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The “Firsts” of Motherhood

It was for months we waited for the second pink line that marks so many firsts, and when it happened we were jumping with joy.

The memory of the day I first saw that faint second line is vivid in my mind and like other first-time moms I too have saved the kit for keepsakes. Nervous and excited I went to the doctor’s clinic, and from there began a series of joyful memories.

Motherhood opens the gateway to many unforgettable firsts; time flies in the blink of an eye and in wonder we look for the tiny squish that we held in our arms the very first day.

Want to know what I said when I first saw him?

“Ohh my God- he has so much hair”. Well, I was groggy from the induced pain, several hours of labour and was too exhausted to feel any emotions and those were the exact words I said, because he actually was a very hairy baby. It looks like yesterday that he was put on my chest for the first feed and how like a pro he suckled.

From the colostrum to the meconium (first baby poop), from the first bath to massage to the very first outing everything is fondly etched in our memories.

The products that we carefully selected for our to be born baby were well researched, we got the best we could. One of the things that I did not have then was Mother Sparsh Water-wipes. Sometimes the rashes on the delicate baby skin can get worse with the highly fragranced wipes we use, but being Water based the Mother Sparsh wipes are pure and do no harm. They give you convenience of cleaning without having to prepare cloth and sterilised water solution. Another good thing about these is that they are bio-degradable unlike most of the wipes available in the market. I recently happened to try these water wipes and I love how soft they feel. You can check the detailed product review here.

No matter how much you prepare, you can never be prepared enough for motherhood, I clearly recall the first time we took our son to the doctor and how complicated holding a baby looked to me. I was uncomfortable, but as he has grown, so have I as a parent.

Out of all his firsts, his words have been the most precious ones, and I have compiled his first words in this blog post.

The first movements in the womb to the milestones in first two years, to going to school is all so precious.

Sharing here some lines that I wrote for my son on his second birthday-

” You are a part of me yet you are not me,

You came through me yet you will carve your own destiny.

 Not too long before, you were me;

we were one, our hearts beat together creating a beautiful symphony.

 You are a part of me, but no, you are not me.

You are “YOU” a little boy, trying to learn, explore and understand the world around. when you crack a joke and laugh (you just turned 2), I know you are going to keep me laughing all through!

You have a style of your own, but like your dad you want things perfectly done.

When you wave at people, smile and extend your hand, I know you are growing up as a friendly being, and then there are times you hide behind me telling me that you are still my little boy.

 When you demand for a certain song to be played and dance to its tunes or run to see an aeroplane or a Truck, I see you grow as a discerning individual, in love with sounds, music and everything fun, but then the pressure-cooker whistles and you run to me for a hug ( saying mumma hug, mumma hug) telling me you are still my little boy, still afraid of the noises too loud.

Let me hug you a little longer, let me kiss you one more time, for sooner than I know my child, you’ll be all set to take on the world!!

 From cradle and rocker to gyro-swing-car and the four wheel rides to moving to his first tri-cycle, the transition talks a lot about our lives in this fast forward mode. I am sure all parents would agree on this.

Hold them, hug them and give them the best you can.

This post is sponsored by Mother Sparsh India’s First water- wipes. #firsttimemom #firsttimewaterwipes

“First time experience with first-time water wipes. “

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2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids

Here I have put together 2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids.

Summers bring forth fond memories of school break, vacation to the hometown, the idle hot afternoons and waiting for the evening snacks and drinks by mom. What to do when “You” are that mom, who the kids wait for to prepare scrumptious dishes??

I often call my mom to check for my favourite recipes of her. I can never match up to her level of cooking, however I do often try her recipes.

I have put here a few summer drink recipes, aampanna (from my mom’s notes) is my favourite out of these.

 

1.Plum and pear smoothie
Take a plum and a pear cut it into small pieces and put it in your blender. Add 1 cup of yogurt and blend to a smooth consistency. You may add date syrup if it lacks desired sweetness and you have a healthy between the meals drink ready for your child.

2.Aam panna

Summers are incomplete without this king of fruits! Enjoyed ripe as it is or as mango juice/smoothie and raw in Indian chaats, pickles and in Aam-panna. Here I have a simple no sugar Aam-panna recipe.

Take 2 raw mangoes, pressure cook them in a 2ltr cooker (2-3 whistles) let it cool. Separate peel from the pulp.Blend the pulp with 3 table spoons of jaggery, 1 teaspoon of roasted jeera (cumin) powder and 1 tea spoon of kala namak. You can also blend in some mint leaves. Other things that can be added to enhance the flavour are chat Masala and black pepper powder.

Add 1 cup water and refrigerate. You can use 1 portion of this aampanna with water just when you need to serve. It is a refreshing summer drink.

  1. Watermelon n Lime juice – My son’s favourite and mine too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 1 cup of cut watermelon, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, few pinches of kala namak (a type of pungent rock salt used in Asia). Blend these in your blender and you are done. You can strain the juice, I don’t strain it as we love the small fruit chunks.

 

  1. Banana and oats smoothie

This simple 2 minutes recipe is not only easy and quick, but also full of energy and nutrition.

Take 1/3rd cup oats, 1cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt , 1 banana, 1 Tbsp roasted flaxseed, for flavour you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or elaichi (cardamom) powder.

Blend all of the above ingredients and serve. You could create variants of this recipe by changing the fruits as per your little one’s preference.

Hope you liked these simple and easy ideas as much as I liked bringing them to you; now hoping that your little one too relishes these tasty drinks.

Please try and share your feedback here! 🙂

This Blogpost is a part of #Baby_Toddlerfoodblogtrain hosted by Deepali of myteenytot Anisha of momzdiary and Danisha of lovethatyoucanbuy.

40 Mom bloggers from all across the globe have come together with some amazing baby/toddler food ideas just for you, hop on to this blogtrain and create magic in your kitchen! Also, do not forget to check this wonderful mom who introduced me in this train- Upasana, mom to Maithili who blogs about her experiences at momandmaithili.

Next momma in this blogtrain is Monalisha, sharing about motherhood and her life at monalishadotme.

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How to select a playschool or Pre-school- Quick Guide For Parents


Why would you write a post on selecting a school, someone asked me. Well that someone has kids who are my age and that someone doesn’t know the challenges that we face. 

 

Being an army kid, my parents had to move cities every 2-3 years, which meant changing schools that often. Was it difficult? Well no, it was rather like a cake walk, easier for them than for me. Fewer schools, even fewer boards and our safest bet was a KV(Kendriya Vidyalaya) or an Army School. Things have changed drastically and choosing a school is as crucial and as confusing as making a career choice. 

 

Before move further, let us first know what exactly a play school is? A playschool as you may have guessed, is an informal set-up where a child learns through play. Pre-school is a term often interchangeably used with playschool. However, preschool is from 3 years to 5 years before a child starts his formal education at 6 years of age. A play school can start as early as 1.5years of age. 

 

Parents are flustered just by the thought of leaving their tiny baby in a play school or Pre-school, all by herself. They are confronted by many fears.  Here are a few things that you may look at before finalising a play school or a Pre-school for your child.

 

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The Diaper Man- Man behind India’s leading Clothdiapering Brand Bumberry

*This is not a sponsored post


 

Gone are the days when diapering and baby care was restricted to women of the house. Krishnan and men like him are breaking all the stereotypes.  Motherhood brings a lot of changes, but for Krishnan fatherhood changed the course of his life; he introduced Bumberry to Indian market when there were barely any players, since then the industry has grown manifolds and so has Bumberry. Let us acquaint ourselves better with this young entrepreneur and the wonderfully loved brand that Bumberry has become.


NJM Please tell us more about yourself and your family.

KK I am Kutti Krishnan, Aged 37, educator by profession. I recently took to entrepreneurship. My family comprises of my wife Soumya who is an MBA by qualification  and my son Siddharth who is 6 years, with whom I turned an entrepreneur. I did my computer science degree and worked for about 1 year in IT industry before my 2 year MBA program and further 10 long years of management education service, working with various schools either as a teaching assistant or as a teacher in management.

NJM Bumberry is one of the first few CD brands of India; how did the idea of bumberry occur to you? Continue Reading

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Musical Bonding – A Playful and Innovative Music Class for Parent & Child


If you have followed my blog-series on music, you would already know what I am talking about.

Musical bonding holds a very special place for us and we have found our emotional connect to it; so, my series wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated post on it.

To get a better understanding of this parent -child programme for all my readers, I spoke to Aditi Shah, founder of Musical Bonding and here is what she has to say about one of her babies- “MB”!! 

    How did you come up with a programme that is so unique to Indian market?

Musical Bonding did not happen as a planned programme for the Indian market. The music provided by The Music Class allowed us (my husband and me) to have lots of fun with our two kids, singing, dancing and learning. Musical Bonding started as a simple attempt to make some friends in a new country and for the benefit of my own kids.

  Why Music, what does music mean to you?

I have background in Indian classical music and know that it is not the kind of music to get small children excited. On the other hand, I have also seen folk tunes have a deep impact on small children as well as adults. When I came across TMC music, I instantly knew that this is the kind of music both children and adults will enjoy.

   According to you, when should music be introduced to babies?

We all know that of the five senses in human beings, hearing is the first to develop. It develops in the womb itself and a baby knows parents’ voices even before birth. After birth, communication skills develop greatly by listening and not talking, and what better medium to listen and remember than music? I feel babies should be introduced to music in the womb itself but make sure it has to be the right kind of music.


  This program is for kids between 6 months to 5 years. How do you ensure that with such a vast age gap, each kid is stimulated enough and has some take-away from the class?

Five years seems like a lot, especially in the early years, where babies have so many milestones to cross. But in our classes we have always seen that having a mixed age group works very well as young kids love to watch the older kids and learn from them and older kids like to have fun with younger kids.


   What kind of music and instruments are the kids exposed to in this programme?

Our music selection is based on folk tunes from around the world. It not only provides kids a wide variety of music, but also wide range of styles. We introduce kids to mostly percussion-based instruments, high in sound quality and friendly for small hands to handle.


  What would you advise the parents to do at home for establishing a relationship with music? 

The name of our program says it all. Bond over music. Listen to music as family. Sing and play along…at home, in the car, anywhere you can play music and have space to move around.


  What do you feel about how music is taught in schools in early years?


I conduct workshops for teachers on voice modulation and how to handle music in class. What I see these days is that more and more preschool teachers are realising that music can work as an excellent teaching tool not only to teach language and music but also help with emotional development and expression, physical movement and coordination, and enhance overall teacher student bond. The big challenge that schools and teachers face is getting the right curriculum. Based on our experience, we now also provide music curriculum and teacher training to schools.


  You are now at many locations, how do you maintain quality?

Most of our team members have been parents in our class and often when their children have outgrown the class, moms still want to continue and join the team. We look for team members who are passionate about working with kids and bring the right attitude. Our entire team goes through training every week which helps us to maintain consistency and quality.

Thank you Aditi for answering my questions and for bringing musical bonding to us. 

If you have kids under 5, do bond over music with musical bonding and thank me later!!! 

Click here to check more about Musical Bonding class 


P.S. This post is a part of my series on music for kids and it is not a sponsored post.