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A letter at 7 months!

Lv, you are 7 months old now (u turned 7 months y’day) it’s totally, utterly hard for me to believe. It seems just yesterday we drive you home from the hospital…you were so tiny and fragile but now you are no more a newborn…You are my oh so grown-up girl and we had seven months full of joy with you!

7 hours old!


I am posting this letter a day later because we had a busy day! I took you to a birthday party and later we had to catch up for dinner at Nani’s house. They had their anniversary dinner party. I must admit you are a Social butterfly in making!!

When you turned 7 months!

Now, you look more like your dad..actually a xerox of him!

You are a charmer. Yes! To-tuh-ly!!!!!! Even in your worse mood…you will charm all the new faces you see around :-)…I love this thing about you!!!

You are a big time foodie! You like real food.. Yes…. what mum, dad n everyone else eats. You love fruits, veggies, oats and puddings… but your favorite is dad’s subway sandwich! You just can’t let him eat alone and you eat as if he will finish it and you will get nothing :-).. You still breast-fed 10 times a day and you eat twice a day… 🙂


You love being outside but can’t stay strapped in the strollers for more than 15 mins…and you love when I carry you in your baby carrier. These days you are enjoying your park dates with your Dadi :-)…You hate car-rides…. on our road trips we sometime have to stop and walk you around!

I think your favorite person is me! but after me it has to be Nanu…damn you go to him even when I am standing holding you and he’s sitting… you can lie on his tummy for minutes without moving :-). He’s the only one who can make you sleep without crying! You still get up every 2 hours at night but we manage 10 hours sleep :-).

You have the most curious mind now…you would want to pick, hold, grab, jump and taste everything that you see around you… you love your toys but you love our toys more :)… (jewellery, bags, ipad, iPhone, camera covers, remotes, blackberry you surely know how all of them taste :-)…You just can’t sit anymore, whole day we hold and make you walk 🙂… I think you will start crawling soon 🙂…and I keep debating should I get you a jumparoo or walker but you surely seem to be a walker baby who would love to cruise in her Beetle :-)…but what if you do bang bang boom with it …huh?!

You are really interested in start babbling when I talk to someone on phone…you now look at me and say mum…ummuuumm..and you say this even more when you hungry!!

If you are happy and you know it clap your hands! this is exactly what you do when you happy..! you clap, babbles…bang your hands on table 🙂 we go crazy seeing you like that :-) mimic my good byes and claps too….:-).

You still bath in your puj! You seat there so cutely when we prep for your bath. You love bathing…and water is your favorite toy! (We should do some water fun soon) but, you totally hate dressing or changing diapers! it’s so tough to dress u up!!!

Your favorite spot in the house is your changing station! you hate to get change but you can spend hours lying and playing there…:-)

You have one tooth, weigh 7 kg and around 67 cms tall!!

The best thing is YOU STILL LET ME SNUGGLE YOU :-)

God bless you my baby!!


I paint mama! I am your baby Picasso.

Baby’s first year is so special and is full of wonderful firsts! Right from their first cry to bath to smile …you have so many milestones and so much of fun to capture!

Lv did her first paint today, ya ya I know she still can’t hold a crayon…but you see she can hand paint and she went on painting the whole town red…. yellow, purple and green… 🙂

It all started when I was cleaning my craft supplies drawer and manage to break open a color bottle and Lv just got so excited, she wanted to touch the color on the floor and kept leaping towards it. She now gets curious and wants everything that she sees around, she wants to touch, hold and taste… She is an explorer!!!! And seeing her so excited I thought why not have some color fun…. and tada! …. I just got her some color (not edible ones, I am going to make some for her play date) and pulled a paper mat from next drawer and we were ready for some serious fun 🙂

If you push her for doing anything then she doesn’t want to do it at all. So, I kept the color plate next to her…making sure nothing goes in her mouth…. Soon, she picked the color and started doing squish squash with it; then I made finger expressions on paper and she did what she wanted to do…. banged her color hands on the paper, thrown color bottles here and there…. Ahh….What a fun it was!!! And I got her first masterpiece 🙂

Mommies get down and dirty with your munchkins and try finger painting, It’s a great play option that help your little one develop his sensory, fine motor skills and eye hand coordination.

Have fun Mommies and share your play options with us too!

Homemade or Jarred baby food?

Well, I prefer homemade baby food most of the times because…

It’s economical: making your own food helps you keep a check on your baby budget. Generally, commercial baby food cost 3 times more than baby homemade food!

Baby gets real food: You give baby real food so it’s not tough to transition from milk feed to first solids and later to big people food. She eats what family eats. You can also control the texture of food like purees to soft mushy food to little small bite size.

You can offer variety: Jarred food comes in many tastes & flavors but homemade food has limitless options… you have so much of variety.

No preservatives go to baby palate- Jarred food is high on preservatives or other added flavors, sugar or salt. Organic jarred food, may not have added sugar, salt or flavor but they are heated on very high temperature, which may depletes some of its nutrients…whereas homemade has no added preservatives and is high on nutrients.

No exposure to Pesticides: Unless you buy only organic, the baby food will most likely have traces of pesticides. If you are concerned about pesticides then you should make your own baby food with organic fruits & veggies.

What’s in it: You are no more running around from shelf to shelf to check the product content …When you make your own food you are sure that you giving best to your baby… It’s a very high satisfaction point for mommies!

When was it packed: With jarred food you are often checking product expiry date  but with homemade food  you worry less because you serve Fresh!


But sometime it may seems impractical for mommies and they give up to the easiness of Jarred food especially when you are a working mom or has a family & other kids to take care of

I generally buy jarred baby food when I am….

Traveling: For short travel, I generally pack fruit & veggies with peel like banana, orange, Chicoo, avocado…easier to maintain hygiene level… but when traveling for long hours or on vacation jarred food is a great option!!

Pressed with time: In India, we generally prefer making fresh baby food and not So, when really pressed with time and have no time to cook then I opt or jarred food or yoghurt!

So, I prefer this mix arrangement, which gives me flexibility and comfort that I am doing best possible stuff for Lv!

What do you do mommies…would love to know your thoughts!!!!

Happy Weaning mommies!!!!!

Happy Daughter’s day everyone!


Today is special…today is daughter’s day!! You give meaning to this day! thanks for coming in our lives…. And just not today but for our lives we celebrate you, Lv!

much love

mum & dad

At last! She took bottle….


Lv was exclusively breastfed child…I started giving her bottle of expressed milk say around by her 2nd month…she took a while to adapt herself and later she became a pro…until one day she totally refused it! Later…I struggled…no bottles for her. I tried giving her milk in droppers, sippers and by spoon and had little luck. Going out without her started giving me nightmares what if she refused milk and cry out loud for milk. In her 5th month we introduced solids & I again started offering her bottle every now & then. Every time I offered her She refused, chewed the bottle and threw milk…but I didn’t stop, I kept my patience I often requested my husband, mum, mum in law, sisters everyone to try and feed her…. Today again, I tried like all other time I held her close to me and offered her…and pretended that I am having it too… and to my surprise she gulped the whole bottle…all the while I kept caressing & talking to her! What a feeling of triumph it is…. It’s gives me sucha HIGH!!!

Tips for mommy who wants their babies to take bottle:

  • Start pumping by 2nd month if not early, by this age baby’s face less nipple confusion.
  • There is no need to offer daily but once in two days keeps them in habit of bottle.
  • Baby can smell you, handover bottle feeding to family around…dad or Granny… they are perfect for bottle feed and this give them chance to bond with the baby.
  • Babies generally like to be held the way when they are breastfed…Close to you, skin-to-skin contact. They can feel protected and warm… encourage replicating that experience when bottle-feed.
  • Don’t offer bottle when the baby is very very hungry…at this time they are not ready for any trade.
  • Bottle temperature is very important, babies like normal room temperature milk, so not so clod or hot!
  • If not bottle try with dropper, syringe but practice this when the baby is alert.
  • If baby rejects keep trying don’t give up but don’t over push!!!Patience is the key!!!!!

Happy bottle-feeding mommies!

Starting solids!

There is so much information on starting solids, and so many different opinions…sometimes, it becomes very tough to rationalize…especially if you are first time mommy like me!!!

I was also bombarded with lot of questions…like is it ok to start before 6 months, should I spoon wean or let her self wean!!!! Will she be allergic to anything …how will I know!! But, remember no two babies are alike & momma knows the best!!! So, always trust your instinct & try to understand your baby cues!

For Lv, We finally broke out to baby spoons and let her start exploring new tastes and textures @ 5 months…When she showed all signs of weaning like:

  • She could sit holding her head straight
  • You can’t eat anything in front of her she wanted everything that Aby or I put in our mouths
  • She was always hungry
  • She had outgrown her tongue-thrust reflex

Starting solids is an EXCITING TIME and a BIG MILESTONE for your baby n U!!!

First month, I started with fruits …First food she had was banana, we gave her once a day till 5 days to check if she shows any allergic reactions and it also helped her to develop a taste for it! She loved it… I gave apple, pear, chicoo, and papaya…. no citrus fruit yet!!!

From 2nd month she weans twice a day…one time fruits which I can mix if we have tried before and…. 2nd time veggies… the sweeter ones like carrots, peas, beans, avocado, and pumpkin!!! I also give her curd, light lentils like moong dal, diluted fruit juice & water at times!

To make weaning a happy experience, remember few things!

  • Never force baby to eat…when the baby is ready…she will eat… J
  • If she doesn’t eat at a time, keep trying!
  • Whenever you wean keep a camera next to you who wants to miss on those cute faces!:-)J J
  • Invest in some good cutlery (BPa free & silicon ones), high chair & bibs
  • Remember BF is still the main food…let your baby have fun with food…
  • No cow milk, ripened cheese, eggs, salt, honey, fish & other seafood with high mercury content till 1 year!!

Happy Weaning Mums!!!

Happy half birthday Lv!

Dear Lv,

Happy half b’day baby! its a big big day for all of us :-)…a big milestone! You are a big  6 months old now! You have grown so much, learned so much, can do so much in these months!

I still remember the first time when, I held you, you were crying..oh gaush..u were crying your lungs out…Damn.. that is the only time I loved seeing you cry….Now I hate it :-(..Yes! I totally hate it…can’t see you crying!

Each month ….you have grown every minute!

when February came: Yes, Our last Pregnancy sonograpgy..U smiled! yes u smiled …you knew how to smile before birth Honey!

when March came: I never thought a small 10 day baby knew how to roll eyes….

when April came: You became very active..started sleeping less than what you use to! This month you gave your first social smile to Nani (Grannie). You could hold your neck up…my big girl… And we took you out for first in your Pram :-)..U slept in 10 mins…yes exactly…in 10 mins!

when May came: You and I celebrated 1st mother’s day! thank you Love for coming in my life :-)…you are sooo precious!!!…You also gave me a gift yes…. a date with daddy..This month you learned to SIT…though with support :-)…

when June came: You can roll roll roll…on sides, from side to back :-)….when i wake up @ night for you…once, I got so scared seeing you on the other side of the cot….You know where the voice is coming from & you turn!

when July came: You can now sit unassisted! but at times you just slip!!! This month we planned your first vacation by kashmir…and needless to say…you were a traveller…just wanna be out & out :-)…

when August ame : You turn when we call your name, do you really know your name…now you can shift toys from one hand to another, bang them!…We started solids once a day for you! You were so eager to explore 🙂

when September came: You got your first pearly white :-)…n today only u turned when I told you to look @ daddy! seems you know him too :-)..

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