Walk on the grass baby !!!


Another road trip with the little one (16 months old), very non adventurous one in terms of meltdowns :). She was much more prepared and so was mommy, we got her very excited for the car ride and promised her that we can spot a number of red buses (current favorite) on the way.  She enjoyed the trip thoroughly, playing on the grass, the swimming pool and good food :). First time she stepped on the grass barefoot, she felt so weird made some faces  and was not ready to take the next step. We distracted her and got her to take some steps, although she didn’t quite liked it. I never thought that the feel of grass can also make someone uncomfortable, her reactions surprise me in so many ways, its like being introduced to so many things all over again :). Anyways once she was confident, which by the way took only 10 minutes there was no looking back, she wanted to be there all the time. I am amazed how easily babies adapt themselves and move on, we adults on the other hand take so much time be convinced for a new task or adventure.


Holiday with a 9 month old honey bun


I had been conveniently pushing any holiday plans since my little one’s birth. Of course holidays are not on your agenda for the first three months after the baby is born, there are tons of other things to deal with !!! Once Mahira turned 7 months we started discussing about holidays,Yup life starts getting back on track once the baby is 6 months old :P.There was no need for a lot of research to choose a holiday destination. Our first vacation had to be Goa, the place brings so much joy to me and I really wanted to share that with Mahira. Since this was going to be her first flight we were a little anxious (read really anxious!!), who likes a screaming baby on a flight. We were all geared up and had a lot of props to keep her engaged during the flight like toys, teethers and a number of rhymes on our i pads and phone. Did it work? Sort of but mot much, the idea of sitting in one place for an hour is just not acceptable to her and that’s what made her scream, yes you read it right she did “scream”, but we survived. The next surprise for her was the hotel room for the first half hour she kept staring at all the stuff in the around her. Everything looked different, she was extremely quiet for the rest of the day.We carried a some of her favorite toys, the moment I showed her those she started showing some excitement. Once she familiarized herself to the surroundings the real fun began, she just wouldn’t stay in the room and would want to go out near the sea all the time. She loved the sound of sea and the fresh air around us. She shares the same love for water as her parents :). Goa is going to be our favorite holiday destination i guess and truly truly hope,there’s no bigger joy than sharing your most loved things with the love of your life.

Here is a cheat sheet of what things to carry for the baby for beach holiday:

  • Loads of clothes
  • Sand play toys: Even if they are too young to play, they love to look at the castles being built
  • Mosquito patches
  • 2-3 towels
  • Swimming costume for the baby
  • Swimming diapers
  • Baby lotions
  • Medicines
  • Hats
  • Baby umbrella hat
  • Some of the favorite toys
  • Books
  • Baby sunscreen lotion (My personal favorite is Aveeno)
  •  Body wash and Shampoo for the baby
  • Nail Clippers
  • Feeding bowls
  • Baby food
  • Cot Bedding
  • Blankets
  • Stroller