Summer & Low Carb Journey

Its been long hectic summer with family in town visiting from India and Europe. It was quite stressful managing school, clinicals, kiddo and house full of guests. Although, I say it was quite fun and we enjoyed the company. I still have been cooking up a storm but have not had chance to update my blog. I have started this low carb journey since beginning of September, and have managed to lose almost 20 lbs.

Couple of exciting things to share! My lil cutie is almost 2!!! Cant believe it, time flies by so quickly. I am almost done with grad school, one more semester to go before graduation.

I will get around to share some of my fav low carb/keto recipes 🙂

Here are some pics of my lil munchkin.


Happy 12 months, Dhyan!!

I am not even sure where to start.. I dont know how this year flew by so quickly. I remember Dhyan’s arrival into this world like it was yesterday, yet i can’t even picture what life was life before he arrived. It’s been a very bittersweet past couple of days for Kunal and I. How did we get here so quickly? We have been mom and dad for an entire year? and look! he is still breathing, healthy and happy and oh my gosh, so beautiful!

Dear sweet Dhyan, it has been my greatest privilege to be called your mother this past year. I dont know how many times throughout the day I pause and look at you and think, “he belongs to me?? how did I get so lucky?” Dhyan, you have taught me so much about myself, about love and the things that matter the most. you have made my saddest and most frustrating moments joyful again! I am thankful I get to spend my days by your side. Thank you for being here, for being your happy beautiful self and for making your mama and papa’s day, over and over again! Dhyan has so much personality and my little cutie wants to be so independent already! We love you, eternally! Happy Birthday Dhyan!!

Height/weight: Dhyan weight is about 23 lbs (he lost a little from being sick / ear infections/ cold :() and height is 31.5 inches.

Size: Dhyan is wearing 12-18 months clothing and size 4 diapers.

Routine: His daily routine hasn’t changed much from last month except for the fact that he is not pretty much down to 2 naps a day, which is fine. Length of the naps are approx. 1-2 hours.

Sleeping: Dhyan is  sleeping through the night his crib/in his room with the door shut. I started sleep training slowly by putting him in his crib for naps and at night. I tried the ferber CIO method first night at night but it didnt go well and broke my heart. He did not sleep through the night but did not wake up 3 times either. 2nd night he fell a sleep within 3 minutes and slept through the night and 3rd night he fell a sleep within seconds without crying and slept through the night. I am glad we did this and wished would have done earlier.

Eating: I breastfed until he turned one year old and now transitioned him to organic whole milk. I m happy that I am done with nursing but I am so happy that I completed my goal of a year because I remember how hard it was in the beginning and how badly I was close to giving up. But I am so glad I did not and I can tell you right now that it was absolutely worth it. Dhyan is eating 3 solid meals a day and drinks milk twice during day and once at night. Dhyan loves indian food and easily tries new foods when given to him. I have noticed that he doesnt care for sweet sugary foods but he loves savory things. In the morning he loves his cereal with milk or eggs or anything I make for my self (indian food), for lunch he always has to have his favorite vegetable khichdi and for dinner we have something new and different each day.

Personality/mood: Dhyan is definitely changed compared to last month and wants to be very independent. His personality is really showing through. If he wants something he will point it and say gibberish and he doesnt want something then he will grunt and push it away. If you try to give it to him he will take it and throw it away. He does have little temper LOL. He is so fast at crawling and now soon to be walking. Dhyan loves going to play dates but recently I am noticing behavior that he wants everything that his friends have. My son is very stubborn LOL. I am trying to teach him sharing by taking him to play dates so he learns while having interaction with other kids.

Milestones: Dhyan is about to walk- he holds on to things and walks around slowly. He is such a busy bee and extremely active. He is all over the place and at times I feel like my little cutie is energized bunny. Dhyan talks gibberish and clearly says cookie, daddy, mommy, kaka, dada, papa, hot! He tries to repeat words and when I tell him I love you Dhyan he tries to repeat with back to me.

Loves: Dhyan loves going outside to the park. He loves looking at the dogs and cats, and wants to bring them home. He loves soft toys. Dhyan loves reading books, cars and anything with wheels. Dhyan loves swimming and bath time. Dhyan loves messing things in the house, getting into kitchen cabinets to pull things out. Dhyan has not been afraid of anything yet !!

Doesnt love: Dhyan doesnt like trying sweet things and drinking milk. Dhyan hates when you take his favorite toy away or books away to feed him or for nap time. Dhyan is getting little fussy when we pull him out of the water during bath time and during diaper changes. Dhyan hates wearing socks/ hats/ coats/ tight clothing.


Happy 10 months, Dhyan!

14712547_10153909748636643_5308256716157238105_oOur baby boy is 10 months old! double digits!! goodness thats hard to say.. it is so bittersweet watching him grow. Every stage has become my new favorite. 10 months old has been so much fun, he is a little giggle box, he grabs my face and opens his mouth to give me kisses, he stands holding on with one hand. He is still crawling to places while exploring and venturing out, mama is his favorite and he is still dealing with some separation anxiety where he only wants me, he loves his daddy and is constantly looking at the door when mentioned his name and waiting for his dad to get home from work so he can play with him. His personality is developing in leaps and bounds and due to all the new skills he is mastering which allow him to engage and interact more than ever, we have so much fun together. He is such a happy little chappy, constantly smiling and laughing, and I adore spending time with him.


It is during this past month that Dhyan seems to have suddenly morphed into a little boy. It is as though he went to sleep one evening and overnight transformed from a baby to a toddler. I look at him now, with his dark brown hair, light brown eyes and pouty lips. He suddenly looks so much older and although it’s bittersweet that his baby days are behind us, I love witnessing the person he is becoming.


Height/Weight/Teeth/Clothing size: Plodding along nicely on the 80th percentile, Dhyan weighs 23 lbs and 11 oz at 10 months. We suspected he had a growth spurt as he looked bigger and had been sleeping more, and it was confirmed when we measured him, he has grown with in a month and he is now shot up to  3o inches… 92 percentile for height. Wears 12-18 month clothes and has 8 teeth already and 2 more coming.. one of them is possibly a molar..


My little munchkin loves reading books. Hand Hand Finger Thumb is his favorite.. He wouldnt mind if you keep reading that book to him all day.. Lol

Health: Dhyan finally had his first cold. I like to think he managed so long without one due to being breastfeeding, but maybe we just got lucky. He coped with it very well and remained surprisingly chipper considering he had a constant nasal drainage and cough.


Here is my son doing yoga.. He does it every morning.. practically two to three times a day ;).. Esp when he sees me doing yoga poses LOL

Sleeping: Dhyan is now sleeping through the night and is still going the half night in crib and other half with me which ends up early morning. Sometimes he wakes during the night and fusses a little bit but now that he is in a routine he will put himself back to sleep after playing by him self for bitter bit. I still love cuddling with him and its the best way for both of us to wake up each other in the morning.


Dhyan visited marry-maid farms with the family in Lansdale, Pennsylvania 🙂

Eating: Dhyan is still on baby led weaning and its working great for us. Dhyan is trying slowly to eat pieces of food and takes his own time while eating it. His independence is coming through. These days he wants to eat anything he sees his mom eating LOL. On my birthday he ended up eating pizza with me and some days bread slices with some butter. He loves eating crackers and oatmeal puffs for snacks. We found these yogurt snack for babies at aldi and he loves those. Dhyan usually eats cereal with breastmilk in the morning and for lunch i make indian vegetable khichdi,which is (rice/lentils/lots of different veggies – carrots/peas/spinach/etc) and in evening we have been trying different types of food every evening. Some days fruits/veggies and some days he eats lentils or tortillas and some days he ends up eating cereal at night also. Dhyan does well with sippy cup; very independent. Dhyan loves icecream- which i make at home for him. Dhyan loves bread, cheese, crackers for snack.


Meera and Dhyan 🙂 His playdate in Lansdale, PA


Manav and Dhyan 🙂 His playdate in Lansdale, PA

My lil munchkin had two playdates with mommys friends’ kids!


Dhyan still loves going to the park.. ❤


  • Dhyan is constantly talking all the time.. mama.. dada.. nana.. tata.. papa.. daddi..
  • Dhyan can point and bang toys together with both hands
  • Dhyan has 8 teeth and 2 more coming right now.. possibly a molar is coming up.
  • Dhyan is crawling and runs around in his walker and he does stand up holding onto pieces of furniture/people. This can be dangerous so I have to keep an eye on him all the time.
  • Dhyan loves being near other kids and taking long walks on stroller. This month he doesnt even mind the long car rides.. We traveled almost 8 hours in the car and only had to stop 2 times to change his diaper. My baby hardly fussed or cried in the car. He just kept playing by him self and talking gibberish.


Celebrated Dhyan’s 10 month!

Dhyan also experienced his first Navaratri at his nana nanis home in Lansdale, PA.


Dhyan really enjoyed visiting his nana and mama and talked whole way through the 8 hour drive. My lil munchkin’s personality is glowing through.. Hoping what next month brings.. This is the best month so far.. Love you Dhyan.


Happy 9 months, Dhyan!

14435421_10153851795931643_3806584973617329360_o14352537_10153830751371643_4669460496351226317_o14362526_10153830751446643_6409769305074421434_oDhyan is nine months old! One of the first thoughts I had as we approached nine months with our baby boy is that Dhyan has now been out in the world for as long as he was in my belly. It’s a crazy thought and while I felt like everything changed so much from week to week during pregnancy, it seems like every single day with Dhyan brings about something new.

Seeing the world through Dhyan’s eyes is such a joy. He laughs when I put on my sunglasses or hide behind a door/wall. He giggles when I pretend to eat his fingers and toes. He kicks and squeals and smiles his biggest smile of the day when Kunal arrives home from work. He starts talking gibberish and asks him to pick him up and take him to the park in our backyard.

14362469_10153817748096643_5730940542419544290_oWhile Dhyan has always been a curious and observant baby, he is not becoming a rather inpatient, too! He doesnt like to be in one place for too long these days which means we are all over the place every day. He walks all over the house in his walker. The toys we have in our house buy us 40 minutes or so of playtime until Dhyan starts to get a little fussy and needs something new. That’s when play dates, walks outside, park/swing time are key. Dhyan thrives on stimulation outside of our house and seems to do best when we are out and about and he has new things to look at, touch and taste. Everything goes in his mouth these days! Dhyan does pretty well with solo play but seems to be entering a phase where he really wants a playmate… and if you start to walk away in the middle of playtime, he will let you know that is unacceptable. Playtime is becoming more and more hands on and interactive.

14425405_10153834585256643_1004384548492443067_oSize: Dhyan is 23 lbs and 29.5 inches tall. He is wearing 12 month clothing and size 4 diapers 😉

Sleeping: Oh sleep, you are a beast. We made such a wonderful sleep progress with Dhyan this month. He is sleeping much longer and hardly wakes up at night to feed. Every morning around 4-5 he wakes up to feed and goes back to sleep. He goes to bed in his crib but ends up in the bed with me in middle of the night when he starts tossing and turning. He seems to sleep better with me in bed and doesnt wake up! lol! I am going to really start soon sleep training, I know I have been talking about it over months!!!! This is my primary goal this upcoming month before he is 10 months old! fo real this time!!!

Dhyan still takes good long naps twice a day. I eventually would like to move to one nap a day but we are still way far from thing at a time! lol.


Food: Solids have been very challenging. We are doing a mix of purees and baby lead weaning. Dhyan doesnt seem super interested in trying pieces of food yet. he does like potato chips and crackers for now.  He does well on cereal and purees. He has food 3-4 times a day and breast milk on top. Dhyan is already pro using sippy cup so we are thinking to stop the bottles this upcoming month.

Teeth: Dhyan has 7 teeth. 3 on top and 4 on bottom 🙂 Seems like two more on top will be coming out any day now.. I can see it but it hasnt cut through yet.14379858_10153819732231643_1831852107984568473_o

On the move: Dhyan is on the move, he is almost starting to crawl, could be anyday now! and walks all over the house with his walker. WE ALL GET TIRED RUNNING AFTER HIM !!! He loves to play hide and seek.. He is stilling well independently and loves talking….


  • Making weird noises with his mouth
  • Kicking his legs
  • Bath time
  • Gymboree classes
  • Park time
  • Music
  • Outside
  • Swimming with grandma
  • Rolling all over the place
  • Walking in his walker


  • Getting dressed
  • Having his mouth/nose wiped
  • When mom tries to see his teeth
  • When he is playing with a toy and someone tries to take it away
  • When someone turns off his nursery rhymes
  • Being in one place for too long
  • Going home from the park14424934_10153841919056643_4601356187941595847_o

Happy 8 months, Dhyan!


Its that time again! I cant believe that my baby is 8 months old. How is it even possible? Our baby boy is changing day by day and is growing up too fast.This month Dhyan got his first flu vaccine and thank god he is doing well.13908988_10153737468061643_1722859854770934020_o This month we traveled to philly on his birthday and celebrated there with his uncle (my brother) since his 21 birthday was this month.

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Dhyan also enjoyed his trip to Atlantic city, NJ and the beach. First experience on the beach with baby. It was short only one day but we really enjoyed it with the family.


Sleep: It has been another tough month for sleep. Sleep training still in progress. We are starting putting baby in the crib for naps and then hopefully will transition there for bed time. Baby does sleep well at night and only wakes up once. Dhyan loves his naps and takes good 2-3 naps during the day. Hoping that by next month Dhyan will be sleeping in his own room.

Feeding: Dhyan has been eating good consistent 3 meals a day. Still we are not quite there with pieces of foods, but he does very well with purees. Dhyan is still on breast milk during the day and currently we are trying to get rid of the night feedings. Dhyan is doing well and only takes a bottle early morning around 5am.

Size: Dhyan is 22 lbs and 29 inches tall. He is wearing 12 month clothing and size 4 diapers 😉


Milestones: Dhyan is sitting up very well and walking everywhere on his walker. Dhyan has 2 top teeth this month, making it total 5 ;). Dhyan loves talking all day he is constantly saying baba, dada, mama, nana. Dhyan loves going outside for long walks and to the park. Dhyan loves giving kisses and hugs 😉 I can tell the strangers anxiety is building up this month, he still goes to everyone but at times he tends to panic.


Each and everyday my little boy is doing something differently and I am so thankful to be home to watch all this and spend time with him. I cant believe how fast the time is flying and I know soon enough I will miss all this. We love our sweet baby boy. He is the most amazing thing that happend to us.

One of my biggest lessons of motherhood so far: I have realized that I really dont give a rats ass what some of the guilty-trippy baby experts tell me I “should” be doing (aside from actual evidence based medical recommendations, of course). I remember when Dhyan was a newborn, I would feel guilty after reading certain baby books, but as time goes on my husband and I have become more comfortable in our roles and realized that we are doing what’s right for our family and that’s what matters. Is the baby fed, safe, warm, loved, and happy? well keep on chugging along. No guilt required. 😉

Lastly, Here is my son in his own car 😉


Happy 7 months, Dhyan!

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Wow, time sure does fly by with little ones! Or maybe they just make you realize how quickly the days pass because you don’t want them to change so its something we are more aware of. Who knows, but it is zipping by!  This little boy is not so little anymore 😦 He is hitting all these milestones and for a second I will be super proud of him and then I want to cry because he is becoming so independent. Seriously, slow down kid.

Weight: 21 lbs Height 30 inches.

Sleep:  Dhyan is taking good naps and sleeping long chunks at night. At times I have to rock him but most of the time he ends up falling in sleep in the bed if I am next to him. We read some books and then he knows its bed time! He sleeps around 8 pm and still manages to wake up 2 times a night to eat. My lil munchkin is an early riser, wakes up approx 6-630am and loves his morning walks where he ends up falling a sleep again ;). Maybe next month will work on sleep training a bit.

Eating: breastmilk and solids are still going well. Dhyan is still eating solids 3 times a day. breakfast-lunch-dinner ;). Each and everyday we are experimenting new foods! He did have an allergy test this month and we found out he is allergic to peanuts and sesame. 😦 no more peanut butter for mom :(. I am hoping and praying that he grows out of it because everything has peanuts in it these days!Once he has the top teeth, we will start introducing some pieces of foods, crackers, finger foods.

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Personality: We are seeing more of his personality come out now that he is a bit older and able to be really interactive with us and others. He is saying MAMA, DADDY, NANA, DADA! He is continuously talking and blabbering.  He knows what he wants and he is strong willed and I love that about him. He is such a calm angel baby, so when he is upset or fussy I know somethings wrong (i.e. tired, hungry, teething.. its usually one of those).  He can play by himself and be perfectly content. He is the ultimate curious little person, observing anything and everything around him. He wants to move but thinks in order to move he should just roll..which isnt quite working for him. Lol.  He will figure it out eventually.  He sometimes will try to scoot forward using his legs but ends up rolling over again.

He loves to stand when someone is hold him up! He does not quite sit up on his own yet but we are almost there! He does sit up very well with some support and loves to ride around the house with the walker. He is walking everywhere in his walker.

I constantly get comments on how calm and mellow he is in public, he is so talkative and entertaining at home so he is a completely different baby when he is in his element. I think he just likes to take everything in when its a new environment. I love seeing life through this angels eyes.  He is so easy and makes being parents such a blessing. We adore him more than words could ever convey. Happy 7 months old my sweet baby boy!! These posts will go into his baby book, i am thankful i will have an entire online journal of our journey with our first!

Here is dhyan enjoying pooltime with his nana 😉

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Happy 6 Months, Dhyan!

14241513_10153808531676643_5810266694035449468_o13392196_10153598383351643_640169507598915851_oDhyan is 6 months already! Where has the time gone? Between sleep deficient nights and busy summer days both time and energy to update you all on the cuteness that Baby Dhyan has eluded me.

Eating: Breastfeeding has been still going strong! I am happy to say that Dhyan is loving solid foods since we started last month. He is not really eating pieces of food yet. I am still giving him purees of fruits and veggies. He does love oatmeal-milk for breakfast and his khichdi with some ghee in it for lunch 😉 Also he loves drinking water of out his sippy cup 😉


Weight 19 lbs and 8 0z and Height 28.5 inches. Dhyan is growing well,  I cant believe it when I compare him now with his newborn picture 😉

Sleep: Oh sleep, sleep, how I long for you! Actually, knock on wood, things are starting to look up in the sleep department. We are swaddle free since Dhyan turned 5 months old, because he is not rolling over from his back to his belly, making swaddling little dangerous. Since we stopped, the nigh time and nap times were sheer torture for a week. Things have been settling down now, he has learned to self sooth and falls a sleep by him self in the bed. He is taking good 2 hours naps during the day and still wakes up twice to eat at night.


Development: The little guy is on the go! After learning how to roll over, he quickly figured out that he could roll to pretty much where ever he needed to go. Soon he was not only rolling, but also doing a little backward scoot on his belly and butt. I would put him down on the floor to play and leave the room for 30 seconds and return to find him at the opposite end of the play mat. Dhyan is still not quite sitting up on his own but he is attempting to crawl. He is pulling on everything in sight, chewing anything he has on his hands.

Personality: Dhyan is a busy body! He is interested in everything and everyone. He is very outgoing and loves outdoors. He loves it when strangers smile and coo at him. People often remark at what a happy, mellow baby he is. I thank haven for this! LoL! We will see what the future brings for his personality, but for now this mellow mama really appreciates having a fairly mellow baby. Dhyan laughs, squeals and giggles and babbles all the time.


Teething: Already has two teeth at 5 months and still working on the top ones.. Poor baby has pink rosey cheeks 😉 I make breastmilk icecream that he really loves and helps with his teething discomfort.


Dhyan loves the water! I try to take him to the pool twice a week, if I have time. He loves pool time and our morning/evening walks!Dhyan is such a sweet, lovable bay and he makes it easy or as easy as it can be as we navigate through teething, night wakings and all. That sweet smile though, makes the tired mornings so, so worth it.

This month was quite special because It was my husband’s first father’s day! Also, My inlaws are in the states, so it was even more special. There is Dhayn’s gift to his dad on fathers’ day.


Happy 6 months, Dhyan! We love you!


Happy 5 months, Dhyan!

My happy, sweet, adorable, lovely, darling baby boy is 5 months old! Im going to freak out next month when he is halfway to being 1 year old! I am SO not ready for that. Dhyan is 18lbs 5oz and 27 inches tall. He still seems so tiny and like such a baby to me, Im going to have such a hard time one day when I realize how big he is gotten. For now Im in denial. I am enjoying my “infant” (supposedly they are “infants” until they are 6 months old) cuddling him closely, and soaking up all the love and attention he gives me. I know one day not too far away he will be crawling away and then running! 13238859_10153544912511643_7476781059332275110_n
I want to remember all of him, every inch of adorable baby fat, every deliciously chubby wrinkle on his legs, neck, and tummy, the way he smiles at me right after he eats, his soft silky hand brushing against my arm, the energetic happy kicks he does all day long, his squeals, squeaks, yelps, and giggles. The way he looks at me when faced with a big group of people, as though he wants me to rescue him and hold him close. The smell of his hair, his cheeks, and his breath. The softness of his tummy, his buns, and his feet.  The splashes he has started to make in the bath. The way he wraps his arms around me and holds me in his tiny hands. The sweet sounds he makes to let me know hes awake from his nap or from his long night of sleep. His eyebrows always have such a concerned look on them when hes curious, which is another thing i love.. he is so so observant and curious. He is calm in a crowd and crazy at home. He is so playful, so cuddly, so loving, so gentle, so excited, so so sweet and also lets you know exactly what he wants.  I want to remember all of it. I wish I could. I already have forgotten so much, I know its not possible to remember every single detail,.. but i want to so I will journal and remember as much as my mind will allow. 
He sleeps at night like a champ and wakes up twice to eat. Takes his regular naps every 2.5 hours and loves to eat avocados and bananas 🙂
My sweet baby boy, Happy 5 months… now lets freeze time and stay here for a longer moment. . . because im pretty sure this is my favorite stage. Although i’ve said that every month of your life. [hehe]
Here is a picture of my two cuties 😉

Dhyan is 4 months old!



Dhyan turned 4 months yesterday! I am still having an Awww moment every time I realize the special bond I have with him. We are the luckiest people in the world to have him in our lives. He is now 16 lbs and 26 inches tall 🙂 my little man is growing so fast and I cant catch a breath!! I wish I can pause this time 🙂 Here are some of the pictures from his 4 month celebration!


As any proud mama out there, I want to memorize every moment with him. So here is a list of his favorite activities at this age:

Playing: He likes most of his soft toys and all the rubbery ones that can fit into his mouth. Everything goes into his mouth, form a simple napkin to a chewing toy. He sometimes gets nervous when he can’t put toys in his mouth. He is very much into making funny faces and babbling back to us. He laughs and smiles every time I sing or talk to him and that just makes me fall even more in love with him. He loves to face time with family in india and especially with his nana every morning and evening.

Cuddling: He loves to cuddle and I am so happy because he makes this sweet little noise whenever I cover him in kisses, which happens all day and during the night when he is awake.

Sitting: He loves to sit up either between pillows or in our arms. He has a favorite position in his dad’s arms, that he is very fond of, especially in the evenings. It’s like he is sitting in an armchair, he looks so comfy and happy while seeing everything in the house. He dosent quite like sitting up by himself alone on the couch with support of a pillow. He always likes his mama or dad or nani on his side. Bumbo seat is on order for him to practice sitting alone :).

Sleeping: We have kinda a schedule and set timings for nap and sleep routine. Dhyan wakes up every day at 7am and goes to bed everyday between 730-8 pm. He wakes me up several times a night, either because his pacifier is not in his mouth, either because he is hungry. I still feed him couple times a night. I usually dream feed him so I dont have to wake him up. By now I am used to being up sometimes every two hours and I really dont mind it. I know he will sleep well eventually and I try to focus on the fact that he needs me now and I love being there for him. This week he has been sleeping little longer and waking up every 4 hours. During the day, he naps about every 1.5-2 hours for about 50-70 minutes depending on a day. Oh and Dhyan hates TUMMY-TIME!. He is happy for couple of minutes and then gets really cranky and frustrated.

Eating: He is very much aware of the bottle and what it is for. Every time we feed him we show it to him and he just opens his mouth with expectation. Dhyan is starting to hold his milk bottle better and has little control of it. I find it very cute how his little hands and fingers hold this big milk bottle.