My childbirth story:
As I sit here and wait for her to come from the school gate, I remember my child birth story and how did I say “No-epidural”. I can’t believe this school going girl now was once a tiny 2.9 kg beautiful looking new born.I had terrible morning sickness all through my first trimester. I got my appointments with #Seethapathy Clinic ,Chennai and my Obstetrician was none other than Mrs Uma Ram. I went through all the check ups and everything was just fine.Thanks God!
Ante-Natal classes and my health regime:
Well, I took the 3 ante-natal classes which were conducted by #Rekha Sudarsan. Little Anusuya inside had taken classes more seriously than me. I have always been working out,from my twenties. And when I was pregnant, I was even more cautious. I ate what I craved for but of course in moderation. And I was determined to deliver a baby normally.Every mother wants a normal birth,right? Long walks, Long dog walks(with extreme pulls by my dog(pup then) formed a norm. Climbing stairs to home was a routine as we don’t have a lift/elevator to it.
I joined ante- natal classes and I was taught exercises which I incorporated as my routine. Kegels,lunges,squats,yoga(prenatal )and many more. I thought the moment I sit comfortably I wouldn’t be able to hit the goal .To my surprise not many encouraged me. Some people also told me that odds for normal delivery are more as I am a short person. But I didn’t give up. It was final trimester and I was already nesting it up.
The Alarms,Contractions and the fight with Epidural:
Series of false alarms followed a week before my due date. I got admitted to hospital one or two times eagerly waiting for some good news only to return without the baby to my dismay. Every time amma would give me ample vibhuti/sacred ashes to be applied on forehead before going to the hospital.
God couldn’t be present everywhere and so they sent mothers and mothers-in-law.
On one such Friday evening I got hell of contractions. I downloaded an app to quantify the same. Numerous trips to bathroom. A sudden irritability. Vomits and more. I thought this is also a false alarm. Without panicking my husband drove me to hospital along with my sister. Doctor checked and confirmed that I was in the process of delivering a baby. But they said the contractions were mild and they would expedite the process when I get strong contractions. I felt like hitting the face of the doctor who came to check me every single hour.Well, I was dying of pain. Of huge inexplicable pain. I resorted to all the tips shared by Rekha Sudarsan at her prenatal classes. Every time a contraction came I would breathe in and breathe out, diligently.
Visitors came and couldn’t help me but just empathize with my pain. My sister was with me all through. She held my hands and told me to breathe in,in case I forgot to succumbing to pain. It was 11.30 pm that night. We lay down with lights off and hands held together. Me and my sister. As the night set its mood, baby tricked me more. Suddenly my water broke the moment we slipped in some silence and were passing each contraction.
Lady doctor came in for examination. ‘She is dilated….but a long way to go!’ she exclaimed.
What!? I am dying here, don’t you have heart? Do something. Move things fast I told.
And thereon every contraction was a humongous mountain to pass. Amidst everything, my co-blogger Snehal took to every thing which would meant to make us both calmer. I knew if I panic now, the battle would be lost. I also resorted to japam…repeating a mantra for several times. And one Lord Rama shloka was getting reverberating my mind.
The next 3 hours from the time I got dilated.
- A lady doctor came with a proposal of getting epidural. I knew what it was and I was of the opinion, that I would bear the pain until I could. I rejected the proposal. Thanks to my ante-natal classes and labor classes.Everything was happening as I had pictured during the class.
- In the next hour another stronger proposal came knocking my pain. Making me little softer for the epidural injection. But I have worked for sales of a reputed bank. I knew the power of second try.I didn’t budge and refused politely.Next hour saw more dilation and more contractions.We were worried as what to do now!
- “Knock knock” said epidural. This time I vented out my entire pain and blasted at the lady doctor. In a stern voice I told her not to insist on it, else she may have to bear the severe complain.
Within next 15 min I was shifted to the main room and I was put on the table. It meant I won’t be with Snehal. Snehal thought as it was excruciating pain, I may opt for C-Section. But I was only strongly experiencing pain,mindfully. I breathed whoosh when I saw my husband Arun walk into the labor room. It was a rule of Seethapathy Clinic to let husband be with the mother delivering the baby.
It was the time to push the baby and to breathe out instead of shouting. I tried my level best. All the literature I had read prepared me to visualize what could happen and how to battle it out.My husband was standing behind me and helped me push the baby. Until we heard,’Beautiful baby girl for you, congratulations!’They showed me the baby and took her inside. my husband kissed me.
People take advantage of your problems. Pray God. Seek blessings. Prayers and meditation bring in the internal strength.Stand strong when you can. Ask for support. Read more. Understand more. I wouldn’t know what is delivering a baby until I attended ante-natal classes and the labor classes. Exercise. Bond with your partner or your mother, sister. Speak to your doctor frankly. I had also registered myself on online community of mothers, called www.babycentre.in. After all, I had no mom to tell me what can I expect at my delivery.Hope you have a smooth sail too. Every birth story is different and every mom is different. I believe you must have a great story too. Share with us the same and if you are a new-would be mom then share with us later.
Stories help healing. Happy parenting till next post!
Why should I watch “This is Us”?
Rebecca and Jack, a couple is going to deliver triplets. Yes! I know I have included the father and why not! As he is the one who wants the kids more than anything in life. The story is all about their life, and their kids Kevin,Kate and Randall. Oh No! It is another boring show. We have seen many family serials. Well, hold on! The web series has a lot more to it than what could be expressed and could be said in words. The truth with which the sensitive characters speak their heart out in such a touching way just takes us on an emotional ride. We, as audience tend to reflect on various relationships the characters have with themselves and with others.The family is the focus of all its members. Name it all , the writer has well trapped all the strong values in one drama.
Every episode has a distinct parenthood story with a strong message which is interwoven with the beautiful characters played by such powerful actors. The story moves every point of time. It transits us smoothly to the previous years/ flashback and brings you back to the present without even a single jerk. A thick weave of relationships is what I look for daily in “This is Us”. With “no-time-4-everything” generation, this is a web series which grabs our attention and we are glued to something which isn’t “using the f*** word any often”. I would also call it a no-nonsense drama.
I like it when each of the character goes through multiple emotions at various times. The writer has excelled at bringing out the struggles which each of the characters undergo within themselves. You will cry with the characters, be embarrassed with them, be guilty when they do and also celebrate when “this is US” celebrates. We learn the art of building each other up and standing up for the family we live in with the Superbowl lovers. Amidst a number of web series which thrive mainly on sexuality, and the cuss words, here it is a family drama which has already moved mountains with emotions.
The music which takes the story back and forward with classics like “Catch a boat to England Baby”, and “Time after Time” is amazing.
What is in the family?
So as I was saying Kevin is the eldest of the triplets. Kevin is a handsome successful actor of a small series called “The Manny”. He encounters a struggle for his own integrity and has to put his foot down off the well-acclaimed show. His journey then starts to find out his purpose and he kind of gradually evolves as a Man.
Kevin is close to Kate. She is this big fat lady who has this huge never ending battle with Bulge that involves many physical and psychological issues. Her boy friend Toby another fat guy on the show , who loves her very much , tries to ease her angst and pain with his humor. He succeeds at many such moments and of course fails at other times.
Randall is the adopted son of the couple.He is the most successful, no vice, all perfect husband, son,dad and brother of the entire family. Born to black family and raised by whites, this guy has seen an entirely different life and struggles.
Go watch it now!
The show is about how the children remember their own parents while living their own lives. Even if they are practically gone.
We can relate with the show. There is life to every moment of the poignant writing.Everyone’s life has frequent but subtle twists . This is what makes it even more desirable to watch. Trivial confrontations and meaningful conversations are the strongholds of the drama. “This is Us” is etched in my memory and has made a mark in my heart. Kudos team “This Is Us”.
#Day15 of the challenge and I feel we have bonded well. More than the names of the fellow bloggers at this challenge,I know you all with the work you do, with the blogs you write and with the thoughts you live by. I am glad at the exchange of ideas and the quality of work that is put in by each on Ultimate Blog challenge. I do miss my other blogger friends. Well, I think now that you all must have known about www.the5ammommy.com. If not, let me take you to a quick introduction of the mommies that we are and what we do!
Snehal Sham, is my co-blogger. An entrepreneur, a fitness enthusiast and a mom to an 8 years old. She is a trained Indian Classical dancer and a trained Hindustani singer. She is also founder and director of a five year old startup turned grown up Prolyfis consulting works Pvt Ltd.
My name is Shrilekha and I am a mother to a 2.5 years old toddler and a furry tail. I run Marathons when not running errands at home and I am also a family member of Prolyfis.
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We two had a special evening!
and a fun-filled day…..
The moon in its full bloom!
In the nearby park
Sand and engaging play
Slides and Swings
With sea and saw
Life is a game
With many ups downs
the park teaches it all
Let them run in open
Barefoot if you may
To feel the texture of the ground
And to let them breathe in the open air
She meets new people
She meets new pets
She knows how to play in a park
Get social & carry herself well
We two had a special evening!
and a fun-filled day…..
The moon in its full bloom!
In the nearby park
Sand and engaging play
Today,I watched an old interview of Indian actress Rekha on BBC, which dates to the eighties; exactly when I was born. I found her mentioning that she started taking acting artistry seriously from the movie “Ghar”. I got intrigued to watch this movie and moreover Actress Rekha in the movie Ghar! “Ghar” literally means house/home in Hindi.
Caution:- This is not an Oscar Nominated movies and certainly not top 10 Bollywood movies. But if you like emotional movies and real sensitive topics which touch heart then Yes! It is a Good movie to watch.
Plot:- Vikas and Arti(Rekha) are in deep love with each other. Vikas knows that his dad will not accept Arti as a daughter in law as his father has his friend’s daughter in his mind. Vikas is determined to marry Arti against all odds. Vikas searches and plans to buy/ rent a house in order to get married to Arti and stay independently with her.
Vikas has a good set of friends and supporters. He gets married to Arti legally only to his father’s dismay. He is a head strong man when it comes to Arti. He leaves his father’s house with some of his belongings and the newly married couple start their married life. Romance blooms a little more and they also shift their abode to a new place of their own. The couple now gets little settled to start their family.
Until one fine day when they plan to go for a late night movie. They don’t get a cab while returning home. And while they walk their way home on an isolated road, they get encountered by four drunkard men. They hit Vikas hard and he falls unconscious. They forcibly take Arti away. Vikas gets conscious in a hospital only to find that Arti was gang raped. Arti gets traumatized. She is depressed. She feels suicidal at times. Everything around them changes after this incidence. But for the love of her husband for Arti. Infact, he becomes even more loving,caring and affectionate. This feeling makes her think that probably he is being pitiable to her and she wants to leave the place and go. They are at the verge of loveless relationship. Arti doesn’t feel normal in their relationship, even after several attempts by Vikas to make her feel comfortable. So,what happens then to the headstrong Vikas who left his father’s home for Arti? Does she leave him? Well, it is for you to watch!
About the ravishing cast:
The chemistry between Rekha and Vinod Mehra is amazing. The sparkle in their eyes for each other is really adorable. Beautiful songs like “tere bina Jiya Jae na”,”Apki ankhon me kuch “,”Phir wohi raat hai”,”Aaj kal Paon Zameen par” take their romance to the next level and you feel one with them. Their offscreen love/ romance gets easily mirrored on screen. (Rumours on the mill)
This movie & Rekha:
Ghar is said to be the turning point in Rekha’s life. She transformed herself from the bollywood’s so called “An ugly duckling “ to “a svelte ravishing heroine” now. By Ghar, she had arrived. Her acting is very matured.
The more than perfect husband material Vinod Mehra is one innocent and loving husband which every lady would desire for. He is sweet. He is caring.
The supporting cast Prema Narayan,who played Seema- a friend to Vinod is simply adorable. The notorious neighbour C. S. Dubey has kept the humour alive in the movie and so has actor Asrani brought a lighter side to the movie by his role as an inspector.
Background Music & the story:
The songs are solace to the romantic souls. Not talking here about direction and other technical aspects of the film. The subject is very sensitive and has been handled with extreme care. The audience, like me, or even any millennial would love to see the story unfold gently. Many credits to the beautiful songs with brilliant lyrics and excellent music that the movie feels relevant even today. R.D Burman and Gulzar to be credited
Happy birthday Rekhaji! I realised only now that it is her birthday today. Birthday has no relevance for a timeless star she is inside out!
Are you working out as planned by us? Remember we spoke about the fitness challenge for the next 82 days left for 2020! Crawl,walk, run, cycle,swim ,strength train or sun salutations/Surya Namaskaras- I believe you are engaged in some physical activity for 45 minutes of the day. And remember to keep moving all the time. As they say “Sitting is the new smoking” ! Today we carry on with our lower body workouts.
It is also said that “Abs are made in the kitchen”. This is the most apt saying I have ever read. The direct connection of the stomach is with the food. I will write about food and habits to healthy life in the next post.
I limit my blog today to the simple body workouts for beginners which can be done at the comfort of your home.Without wasting any time, let us head towards understanding the basic muscle groups in your lower body.
When you say lower body workouts you need to first warm up your body with simple exercises like the ones I have mentioned in my blog http://www.the5ammommy.com/upper-body-workout-for-beginners-day-2/
Now once when we are done with warm ups which, I reiterate, prevent us from encountering any injury while on vigorous exercise, we can straight head towards
- Indian Squats(Dandbaithak)
- Reverse lunges (You may use a dumbbell for holding or to perform a bicep move
- Side Leg Raises(Both sides)
I don’t want to go in depth about how to do these exercises. You may find ample information about the same on all fitness websites. Then What is the purpose of my blog. Well, I feel we aren’t giving enough importance to the strength training as much as we should. Especially, my dearly ladies of all groups need to pay this type of exercise a little more attention.
A frequency of two days a week of strength training is very good to start with. Remember the “calorie burn” and the “after burn” is more when you strength train than when you are at cardio exercises.
Don’t forget to stretch your body well after the 2 or 3 sets of each exercise with 12-15 repetitions each. Stretches are also written in my previous blog.
Are you asking me about my workout today? Well! I was on fasting today. I was on low calories and so I just went with Yogasanas with #BabaRamdev. This is coming up for the next post.