travelling with kids
The pleasure of being a mother is unparalleled and the happiness of celebrating motherhood surpasses every other happiness of life. While the United States made Mother’s Day a recognised holiday, we Indians too decided to dedicate this day to all those women who worked day and night and sacrificed their needs for the well-being of their children. Going through labour pain and delivering a baby is not an easy task, and that memory is fresh for those who have just entered motherhood. These new mothers have new ways of thinking and big dreams for their children. They want to take their kids for a world tour, show them the Alps, Disneyland, Gold Coast, Athens, and what not! For them, exploring the vivid world with their children from time to time is like a challenge-a challenge that helps them learn new things and that makes the mother-child bond stronger. Let us hear it from them:
Share your feelings as you will be celebrating your first Mother’s Day.
Arpita: Wow! My first Mother’s Day and that too of two little children. There is a feeling of ecstacy and fulfillment working within me.
Treena: My first Mother’s Day is special since me and my daughter Myra will be with my mom. I want to pay my regards to all mothers on Mother’s Day.
Rati: I feel blissful as I am all set to celebrate my first Mother’s Day.
Devlina: It is an awesome feeling to celebrate my first Mother’s Day. I feel that being a mother is what makes a woman complete. Cheers to all moms on this day!
Reshmi: Not only 8th May, as a mother every day is special and seeing my child grow each new day is a celebration.
Sanjana: It feels great to be a mother. Mother’s Day is what I have been waiting for.
Jyothi: Mother’s Day is a time for me to relish once again the joy of holding my baby tight and feeling my own heartbeats inside her.
In one line share your experience when you saw your child for the first time.
Arpita: I developed a sense of motherly pride and skepticism of carrying those cuddly twins in my womb.
Purnima: After she came out from my womb crying, a nurse had put her on my belly. It was the first time I held her. She was so warm, so soft, so small, but so cute.
Jyothi: I felt immense relief that she was crying with strong, healthy lungs. Now I realize how anxious I was for a healthy delivery.
Devlina: Tears of happiness ran down my eyes.
Reshmi: The moment was a mixture of joy, relief and pride, all at once.
Treena: With tears in my eyes, I felt that feeling of motherhood surpasses every other feeling.
Sarbani: A treasured moment that falls short of words to be explained.
Rati: Even if I had to write a book, it will be less. Myra is my life!
How many trips did you sacrifice during pregnancy?
Treena: We are avid travellers and used to go for vacations in every 2 months. During pregnancy, I sacrificed around 5-6 trips and skipped all long weekend breaks.
Reshmi: I Sacrificed the Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Japan trip with my best friends. Something I waited for a long time!
Rati: I planned to visit Lonavla-Khandala for my anniversary, but my baby landed a day before that. So no sacrifices at all.
Devlina: As I was in total bed rest, I sacrificed several trips. The most precious one was my trip to Hyderabad, where my husband received the ‘best performer’ award.
Jyothi: Most often! I managed to kill my time by watching movies on babies or episodes in YouTube related to normal deliveries.
Now, as your child is here, which place you are planning to take your child for his/her first vacation?
Reshmi: When she was 5 months old, we took her to Australia. Though she was too small to enjoy Dreamworld, but loved playing on the beaches of Gold Coast.
Arpita: I am taking my twins to Los Angeles on 20th May.
Jyoti: I am really cherished that my baby is now a part of my adventure trips. Her first vacation was in Sydney. She had a great time at Sydney aquarium watching whales, sharks and other marine creatures. I am planning the next trip with her to Thailand.
Which country do you dream to explore with your child when he/she grows up?
Reshmi: On her 10th birthday l will take her to Shanghai, her birthplace. I want to explore Shanghai with Janhavi, as many fond memories are etched with the city.
Jyothi: I want to explore many countries, but first one is Australia, because it offers several adventure activities. Then Fiji, Thailand and Europe are in my list.
Sanjana: Greece, the historical wonderland. I will bring back a book of Greek myths to read for bedtime stories. My son will have plenty to enliven the imagination.
Treena: Disneyland in Paris. We will stay in a Disney hotel, go for buggy ride, make her eat with her favourite character, watch ‘Disney Dreams’ show and lots more.
Purnima: The whole Europe, where she can see the Alps, Disneyland, Eiffel Tower, green Amsterdam!
Sarbani: Our very own India. After all, incredible it is! LOL
Devlina: India it is! Hope he will love his homeland. Wink!
Are you planning a vacation this Mother’s Day?
Devlina: Yes, a visit to my maternal home to meet my mom. It will be great for me and my mom to celebrate this special day together.
Reshmi: I have already started my trip to Kerala with my chubby cheek.
Jyothi: Yes certainly! We have bought a family annual ticket with which we can visit any place around Sydney.
Arpita: Yes, before leaving India, I am taking them to Shantiniketan, the land of Tagore.
Rati: A bit skeptical about the rush, so post Mother’s Day may be.
If you plan to gift your kid a travel kitty, which is ‘that one thing’ you would love to include?
Reshmi: A good camera, where we can capture her best moments.
Treena: A cool pair of shades for my super cool daughter. Wink!
Sanjana: Camera, so that he can capture all the special moments of his holiday.
Sarbani: A comfortable pair of shoes, so that she can walk and explore miles without getting tired.
Purnima: I will include a puzzle game in her kitty. I will love to help her solve the puzzle.
Jyothi: Her toy piggy, because she can’t leave without it.
How you think that travel with your child can change your life as a mother?
Sarbani: Being a working mom, I will spend more time with my daughter on a holiday than at home.
Rati: Travelling with Myra can turn this otherwise laid-back woman into a quick-going one. Haha!
Arpita: Travel with my twins will certainly stretch my patience. LOL. However, I am glad to do it.
Jyothi: It has changed drastically. We are busy parents with tight schedules. Travelling with my daughter has changed my priorities. Packing for a trip is a big thing now. On every trip, I make sure she gets all her necessities. Also, as a mother, I became more choosy about the place to visit.
Devlina: Travelling and few days away from regular routine will increase the bonding and understanding between a mother and child.
Reshmi: We no more travel like backpackers. Travelling with my daughter has changed my priorities as a mother. Now, her priorities are my priorities. Because of her comfort, I disagree to things like long journeys and backpacking destinations. I feel holidaying helps a mom understand her child more.
Sanjana: Travelling with my child will make me more organised and responsible as a mother. It will help me learn new things in an unknown place.
Share a special travel memory you as a child had with your mom.
Jyothi: I have many beautiful memories with my mom, but our trips to Nepal to our grandparents’ place during summer holidays are the most memorable ones. As my brothers too accompanied me, those trips turned out to be more thrilling and exciting.
Purnima: My trip to Vaishnodevi. When I got tired walking for hours, mom took me on her lap and walked up to the shrine.
Sanjana: Definitely, a holiday with mom to ‘mamarbari’ (maternal grandparents’ home). Nothing can beat the warmth of maternal grandparents.
Treena: Kashmir, where I went during my childhood. The ride through Dal Lake on a shikara with my mom and dad is etched in my mind.
Reshmi: One that frequently comes to my mind is the drive from Siliguri to Darjeeling. I was leaning on my mother’s lap, enjoying the beauty of the hills, wondering how I can touch the clouds and questioning mom about the hills. Those questions may sound meaningless now.
Rati: During our trip to Darjeeling, when we had to visit Tiger Hills during sunrise, mamma made special arrangements of my woollen clothes the previous night to keep me warm and protected. I feel every small act of a mother for her child is a thing to remember forever.
While these beautiful moms wait for their child to speak the word ‘mummy’, let us wish them ‘Happy Mother’s Day’. Go ladies, travel the world with your little heartbeats and have a mind-blowing vacation! Do share your stories with us too!
(Creative Credit: Priyanka Sharma)