram. It was an expensive purchase but totally a worthwhile one.

Baby Carrier

I actually got to know about the multiple benefits of baby wearing when my kids turned five months old. Before that, I never found the need of babywearing. By seventh months I started wearing them on regular basis. At 20 months, we are still going strong with our Anmol baby carriers and there is no looking back. They are our constant companions in almost all our travels and outings.

Parenting App

My first year was full of doubts. From the right way of feeding the kids to choosing the right skin care brand- I would have a query about everything. As a practice I would do a thorough research before buying any new kid’s product. Parenting Apps like BabyChakra helped me to make an informed choice in that regard. I could also connect with various experts and seek suggestions from other like-minded moms through this app. 

Parenting Groups

I happened to join various support groups on Facebook and What’s app. One of them was an exclusive group of twin mothers and other was a breastfeeding support groups. Both these groups proved to be extremely beneficial. I could connect with so many other mums who have been through my situation and also got to learn from their experience. Such groups provided me the right motivation that I needed at that time

Our journey through the first year with twins was a bumpy ride. Along with these six essentials that helped us to sail through, we also received timely support from our parents and family which contributed immensely. 

I still remember, the first time I held my kids, my hands were trembling. But the art of handling twins came on automatically. Within no time, I became a pro at changing diapers in 2 minutes to giving them bath one after the other to make them sleep on my lap side by side. Gradually from a frazzled mom I became a confident one who could enjoy the most beautiful moments of life and cherish them forever.

 

How was your first year with your kid? Do share with us in the comments below.

Also read: My Twin Pregnancy: An Exciting Roller Coaster Ride


This blog is a part of the #9daysofwomanhood blogathon where 25 bloggers have joined hands to celebrate the essence and strength of Being a Woman!

 

27 Nov’15: An Eventful Day That Made Me Experience Myriad Emotions

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Veena Regit from The Reading Momster for introducing me. The prompt for today is ‘My Pregnancy . Hop on to her blog to read her story.
Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to Preetjyot Kaur from My Little Muffin. I love how she writes about breaking the stereotypes and raising independent girls. Do check her blog post on the prompt for today.

All through the nine months of my pregnancy, I was completely paranoid. Making it to the 36 weeks mark and delivering two healthy babies was my biggest concern. However when the eventful day of my delivery arrived, to my surprise I was very calm and collected. I thought I would be apprehensive and scared but it was completely opposite. I was extremely positive and excited.

I call it an eventful day because it unfolded in a totally unexpected way. Various events took place that made me experience myriad emotions. From being nervous to excited, being furious to outright silly, from joyful to teary-eyed- I felt multiple emotions all in the span of few hours.

Here is how the eventful day unfolded:

At around 6 am in the morning of 27 November 15, my water bag broke and I had to be rushed to the hospital in an emergency. In no time, I found myself lying on the hospital bed, being prepared for an emergency c-section.

At around 9 am, I started to feel the labour pain. While multiple last minute tests were being performed, I was told that I will have to wait for a few more hours as no OT was vacant at that time. With those unbearable labour pains, that was the last thing I expected to hear on the earth.

By 10 am, the intensity of my pains increased. I was already furious with the unnecessary delay and to top it, I was left with a nurse who was over talkative. In her attempt to divert my mind, she kept asking me all sorts of random questions- from my favorite food to the colour of my wedding dress to my honeymoon destination. At that point of time when I was already in terrible pain those questions were nothing but annoying, leaving me more agitated.

Finally at 11 am, I was shifted to OT. There were lights, machines and a small table on which I was supposed to fit myself. I wanted to see closely how an OT looks but before I entered my glasses were removed and I was half-blind. I couldn’t gather much of what was happening around except for the fact that it was unbearably cold in there.

There were numerous people in the room. It was cluttered with seniors doctors, junior doctors, anesthesiologist, nurses, team from stem cell banking, etc. I was just trying to make sense of the multiple noises around when suddenly I heard a male voice. It took me two minutes to digest the fact that there were men in that room too!

By 11:15, the entire procedure started. Local anesthesia was given, curtain was set and all the machines around were put to start. One one hand an intravenous was put, on the other a BP monitoring machine was added. My mouth was covered with an oxygen mask and ultrasound machine was on my tummy to record the movements and position of the babies. I was told not to move at all and lie still till the doctor signals. Like an obedient student I listened to my strict teachers.

Fifteen to twenty minutes in this situation, I started to feel some severe itching on my arm. One of the medicines that was given to me, reacted. I felt a terrible urge to scratch my arm, but I couldn’t move. I wanted to tell the nurse around to help me but the silly oxygen mask didn’t let me. There were 2 junior doctors standing near my hand busy cribbing about their night duties. After giving them multiple signals, to my respite one of them heard and finally came to help me out.

By now, I was partially irritated and partially exhausted. I actually just wanted to sleep for sometime. I thought I will close my eyes and open them now only once I will hear my baby’s voice. But as soon as I closed my eyes, something unusual occurred to my mind.

I was suddenly reminded of my shoes that I left in the doctor’s room. Since I was rushed in a hurry I was taken directly from the doctor’s room to the labour room on a stretcher and wasn’t given time to wear them. I felt silly thinking about my favourite pair of shoes and was hoping not to lose them.

I tried to divert my mind, at that point. And started chanting. Around 12 noon I suddenly heard a baby’s cry. My heart beat grew fast. I was told my girl had arrived. The nurse brought her near me. Next minute, I heard another cry. And it was of my boy. The nurse brought him too and placed him on my chest. For next few seconds I just kept admiring the two most beautiful creations of the world. I was excited to the point that I didn’t realize when tears started rolling down my eyes.

Eventful day

The sisters took my babies away while I was getting prepared to be stitched. I eagerly wanted the entire procedure to get finished soon because I was excited to see my babies again. But to my hard luck, I had to wait in OT for the next 4 hours. I had a a problem of keloids and so a special cosmetologist was arranged to close my stitches. Apparently that cosmetologist went on lunch at that time and came back after 2 hours. I was infuriated again because I wanted to hold my babies and hug them tight.

Finally I was shifted to the recovery room at 4 pm. I stayed in the recovery room as doctors wanted to know the reason of the unexpected itching that occured in the middle of the operation. It took them 3 more hours to diagnose its reason and prescribe a cure. I couldn’t wait more to meet my babies. I almost cried in front of the nurses to either let me go or bring my babies here. It was then they told me that my babies are shifted to NICU. And I can only meet them the next day. 

You can imagine the plight of a mother who delivered her twins but still couldn’t see them for a good 24 hours. My babies were finally discharged from NICU on 1st December, which also happened to be my birthday. That’s another memorable and an equally eventful day of my life. Read how that precious day unfolded in this article Birthday of 2015: The Most Memorable Day Of My Life

How was your eventful day of delivery? Do share it in the comments below. 


This blog is a part of the #9daysofwomanhood blogathon where 25 bloggers have joined hands to celebrate the essence and strength of Being a Woman!

Joyful Learning Journey Through Fun And Play : Skola Toys

“As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery… Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way”
  • Excerpts from C. P. Cavafy’s poem – Ithaka

The extract from the poem written keeping Odysseus in mind could be a true reflection of life. As we envision our life goals, there is a lot we tend to learn in our quest to realize those goals. More than the destination, it is our learning journey that helps us to grow.

For kids, it’s no different. It’s not just the learning but the way the child learns that makes all the difference. His learning journey, of course, is more crucial than the final destination.

Think about the different ways a young child would learn about simple concepts of math, say addition. How do you think he would get to the fact that 1+2=3?

  1. Does he hear it once and then remember?
  2. Does he see it somewhere and practice the same by writing?
  3. Do we help him in knowing and cramming the answers?
  4. Does he begin with the concept of counting first, master that concept at his pace, and then move on to learning addition and subtraction, make a few mistakes and learn from the same?

Each route mentioned here can lead to a different type of learner. Of course the last route would lead to the one who is wiser, confident and curious. Because his journey would be more enriching and fulfilling. At each step he is sure to gain something.

Young children find happiness in doing an activity and not just completing it. It’s not just the answers  but the way they reach to the answers that excites them.

True learning occurs when children participate voluntarily in meaningful activities. All they need is the right tools that can engage them in the right way. Once that’s is done, their entire process of learning gets filled with enjoyment. Nothing brings more confidence in children than looking for the problems and arriving at its solution on their own.

Talking about journey, there is no single journey we undertake at a given point. We all have multiple journeys running at the same time, teaching us something unique and different. Similarly, children aren’t on one specific journey alone. There could be a point when a child is learning multiple things at the same time, say-

  • Learning to read CVC words
  • Getting familiarized with counting and numbers
  • Starting to use both hands for holding objects
  • Becoming aware of relation between the cause and effect

Every kid is unique in the manner they begin and move through these journeys. Learning is not a one time occurrence. It is something continuous and so learning even one single concept involves the child to go through multiple steps. Skola toys are designed keeping this logic in consideration. Every Skola journey, in a very organized manner, takes children through a series of experiences which are creatively challenging and which allow them to explore, discover and learn something new at every step. Each stage is expedited by playing with certain toys that allow children to challenge their abilities in a remarkable manner.

An example of a learning journey is:

Learning journey

Visit www.skola.toys to understand children’s learning journeys and view toys that facilitate incremental learning through fun and play.

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My Twin Pregnancy: A Rollercoaster Ride Full Of Excitement

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Veena Regit from The Reading Momster for introducing me. The prompt for today is ‘My Pregnancy . Hop on to her blog to read her story.
Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to Preetjyot Kaur from My Little Muffin. I love how she writes about breaking the stereotypes and raising independent girls. Do check her blog post on the prompt for today.

Think about a high-risk, twin pregnancy and what comes to your mind- multiple injections, ‘n’ number of medicines, doctor visits, scans? And also double the heartbeats, double the movements and double the kicks?  Well, that’s right. My twin pregnancy involved all this and much more.

I still remember, after the first scan when my doctor revealed that there are two hearts beating inside me, my first question to her was – ‘Are you sure?’.  She couldn’t help but smile at my state of mind at that time. I was totally blank and did not know how to react. I was waiting for such a day to arrive in my life soon, but had never expected that the happiness would be two-fold.

In the next visit, my doctor told me that since it’s a twin pregnancy, it is going to be high risk and very different from the singleton ones. She asked me to prepare myself accordingly and never compare my situation with any other pregnant mom of singleton. Well, that one piece of advise really helped me to stay sane all through the nine months.

My husband and I had no clue what the next few months would unfold for us. We were excited and thrilled for experiencing an all together different phase of life. However, with multiple tests, scans, medications we were nervous too. Making it to the due date and delivering two healthy babies in the world had become like our life’s mission. Each month brought some wonderful moments to cherish and each passing trimester made us feel closer to our mission.

Twin Pregnancy

I was advised complete bed rest for all through the nine months  My body was trying to cope with the physical changes that the twin pregnancy hormones were bringing in, that too at double the speed. I lost 8 kgs in the first trimester, was admitted thrice to the hospital in the second, and suffered from severe skin itching in the third. Sleepless nights, nausea, vomiting had become my best friends all through. Washroom turned into my second most favorite place in the world, my bed room being the first. I would feel as if my kids were raging a war, competing as to who would come up with the maximum number of kicks. Phew! Those days have some amazing memories!

As my body was preparing for all the major changes, my mind too was trying soak in the fact that ‘two’ would not just be a number anymore.

‘Two’  will be more like our way of life now. I was mentally trying to prepare myself about this entire new journey of life. But of course, it wasn’t easy! One day, I would be all excited googling over some unique names for twins. The other day I would be anxiously reading on how I can breastfeed them. Third day I would be nervously listen to the advise of another twin mommy. My mind was trying to gather all the knowledge coming from various corners and was grappling to equip itself better to deal with the upcoming situation.

The physical and mental changes that my twin pregnancy brought were still manageable. Emotionally, however, things were unexplainable.

It was like multiple emotions churning in my heart coupled with unpredictable mood swings. I blame it all on the hormones though! My emotions took various shapes and expressions- all extreme so to say. I would laugh like a crackpot with every kick I would feel; cry like a baby thinking of all those favorite dishes that I couldn’t eat; and shriek in horror seeing every new medicine that I had to take. My husband and family were always at the receiving end of these dwindling emotions, yet they made all the efforts to make me feel nothing less than a princess.

And so I call my twin pregnancy as an excited roller-coaster ride. Each trimester had its own highs and lows, but also brought along some wonderful moments and life-long learnings. The first trimester taught me to be patient and to take things easily. The second one taught me to not lose hope and the third one made me believe in the miracles of God.

All through the pregnancy me and my hubby worked towards reaching the 36 weeks mark. So when I finally delivered in the 37th week, we wanted to do a happy dance. We thought we were accomplished in our mission,  only to realize that this was just a small trailer. The real and the biggest mission of life has just started as ‘raising twins’ is like the real test of our parenting abilities. Hoping to be successful again, we now simply enjoy our two precious creations and bask in the happiness that unravels before us, everyday.

How was your pregnancy journey? Share with us in the comments below.

Also read: Dilemmas Of A  Mother Of Twins


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Indian Women in 2017 : What Makes Me Thrive As A Woman In the Contemporary Age

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Veena Regit from The Reading Momster for introducing me. The prompt for today is ‘Being A Woman In India, 2017′. Hop on to her blog to read her take on the contemporary Indian women.

Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to Preetjyot Kaur from My Little Muffin. I love how she writes about breaking the stereotypes and raising independent girls. Do check her blog post on the prompt for today.


Talk about famous Indian women and there are so many names that come across my mind. From PV Sidhu to Barkha Dutt to Priyanka Chopra, women have been excelling in all the fields. There is nothing stopping Indian women of 21st Century.

I was having a light-hearted discussion with my mom about the general state of affairs in the country, when she mentioned how lucky I am to be born in this century. Her statement intrigued me and made me realise that life for women have never been so easy, given to the gender inequalities that exist in our country. But something has changed that has made Indian women of 2017 far more independent and self sufficient. So much so that they can now explore multiple opportunities to showcase their talent and reach their full potential.

Today, when I sit down to write on this prompt, I wonder what makes me thrive as a woman in 2017. My education and knowledge has made me capable of many things. But more than that I have learnt a few things from my own experience and that of my mom, which have helped me to emerge strong and confident. Here is what helps me to thrive successfully in this contemporary age-

1. Asserting my choice– I have the wisdom and power to choose for myself. I have learnt to speak my mind, do what I want and choose to live my life my way. Gone are the days when Indian women were dictated how to lead their lives.

2. Saying No– Reminded of the movie ‘Pink’? ‘No’ is the new ‘Yes’! Saying No is one of the most difficult things in the world, especially when women are conditioned to always agree with what they have been told. But this is equally essential. I have learnt to say No to things I don’t like to do or say, and it has only helped me to be strong and affirmative in my choices.

Indian Women
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3. Learning to express– Silence is good but not at the cost of being taken for granted. I have learnt to express myself in as clear words as possible. I believe that gives me me confidence in setting the right expectations and even living up to them.

4. Being Self Motivated– Encouragement from others works wonders but nothing works better than self motivation when it comes fullfilling one’s dream. Why to seek motivation from anyone else, when we can find that boost from within?

5. Standing by my beliefs This is the age of beliefs and counter-beliefs and so it’s all the more relevant for women to stand by their own beliefs, values and thoughts. And not to seek validation for the same from others. I think that’s one thing that helps me to be what I am and achieve my goals.

I find all these learning as the most essential ones, for women to succeed in this age. These add to my strength and equip me to face the challenges of the world in a way that I can conquer them.

Being a woman may not be easy in this era, but it’s truly beautiful. And I can’t help but feel privileged and blessed for the same.

What makes you thrive as a woman in 2017? What is your learning from this age? Share your views in the comment below.

 

Also read Being A Teacher : My Learning And Hopes From This Profession


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Organic Cotton Ethnic Wear by KeeBee: My Choice For This Festive Season

The season of festivities has begun and it’s the time of the year when we all like to dress in our traditional attires. Don’t we ?

I usually dress up Aarav and Aarohi in ethnic attires during festivals. That’s one of the ways we try to connect with our tradition and cultural roots. However, my choice of clothing is not too fancy. I prefer something that suits the comfort of my kids.

This time around Dusshera I was looking for some simple traditional outfits that are trendy, yet comfortable. I was quite impressed when I checked the ethnic collection of Keebee Organics. Apart from their unique designs, what appealed to me the most is the fact that their entire range of clothes is made of 100% organic fabric. With so much talks about conventional cotton being ridden with pesticides and harmful chemicals, choosing organic alternative seems to be a sane option.

What is Organic Cotton

Various studies say that conventional cotton involves the use of high amount of pesticides and chemicals. These chemicals have tremendous impact on the earth’s air, soil, water, and even the health of people in cotton-growing areas. They are among the most toxic chemicals as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Organic Cotton is a safe alternative to the conventional cotton as it is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically engineered seeds. It is grown using methods and materials that are completely environment-friendly. Most organic cotton textiles have to meet the standard of GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard). Fabrics which pass the GOTS standards, ensure that every facility is inspected, and each step is certified.

About KeeBee

Founded by a mom herself, Keebee provides a range of ethnic wear that is made with 100% organic material which is GOTS certified. Their entire production chain follows strict organic processes to provide a product that’s free of hazardous elements like nickel, lead, amines, pesticides, heavy metals, etc. With No stone wash, ezyme wash, acid or chemical wash, their final product is completely organic and environment friendly.

Their clothing line is designed keeping the requirements of kids in mind and includes soft fabric, stylish designs and colourful prints. KeeBee outfits are fashionable and intended for newborns to 2 year old boys and girls.

My Experience
One of the charms of having twins is that we get to dress them alike and that simply adds to their cuteness.

Usually for special occasions, I prefer coordinated outfits for my kids. This time, I chose a white Kurta set with Denim Vest for Aarav and a similar Denim Patiyala Suit Set with polka dots for Aarohi. Both the denim tops have an animal print which is cute and unique.

Organic cotton

Here are few things I liked about KeebBee Organic Cotton Clothes:

Fabric: The fabric is soft, light and breathable. It is natural indigo dyed 100% organic denim and so the fabric is skin-friendly and comfortable for the child.

Design– The design is a blend of traditional and contemporary fashion. It doesn’t include lots of frills or other accessories and hence is easy for the child to carry. They have limited designs but each of them is unique and impressive.

Utility– The look of the clothes is trendy and fashionable. They are simple, elegant and can be worn on regular basis too. Their utility is not just restricted to special occasions.

Packaging – The clothes came in well-packed, brand-labelled cloth bags. Both the piece were separately packed and so were easy to open. The use of cloth bags over plastic ones only reiterates the brands mission of being environment-friendly. There also came a leaflet which explains about organic clothing and its benefits.

Service– Their service is quick, prompt and timely. The clothes reached to me with a week’s span that too in proper packaging. The owner of this brand, Vandana Kalagara attends all the queries of the customers individually and is easily approachable.

Cost– Their starting range is around Rs 1700 for a complete set. It may seem to be a little expensive, but given the fact that it’s made of 100% organic cotton and is GOTS certified, it is worth it.

Organic Cotton

I am super excited to begin the festivities with these special outfits designed by KeeBee. They are surely going to make our festival all the more special and memorable.

Now that I have given you all the reasons to choose organic clothing for your child, you must explore the wonderful collection by this upcoming brand. Click to check the entire range by KeeBee here.

In case you happen to be in Delhi this weekend, you can also attend the KeeBee Baby Clothes exhibition at Nehru Stadium between 22nd to 24th September. Don’t give it a miss.!


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent these clothes by KeeBee to try on my kids and share my review. The review holds my honest opinion and personal experience of using the same. 


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