A Sneak Peek Into My Journey As a New Mother

Hi! I am Nandani Raunak. Currently, I play the roles of a Mother / Housekeeper / Chef / Teacher / Nurse / Coach / Chauffeur/ Storyteller/ Monster killer/ Planner/ Organizer / Decorator / Craftsman / Best Friend / Multitasker / Wonder woman and many more. In a nutshell, I am a new mother.

I did Engineering in Information Technology; however, I did not want to do a 9-5 job in the corporate sector. I love children, so I conduct tuition classes for young kids after engineering, thoroughly enjoying my job. I also love reading, gardening, and playing with my newborn. Besides being a mom and an educator, I enjoy reading and reviewing books, adore dancing, and am always eager to learn new things.

During my 7-months of pregnancy and 15 months of parenthood, I learned many things; I saw ups and downs in my pregnancy, had sleepless nights, and easily got annoyed and emotional. Motherhood taught me one important lesson in life: how to be patient.

My baby is eight weeks premature, but now he is fully healthy. When I was 32 weeks pregnant, my water broke. My husband was there with me during my whole pregnancy journey. I can say that ‘we were pregnant.’ He was my strength at that time. It was a normal delivery. Actually, for normal/vaginal delivery, yoga and lots of fluids helped me a lot.

As my son Nirvin was eight weeks premature, he was admitted to NICU for 20 days. By God’s grace, everything was fine, and after 20 days, on the fifth day of Durga Puja, Nirvin was at home. My actual journey started after he came home.

As he was premature, he was not able to suck breast milk. My doctor asked me to purchase a breast pump. I purchased a manual breast pump. It became challenging to manage my baby after continuous sleepless nights, household chores, and other issues. With so many challenges, the manual pump was not much help. Then, I purchased an electric breast pump, which was helpful.

Motherhood is a beautiful journey. I learned a lot and still learning a lot, just as in the words of Jill Churchill – “The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

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