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Baby Sleep! 4 Solutions to Common Bedtime Problems

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Every night, the bedtime routine for my child begins really well but somewhere after many stories, some unreasonable requests and a lot of wriggling later, it spirals into insanity. I have to fight monsters who appear only when it's time to close the eyes. I have to oblige to several requests for water until I know I'm being tricked and then have to put on a stern face. There are times when I have to lay still and lifeless for hours, like a mummy, hoping my son will fall asleep only to creep out later to find him wide awake. Then there are nights when he will cry and get clingy simply because he wants no one else but ME to hold on to, to pull my face, pinch my eyelids, basically feel my presence as he falls asleep.
Sleeptime is one of the biggest mysteries that can never be easily solved. After several unpleasant experiences, I've come to understand a few common toddler sleep problems that can cause a lot of anxiety. If like me, you sometimes struggle with your child's …

How Life Changed After I Became a Mom

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Life before baby for me was: shopping for hours, choosing things that I wanted (and had to have), taking my own sweet time while I shopped for groceries. I had the luxury of sleeping late on the weekend, waking up hungry and then ordering the unhealthiest food possible. There were days when the husband and I made plans (at 10 pm) to watch some "super cool" movie in a theater and then there were those days when we fought for the remote control (romance or action movie! It was a big deal). It was extremely important to know all the latest songs on the radio, with lyrics and dance moves. If we needed a break, we just had to jump in the car and explore some exciting place. Life was all this and more. More space in bed, more time to shower, more time to eat, more time to sleep, more time to do everything and anything! I'm sure as a parent, you get it!  No matter what advice I received, however much I planned, nothing quite prepared me for life after baby. The night I brought…
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Encouraging my son to read has been very important. Has it been easy? Not really but the key is to never give up. I began when he was six months. I read the same book everyday and then we began to build our little library of books.

Initially, I could not tell if he liked reading or tearing the pages 😂 So his earlier books are covered with cellotape and bear testement of being ripped.

A couple months back we began 'reading time' - any time during the day when he would haul all his books out and place them on a table and pretend he was reading.

Last night after almost a year of bedtime stories and for the first time he chose the book he wanted and brought it to me!

Reading..it's never too early to start and never too late to begin- Maria DeRosario

Picture: He's learning to point out alphabets and the newspaper has been a very cool start!

The Adventures of Boston The Bear - The Space Journey

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Boston is my son's favourite Teddy Bear since he was a year and half. We've had many adventures together and so for the first time I bring to you
 " The Adventures of Boston the Bear".

For his first adventure, Boston decided that the best place to go would be: well, space. The planets and galaxy have always fascinated him. So join him as he jets off in his splendid Space Rocket, whirls around the plantes,the moon and decides if he would want to live on Mars someday. 

A short adventure filled with excitement and written for my adventurous son!

New Parents? 5 Things You Should Know

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As a new mom,there are several things I took for granted and assumed would automatically fall in place once baby was born. In the past two years, I look back and feel I should have been better prepared - and not just with my hospital bag and checklist for baby. I should have made a big list of situations I would face as a new mom and how exactly I would cope in those (sometimes) despairing moments. As new parents, you will feel over the moon one moment and quite fearful the next when you think about the responsibilities ahead. It's absolutely normal and while effectively communicating your needs with each other is important, it's also vital not to panic but be rational as you face the many (if I may say) roller coaster moments as new parents. Here are five situations that may seem trivial but are the most important challenges to address as you become parents, especially for the first time. 1. In the first few weeks, babies cry a lot, sleep less and are hungry all the time. When …

Postcards From Mommie

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'Life is like the Ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.' - Unknown

This is my most precious memory of you because I see your love to explore all things refreshing, simple and beautiful.

No matter where Life takes you my son, I hope you always perceive it to be beautiful like the Ocean and always remember that no trouble big or small lasts forever. Even the biggest, tumultuous waves eventually become calm and peaceful... 

Love
Mommie

My C-Section Experience

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As a first-time Mom and one who comes from a family where all women had normal deliveries, I was terribly misinformed about what to expect during the labor and birth of my child. Normal delivery was the absolute norm and I refused to even think of a C-section as an alternate option.  In the fifth month of my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. That is when I began to realise that all hopes for a normal delivery were fading. My doctor was more positive than I was and apart from keeping me well informed of the complications, she also assured me that inducing labor would be the safest and best option, keeping my condition in mind. I spent a couple of days reading articles on induced labor mostly because I wanted to see if the end-result was a successful Normal delivery. But it's important to remember that no birthing story is similar and nothing goes as planned. Keeping yourself informed and prepared with options is the best in any situation. After what seemed like…