Miracles of breastfeeding

Don’t we have just every reason in the world to do so?!

This is proof that women are nothing less than a miracle creating the most wonderful tiny humans and striving to provide them so much goodness to grow in the healthiest possible way. Breastmilk is wonderful. It is designed to fulfil the needs of each baby in the world in it’s own special way.

Human babies grow the most rapidly in the first year of heir lives and that is when they depend wholely and solely on breastmilk to provide them with the best of vitamins, minerals and antibodies that stay with them for life.

Foxnuts- our favourite superfood

Ever since the little one entered the world, I have never stopped thinking about the right ways to provide nutrition to his body. For the first 6 months life was easy because he was exclusively breastfed and there were no worries about thinking of and cooking balanced meals every day. It was after he turned 6 mo that the mommy mind had to work continuously to bring up a healthy child.

Giving kids the right balance of nutrition is essential to fuel their growing bodies. It is absolutely compulsory to maintain balanced nutrition on daily basis and some foods, what we rightly call ‘Superfoods’ make this task a lot easier than it is.

Superfoods are foods packed with a variety of essential nutrients or a particular nutrient in abundance to make up for our dietary requirements. One such superfood that baby K and I absolutely love munching on, during our snack times is FOXNUTS which are basically the seeds of the lotus flower.

We prefer to roast this otherwise bland and chewy snack, in butter along with salt and pepper, to make it turn crisp and savoury.

As much as it tastes delish it is power packed with abundant healthiness.

  • They’re considered to be very high in antioxidants hence they’re great for detoxification of kidneys.
  • They have a great amount of fibre which is great to relieve constipation and promotes weight loss.
  • Being high on calcium, they prevent arthritis and joint pains and make bones stronger. They’re also known to reduce any inflammations in the body.
  • They’re rich in protein hence promote muscle buildup.
  • They’re low on saturated fats and high on fibre thus a great snacking option for heart patients and diabetics.

Hence we try making such an amazingly beneficial food a part of our daily diets.

Clarins Lotus face treatment oil

Not very often, do I come across skincare products that suit me right in every possible way.

▶️Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is one such product.

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🆗I have never had the most perfect or ‘flawless’ skin ever, always been oily+acne prone and extremely sensitive.

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▶️Post having a baby, it worsened, may be because of sleep deprivation. In search of a brand new, post-baby, night care regimen, I came across this face treatment oil. The guy gave me a little sample which I reluctantly accepted (because oil on my skin ), upon his advice and because it specifically read-for oily or combination skin. I used it as suggested, 2-3 drops rubbed on the palms and placed on the face without extreme massaging.

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▶️It smelled great, I didn’t get any break outs so it was worth a try. I got this bottle and I haven’t regretted at all. Continuous use has made my skin more even toned, definitely. It makes the skin supple and hydrated and helps get rid of dark spots.

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▶️Costed me 3300₹ for this 30 ml glass bottle (very delicate to handle) which I believe is reasonable considering this goes a long way.

Aromatherapy all the way

These ‘Khadi Natural Aromatherapy and Diffuser Oils’ are the perfect way for me to call one exhausting Monday, a day.

Today was one of those days that consume you physically and mentally.

Hubby has been ill for the past two days and today the little one caught the flu virus because he couldn’t stop kissing the sick daddy all this while.

For me aromas and fragrances are so crucial and how these oils soothe my reflexes is as good as getting a spa for the mind. I add 2-3 drops of these essential oils to my diffuser and it creates the most relaxing environment.

Also, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have amazing health benefits apart form their incense. They help aid proper breathing, treat insomnia, give pain relief and help keep insects at bay.

*These magic oils are amazingly beneficial for the kids too*

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Advice for newborn/expecting moms, I wish someone had given me

I hope you’re having a great day.

In my post today, first and foremost, I’d like to say that you all are super-women, performing the toughest & most amazing role the human body is capable of performing. You’re absolutely wonderful because you didn’t give priority to your bodies, careers or whatever not, for these few months or even years, during which you would take rebirth too but would still concentrate on selflessly providing all that you have, to your baby and its upbringing. Whoever said it’s going to be easy, is absolutely crazy or lying.

Now alongside, I’d like to give you all a reality check. Birthing, in itself is a bittersweet experience. On one hand, you would feel like you’re on your death bed ( we all have known how much pain a mother goes through while she is in labor) and on the other, nothing would have ever given you more joy in life, so much that since the time the moment the baby comes out, there is nothing more important for you anymore.

However, like they say, birthing is easy but there is no epidural for motherhood. My main aim of writing this is because before I had a baby, my family had painted a rosy picture for me. Where I would beautifully get pregnant 🤰, give birth and hand over the baby to the grandmothers to look after and wipe its bum and again be happily ever after with the hubby, go on solo trips and nights-out, just like before. I have forever been told (like in stereotypical indian families) that the grand-moms will handle everything. Not that I completely fell for it but well I was somewhere in the middle of believing and not believing it. A family is great support but bringing up a child is a mammoth task mainly the mother has to perform.

However, I’d not paint the same picture for you guys but a true-er version of it.No one, but you will have to handle the baby. Neither will you want to trust anyone completely in doing so.

  1. No one but you will have to wipe off the shit off the baby bum. No matter how much you try to run from it, eventually you’ll be the only one doing it. Accept the fact early.
  2. The hubby can only to an extent support you. If he has to commence working he needs his night’s sleep. That would just leave the two of you (you and your baby). No one will give up on their sleep schedules. You will have to work out how you manage to sneak in your naps by coordinating it with the baby’s.
  3. The baby will not sleep at nights or whenever you want them to sleep for the first few days. You have to show patience. You have to learn to survive on minimal sleeping hours. The baby is going to wake up/ make weird sounds, the moment you sleep for a minute. The baby will demand a nappy change and feed every 2 hrs even at nights. They need approximately 2 months, to adjust their biological clock according to the world’s.
  4. You would have to manage the baby despite of your sickness, stitches, ill-feeling, fatigue and whatever not. You must eat well and healthy to gather energy for doing so.
  5. People will be less understanding of your situation owing to the fact that the whole world is having babies and you’re not the only one, however; to you it would feel like you’re the most extraordinary human who has given birth to and is raising a baby. You do not want to explain your situation to the world. Conserve that energy to manage the baby.
  6. You might get into post-partum depression. It is common. I have gone through it. It is usually about how strongly you come out of it. Try to deliberately avoid the negative feeling. Use a poster in your room or anything else that reminds you to stay positive and calm and most of all to have patience as this too shall pass.
  7. At one point, you would hate everyone over the most petty issues. I hated my hubby for going out for lunch with his friends when I couldn’t 🤔.
  8. Do not have any expectations from anyone. If you’re having a baby thinking you’re going to hire a doula or because your hubby is super supportive, believe me you, no one can be the mother to a child. No matter what. The more you expect someone to help you the more you will get depressed about them not living upto your expectations. You obviously need help, ask for it but don’t expect someone to read your mind.
  9. You will keep getting criticised for why you’re not losing your pregnancy weight or how wrongly you’re handling your child from unnecessary and insensible people. You have to choose how you have to deal with those individuals and your body. Remember, you’re the boss. You’re the one in charge of yourself and your baby.
  10. You will keep getting forced advice from people who had a baby in 1937 and don’t remember a thing about bringing up a baby except from the old wives tales. You have to filter whom to listen to and what.
  11. You might not get so much “me-time” initially. It will obviously get better with time and you will be able to get back to your routine. Keep your aims and determination strong. Gradually start sneaking in time for yourself.

In the end I’d like to mention that everything will get sorted in a few months. You will become a pro with the baby. There will be nothing you will cherish more than the moments you spend with your baby. There would be no one who has ever loved you or whom you have ever loved more than the tiny human you made. There will come a point where you would even want to relive this stage. That’s how life evolves.Stay wonderful ladies.Xximage source: http://www.30seconds.com

Stress on Me-Time, mommies

 

Totally crushing over Kiko Milano these days.

There is absolutely no time to get to the salon today and my hands and feet need a desperate makeover.

Guess I’ll have to be doing my own little mani+pedi 💅 to look decent today. I’m definitely not a procrastinator.

For days like these, I have the Kilo Milano Hand and Feet scrub and creams set along with it’s nail paint fixer.

This set is close to my heart since it was gifted to me by my mom in law on daughter’s day.

I think it is such a cute and thoughtful present for a mom of a toddler boy. I guess she does realise I don’t visit the salon as much as I used to, when I wasn’t a mom.

 

I hope my little munchkin continues to nap through this much needed process though!!

Breastfeeding and it’s dilemmas

Breastfeeding is as big a journey as pregnancy.

It was clear in my mind, the moment i gave birth or even before it, that I was going to exclusively breastfeed my baby. Hearing about the tremendous health benefits for not only the baby but also the mom, who wouldn’t want to?!

I was assured that with breastfeeding:

-I was gonna provide outmost nutrition to my little one, which he would never end up getting from any external sources, at least for the first 6 months. Help him gain higher immunity, grow better and make him prone to numerous conditions.

-Transfer him the antibodies that my body was specially designed to make, uniquely for him. Why would I let them go waste?!

-Get myself a special bonding time with him where it was just him and I.

-Simultaneously aid my body against various ailments that breastfeeding work against (cancers, diabetes, hypertension to name few)

-Help myself regulate weight loss (fyi- absolutely zinch for me).

So the journey started the day the baby was born and went on for a good16-17 months. I was satisfied being certain that there is nothing more pure and wholesome I could have given to the baby in these first crucial transforming months of his life.

The benefits, however, came with it’s own set of challenges:

-I couldn’t be away from him for too long (he wasn’t ready to accept the bottle for the longest time so there was no point pumping)

-The trauma of sore breasts

-Weaning off (discussed in a separate post) became the most tedious task of my lifetime since the baby got so used to exclusively breastfeeding.

-Social events became difficult to attend (both with and without him considering the society’s take on breastfeeding in public)

-Post-partum weight loss had to wait because I used to hog on food while feeding.

-Bonding with hubby became sparse

Nevertheless, today, almost 2 years later i realise that this journey has incomparably done more good than harm to each one of us.This post is to encourage all the ladies who are having a tough time with feeding dilemmas, weaning off etc. I’d like to assure you that you are giving the best of what you can and doing complete justice to the little angels you made..

This too shall pass…

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