My Mom Was RIGHT!

Last evening while feeding dinner to my little one I just stopped for a moment and thought Oh my god, I sound exactly like my mother!

It was only when I became a mother myself I realised that my mother was right about every damn thing.

Okay so to start with, let me take you back in my childhood. I had a very disciplinary mother, my meals had to be on time, I got to eat junk food and chocolates only twice a week, I had to go to bed on time. Keeping it short my childhood was a very disciplined one and I always thought I would never do this when I become a mother.

But yesterday evening when My little one wanted to have chocolate milk instead of her porridge for dinner I panicked and I said – if you wish to have dinner you have to eat what is in plate for you. And that was the moment! I realised OMG – I thought I would never do this.

And then I realised as a child I was constantly coming with excuses for myself that why mom would never understand that things have changed from when she was a child. I always thought that she and I are totally different personalities, and she would never know what I felt as a child or what I will be as a mother. But she always told me one thing – “You will know it all when you become a mother”.

Well, here I am today mother to a one year old little princess, and I have experienced quite a lot if not all. And finally I have that moment where I say “Oh Mom YOU WERE RIGHT”. You were right when you scolded me to eat healthy, to follow a routine, to have a clean closet and a clean room, to do my homework.You were right about everything.

After being a mother, I realised you were not wrong

when you simultaneously loved and disliked me in a single moment of time.

You were right that my swollen gums while teething and blocked nose in winters were more painful for you than me.

I now know that you were right, when you said your days were really long, but your years went in the blink of an eye while you were busy raising me.

So today I bow my head in front of a mother who has been selfless, who has nurtured me into who I am. I find myself beyond lucky to call you my Mom and I can’t thankyou enough for all that you have done for me. I accept YOU WERE RIGHT! Being a parent is not easy, as I continue to learn being one everyday, I wish I can be like YOU.

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

Also, make sure to check this interesting article written by a fellow mom blogger, Priyanka of The happy mummy blog Priyanka


Why I love Softsens for M!

Babies are such bundles of joy aren’t they?? Motherhood along with much happiness brings in a sense of responsibility to choose the best for your child. I wanted to do so too and this I was obviously apprehensive of the products that I use for little M.

Baby’s skin is soft, smooth, and infinitely touchable, and Baby M is born with extra sensitive skin. I am always in search for products that will suit her skin type. Recently I got my hands on @Softsens – they are an innovative bunch of baby care enthusiasts. All their products are designed by in-house experts inspired by everyday needs, habits and experiences of real Moms like us.

I have been using a few products by softsens on little M for a while now and here is my opinion on the products that came in the baby skin care set.

Baby wash:

I personally loved this baby wash as it’s enriched with natural milk cream and Shea butter. It’s perfect for her skin type as it gently cleanses her skin without drying it out.

Also what I really look in a body wash is, that it should be soap free to avoid irritation in her eyes and we look forward to a tear free bath time.

Baby Shampoo:

Little M was born with a head full of hair and I loved how her hair were so soft. But as we got her head shaved and the new hair growing is comparatively dull.

I liked this baby shampoo as it’s enriched with natural plant based essential oil, which maintains the natural oil in her hair.

What I really like about this is that it’s a soap free formula which cleanses and nourishes the baby’s scalp.

Baby wipes:

As we all know, motherhood comes with a need of tones of baby wipes. I loved these ones in specific as they are alcohol and paraben free.

Also these wipes are infused with lotion and vitamin E which keeps her dry skin moisturised and the cooling aloe Vera gel soothes her skin. I find it completely safe to use all over her body when on the go.

Baby powder:

I absolutely love the mild fragrance and soft velvet feel to this baby powder. We have used this around her happy area and it absorbs the excess moisture and keeps the skin dry and smooth.

The plant based ingredients which have antiseptic properties protect baby’s soft skin from friction and sweating making the baby feel comfortable and happy.

Baby Lotion & cream:

I prefer this lotion as it comes with milk cream and Shea butter and this keeps her dry skin moisturized for longer period. This also contains glycerin and anti oxidants like vitamin E which helps hydrate her skin and keep nourished. It’s extremely light weight and non greasy in skin, perfect for the weather type in mumbai.

Baby massage oil:

Honestly I haven’t tried this product on her as she is allergic to any massage oil. We massage her body with homemade ghee. But I have used it for myself as a makeup remover and it works wonders. It’s extremely light and the olive oil extracts soothe and condition the skin.

Baby soap:

We are extremely happy with the body wash and I personally feel soap would be a little harsh on her sensitive skin so did not give it a try. But I have tried it on myself and it’s creamy and the mild and sweet fragrance is so refreshing.

I genuinely look for products that are made in India yet meet international standard, and I am happy I have found my set of skin care range for M. What can go wrong with products that are made with a philosophy of MOM KNOWS THE BEST!

Home remedies for discomfort during pregnancy.

Nausea, stretch marks and swollen feet are common discomforts faced by women during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is the most beautiful time of a woman’s life. It’s a beautiful beginning of a never-ending journey of being a mother. Being pregnant has its own ups and downs like motherhood. Along with the beautiful feeling of hearing your baby’s first heartbeats, comes nausea. With the happiness of feeling your baby’s kicks, come the swollen feet. With the pregnancy glow on your face, come the stretch marks on your belly.


High levels of pregnancy hormones flooding your body cause nausea in pregnancy. Hopefully, your morning sickness will subside between about 14 weeks and 16 weeks. For some women, though, it can continue for a little longer. Here are some home remedies that will help you prevent nausea. • Eat whatever you can and whenever you can: Eating small but frequent portions will keep you energetic despite all the vomiting & nausea.

• Start your day sweet: Eating a little sweet early in morning helps fight nausea. You can eat a little gulkand or biscuits the moment you wake up.

• Quit toothpastes with evident flavor or excess mint for freshness. Use herbal and low on fragrance toothpastes as they will not aggravate the feeling of nausea.

• Having fruits like banana and avocado in the morning for breakfast also helps in keeping nausea at bay. They are also rich in Vitamin B.

• Suck on sour candy: Sucking on orange or lemon flavored candy helps keep nausea at bay.

Swollen Feet:

Swelling in feet occurs because your body is holding on to more fluid than usual. Swelling is common. Most women experience it particularly in the last trimester. • Take salt footbath: Soaking your feet in warm water and ½ cup salt will give instant relief. Make soaking in Epsom salts a relaxing night ritual while you’re pregnant.

• Ask for a foot massage: Whether it’s your partner, or masseuse, make sure they are aware of your comfort level and don’t press too hard on certain points. A gentle foot massage to let the arnica soak in is all you need.

• Include potassium rich foods in your diet: Kiwifruit, avocado & banana are fruits rich in potassium and make a very healthy mid meal snack during pregnancy. Potassium is an important mineral that helps maintain the salt to water ratio in your body.

• For quick relief roll your feet on a tennis ball or filled water bottle. Make sure you are seated while doing so and watch out for your body balance.

• Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated will help keeping water retention in check.

Stretch Marks:

Your skin stretches during pregnancy as you put on weight and this causes stretch marks. Stretch marks usually appear as pink, red or purple-tinged lines on your belly. • Massage with oil: Massaging the affected areas with Vitamin E oil mixed with any moisturizer, will make skin smooth and help reduce the stretch marks.

• Aloe Vera Gel: Applying Aloe Vera gel in circular motion and massaging gently promotes healing and soothes your skin. Use fresh gel rather than ones available in the market.

• Milk, Sugar & Lemon: Make a homemade scrub with sugar, raw milk and few drops of lemon and scrub in circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize the affected area.

• Use Potato juice: Extract juice of a potato or cut the potato in two halves and massage the affected area in a circular motion and let it dry. Rinse it later with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer.

Not every pregnancy is the same, but chances are you will face at least one or two of the above mentioned conditions during your pregnancy. Whether it’s nausea, swollen feet  or stretch marks, pregnancy comes with its fair share of, shall we say, unpleasant side effects. They key to getting through is all about understanding what suits you.

Happy pregnancy to you!

How I miss winters in Mumbai!

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Across India winters are settling in, atleast in most parts of it. In some parts of the country people have already taken out their blankets, while for others the slight chill in the air in early mornings and late evenings are making them switching off their air conditioners. And here I am in Mumbai with my air conditioner on and missing my winter season. Even though I appreciate each and every season for its unique and beautiful qualities. I enjoy the changing weather, as well as the different clothes and activities that accompany each season, but somewhere I am a little biased when it comes to winters. And “yes I miss winters in Mumbai”.

It’s winter. It’s supposed to be cold outside and I miss it being cold. I keep looking at the weather app on my phone hoping for cold temperatures to be just around the corner.

The sticky heat, humidity and buckets of sweat are a year round thing for Mumbai.

Being in mumbai, I miss my winter mornings when I am all cosy in my fluffy blanket and feeling the warmth of the winter sun shining through the curtains on my window.

I miss the delight of a winter bonfire cuddling together with friends and family sharing old stories or playing silly games. It is something that takes me away from the busy urban life where everybody is falling short of time.

Winter season calls for a closet full of warm and cozy clothes. Mumbai being a city of dreams, is known for its Bollywood and fashion, but I cry a little inside every time I spot a new coat at Zara. I miss dressing up in warm sweaters or coats, colorful scarfs or mufflers paired with jackets and shopping for those fancy boots or winter caps.

Being a foodie and coming from a place known for its street food – Indore. I miss bingeing on hot crispy GADADU with a sprinkle of JIRAVAN on top. I miss the winter special delicacies like butte ka kis, and a plate full of crisp jalebi with poha for breakfast.

And specially this season I am going to miss dressing up my doll with layers of clothes and make her look like a walking marshmallow. I love how babies look super cute in their winter monkey caps and colourful sweaters with thier nose and cheek turning pink due to the chill in the air.

I might not have all these in my share this winter season but nonetheless Winter Is Here. Nonetheless every part of the country has their own way of enjoying winters. I will continue to enjoy mine as I eat vada pav with some chilled thumbs up in my cotton t shirt dreaming about temperatures dropping. How do you enjoy your winters share with me in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Now, it is the time for departure, so meet Winter Express next at station. Stay hooked to this journey with the Winter Express!!

Product Review – GAIA Skin Naturals.

There is nothing quite like the soft, delicate skin of a baby. And also, nothing like a cranky infant irritated of a diaper rash or any other skin condition. While your baby looks perfect their skin might not be. Many babies have extra sensitive skin and may be prone to skin irritations.

I found a perfect solution to all the skin related issues of my little one. GAIA Natural baby skin care range. They are Australian made products specifically designed to take care of the delicate and sensitive skin of infant and toddlers. Their are made using naturally derived organic oils and extracts that gently cleanses, moisturizes and soothes skin.

Natural Baby Powder –

This is my favourite baby powder so far. The best part about this is that, it’s a talc free cornstarch formula. The cherry on top is the mild lavender fragrance – makes it smell so fresh . We used to face a lot of nappy rash issues due to excess of moisture in the Happy area and to top it all my little one has extra sensitive skin. All her irritations were comforted by using GAIA Natural Baby Powder. I found it to be an Ideal product for freshening nappy area and protecting against chafing.

As a new mother I tried using this product for myself under the arms, breasts and between the legs to minimise chafing and reduce sweating. And I it really worked for me too.

Naturak Baby Bath & Body Wash :

This is a very calming gel that feels so soft and gentle on baby’s skin. As a new mother I was looking for a baby wash that is soap and sulphate free. GAIA body wash is so mild and gentle on my daughters skin. It leaves her skin so smooth and clean after the bath. The organic fragrance of the essential oils make bath time such a soothing experience. We have been using this everyday for quite some time now and it’s the perfect soap replacement that is pH balanced so it maintains her natural protective oils and prevent dryness.

Natural Baby Shampoo :

GAIA Natural Baby Shampoo was my last resort after trying various product that the market is flooded with for baby care. I was looking for something for a dry scalp. GAIA shampoo is so mild on hair and scalp. It takes care of her flaky scalp.

I have tried many products but they used to sting her eyes and our shampoo sessions would always make our bath time a cranky one. But with GAIA baby shampoo it’s perfect as it does not sting her eyes at all. We now love our bath times.

All the products are designed keeping in mind little ones gentle skin. There are NO artificial fragrances, soap, sulphates, used in any washes, moisturiser, massage oil and wipes. All the products are very effective and I really recommended them for gentle and sensitive skin type.

I would recommend this range of skin care products to all moms. I have ordered it on BabyChakra. The products were sourced directly from the brand and delivered within 7 days from the date of my order placing. Also, I liked the fact that I can opt for any payment (cash/card)method on the delivery of any of the products. So just click on the link below and give these amazing set of products a try.

Do we know the other side of our Miss World 2017?

So everybody around is talking about the new Miss World – Ms Manushi Chhillar. Little did we bother to throw some light on what difficulties she went through and how much hard work does it takes to be an all rounder and represent your country on such a big platform. She has beautifully added feathers to the Indian glory; she got back the crown in the country after a long wait of 17 years.

But is it only her hard work that has made her what she is today? I believe it takes a big heart and a strong mind to let your child who is studying medicine, follow her dream of being in a beauty pageant. From being a doctor to being Miss India and then Miss World is not an easy transition. Where such competitions are still being looked down upon by a particular section of the society in our country, her parents have proved it’s not only about beauty but also about brains.

Raising a multi talented child needs a lot of efforts from a parent’s end. She is a complete package – a dancer, a medicine student, Miss World beauty contest winner. It’s not only an achievement for her but also for her parents and it reflects what rift style of parenting can groom the child into.

Her answer that made her win the title, shows how grounded she is. It’s beautiful to see how she is attached to the values of life and respects her relations. A human who acknowledges motherhood and understands what a mother goes through to bring up her child, has a heart of gold and truly deserves the title of miss world. When she talks about love and respect in terms of cash and salary, it’s amazing to see at such a young age she is mature enough to understand the value of feelings and emotions over the material happiness.

It not only takes beauty and brains but also a very calm and pure heart to win such Pageants. It’s beautiful to see a young girl reflecting the values of her nation. A nation where a mother is worshiped, where a mother is considered to be the highest paid profession, where a mother is respected.

Do you believe in rift parenting too? Will you let your child follow their dreams, if their profession and the dream that they want to follow are two poles apart. When I thought about this as a parent I had no answer for myself for while. Then I realised its important to let them be, to let them follow their heart. In order to let them achieve success in whatever they do.

Also I have realised that I want to raise my child with these values of respecting and acknowledging the kindness around her. Its important for us a parent to make children understand that happiness is not only about materialistic things, we need to raise children who values family, who respects relations.

How motherhood changed me!

There is something miraculous about being a mother. Whether motherhood is a sacrifice or a privilege I am yet to figure out, but it definitely is something I appreciate and wouldn’t I have my life any other way.

I am certainly not the same person I was before having a daughter. Being a mother has changed me for good, it’s difficult to describe in words until you experience it for yourself.

The sacrifices I make in my everyday life as a mother, now feel more like adjustments that I make and feel privileged about making. As a mother I go out of the way to make sure everything falls right in place. Everything is more planned and orrganised in my life now unlike the spontaneous ride before.

Motherhood comes as a constant amazement to me. I once believed I was fearless and more carefree in life, but now motherhood has made me cautious of little things. I am afraid of leaving my baby away for a while, I am in pain if I see her sick or suffering. On the other hand being a mother has also made me much stronger as a person; when it comes to my daughter I can fight with my own self.

I now respect myself more as a woman, I feel it really needs a super human power to nurture a calm and happy child for nine months in your womb. Everyday I want to improve as an individual to be an ideal role model for my daughter. I want to bring in more positivity, stay fit and eat healthy to raise a healthy and responsible individual. I continuously try to make our own little world a better place for her to live in.

Motherhood has made me realise the true definition of being happy is that one extra hug or kiss from my little one. Being a mother is all about putting your child first, it’s about buying a doll house rather than those pair of red shoes you really want and feeling just as ecstatic about it. Now, when I have my feet in my parents shoes I can exactly understand what they did for me and why. I respect them for the happy adjustments they made to make me what I am today as a human being.

The ride up until now has been exhilarating and I can’t wait to see what motherhood has in store for me next. It helped me discover my true inner strength. It has transformed me into a better and more responsible individual. Being a mother makes me want to be so much more than I am.  Motherhood has and will continue to teach me intense and concentrated lessons of life like selflessness, compassion, empathy, courage, endurance, patience, long-suffering, and charity. All I know is, with every passing day it’s proving to be a little more of privilege and a little less of sacrifice.

This post is a part of the blog train- 2 started by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies where she has brought together mothers from across the globe. Do read her blog post on How Motherhood has changed me – and more on the blog train Here-

Music for your little one!

824F329A-1DCE-4920-BEB1-4B27A9220A1EMusic is an essential part of human life. Listening to music is the best therapy to calm our mind and soul. Babies are born with an ability to be able to relate to music. The positive effect that music leaves on humans starts even before birth (if introduced to music in womb).

We all know a mother’s womb is the most secure and cozy place on this planet. It is majorly believed that every human learns I most of its life skills in the womb. A foetus can actively listen and respond to sound from week 24 of gestation. Music plays an important role during pregnancy. It’s extremely healthy for mother and child both. It calms and soothes expecting mother which this leads to a healthy and happy baby later in life.

Their is no specific genre that a mother should forcefully listen to, it can be any music or lullabies that soothes her mind. It’s observed that babies remember music they listened to in the womb for a long time after being born. So it’s definitely a good idea to listen to music while expecting a baby. And later comfort yourself by singing or playing the same music to calm a cranky baby.

It is Always advisable to also sing while carrying your baby in womb rather than just listening, this helps you bond with the baby even before birth. And a mother’s voice is always soothing for babies and contributes in the growth and development of the foetus. Make sure music is not very loud as loud noises disturb babies in womb.

It’s never too early to introduce music into your little one’s life after birth. As you had already begun enriching their life with music when in womb, Now it’s time for you to just start your musical journey and explore new ways to introduce music in their life.

During your early days with your new born, music can be one of the nicest ways to connect, play, and relax for both of you.

As your child grows into a toddler from a baby, Playing music with your child can be great fun and very relaxing, giving you time to create, express yourself, and bond with your baby at the same time.

Music benefits your little one in many ways, here are listed a few:

1• Music helps the brain develop the areas that are used in language and reasoning.

2• Music fosters creativity and self expression.

3• Music encourages movement,  rhythm & timing which aids in gross & fine motor development.

4• Music can develop problem solving skills, resulting in better command over mathematics later in life.

You don’t have to own lots of instruments, a variety of things can be made at home such as rattles or a simple drum made from a shoebox or create music with utensils in your kitchen.

Music is creativity, let it flow, enjoy your musical journey with your little one and let the bond strengthen for life.

A Spiritual Journey of Nine Months.

Like all moms I wanted to plan my baby too!! I wanted one more year and a few more vacations before i settle down with a completely new life.. but destiny had different plans for us. When I discovered the big news of my life. I was not ready to accept it at all. But the excitement and twinkle in my husband’s eyes, made me give it a second thought.

With every passing day I was being more and more stressed about the whole pregnancy thing. I was worried about how will the whole thing go. Until one day when my doc spoke to me for a while and told me “u just have 190 days left with your little one inside you, either you live it up totally and do all u can or you continue to sit and think over about how is it going to be.” That was it, there began my “spiritual journey of nine months which was exactly 190 days”.

Everybody around was so happy and I started noticing and enjoying the happiness around me. I started enjoying the pampering, the small little Gestures that everyone around me made to make this journey beautiful and comfortable for me.

People adviced me to read religious books but I was the spiritual one. I heard and chantedOM, Gayatri Mantra. I read books like You Win, Chanakya Neeti (people told me Chanakya Neeti makes a person cunning, and I replied I want a smart baby). I did a lot of Coloring (helps in developing creativity in the child), did a lot of Sudoko (helps in brain development of the child) I use to listen to Mozartwhen sleeping. Wrote a few books 📚 with Gayatri mantra. Also I read a lot of leadership articles, few articles on being positive in life, and also about how to live a healthy and happy life. Heard lot of rhymes, did lot of puzzles. And it was reliving a life like a child.

My husband who is poles apart of all this contributed his bit to it and kept his calm and we played word games together, we played various board games (it was my belief that the baby will also be interested in the activities that I do during this phase). I communicated with my baby about every small thing that I did in the day. I communicated about everything I use to eat or see. I sung her lullabies every night before we went off to sleep.

I did a lot of social work, help children study, met lovely people in old age homes, inshort contributed my bit to the society and all this gave me happiness and blessings to my little one.

I have no idea how much of all this actually will make a difference in her life as an individual but I had trust in what I was doing. People called me old school for doing all this in today’s world but I just wanted to do all I can for our first journey together of nine months.

I hope I made us special enough for her!!

Doctor or Fairy God Mother!

Today I am going to write about a person who has played a very important role in my life. She is a real super hero.. yes I call her my Fairy God Mother after I conceived my little princess.

So let me introduce you to my gynaecologist Dr. Rekha Agrawal. My story with her started long before I conceived and always I knew she will be the one for me.

The day I got the big news, I wasn’t ready for it; I thought this was not just the right time. It takes a right person with a certain kind of power to explain and convince a confused and stressed person who is about to make the biggest descision of their life. And she was the right person for me.

Further in my pregnancy, I was a stressed primee diagnosed with hyper tension. There she played the role of my mother -disciplined me to deal with things in my life with firmness. She actually taught me how to zone out all the advice that pregnant women get from everywhere around and just focus on what’s important for me. She was the one who made me realise nothing other than my little one should be more important to me right now.

It’s very important for a patient to confine in their doctor. She knows exactly how to maintain the doctor and patient relationship. She could easily read between the lines and sense what I was trying to convey.

I gradually started enjoying my pregnancy and it was only because of her. I started enjoying my monthly visits, I would always book the last appointment for the day and she would patiently sit and have a small chat with me over a cup of coffee. That few minutes of chit chatting with my Doctor had so much power. It made me feel happy, confident and energenitc to deal with all the pregnancy blues.

I enjoyed sharing my journey of nine months with her, she is always one of the finest memories from my pregnancy days. Of course she is a wonderful doctor but most importantly she is a wonderful human being. The best statement I learned from her which I now tell all my pregnant friends is ” you are not sick or ill you are pregnant, so just enjoy and stay active”.

Thankyou so much for making my preagnancy a wonderful experience