Monthly Archives: May 2015

Travel Diaries-Chandigarh and Delhi

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I got back from a month long visit home, in this case Chandigarh, since my parents retired and moved back to India. It was a month of catching up with my parents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and all of them getting to meet my son. He definitely had a blast and loved that everyone wanted to run behind him, and basically fulfill anything that came out of his mouth.

Sticker books are a must while traveling to keep your little one busy and entertained

Sticker books are a must while traveling to keep your little one busy and entertained

Flying with a toddler can get difficult, I have been lucky that in the ten or flights we have taken with Vivaan, he has slept through them. We also try and pick flights close to his nap times, so that definitely helps. The only difficulty I had to face was the 15kg weight allowance. I just cannot travel light. At least Go Air allows you to pre-book additional luggage, which turns out to be a lot cheaper than paying by the kilo during check-in. If you are travelling with babies or going to a wedding, this is the flight to take.

Dressed up for the Cocktail

Dressed up for the Cocktail

Showing his dance moves at the Engagement

Showing his dance moves at the Engagement

During my trip home, we went for a short four days to Delhi to attend a beautiful wedding. After having attended quite a bit of Maharashtrian weddings, a North Indian wedding can be a bit of a shocker. It is almost taken for granted that everything will be running late, and strangely everyone is calm about it going around eating their appetizers and sipping on their drinks. And when it comes to dressing up there is no such thing as too much, leaving me forever feeling under dressed.

The gorgeous wedding mandap at The Lalit

The gorgeous wedding mandap at The Lalit

Back in Chandigarh, we played tourist and took my son to Sukhna Lake, Mansa Devi, Chattbir Zoo, on a picnic, to Sector 17 and Elante. He absolutely loved the zoo, and would get so excited every time we came across an animal he recognized from his books. My husband’s family visited last year, and they fell in love with the city-it is so clean and organized and people mostly follow travel rules. It is an excellent place to explore, and then from there to head to one of the nearby hill stations.

Selfie at Mansa Devi

Selfie at Mansa Devi

Vivaan and my dad at the zoo

Vivaan and my dad at the zoo

And there is no shortage of places to eat and shop either. A lot of my Indian wear is from there, and without fail every time I wear a piece I receive compliments. The designs and the colors are louder and so different than what I find in Mumbai and Nasik.

It was a fun holiday, meeting up with family, friends and their babies, and talking as if no time had passed since the last time we were physically in the same place.

Mommy Time

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Getting ready for a car ride

Getting ready for a car ride

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The glorious nap time

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Last month, my husband and I welcomed a gorgeous baby girl into our lives and our life changed 180 degrees. I read a few blogs about how it is taking care of newborn and friends had mentioned it’s a lot of work, but you manage. Nothing, absolutely nothing prepares you for the task. We eat, sleep, shower, poop…not on our own schedule but the baby girl’s.

How am I holding up? I am constantly tired and easy frustrated. Last week I used soap to shampoo my hair and even forgot to pour in contact lens solution for my contacts. But the moments of our baby girl smiling or making the most adorable funny faces makes it all worth it.

Some things I have learned through the process

1) I can handle baby poop (probably what most people don’t want to deal with)

2) Breast feeding is (super) hard, but definitely creates a closeness between mom and baby

3) Learned to sleep when baby sleeps instead of running through a to-do checklist

4) There is no joy more precious and memorable than seeing your baby happy and healthy

5) I had tears when I had to step out of the house without the baby

6) I can spend hours looking at my baby make the most ridiculous and cute expressions

7) Baby bath and massage time are my absolute favorite part of the day

8) biggest achievement of the day can simply mean that the baby took a 1 hour nap!!!

9) Ask for help because you can’t do it all-cook/clean/etc. Let go of a few things.

10) Somedays, I miss just simply being pregnant 😉

Parenthood is tough, no doubt about that, but it is also an experience that you can compare to no other. Also, I have had tons of help from my family, without whom I wouldn’t have been able to get through the days….so thank you!