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kick out the mosquito

mothers have always been horrified terrified paranoid sleepless and what not when it comes to their kid’s health. I am no magician but I certainly wouldn’t mind for some magic to happen to keep D happy. oh shut up, every mom wants that too.

the weekend after Diwali we were traveling to this between-the-jungle resort in Udaipur. its an amazzzzzinnngg and beautiful place. and what comes complimentary in such resorts? worms, mosquitoes , bats , peacocks, birds, swans, bears, and much more. we stayed at top of the hill so bears dont bother this freaky mother… worms birds and peacocks are real fun to stare at… a bat did hit my brother in law on the head and we were all taken aback. I have no clue but D found this funny so we let the bat fly away alive. and the mosquitoes were thousands in number. As if there was some machine behind our cottage to multiply it. and no machine in the room with those liquid refills were of any help. at this very frightened moment i pulled out the sheet of mosquito repellant stickers. i have tried them all- yellow; red; white; animal prints too.



these are fab stuff… some work for 12 hours, some for 24 and some for 72hours.
however, what happens when my tired kid sleeps like this…???


he was so tired by the end of the long drive that my baby slept off before i could make him wear a tshirt and stick those orange peel scented stickers. i was worried but nevertheless had him wrapped up in a shawl and assuming the mosquitoes would pass by without noticing him. ya, like they were on their way to a blockbuster film and forget there is a feast waiting for them.. this is what moms think!! and this is exactly what happened…

mosquito bite

these are just three of the seven i saw the next morning. like my son was a fresh plate of crackling green salad. he kept on complaining of itching and this worried mother dialed a number… “Shreya, when will the blanket reach me?? I am traveling again next week and i so badly need it!! ”

by noon i saw this swollen ear and i could wait no longer-

mosquito bite-kid

by the time i saw some stars and moon crawling into the sky and my son using up all his last energy for the day jumping around and running about; this arrived. thank you Shreya! i smiled.

mosquito repellant blanket

Shreya, who makes mos-quit-o , http://www.mos-quit-o.com/
a mosquito repellant blanket for everyone as freaked out as me. she makes them in two sizes for kids and adults and in two colors spearmint (blue/green) and bubblegum (pink/beige). and 6 block colors- honey, orange, blue, grey, green and red. aren’t the color names too cute??
these super soft cotton blankets for all year use are beautiful. when i first received it i opened up and kept on searching what makes it special?? it looks like just another blankie…
the cotton yarn is processed with a mosquito repellant which seeps into the
cotton fibers and binds itself to the cloth making it look so natural and yet works like no other blanket you would have used till now,

other things i really liked about this product was the non-smelly, no-fuss-orange-oil fragrance in the blanket like those on the stickers… they cover his full body at night, this is the perfect size for him right now and my son is 19months old.
{p.s certainly best thing to invest in at an early new born stage.}
this is the night view of the munchkin:


also the blanket is so compact that i can carry it with me anywhere i want, even in my motherbag with his other essentials.
this is the day view:
{yes, we practically use it everytime he sleeps now}

mos-quit-o repellant blanket

the blanket comes in this nice round box that you can hold in your hand and toss it in the car or luggage or pass it on to anyone who needs it.
also what i loved the best about the blanket was that its washable… home wash too. awesome right??? yay! and in case you are washing it once a month with your other comforters you can use this wonderful fellow for 4 years or upto 50 washes! high-five me!!!!!
this is one product that stays with me all the time now and rests with my flowery dohars

mos-quit-o blanket

so … now that the blanket stays on the bed all the time, what happens of the ultra good looking box i just told you about???




mos-quit-o blanket

we trapped spider man in it!
once he finds his way out we shall fill it with broken half used crayons so they dont run on the walls when mumma is not around. 😉

thank you Shreya and team Mos-quit-O for sending this beautiful and amazing product to D and me, this has been the best thing this fall. and it arrived just when we needed and looked around for help. lots of wishes to your team. may you attract more success by keeping the mosquitoes away.

in case you plan to buy one for yourself or your kid you can visit their website
their introductory rates are rs.999 and rs.1999 as of today.

this is us wishing you all a happy new year <3 awomansays


40 days of confinement

childbirth is like shitting a pumpkin…


been there done that !
and shitting a 3 kg pumpkin means lots of hard word and after that hard works comes all the rewards- watching him sleep in my arms, his small little pink hands and for me??
—-The confinement begins!!!
The spice of life has anyways vanished just 3 days after childbirth… With all the potty, cranky cries, sleepless nights, innumerable pee-s and trying to fit into old clothes which is still not happening even after the baby is out!!
Lots of it happening but this all slowly seeps into your daily life… What doesn’t is the fact that you cannot drink and eat normal food and water for 40 more days.
The confinement period!
40 days of staying at home, and recovering from the muscle straining, tiring, emotional and painful delivery process…
Whether vaginal or c-sec stitches are inevitable and it takes a woman some time to recover from the pain. It may be 10 or 15 days- depends on how well the mother is coping with it.
At 40 days today, I have wrapped up to get out in the real world to breath some outside air.
One isn’t even allowed to go out unless a check up with the gynec is scheduled within these days. I had mine scheduled once but My doc’s clinic was just a 5min drive which means I hardly had a good view of the city…
Anyways, that doesn’t matter much.
Check this link for a better idea of how to deal with confinement period, also it may answer dozens of your questions in terms of food, travel, b-feeding, exercising, and dealing with the new life as a momma (in case this is your first time like mine).
What is more important is how you deal with it.
and how others around you make you feel about it… this is no prison term that you arent allowed to move out of your room…
this is also not house arrest where you arent allowed to sneak out for a short drive as a relaxation chime with you hubby once in a while… motherhood can be exhausting and these 40 days are for you to feel better about your new baby , your new body, your new life and specially to give you time to adjust with the whole new phase of life…
its not easy for every woman to behave normal and have just the right start with everything after the baby is born.. some may have trouble adjusting with sleep, some with b-feeding, some with the new routine, some having trouble attending guests and baby at the same time!! these 40 days help you get back to the same energy and also teaches you how to accommodate the  me-time and baby-time in a single day.

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we indians are very lucky we have this ‘go to mom’s home for delivery’ ritual… there is no bigger help than a mother! she has been one half of her life and is always your biggest emotional and physical support… of course your husband is always there but an experienced mother is always the best thing to have next to you. to teach you and guide you and help you at the weakest hours!
i have had a great time learning things from my mother.. she would teach me things and then pour in anecdotes of my childhood and i would smile even when i am struggling while learning.
and she cooks all the right food for me- brinjal, gourds, bajri, milk products, lentils… all stuff that is easily digestible… that my son can digest well too… u know, at the end my milk produce is all what i eat. anything that is gaseous is also not good… anything that is chilled is not good… anything with lots of cocoa in it is not good too..
that are too many things to take care of…

my suggestions-
eat lots of food… like i said here.
eat lots of fruit
rest well … as much as you can!
eat a lot of coconut
have lots of milk and milk products..
have protein powder (mamma and baby kinds)
and feel happy… yes! thats the main thing.. feel happy…

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kunj 🙂


There will be moments when u wish to cry, just cry a little bit, for no reason at all and for many reasons in all.

When your kid will pass a lot of stool and even when he will strain and yet just pass out a lot of warm smelly air for a day or two. 
When he will shout/cry on his loudest voice or when he wil stay quiet and not play at all.
When he will not want u to leave for a single moment and cry for u to just hold him in his arms for hours n hours and even when he will not be in his best moods and want to stay aloof.
There are several more moments when a mother wants to cry, just shed a few tears in silence and then get back to her ‘I’m a strong mom’ character!!
And that’s how life goes on… 
When u r terrified to face your biggest fears about your child just think of how God wants you to face this too, and he has definitely put in that extra energy within you much more in advance before its ‘use in force’ occurs. He knows what shall happen and how will you react to each situation so he fills in that extra strength for you to stand on your toes and run an extra mile ( literally and figuratively). Just thank him for that extra bundle of courage he mailed to you while you were busy to even notice it…
While you were trying to get your kid to sleep at 3am,
While you were washing a pile full soiled clothes he poop-ed ; pee-ed ; puked on,
While you were holding him in your one hand and having lunch with the other,
While you played with him for hours after a hard day at work,
While you were attending to his sickness with a brave heart and a smile that reads ‘ this shall pass too’…
Yes, every day is a new adventure in a mom’s life and whether good or bad it shall all pass by in a few hours or days…
If its bad god has given you the strength
Andif its good god has given you ample time to cherish it.
Love each day and each moment with your little one, attend to all his needs and kiss him good night every time he takes a nap because some day you are going to miss it all. 
And that day all that god will leave u with shall be memories…

i hatched !

Yes, i was away for a while and i am extremely happy to say i hatched and i did it just so perfectly!
i had not thought i could be so strong and patient. i had a tough time and all i could think of was ‘ i am sure i am not having any more babies…’ hahahaa even before i gave birth!
but the moment i saw my little boy i forgot all my pain, i forgot how weird my body structure was at the moment… i could feel the little medical procedures happening down there but i cared not how much it was paining because the joy of seeing my boy made it all the seem like a prick.
there is so much i want to write and share through my blogs… so much about motherhood and the daily challenges i have face and learn to overcome  but today as i write my first blog as a mother whose baby is no more in the tummy i have only one thing to say….

my m-i-l as well as my mother have been constant support system to me but i could not have done this so well without Rita.. my trainer, my guru, a friend, a calm listener, a guide and a lot more…
she had been chatting with me even at 2am in the night and back at 6 in the morning … checking with me how i am doing…
she had been so encouraging through those 24 hours that giving birth seemed easier than the way elders (read society butterflies) described to me…
i have no words to thank her enough of the help she provided me all through the 5 months…

there is always this someone u find in a new land that changes ur life forever and for me that someone was her. i found love for my little one there- when i broke the news to my hibby i said it very reluctantly as i wasnt sure if i wanted the baby or rather i was ready for it in the first place. Rita helped me cope with the fact that life is abt to change and that change is going to be beautiful but it will all depend on how i enjoy it. she taught me to love my body that was changing day by day in a curvy and beautiful one. as i write this i miss my tummy n i miss my young one’s kicks inside me even when i have him right here in my arms.
Rita came as an unheard blessing who made sure i ate right stuff, i exercised right enough… i thought positive and behaved positive as well..
its in her aura, in the vibes of her classroom which acted as a meditation class to  a picnic spot to a celebration hall to gossip adda and even at times a therapy room…
she has been a perfect mentor to me… and i cannot thank her enough for what she has done for me and all the other girls.
please visit this website and spread the word to those preggy women u know in ahmedabad and surat. it shall benefit them in tons.

she is also very active on her facebook page-

now this blog needs a makeover… will be back with a new blog and a new look in a while… actually i dont know how long that ‘while’ will be.. it all depends on how much time i get between changing nappies and taking a nap. 😉 a new life begins
 cheeers to motherhood.
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