First road trip with our little one

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~ Earl Wilson

This quote perfectly describes my idea of a vacation. Sometimes you just need a break from everything and spend time with yourself and your loved ones. After Angel’s birth, I was eagerly waiting for a trip and we finally went with our two close friends. Four adults with a cute little munchkin proved to be a fantastic plan.

The month of June is extremely hot and humid in New Delhi. We wanted to visit a colder place so decided to go to Dharamshala. We booked a resort away from the hustle and bustle of the city from Make My Trip at a decent cost. I am not a 5-star / 7-star property freak. For me, the place should be hygienic with basic amenities, good food, nice ambience and of course children friendly. Initially, I was worried about Angel’s meals as I prefer home cooked food rather than packaged ones. But managed pretty well {I am not against packaged foods, they are a great help while traveling. Its totally a personal choice.}

From New Delhi to Dharamshala it takes approximately 9 hrs 30 mins by car. Though it’s a long drive specially with a baby but it wasn’t difficult at all. We took directions from Google Maps throughout our journey and this kept me wondering, in our childhood when there were no cell phones how our parents managed to travel with us.

We started early morning on June 28th and had breakfast at Amrik Sukhdev, trust me it is not worth the hype. There are much better options around. Our next stop was Domino’s Pizza in Kangra. Nothing can match my fondness for a cheese burst pizza. I am a die hard Pizzaterian 😛 I breastfeeded Angel all day on demand so it wasn’t a problem. She slept for most of the time. I took a car seat along and it was such a big relief. {In India, car seat is not compulsory and most of the parents don’t even buy.} We reached the resort in the evening. The room was good. The mountain view from the balcony was beautiful. It was better than I expected.  The best part was the food. We had breakfast and dinner buffet included in our stay. We weren’t disappointed even once, it had that good taste. The staff was very helpful and courteous. They let me sterilise Angel’s feeding bottles in their kitchen microwave. {I have Philips Avent microwave steam sterilizer.} The weather was lovely. It kept raining on and off. We made sure that the trip doesn’t turn out to be hectic so went out in the afternoons and came back in the evenings. We checked in on June 28th and checked out on July1. We visited a few places, here is a quick review.

  • Dalai Lama Temple Complex :

Location : Temple Road, McLeod Ganj

Also referred to as Tsuglhakhang Complex. It is a major tourist attraction and the home of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso who describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. We couldn’t see him as he often travels around the globe. The place is clean, peaceful and relaxing. For the first time, I touched the prayer wheels and felt a positive wave around it.

  • Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen :

Location : Jogiwara Road, McLeod Ganj

This place has a simple decor with Hollywood movie posters on the walls. They have a unique system, they give you a paper and a pen to write down whatever you wish to order. If you are a Delhiite you will find similarity between it’s menu and The Big Chill Café’s menu. But at a lesser cost and better taste. I quite liked it. A must visit!

  • Tibet Kitchen :

Location : Jogiwara Road, McLeod Ganj

This place is known for its authentic traditional cuisines. It is usually crowded but even if you have to wait it is worth it. I just loved the food we ordered from momos to sizzlers, each and everything. Complete value for money. I will highly recommend this place to anyone who visits McLeod Ganj.

  • Snow Lion Restaurant :

Location : Jogiwara Road, McLeod Ganj

Cozy place with a nice collection of books. We stopped by for coffee in the evening. Service a bit slow but overall a good experience.

We missed going to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium but thats on our list for the next time. On our way back to Delhi we stopped to take blessings at JwalaJi  Temple and Chintpurni Temple. It was a wonderful trip that ended even better. My 8 month old baby adjusted quite well and we had a lovely time.

Things to keep in mind while travelling with a baby to a cold destination:

  1. Clothes (Inners, Warmers, Sweater, Jacket, Jeans, T-shirts, Sleepsuits etc)
  2. Medicines (For fever, cold, cough, vomiting as prescribed by your paediatrician)
  3. Diapers, Wipes, Rashfree cream, Hand Sanitizer, Changing sheet
  4. Feeding Bottles, Feeding bowl, Steriliser, Cleaning Brush
  5. Baby Carrier, Car Seat

Recently I came across an article that says Spend money on vacations than gifts as it helps in overall development (Link). So try to plan a trip with your child / children soon.

God Bless All 😇


And our bundle of joy arrives!

“A baby is a symbol of peace, a plot of dreams, a light of hope, and a bundle of joy.” ~ Debasish Mridha

Life is astonishing. Sometimes you get so much that you can’t keep calm and sometimes you are just done with everything. I am so happy to share that I was blessed with a baby girl on October 6, 2016. I wrote about my pregnancy each month but the 9th month was so challenging that couldn’t blog about it. Nevertheless here I am after 8 months to write whatever I missed.

  • September 2016 (Ninth Month) :

With the start of the 36th week, excitement was already at its peak. My EDD (Estimated Date of Delivery) was October 2, 2016 and baby could come out anytime soon. On September 17, Apollo Cradle Hospital organised a baby shower for mothers who were about to deliver in a month. It was super fun, we both had a great time. Everything was going fine until in the 38th week the doctor told us to get some tests done because the baby wasn’t gaining weight and the fluid was borderline. By the grace of God, the reports were good. My visits to the doctor increased from every week to every alternate day. I was ready with my hospital bag. With each passing day, it was getting difficult emotionally, mentally and physically. The wait wasn’t getting over. I became extremely restless especially when my pregnancy exceeded the due date too. I was admitted to the hospital on October 6th afternoon. I always wanted to have a normal delivery and tried my best but couldn’t succeed. Some of the reasons were – one baby’s head wasn’t dropping down, second baby’s heart rate could drop and cause trouble, third it was already 41st week. So my husband after having a word with the doctor decided that he doesn’t want to risk anyone’s life and opted for a caesarean section. I can never forget those millions of thoughts in that operation theatre. I kept praying and my angel was born that very evening. It took me a while to realise that my baby is finally with me after those nine months. The pain and discomfort due to stitches was unbearable at times but thanks to my husband, he supported me in every possible way. There were times when I couldn’t even get up to change her diaper or put her to sleep but we managed together. I am so fortunate and blessed to have him in my life.

For me, every day is a new experience. Being a first time mother I am extra cautious in everything. That feeling of having a little one sleeping peacefully next to you is priceless. Undoubtedly motherhood is the most wonderful phase of one’s life.

In India, prenatal sex determination is illegal so till the end we had no idea whether it’s a boy or a girl. I always wanted a daughter and got one. Wish her a long, happy and healthy life full of joy and laughter. We love our little bunny so much ❤

God Bless All !! 🙂


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250th Day..

Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be. —Carrie Fisher

Today my little one completed 250 days inside my womb, which implies that I am done with 35 weeks (or 8 months) of pregnancy. I am feeling so special as this is my first pregnancy and in just 4 weeks I will  be holding him/her in my arms.

  • August 2016 (Eighth Month) :

Honestly, this was the toughest month for me. Let me tell you why, firstly I was too stressed because I hadn’t purchased anything for the baby and my husband was too busy with his business project that he could not take out time to go with me anywhere for shopping. Secondly my health took a backseat. I had stomach infection followed by cold and cough which lasted for about 14 days. Trust me I can handle anything but I literally hate to fall sick. I get depressed when my body doesn’t stay active and all I have to do is stay in the bed and rest.

The one good thing that happened this month is my Hb improved from 10.1 gm/dl to 11.8 gm/dl. Thanks to my friend who suggested me a simple routine to improve Hb. Before going to bed soak 11 raisins overnight in 1 cup of water and take it empty stomach in the morning. [A raisin is a dried grape. The health benefits of raisins include relief from constipation, acidosis, anemia, fever, and sexual dysfunction.]

I haven’t gained any weight this month as I was ill. In my last meeting with the doctor she told me that my amniotic fluid is still borderline and baby’s weight is also less. In these eight months I have done everything I could so now I have left everything to God. I just pray for a happy and healthy baby.

With all this happening on the health front it was such a delightful experience to shop for the baby. My husband and I decided to buy everything online since we got good discounts plus everything came home without spending any time in traffic jams, malls or markets. We got a new cupboard from Pepperfry and ordered clothes and other baby products from MyntraFirstcryHopscotchBabyoye.

All’s Well That Ends Well.. God Bless All !!


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Its Third Trimester

Not everyday of pregnancy is easy but everyday brings me closer to you. Love my little one.

I cannot believe its 30th week and seventh month is about to end. This journey has been truly amazing and surprising. With no clue whether it is going to be a girl or boy the excitement is at its peak. Here is a quick summery of 6th and 7th month events.

  • June 2016 (Sixth Month) :

The month of June has a average temperature around 40°C in New Delhi (India) which is sometimes too difficult to handle. With the start of my this month I got Vaginal infection for which the doctor prescribed ANCA-V tablets for 3 days. This got cured but in the next meeting I came to know that the amniotic fluid is borderline. [The amniotic fluid, commonly called a pregnant woman’s water is the protective liquid contained by the amniotic sac of a pregnant female]. I was told to drink as much water as I can but then my doctor advised to take ARGIPREG sachet as a precaution. Then I had heart burn every third day. [During pregnancy, the placenta produces the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus. This hormone also relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up, which causes that unpleasant burning sensation]. For this I had 2 spoons of Digene Gel. I have no complaints about so much happening on each front whether its my health or relationships or home. I am strong and I believe in God. Its better to pray rather than overthink about things you cannot change.

  •  July 2016 (Seventh Month) :

The month of July marks the start of monsoon season and with this relief humidity levels increase. I feel blessed that I have several means to stay away from these weather conditions. Anyways I went to my mom’s place for a week (July 3-10) and it was such a big relaxation. The days just slipped away. After coming back home on July 11 we had a small puja for the well being of the baby and the mother. On July 13 we had appointment with the doctor and my latest reports showed that my Hb has decreased from 11.7 gm/dl in Februray to 10.1 gm/dl in July. So the doctor changed my iron medicine. Lets see how everything goes ahead because I try to eat as healthy as I can but I wouldn’t lie I enjoy taking atleast 2 meals a week from outside too.

We have finalized hospital – Apollo Cradle where I am going to deliver my baby. I have so far gained 10 kgs from the start of my pregnancy. Don’t know whether its alright or too much. Sometimes my feet are not ready to take the load so they swell up and those painful leg cramps do not let me sleep at night. But then I have to manage since a new life is growing inside me who needs me. Every pregnancy is unique and everyday is a new one. Last but not the least thanks to my lovely husband for taking great care of me!

P.S : Please don’t take medicines that I have mentioned in my post without consulting your doctor.

God Bless All :)

Just 10 weeks to go.. Yaayy!!

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Completed 5 months..

Its said that being pregnant and giving birth is the most wonderful thing on Earth. May be this happens with time but I have started realizing it. I have to admit that fourth and fifth month of my pregnancy were far better than the earlier months. I felt good and relaxed comparatively. Thanks to my husband for loving me even with my mood swings.!

On May 4th I had my Ultrasound level-II and I came to know that I have low lying placenta. Also my right uterine artery showed resistance. What I learned from my Google search :

  • The uterine arteries provide blood to the uterus. Two arteries are present, one on the left and one on the right side of the uterus. Blood from the uterine arteries supplies blood to the muscles of the uterus and the placenta. So the right one wasn’t doing well and for that I am taking medicine.
  • Low-lying placenta, or placenta praevia, is a complication of pregnancy where the placenta that feeds the growing baby is attached to the lower part of the womb near to or covering the cervix. In some cases, a placenta that is seen to be low-lying will move upwards later in pregnancy.

This was little disturbing so I took an appointment with the doctor on May 7th she said it wasn’t too serious but I need to be careful and take rest. She did not change any medicines. I am still having Iron and Calcium tablets.

This month was also special because it was our marriage anniversary and we completed 2 years on May 18, 2016. We had dinner with the family at West Side Story. I made a scrapbook for him that included everything from our important dates, valentines day, birthday, our trips everything. It was so wonderful to see his reaction after reading it. He gifted me my favorite perfume.

We were planning for a babymoon but due to my condition we couldn’t go to hilly areas or take flights so we did a weekend getaway to Amritsar from May 20-22. We specially went to Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) to seek blessings from the almighty. Our stay at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson was great. The staff was courteous and helpful.

I haven’t bought any maternity clothing because the ones I tried did not suit me. They were too baggy and looked weird on me. Also my experience with Indian websites such as Babyoye wasn’t good. Instead I got a mix of ethnic and casual wear from Myntra and Westside respectively. These are one or two size bigger, more comfortable and I can get them altered later on.

I am optimistic that all the hurdles in my pregnancy will vanish and my baby will be happy and healthy. God Bless All 🙂18-21_weeks

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Connection with unborn child

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” ― Barbara Kingsolver

Its my 20th week which means I am half way through my 40 week pregnancy. I read on Baby Center that Baby’s hearing is developing and will be getting used to the sound of my voice. Tiny teeth are forming and hair on scalp is sprouting. Honestly its lovely to know about these developments but I don’t spend quality time with my unborn. Does that mean we both might not have a strong bond or it will take more time to adjust? The answer is tricky atleast for me.!

Today I came across a video on YouTube by Virtue Baby – A Unit Of Lesdep Foundation on Relationship With Unborn Child. I swear I felt the need to change myself in the best interest of my little one. The speaker Brahma Kumari Shivani is an Indian spiritual teacher. Her aura has always mesmerized me. I believe its not about following a particular religion or a person its more about learning good things that help you evolve as a human being.

What I learned from the video :

  • The whole family should be careful about their thoughts and vibrations. The soul of the unborn has high absorption and consumption power. Specially the parents should try to be happy, cheerful, smiling instead of being angry, irritated and sad. Like physical health, emotional health is also essential.
  • The soul that has entered your womb has just experienced death before coming to you. It has left everyone from past life hence its in pain. Now its your responsibility to give beautiful, positive, peaceful vibrations to the soul and heal it.
  • Gender preference might lead to gender disappointment but it also has a deep impact on the soul of the unborn. It starts feeling unwanted inside and this may continue for lifetime. Always pray for a happy and healthy baby irrespective of boy or girl.
  • Sometimes parents have stress, worry and anxiety towards their baby that how they will manage everything, salary might not be enough, no extra room or space etc these thoughts send vibrations of burden. Its better to believe that the child will be very happy in whatever you have to give to him/her.
  • The most significant point is that every soul has a karmic account. As a parent we cannot change its destiny. Our role is to be a facilitator to that child not controller of his/her life. We should think about giving great values instead of deciding profession.

I have promised myself that I will be jovial, optimistic, hopeful, calm and peaceful person. I will utilize these remaining months and create a beautiful journey for the baby.


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P.S : This is not a promotional post,  purely based on my opinion and understanding.

I am expecting!

Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same. – Catherine Jones

So a grand adventure is about to begin. If marriage was the first chapter of my new life then pregnancy is the second one. I am 16 weeks pregnant today and it wasn’t easy. Honesty I felt drained physically and emotionally. But support from my husband is helping me though at times even he loses his cool. And yes I have fallen for him even more than before. I always imagined writing letters to my baby so that he/she knows what I went through and why I made some choices that were important for us. This is how the story started.

  • January 2016 (First Month) : I din’t know anything at this time. Infact on 18th Jan we had a family function and I was dancing freely without realizing any changes in my body.
  • February 2016 (Second Month) : When my period date was 8 days late I thought of getting the pregnancy test kit. On 12th Feb in the morning around 9:30 a.m. I did the test and it came out to be positive. At first I couldn’t believe it. I had mixed feelings happy, excited, scared and so much more. On 16th Feb I visited Dr. Seema Sharma who confirmed it and I was more confident that a new life has started budding inside me. She told me to take Folic acid tablets and I instantly limited my intake of tea, coffee. On 22nd Feb I saw my baby for the first time. We both had tears in our eyes seeing the little heart beat on the screen. Signed up on BabyCenter and made Google my friend for searching about everything and anything on Pregnancy.
  • March 2016 (Third Month) : I started feeling physically tired so made a habit of taking a nap in the afternoon. Though no signs of morning sickness but went through stress, restlessness and mood swings. On 20th March I had NT/NB Ultrasound + Double Marker. The reports were normal but the 3D image of the baby left me amazed  for many days. I tried to keep my diet as good as possible including almonds, fruit juice, curd, milk, eggs etc but my liking for non vegetarian food decreased. Bought two pregnancy books from – Passport to a healthy pregnancy and Your pregnancy week by week. Initially I had craving for chocolate everyday but reduced the intake to avoid Gestational diabetes.
  • April 2016 (Fourth Month) : Stopped having Folic Acid tablets and started Calcium, Vitamin Tablets as advised by my doctor. She also prescribed medicines for BP and Cholesterol. For the 1st time in  my life I had no regret for gaining so much weight. Packed my old clothes as I don’t fit into them anymore. Also planning for a babymoon soon.

I don’t know whether I will be able to do everything for the baby but I promise to try as hard as I could. Irrespective of a boy or girl, fair or dark, I just want my baby to be healthy, happy and free from troubles of life.! God bless all 🙂


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