Life before Mum Mum Ma
How it all started for me? How from one day just sitting and chilling with my baby I decided to start my blog. Why did I feel the need to write about sharing my experiences? How I started blogging. There is no one-word answer to it. My son’s first words were “Mum Mum Ma.” That’s how I named my blog. But it has been an ideological journey that I would like to share with everyone who is reading this. Maybe someday I hope my blog is a read by millions of people and if I am able to inspire even one person to start their own blog, in that case, it will be my biggest achievement.
I have loved writing even when I was in 4th grade. I used to try and write poems that rhymed for cards I made for my dad. As I grew up, love for writing turned from hobby to full blown passion. It was my love for writing and how social issues affected me that I decided to be a journalist. I wanted to express. I wanted to help and give back to society in any way I can. Journalism at that point of time felt like my calling. But, there is a dreamer side for me. Now and then dreams of the world away from reality. I love to weave and write stories. I have often shared my stories with tons of my friends. They were very well received. I even shared the concept of a book that I wanted to write with my husband and he loved it. To date he asks me to work on it. Maybe I will someday.
When we moved to New York, I wanted to take a sabbatical and work on my writing. I even planned to join a lot of writing classes, but fate had instead a beautiful surprise hidden for me in my womb, and I got pregnant. For nine months, I didn’t write a word. My pregnancy was emotionally and physically exhausting for me. I was out of ideas, and if someone even mentioned a name about writing, I wanted to scream, shout, yell, and get out of there. There was so much noise in my head that I couldn’t focus enough to write. My husband and I had given up any hope. I thought I had said my goodbyes to writing forever. It made him sad, and it made me double sad. One he believed in my book, and when I stopped writing, it felt I was not just giving up on my dream but his as well.
Anyways, pregnancy ended on a beautiful note— a happy, healthy baby in our arms. Lifestyle in the USA is so different. Like most Indians parents, my family was also there to help me out during the initial months. But obviously, my mom had to go back sometime. And someday I will have to be a big girl and accept the responsibilities of a mother. So, I started my efforts to do the best for my baby. I would tell my little achievements, fears, or failures, my husband. I would read endless blogs. I got a lot of help from different blogs, but I would often tell my husband if there is a mother like me out there, going through the same searches, trying to take care of a baby along with the house without any help, I would like to be there for her and tell her all will be fine.
The start of Mum Mum Ma
After our several useless discussion during my pregnancy about writing, my husband cautiously suggested if I should start my blog. Firstly, I wasn’t sure if I should. I mean, who am I? Why would people like to read my experiences? But after a long time, I was thinking of writing again. I started small. Then one day, as if clouds disappeared and there was clarity. I started my Facebook page as a trial. Once again, my Facebook gang loved what I wrote. They could relate to my emotions, this further fueled my courage and excitement, so here I am writing my blog and sharing my experiences with all of you. I hope you all love what I am doing, and I am of some help.
But this entire phase has once again made me realized how important it is to have people who love you. Their trust and faith in you is solid like a rock. They refuse to give up on you when you have given up. Those are people you should keep close. Embrace them and take care of them.
Mommies your family is right there, so love your life, live your dreams and don’t forget to breathe.
Mum Mum Ma
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