Paulo Coelho stated, “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” As a new mum, I can totally vouch for this. Being a first time mom can be a rollercoaster ride but here is a funny side of the whole First time mommy thing. Before I start the post, I must say I love my daughter to bits (OK, I would love her more if she slept more ;)). I did not know it was possible to love anyone so much. Sometimes, I am on the brink of insanity but still she makes it worthwhile and so without further ado here are the funny things I have learnt as a First time Mom.

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Image Via Google Images

  • Those who say they slept like a baby clearly do not have one or have never been with one.
  • I have always been very lady like so why the hell does my daughter fart so loudly especially outside amidst strangers? Why, oh why?
  • Before the babe, I had a full-time job; I was also blogging, socializing with friends and regularly going to gym. I had a busy life or so I thought. Now, I will give my left arm to have a 48-hour-day and I suspect I would still need more.
  • Often after feeding, cleaning and dressing her up, I would think I will relax for a wee-bit with a nice cuppa and just when I let my guard down the baby she……poops.
  • Babies are unpredictable. Just when I think I have mastered her non-verbal cues and “aaaah aah” songs and feel rather pleased with myself for taking stock of her needs, she would change track and then it is back to square one.
  • I always wanted to have super powers now I have one– I make milk.
  • My boobs—they are no longer just mine or my hubby’s for that matter. They are solely and only hers. Her food and sometimes (na, all the time) her comforter, soother, cushion and toy.
  • Those who say babies should have schedule from day one don’t have kids of their own or live in some fairy land.
  • It is slightly annoying when stranger people (na, girls) coo at my hubby when he carries her whilst while I am carrying her, I am just doing my natural duty.
  • The best way to get a baby’s attention: pretend you are relaxing.
  • Just when you think you can get busy with your hubby/partner. Babies will bawl crazy they just know that you are having too much fun without them.
  • Motherhood is not all cuddling, laughter and walk in the park. Motherhood is actually series of shocks and harsh realizations, disgusting things under my fingernails, horrifying smells, and constant irritation.
  • And yet when your baby gives you her innocent laughter, talks to you in her baby language you know you will die thousand deaths just for your baby.

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I am often asked by some people in my family and friends circle why do I blog especially since it barely gives me any income. Most people who ask me this question has no idea how helpful blogging has been for me. But I have been pondering about this question for sometime now and here are my top reasons for blogging.

1) I intend to use my voice:

I have a voice or voices and blogging is the perfect platform me to unleash my thoughts and express myself the best way.  By Voice, I obviously don’t mean a high-pitched, squeaky voice singing, “In the jungle, the mighty jungle,” to the little one and dancing like a clown. Even as a kid I used to keep a journal and blogging is an extension of that–a space for me to vent my emotions, rant and just be myself.

2) It is saving my sanity:

Being a first time mum is helluva crazy ride which can leave you utterly overwhelmed. As Sylvia Plath said, “I feel very still and empty, the way the eye of the tornado must feel moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” Blogging gives me some purpose in life, a mission and a feeling that I am more than just a wife and a mum.

3) It has definitely unleashed the inner stylist in me. 

Before starting a blog, I loved clothes and dressing up just like any other girl but since this blog, I am becoming more into a stylist. Style, I have always felt is like a form of art. It is merely not taking few pieces of garments and throwing it in. There’s so much of thinking involved to come up with a look and it really brings out my creative side. Dressing up and feeling good should not be luxury of few people who have money and time, it can be done easily by everyone. Everyone should have the opportunity to look and feel good and I hope my blog helps my readers to get in touch with their inner stylist.

4) I have made some great friends. 

Yes, we all know opening up yourself in the big bad world of internet can get you attention in a not-so good way but looking at the brighter side I have made some great friends–some are great poets, some are awesome stylists, some are great photographers, some are good cooks, some just make me laugh with their daily tidbits, some are curious travelers. All of them are interesting no one is boring or dangerous.

So, yes despite anybody’s misgivings I will blog, I will write because I am writer and that’s what writers do 🙂

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Being a first time mom (FTM) is hard enough not only you are bringing up a brand new human being but you are dealing with a plethora of challenges from sleep deprivation to body image issues to a loss of identity. It is no wonder FTMs can feel and act like total zombies. The challenges notwithstanding there are things that people will tell  a FTM  knowingly or unknowingly, jokingly or seriously that just should NOT be said. So read on and find out my list of things that a FTM just doesn’t want to hear (and possible retorts). I must say this post does not mean any malice and should be taken with a pinch of salt and a dollop of humour.

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1) Oh, seems like there is a second one down there.

“At least I had a baby, what’s your excuse?”

2) Wow. I had a restful night.

“Good for you. Do you really have to rub it in???”

3) Why is the baby crying so much . Do you have enough milk (breast)??

“Yes, I do. Shall I spray it on you?”

4) When will you have the second one?

“Hmph!! Like I have the energy to make the second one!!”

5) Is she a good baby??

“What is a “good” baby? The one who doesn’t cry?”

6) Sleep when the baby sleeps.

“Really. And when should I eat, shower and go to the loo!!”

7) Are you going back to work ever?

“I won’t. Is that a problem?”

8) I am so over worked and tired.

“Really unless you pushed a desk out of your vagina and are making sure it is growing well….not the same thing.”

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Traveling with a baby is definitely not an idea of fun for many. I have in the recent weeks, cancelled plans because I just cannot be bothered packing the nappy bag, arranging for substitute clothes and making sure that every tiny thing is up to speed while we are out. But going out actually is not just wonderful for a growing baby (change of scenery is supposed to stimulate and develop their senses) but it is extremely essential for the parent too who can catch a break. So without further ado, here are some places in and around Hampshire that are baby and pushchair friendly.

Virginia Water, Surrey: 

Baby's day out

Located on the southern edge  of Windsor Great Park near Ascot, Virginia Water Lake Reservoir is a great place to enjoy a scenic and pleasant walk. The lake  forms the heart of the affluent Virginia Water village and was created from a water body that existed in the 17th century. The circuit around the lake is about 4.5 miles or 7.2 kilometers and consists of both paved and natural path, this makes it a perfect place to enjoy a pleasant walk with your baby in a pushchair. What makes the walk interesting is the number of eye-catching features that gives character to this place. You will find a luscious cascade, a 100 foot totem pole, replica of a ruined city which was imported from North Africa (pictured above) and so on. I felt that showing these things to the baby was really making her happy whilst stimulating her senses. The best part of the park? It is free (except for parking charges) and is open from 8AM to 7PM every day.

South Sea Beach, Portsmouth: 

south sea beach. portsmouth

I love the sea side and wanted my little one to get acquainted with it at the earliest. Her first beach stop was the South Sea beach, Portsmouth. Although a shingle beach, it has a very tantalizing affect. The beach is made of many  different types of stones, scattered and littered. There is a paved way just outside which makes it easier to navigate the place with your pushchair. There are two piers–the south parade pier and the Clarence Pier; the sites are now amusement centers. On a nice summary day, you will find people enjoying kite flying, para sailing and BBQ. The South Sea is a perfect place to enjoy a nice picnic with your loved ones. Just make sure to wrap your little bundle of joy with layers as the sea side can get cold and windy even during summer.

Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton:

Image Source: Wikipedia Commons, Hethurs

Image Source: Wikipedia Commons, Hethurs

I love open spaces and gardens and I have realised that taking the baby out to a garden is a great way to calm her down. The Royal Victoria Country Park located in Southampton is a 200 acres mature woodland and grassy parkland, with a small shingle beach. The Park is an ideal place to enjoy some weekend relaxation and leisure with your family.  The park’s ancient woodlands, large open spaces, boardwalks and ponds makes it a great place to enjoy a stroller friendly walk with your little one. From 1863 until 1966, the site was home to the Royal Victoria Hospital. The Hampshire County Council acquired the place in 1969 and opened the park to the public in 1970. All that remains of the hospital is the chapel, which acts as a heritage centre providing history of the hospital. This park has greenery, expansive open spaces and plenty of eye-catching birds and mammals that makes the visit all the more interesting for your baby.

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As you probably know, my blog instead of following a strict niche is all about things and ideas I love. As I am now a mom, I have started a new segment: Mommy musings. Hope you enjoy my take on Motherhood. And thanks for all your love and support 🙂

Motherhood is amusing, exhausting and truly life changing experience. And here’s my funny take on the whole thing.

aria one month collage

  • Every morning at 4 AM, I make a pact with myself that I will stick to clean, healthy eating because you know I want to be a yummy mummy but by 10AM after I have nursed for what seems like zillion times, I wolf down a slice (or two) of cake. Amazingly, I don’t care because I am too exhausted.
  • Sometimes, the only way to calm my little girl is the damn idiot box (TV). And I let her watch. (but only for few minutes) 🙁
  • Some days, I keep a wet and soiled nappy on till hubby’s arrival. I would promptly give the baby to him with the most beguiling smile stating that she did her business just as he walked in.
  • Ever since my daughter’s birth I have been having dark dreams…..where I do nothing but sleep. I have finally begun to realise the beauty of beauty sleep.
  • I have always considered myself to be an intelligent, smart person who can sort out anything in life. Never did I think that my own baby would make me feel like an utter, incompetent fool.
  • I have on an occasion (or two or whatever) woken my hubby up from his deep slumber because I have to nurse and why should he SLEEP???
  • Once upon a time, I used to be prim and proper. Now, I use words like S***, F***, C*** with an alarming ease. 🙁
  • It’s not me it’s the hormones. Hormones have made me weepy, angry, and downright mean. Yes, hormones are the real bitch not me ;).
  • Speaking of bitches, so is 4-month sleep regression.
  • I love seeing my daughter grow but I dread growth spurts.
  • I start my week saying I will only have decaf coffee and tea but by the second day after feeling like a total zombie, I cave in and have a big, fat cup of coffee. The real deal not the decaf thing.
  • I’ve heard mothers are versatile people. I agree I am not just a mom but a soother, cleaner of all dirty things, rocker, wiper, singer (Bad one at that), dancer, baby’s buffet, clown, walker and even bed.
  • Baby wipes are quite versatile–can be used to clean the mirror, windows, tables, your face and so on.
  • At times, I will sit in the loo just a tad bit longer so that I can have a moment of quiet just by myself.
  • Once upon a time, I used to be house proud. Now, the wires of the laptop, the tablet, the God-knows-what are all strewn everywhere with the little lady’s toys and I don’t care.
  • As I have stated here, motherhood is not a job and the pay is crummy. But the returns are amazing.

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