For Sharon and Dhruva, nothing compares to the joy of being parents to baby Danish. As this mum takes us through her journey of motherhood, she tells us how their eight-month-old cherub has made their life perfect.
Words Sahana Bhandari
Visuals Akshay Kulkarni
Hair & Makeup Sachin Ghate
Shoot coordination Swati Chopra Vikamsey
Currently basking in the joy of motherhood, our this month’s cover mumfast learning the ropes of motherhood. Describing her life Sharon Sheth (25), a former air hostess with Go Air feels that life couldn’t get any better. She met Dhruva in 2009 through a common friend. “Because of our friend we knew each other only as aquaintance. We knew about each other’s profession, family background, personalities etc. Gradually, we started meeting a lot and liking each other. After two years of courtship we decided totie the knot.” Described as the most joyous day of their lives, their marriage took place on January 22, 2013.
As Sharon begins the baby talk, she says, “Because of our age difference, we planned to have a baby soon. When I first got pregnant, I had a miscarriage in my third month. I was heart broken but my family and husband took care of me during my emotional fall. Only two moths later, I got the good news. At that point, my joy knew no bound. This time, I decided to be extra careful about taking care of myself and the baby.” Her first five months were a challenge. Due to a weak placenta, she suffered occasional bleeding during those months. “I would always be in panic mode. I was even admitted to the hospital for two days in the fourth month for the same reason. However, from the sixth month onwards, things went smooth and my baby and I were in pink of our health,” she recalls.
Like most babies Danish shares a special bond with his Daddy. It goes way back during her pregnancy. “Every time Dhruva would touch the bump and talk, baby moved. Once when Dhruva left for Pune for two days for work, I realised that there was no movement of my baby. I thought of making the baby hear Dhruva’s recorded voice. Believe me, I could instantly sense his movement in my tummy. I called Dhruva and told him about this. He had planned to reach home next day, but to my surprise, arrived on the same night,” she smiles.
Reminiscing the most memorable moment of pregnancy, she says, “It was when we heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Both of us were very nervous and wanted everything to turnout alright. The moment we heard Danish’s heartbeat, we saw each other and tears rolled down our eyes. We couldn’t take our eyes off that beautiful image of our baby. Deep inside I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to see my baby.”
Sharon further talks about how Dhruva was her support system throughout her journey. “My husband was more than my back bone. He would eagerly wait for the days when tests would be done to check the baby’s progress. He was extremely involved, and asked the doctor about baby’s development and care.
“I was very eager to buy all the stuff for the baby but according to our tradition we are not allowed to purchase anything for the baby before his arrival. However, I visited many baby stores and made a list of all that I wanted to buy,” she says.
HERE HE COMES!
Remembering her delivery date – March 13, 2014, she says, “It was a beautiful evening and I wanted to go to 5spice for lemon tea and spicy chicken rice. As I entered the restaurant, I started experiencing slight pain but I ignored it as I was too tempted to devour my dinner. I continued eating while the pain became more intense. At around 10:30 pm we knew it was time. By midnight, I was admitted to the hospital. At that point my labour pain was beyond my tolerance level. I was getting too nervous about my delivery. But deep inside, I knew that all that pain was worth just to see my baby’s face.”
For the next seven hours as the pain kept getting worse, Sharon decided to get the sonography done to check on the baby’s status. “The doctor suggested a C- section procedure as umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. At around 3:47 am, I heard Danish’s first cry. I was a mother,” smiles Sharon.
“He was fair and weighed eight pounds. I just hugged him and said ‘welcome to this beautiful word darling’.
His naming ceremony was held on the sixth day after his birth. We decided to name him according to his zodiac sign. Initially, we wanted to name him Danial but then we decided to opt for Danish. It means ‘The God who gives’. It also means ‘knowledge and wisdom’.
LIFE WITH THE BABY
Once Sharon was back home, being the first time mum took a toll on her. But her family helped her cope. “I’m so thankful to my sisters-in-law Brinda and Hema who took care of me as well as my baby. Dhruv was helpful too. He was always there to take charge of the baby,” she says.
Describing Danish’s Sharon says, “He gets cranky when he’s hungry and sleepy. Otherwise, he is very calm, joyful and comfortable with new people.”
The doting mother feels that her baby takes after his father, and even tries to ape him sometimes! She also adds that Danish is fond of his parents and maternal grandfather.
As for her baby’s milestones, Sharon says, “He has just started rolling and crawling. He also recognizes me now. He looks at me and smiles too. He does this funny thing when I am feeding him solids. He tends to throw food and every time I say ‘No, Danny,’ he starts rubbing food on his head. He and I are yet to achieve many more developmental milestones though. I can’t wait for his first step and his first word!”
We asked if mommyhood has brought any changes in her life and pat comes the reply, “I’m not a perfect mother. But as I care for my baby day after day, I’m pretty sure, I will be one day!” Another important lesson that Sharon has learned is resilience. “I used to be a short tempered person but now I have become more patient and calm. However, I miss spending time with Dhruva,” she adds. M&B
I had severe craving for spicy food and mango pulp
Khichdi Curd Curry Rice
Dancing Bunny Elephant (soft toy) Tv remote Colourful balls Electric car
“He has just started rolling and crawling. He also recognizes me now. He looks at me and smiles too. He and I are yet to achieve many more developmental milestones though. I can’t wait for his first step and his first word! ’