We Are Back + Exciting Announcement

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Hello Readers,

Hope you all are doing super well. 🙂

A lot has happened since I blogged last. And I can’t wait to share some exciting news with you all.

As you may have already noticed there wasn’t much happening here on the blog for two reasons. 1) I wanted to give myself a good break from blogging because of Ramadan, so I could give my one hundred percent to my family. 2) I have been thinking for quite a few months about starting my own YouTube Channel, The Mommy Blog TV, so I spent a good amount of time researching and figuring out things on my own.  I wanted to share with you a few videos of things I have loved, had questions about, some fun things going on with my family and so much more.

And one month fast forward, I have uploaded four videos on my channel, made loads to mistakes, learnt from them. And I will keep continuing it. So I would love for you all to go check it out and subscribe to my channel if you want to see more videos.

And as of The Mommy Blog, have no fear, it’s my first love and will remain the same forever. So be sure to check back every now and then because I have loads of exciting things lined up. So until next time. Take care 🙂

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Counting Boys

mapIt’s a no brainer that India boasts of the all too skewed up sex ratio. With such a patriarchal society like ours, every house wants a boy. Well, every house, except for my hubby’s. Their’s is a small family comprising of two uncles, four cousin and two brothers. A total of ten men (including DH & FIL) in a combined family of fifteen. This lopsided figure started turning for the better when ladies came in as spouses. However, it was safe to say that if India primarily had more boys than girls, I think my new family had a very major part to play.

 Baby no.11:

So it didn’t come as a surprise that everyone prayed hard for a girl when the first of our cousins got pregnant (As they all had when the aunts in the family were expecting, but we know how that turned out!). Oh how badly everyone wanted a girl. Everyone’s hopes soared high, and excited talks prevailed in every house. Counting minutes to D Day for when the lil angel would make ‘her’ appearance. The lady of the hour was finally wheeled into the hospital as the family stood with waited breath… On Feb 15th 2011, a beautiful baby was delivered. A beautiful baby boy. And no matter how the family felt about another boy joining the jing bang, celebrations rolled out to welcome the new arrival. After all, what really mattered was that both mother and baby were healthy, right?

 Baby no.12:

Three years on, my hubby and I announced our big news. This was now also a time of family group chats on Whatsapp. As the family got bigger and mostly living away from one another, the minute to minute update of food, clothes, jokes, ‘Goodmornings’ and ‘Goodnights’ ensured everyone stayed closely connected. And no matter how far my delivery date was, the excited talks on having a girl had already begun. Not a day went by when ‘we hope it’s a girl’ line wasn’t brought up. Few weeks down the line, another cousin got pregnant. The family was bursting with happiness. 2 girls maybe?? Were we both finally going to break the jinx? Bets were made, praying was made mandatory, and a conversation which went something like this ensued every other day:

“So how many girls in your house Dee?”

“Your parents had 2 girls”

“Your sister also had 2 girls”

“So isn’t it true that most of your cousins are girls?”

Everything that hinted at how high the chances were to have a girl in the family, thanks to me, was discussed. In a weird way, I felt the pressure that women in a patriarchal society feel, except that we had the gender in reverse. And before you get all judgmental about my hubby’s family, you should know that everything was always said in jest, and the pressures from such jokes n teases were more in my head than in actuality. But even so, I felt it.

Feb 16th 2015 arrived all too quickly. I was finally wheeled into labor room, and in a matter of hours, delivered our beautiful baby. A beautiful baby boy! The count of boys just went up to 12. But no matter how disappointed the family must’ve been, I was congratulated with full fervor. After all, the baby and I were both healthy.

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 Another baby:

 Few weeks on, the other cousin was wheeled into the delivery room. Now all eyes and attention was on them. Were the prayers finally going to be answered? Was the jinx finally going to be broken? We all waited and waited and waited for the big news. On 24th April 2015, the cousin delivered a beautiful baby. A beautiful and gorgeous baby girl!!! Can I possibly explain how ecstatic the family was? Probably not. Let’s just say, they were happy and relieved (And that all phone lines jammed from Mumbai to Muscat and Whatsapp just crashed!). It was now possible to welcome baby girls into the clan. Needless to say, everything pink was drummed out and the whole family was finally going to get a lil angel to spoil ❤

My boy is now 3 months old, and I love him no less than I would have a girl. He’s perfect. But something my dad said the day he was born, makes me smile each day….

“Now I won’t feel outnumbered in a family of girls. MY supporter is here 🙂 ”.

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Dairy and Sugar Free Annaprashan

The Annaprashana also known as annaprashana vidhi,annaprasan or Anna-prasanam, is a Hindu rite of passage that marks an infant’s first intake of food other than milk. The term annaprashan literally means “food feeding” or “eating of food”. The ceremony is usually arranged in consultation with a priest, who arranges an auspicious date on which to conduct the ceremony.

Yes! You read it right I went all dairy free and sugar free for my sons Annaprashan.

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Finally, the day arrived when I was to introduce solids to my 6 month old son. After joining a group on Facebook for Baby-led weaning I read a lot of the posts which always mentioned no milk, sugar, salt and honey for infants and I always thought that the first food that I will make for my child are definitely not going to have any of these things, not even in small quantity.

So, I called up the vaadyar (priest) of Tamil temple for an auspicious date, time and things for us to bring. He asked us to make payasam (Kheer) for the little one and bring it to temple. As, I already had in my mind that I won’t be using regular milk and sugar for the food that we going to prepare.  I made the kheer using dates and coconut milk yes and that’s how I went dairy and sugar free.

Below is the recipe for the Dairy free and sugar free Kheer

Ingredients:

  • Dates – 15-20 (pitted)
  • Rice – Pre-cooked ½ cup
  • Coconut milk – 3 cups
  • Cardamom powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Almond – ¼ cup
  • Cinnamon powder – 2 tablespoon
  • Ghee – 2 teaspoon
  • Cashew nuts for garnishing

Method

  1. Soak almonds and dates overnight in water.
  2. Cook rice as usual with little extra water so that it’s softer.
  3. Grind almonds and dates with little water into a fine paste. You can use the water in which dates were soaked.
  4. Shallow fry cashew nuts until golden brown and set aside.
  5. In the same pan add almonds and dates paste and bring it boil stirring continuously.
  6. Then add pre-cooked rice to it. Let it boil for 2-3 mins and then add coconut milk to it.
  7. Add cardamom powder to it and boil for another 10 mins.
  8. Garnish with cashew nuts and serve chilled. Please serve at room temperature to baby.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon powder just before serving.

Dates & Coconut kheer

This kheer can also be given to toddlers who are lactose intolerant. Also, people who are allergic to nuts should avoid almonds and cashew nuts. While making this kheer for elders you can add full fat cream and a 2 teaspoon condensed milk to enhance the flavours.

Come back soon to know how I make coconut milk. 🙂

Preparing for the Baby ~ Quick Tips

Ouch! A thud on my abdomen woke me from my deep sleep in the middle of the night. With my half open eyes, I glanced towards the table clock and it read 3:00. I noticed a cute little baby on my lap with his tiny palm clasping my night dress.

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Gosh! One kick took me back 6 months reminding me of his kicks and punches inside the tummy while I was pregnant. Oh my god! I was a mother and just few months back, I was carrying my little one not knowing how he would look, how he would crave for me, how he would giggle.

After the First five months of giddiness and puking, here I was busy shopping for my soon-to-be-born baby. Trust me, I was enjoying every second of it. But, because I didn’t know the gender of the baby, everything I was buying was of neutral shade or unisex be it rompers or a bedding set.

TIP: If you don’t know whether you are having a boy or a girl, the safest colours are white, and any colour other than blue, pink or black. But, trust me and am sure you all would agree with me, babies look cute nevertheless.

Wondering if it is a Baby Boy or girl?

With the new arrival on the way, I got the freedom to go on a shopping spree. At one instance, my hubby thought I would buy the entire Liverpool city center for I would return home after spending 6-8 hours roaming around. But my hubby did appreciate my smart buying. I would visit city centre searching for sale in good stores. This way we got some really good dresses of good quality at a bargain.

TIP: Plan in advance and look for bargains on dresses and especially nappies. Babies use nappies at the speed of light. They drink, poo, drink, wee, drink poo and the cycle goes on. Hence, stocking nappies is never a bad idea.

Also, buy very few dresses for the age group of 0-3 months because babies grow like hulk. Blink of an eye and the first few dresses would fail to fit. Try to go for 3-9 months, if you ask me.

Next on the list was getting the hospital bag ready. Finally my hubby started understanding the fact that you cannot do things at the last minute. Hence, 2 months before delivery, we started to pack our bags. With our little one busy punching me like a punching bag, I thought he was eager to pop out as quickly as possible. He was so wildly active inside the tummy, that if few minutes passed by without any movement, we would get worried and go to the hospital to get things checked.

TIP: We used the NHS site to get the list of items to pack and it proved to be really handy.

So now we were done preparing for the hospital, after delivery care and future. But, the most important preparation was yet to be done.

Yes, preparing for delivering my little one. I was scared to death. How am I going to deliver a 3 pound baby out of my tiny body. Will it be painful? Should I go for a normal delivery or a C-section. I spent hours and hours Googling and it would confuse me more than lessening my apprehension.

Hence, I resorted to watching videos of couples who had shared their experience of delivering a baby normally. Finally, I decided to go for a normal delivery.

But, despite our well laid plans, I ended up having multiple tears and stuck to bed for 2 months.

But, now when I look at my dear son, I ask myself; was it worth it? Well, hell YES!

I was a mother to a little boy for whom I hope I’ll always be the First Valentine.

My First Liebster Award

This couldn’t have got any better. Yayy! I’m super excited for being nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank you Marlene of First-Time Mom at 42 for making this happen.

You can find her at here. http://1sttimemomat42.wordpress.com/

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What does this mean?

The Liebster Award is basically an award that is by bloggers, for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in the discovery of new and upcoming bloggers.

When nominated, you are asked to answer 11 questions and to share the answers in blog post.

The Liebster Award Rules require that I answer several questions about myself and nominate one or more other blogs that I enjoy, so here goes.

1) Why did you decide to start a blog?

The day I became a mum, I knew I had to tell the world how incredibly awesome it feels to be one. And the pure intentions of sharing the ups and downs of my life with other beautiful people out there, who might just need that little boast to kick start their journey of being a parent. 😉 

2) What is my favorite thing about blogging?

Every night I sit down to check my mailbox and I’m overwhelmed to see those lovely messages from my readers coming in from different parts of the world. So yeah the favourite thing about blogging for me has to be my audience. Thank you readers for accepting and appreciating my crap and still loving me so much! 

3) What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?

I can only talk about being a mom and a blogger, that’s how it’s always been for me. I was never a blogger alone! And coming to the ‘challenge’ part, almost every day is a like a challenge. But the most challenging part of them all, is tucking our little humans in their beds and then sit down ‘hitting’ the keyboard!  But then at the end of the day, I thoroughly love it. 

4) What is your favorite thing to cook?

I’m not a great cook! Definitely not. But I occasionally do bake cookies and muffins for our girls. And yeah my favourite thing to cook is the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

5) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I have always dreamt of a long peaceful holiday in Venice. So yeah Venice it is. 

6) When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ok the answer is going to sound stupid to you. Because it always kept changing ‘the-what-I-want-to-be’?!?. At one point I wanted to be a doctor, then an engineer, then an air-hostess , a chef but eventually I got trained to be a teacher. And here I’m a happy WAHM blogger! 🙂 

7) What would be your dream job now?

This is a trick question. Well I’m still ‘dreaming’ of it for now! 🙂

8) What is your favorite meal to order at a restaurant?

A full-fledged Mughlai or Chinese! Or may be a little from both?

9) What is your favorite dessert?

I’ve a sweet-tooth so mostly anything will do! But in particular old fashioned Chococolate Fudge with a scoop of vanilla icecream is to die for. 🙂 

10) What is your favorite Holiday?

Definitely Eid holiday with family! Delicious food, happy reunions, gifts, night out with cousins, ..aahh that sheer feel of joy and happiness!

11) What would your dream date night include?

Dinner, Dessert and a long drive.

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I was born in 1990.
  2. I just can’t start any day without my energy drink—coffee 😉
  3. I LOOOVE Bollywood music to the moon and back.
  4. When I was in college I had a lot of interest in painting.
  5. I love House M.D
  6. I say more “Nos” than “Yes”.
  7. I rarely watch TV shows and new movies now.
  8. I have no idea what alcohol tastes like. Seriously.
  9. I don’t wear makeup too often.
  10. I do what I love to do and I do it obsessively.
  11. And yeah, I love being me.

I nominate Kaley of ‘So, I have two babies’, which can be found at http://nickknockedmeup.com/

Hilarie of ‘Postively Paniked’, which can be found at https://positivelypanicked.wordpress.com/

Sandy of ‘Crooked Housewife’, which can be found at https://crookedhousewife.wordpress.com/

Love,

haajra

 

 

My Wash Routine #Updated

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I have been cloth diapering our girls for many many months now and I have always followed a simple cloth diaper wash routine that I thought was working good for us. I have been hand-washing all of their clothes on Sundays. But a month back I decided to quit hand-washing because it was eating up all of my time and energy. And that’s when I decided to tweak my wash routine so that I could do but cloth diapers and clothes at a time, which would directly save me a hell lot of time and water!

I thought many mommies might be struggling with this just the way I did, so here’s my updated wash routine for all your lovely moms! 🙂

This is how I do:

  1.  Start with rinsing the diapers with cold water to avoid staining them.
  2. Then I do a second rinse also with cold water. Each rinse take 19 minutes approximately.
  3. Then I throw in all of their clothes and wash them on 40 C for about 45 minutes.
  4. Once that’s done, I give two extra rinses to the whole load so there’s no residue left behind.
  5. Then I line dry all the clothes and diapers in Sun.

I bleach all of my inserts once in four-five months. Also I use a very little amount of detergent for every wash.

What’s your wash routine?? Am I doing mine right??? Tell me in the comments below. 😀

haajra

 

Celebrating 500+ Likes on Facebook with Mealtime Giveaway

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I’m so so happy to announce it to you that The Mommy Blog now have over 500 Likes on Facebook! I know this may not mean a great deal to you but for me it’s indeed one good accomplishment! And since you are the one who made this possible, I have decided to give the same love back to you with this little gift set so we can celebrate this together!

After thinking over many times, I thought a mealtime giveaway would be the best, given that we have at least one picky/messy toddler. This is my  attempt to make your little one’s mealtime fun and a happy one! So here’s for you our Amazing Mealtime Giveaway. Read the steps below to ENTER!

  1. Follow the blog.
  2. Share the link of this giveaway on your Facebook wall and tag one of your mommy friends along with this hash tag–> #themommyblog
  3.  Like us on Facebook and follow me on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment below and tell me why you like The Mommy Blog. { This steps will confirm your entry}

That’s it folks! This giveaway will end on 22nd of November 2014. I will chose one winner on 23rd!

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*This giveaway is open to Indian residents aged over 18 years!*

Good luck to you! X

haajra