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Being a Mother – Part 4

My parents had booked their tickets to reach my inlaws place around my last week of due date. Dont know suddenly they thought that they should prebook their tickets. They came one week earlier and even my contractions started. Along with that my husband got tested covid positive and he can’t be anywhere near me. He got admitted himself for 15 days.
Luckily my mother was there at the right time.
For 2 nights I had contractions every 10 , 15 , 30 minutes..  since it was not on the same durations I took it as a false alarm. I was waiting if we could delay some more and I could hold on for few days ..atleast my husband will be there during the delivery time.
I was in pain and I could rarely sleep at night hence after 2 nights my mother told me to call doctor and explain the situation. Early morning 5am I called doctor on 29th April and she immediately told me to get myself admitted and do the covid tests for my mother as she is my caretaker. Also they wanted me to repeat the covid test since I was in contact.

It was one of the best hospital..they took proper care of me. I did a lot of breathing practice and was well prepared on what to do during the whole process.
I was having mild contractions and also I had gestational diabetes..doctor told me not to delay. They induced me and woww the pain…Can’t explain. Initially I was fine..with each contractions I would breathe out and think about the baby. I was able to manage.  I was dilating slower and they made me excercise on birthing ball. With each pain , I was asked to do sit ups. Nurses supported me by holding my shoulders and pushing me down.  I kept asking them the time.. every 15 minutes and finally after 2 hours I got exhausted. They asked me if I wanted epidural before but I said no.. now what to do..

My doctor was giving me hope..  just half an hour.. hold on.. and yes I was somehow able to do it! Keep focusing on your breathing.
After 4 hours..  I pushed with all the strength and along with all screaming my throat was almost gone.
Babies voice 🥰 the crying sound. Baby is crying but you are smiling and happy 😍

If I have to describe the whole journey..I can write a book and it would not be enough.

Today she has turned 1 year .. oh my God! Time flies so fast.

The best blessing in my life is my sweet Baby.

To every Mother.. ” You are awesome, you are beautiful. No matter you have someone with you or you are alone.. you can achieve anything cause you are strong. Never give up your happiness , your career for anything. You can find a way if you think and you can do it. “

Being a Mother – Part3

Finally the decison was made to go to his parents. It would be a lie if I say that was the best decision.

During pregnancy when your hormones are all messed up…at that time I believe taking any decision will take time or else you are going to be taking a decision based on what others tell you. That’s what happened to me.
Had to go through a stressful and depressed phase at the wrong time.
Trust me .. NOBODY will ever understand you like your Mother and NOBODY will love you unconditionally.
I have learnt my lesson. Especially during pregnancy think about your happiness and think about your comfort. Keeping you and your baby happy and safe should be the first priority.
Happy part is that I was not alone and with each movement or kicks I could feel in my stomach I could overcome everything.

I was very careful with what I eat and did all the exercises doctor asked me to. But my blood test on 7th month showed I had gestational diabetes. Doctor asked me I had to take insulin.. but I was too scared. Instead I asked for sugar tablet. My routine changed..I was given a diet chart to follow. I got up every morning 6am .. made sure I eat something.. drink milk..walked half an hour and I had to test my sugar level daily at home before and after food.
Depending on how the level is ..I had to control my food. Stopped eating sweets and measured my food intake based on the doctor instruction.


All these made me more stressed and emotional. I felt I don’t have anyone to rely on and nobody would understand its hard for me.
As any mother would do.. I was eagerly waiting for my baby.

To be continued

Being a Mother – Part2

5th September 2020 I got a positive result.😁 Since it was too early initial scan nothing came up. Took a blood test for them to check the hCG levels. Doctor asked me to come back after 2 weeks, still unsure if everything is alright.
2 weeks felt so long for me..
Finally.. at my next appointment, they could see the fetus. A very tiny dot. Could not hear the heartbeat yet. Again another blood test was done. I am very scared of needles..but the endless number of blood tests made me to overcome this fear actually. I was like blood test right.. come on take my blood🤣.


Again waited for a week and in my next scan.. I heard the most amazing sound. Baby’s 💓 it was loud and fast. I was filled with tears and I was filled with love.❤


Doctor advised me what to eat and how to be careful in the initial months. I have heard most women have upset stomach or vomiting in the initial months.. I guess I was lucky, I did not have much of that.. only two or three times at the most. Smelling lemon helped me I guess 😀
I was happy and everything was going well. Since it was during covid wave..it was at the start , at my office they allowed me to work from home.
We are staying away from parents and it was decided that, we will be going to parents place when I will be around 5 to 7th month of pregnancy.  My in-laws wanted us to stay with them, whereas my parents wanted us to stay with them.
I was not sure what to decide..  should I go with what my husband is suggesting ..that is to stay with his parent’s or should I go and stay with my parents!

To be continued..

Being a Mother – Part 1

Finally..I am ready to share my Motherhood journey with my viewers! My daughter is going be 1 year old this April 29th and I feel this is the right time for me as well to write about how I feel and what I experienced.

I never imagined that one day I will also become a Mommy. When I used to see a pregnant lady..at work or on road.. I used to think how do they manage to walk and how can they carry another life inside them. I can only see the discomfort and pain.
I was sure I don’t want to go through that phase. I am not capable of taking care of even myself..how will I be able to take care of a baby?
The big stomach that comes with it.. the pain during birth 😢. I definitely did not want to go through it.

Well… that me has changed

After 1 year of marriage..when I was 29, I started getting these weird thoughts and feelings. 😅
My YouTube search shifted from comedy videos, make up videos to baby videos!
I felt I am now ready for a baby.. I want to be a mother. I got that feeling of responsibility which was surprising to me as well. 😆

The me who loved to spend money shopping for things that I won’t even use.. started saving. 🙊

To be continued..

Happy 11 Month to my baby

Happy Bday to my beautiful baby girl

Your bright big eyes, your laughs and smiles..

Your screams, the way you say Banana, your kisses and your increasing naughtiness..

Makes us forget the sleepless nights.. and makes parenthood worth it.

The past Month you had to go through some challenges and pain, you have been very strong girl. We are proud of you!

I thank God for keeping you safe and healthy.

Keep smiling and laughing always! Love you more.

Diaper Rash in Babies

Diaper Rash looks like a redness on the skin in the diaper area, sometimes with small pimples and dry skin.

It can be itchy and painful for babies. Hence, it’s very important to take proper care.

Causes:

Tight diapers

Baby itching the diaper area

Wearing a wet diaper for long

Introducing Solid food

Tight clothes

Remedies:

Keep the diaper area clean and dry: Wash the area gently with mild soap or wash, wipes and pat dry before putting on new diaper.

Use gentle baby wipes: Use a mild and gentle wipe that has glycerin, aloe Vera and no alcohol. While wiping, avoid rubbing the skin.

Diaper free time: When babies have diaper rash give them diaper free time. If possible, giving diaper free time daily will be very helpful, it can be 5-10 minutes.

Wiping the area with a warm cloth: You can wipe the area with warm cloth when changing diaper.

Changing diaper frequently: Change the diaper for babies at least every 4 hours and whenever you come to know there is poop as the acid causes the rash.

Using cloth diapers: You can also switch to cloth diapers during day time till the rash heals. Cloth diapers once wet you will need to change. You will need to do the extra work of washing those diapers.

Applying diaper rash cream: Apply a thick layer of diaper rash cream on the affected area.

Coconut oil: Apply little coconut oil and massage over the area. It forms a protective layer between the diaper and the skin to prevent irritation and reduces itching.

Diaper Rash usually goes away in few days. But in case the rash is not improving and you see the area is infected then consult pediatrician.

Happy 7th Month to my baby

Each day with you is a blessing.
It was like yestrday that I first took you in my arms..a scared mother who did not know how to hold a tiny baby.
Now I am a proud mommy , I am now an expert in spending sleepless night. I will tell you the truth I do scold your dad in my mind when I see him sleeping peacefully. 😄
I am managing my job and taking care of you at same time. So you know how talented your mommy is. 😇
I can now cook baby food, though I mess that up sometimes..I have to improve a lot.


You have now started sleeping at nights.
You clap hands even when you are crying sometimes.
Most times you laugh for no reason.
You can now sit with support and you love to stand.
You make funny and cute sounds.

My baby angel you are perfect and beautiful
Love you lots.

Home remedies for cold in babies

Till 6 months babies are given breastmilk and not offered any water / food hence it becomes difficult for you to find any natural remedies especially for first time Moms. Most of the common cold lasts for about a week or two and can be followed by cough. We get so worried when baby coughs as it tends to make them vomit. But it seems vomiting is fine as that’s the only way babies can take out the mucus and also through their poop. In case of extreme vomiting / if baby is unable to feed / have fever/ unable to breathe/ crying a lot please check with pediatrician.

Here are some remedies that you can do to help your baby when they have cold and cough:

  1. Breastmilk: Feed baby breastmilk frequently to keep them hydrated which will help to reduce the discomfort and congestion for baby.
  2. Nasal spray: If baby’s nose is stuffy then you can use nasal spray. It will be a challenging task to put nasal spray or drops on baby’s nose but it helps to clear the congestion quickly. You can buy nasal spray from medical store or it can be made at home. It’s basically saline water and does not cause any harm.

How to use Saline drops / Spray:

  • Hold the baby in your lap in upright or slightly reclined position with baby head resting on your arm.
  • Put 2-3 drops in one nostril and wait for few seconds. Repeat the same in the other nostril. Tilt the baby head little backwards just to allow the drops to go inside the nose and hold it back straight.
  • Keep a cloth in hand to wipe the excess saline and the mucus.
  • If the nose is still congested use a suction bulb to clear baby’s nose.

3. Suction bulb: Helps to clear babies’ nose when its congested. After using Saline drops you can use the suction bulb to squeeze out the mucus.

How to use Suction bulb:

  • Keep the Suction bulb away from the baby and squeeze it to take the air out.
  • Place the tip of the bulb as per the mark or the instruction provided with the suction bulb on the baby nostril.
  • Slowly release the bulb and it will release the extra saline and mucus.
  • Repeat the same in another nostril
  • Do not use suction bulb too many times a day as it might irritate babies. I prefer not to use saline drops more than 3 times a day as sometimes it can dry baby’s nose. Use only when its required.
  • Clean the suction bulb immediately after use.

4. Steam: It helps in loosen up the mucus but for babies it has to be done with care.

How to use Steam for babies:

  • Keep the Steam Vapouriser away from the baby.
  • You can hold the baby facing away from the steamer and to be careful just ask another person to hold a cloth or towel near to the steamer so that direct steam does not go to the baby.  Sit in the closed room for 15-20 minutes and it will help to reduce cold and provide relief.
  • You can also steam the bathroom by filling a bucket with hot water and hold the baby and sit away from the bucket.

5. Mustard oil: Massaging baby with mustard oil is a traditional method and has many benefits.

  • Boil mustard oil with one or two garlic in low heat.
  • Once the oil is warm, massage the oil on baby’s chest and the foot. Helps to keep the baby warm and fight cold and cough.

6. Keep a towel rolled up under the mattress to keep the baby head little raised while sleeping, this helps them to breathe.

7. Humidifier: Placing a humidifier in room will moisten the air and reduce the cough. Replace the water daily to prevent any bacteria.

8. Keep the house clean to make sure no dust is irritating the baby.

9. Wipe the baby’s nose with a warm cloth and you can also place a warm cloth on the baby’s nose for few seconds to loosen up the mucus and also to clean the surrounding of nose.

10. Encourage baby to take rest.

These are the remedies that I came across when my baby caught cold. If you know any other remedies please share in the comment section. It will be very helpful for all the New Parents😊

Tips for Flying with baby

Travelling with infant can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. My baby girl first flight was when she was 2 and half months old. Doctors usually recommend to wait for at least 3-6 months for the baby immune system to develop before air travel. Especially during pandemic, it’s not safe to travel but if its unavoidable then always good to consult with a pediatrician and follow safety measures.

Here are somethings I would like to share which can make your travel easier:

  • Reduce hand baggage as much as possible: Not only hand baggage but try to reduce the overall luggage. While packing try to carry only needed things. Try to courier the things that you will not need immediately. This will make your travel easier. On our first travel, we did a mistake of taking overweight baggage and had to pay lot extra for it. Also, carried 3 back bags along with the baby it was really exhausting.
  • Baby carrier: Wear the baby in a baby carrier or a baby sling so that you can be hands free. If you will be using the baby carrier for the first time, its always better to try it on with the baby and see how it works before your travel day. When my baby was 2 months old, I took her in a sleeping bag so I could not carry anything else except a diaper bag. In my second travel, I used a baby carrier, I could carry 1 laptop bag, camera bag and diaper bag with me and it was not exhausting.
  • Security check at Airport: Security check might be different in every airport. My first travel I carried baby in sleeping bag and the security person did not make me wait for long and helped me first. My second travel I used baby carrier and a kind girl helped me to keep my bags in the checking area tray. She even asked the security check person to help me first as I am carrying baby. But when I walked in to the security check place the security asked me to go back and put the baby carrier in the tray. I had never practiced taking out baby by myself from the baby carrier, I was too scared that I will put the baby down but it went well and was not that difficult.
  • Extra diapers: Carry in diaper bag only the number of diapers that baby needs with a 1 or 2 extras.
  • Baby wipes: Take baby wipes with you its very useful in cleaning baby and also you can use for yourself. Hand wash is not available in most of the baby care rooms, they are replaced with sanitizers now.
  • Baby clothes and Towels: Take 2 or 3 extra clothes and towels incase baby vomits or overflow of diapers.
  • Extra cloth for yourself: Carry an extra dress for you incase gets dirty.
  • Blankets/ swaddles: A small baby blanket to cover the baby if it gets cold while travelling.
  • Socks and Gloves: Take an extra pair of baby socks and gloves. Babies will suck their fingers hence to keep them clean its better to have a change of gloves.
  • Cover baby in layers: Before you travel it can be hot and when you are travelling it can be cold. Instead of directly putting warm clothes on baby, it’s always better to first make them wear something light and then add a layer of another clothing if it becomes cold. In my first travel I did a mistake of putting on a thick sleepwear for my baby as the flight travel will be cold. But once we reached our destination the climate was hot. This made her to get red bumps on her legs, which took at least 2 weeks to clear up.
  • Toys: Keep a small toy for your baby in your hand bag/ diaper bag, take something which your baby likes to keep them happy.
  • Feeding: It is said that don’t feed the baby before boarding flight but its better to feed them before boarding if they are hungry or else you will have to handle a fussy baby throughout your travel. If possible, schedule your feeding so that you will be able to feed the baby while take off and landing to help them swallow to avoid the ear pain. This worked for my baby in my first travel when she was only 2 months old. I fed her during takeoff and she was sleeping in most of the travel. But did not work in my second travel, she was all playing while takeoff and she cried when I tried to feed. I just left her to play but before landing she started crying out so loud. The flight attendant asked me to keep speaking to the baby as she was crying due to ear pain. She calmed down after around 10 minutes.
  • Stay hydrated: All the mommies make sure you eat well and drink lots of water during your travel. Also keep your baby hydrated.
  • Pre book cabs: If you have the option to pre-book the cabs in your destination then do it, this will help you to avoid the waiting time and to avoid the last minute cab troubles.

Back to Home

Since I was on maternity leave, I was staying with my parents at Delhi for few months now. I had my mother to help me look after the baby, I did not have to cook 😁, My dad who cooks my favorite dishes and special biryanis… Now that I think of it, I rarely did any housework. Sadly, my leave has almost come to an end, have to join work on Oct 14th. Me and my husband are back to Hyderabad. Its only 2 days now but it’s been too hectic with all the unpacking, arranging and cleaning. With just two of us doing all the work… now I know it’s not an easy task to do housework plus looking after the baby. Hopefully things will get settled a bit once the organizing is done. Specially I have to maintain a schedule for doing things… These two days everything was messy and delayed. Its going to be a completely new experience… hopefully a good one 👸(Being positive)

In the coming weeks I plan to share any new tips and my travel ✈ experience with baby . There were somethings which I did not know as a new Mom and I have learned now. Looking forward to share those tips with you soon. 😊