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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

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Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

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The Second Time Around....

Shivangi Parikh

Abundant joy, post baby blues, gestational diabetes, moments of pure magic...Welcome to my story of Motherhood 2.0!! As my baby girl Divya turns eight months old next week, I think I am now in a better state of mind to write about my experience of being a mom, and learning about unconditional love, once again! I will not bore you with the obvious stuff, but I wanted to share with you some of the most important observations I noticed as a parent the second time around.

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE MORE PATIENT ... WITH EACH OTHER

You may have heard that the birth of a child brings the parents closer together, but that wasn't exactly the case when our son, Arjun was born seven years ago. Not that Abhay, my husband, and I would fight a lot, but I remember us being very annoyed and cranky most of the time. We were very short with each other back then, and most of it stemmed from the fact that as first-time parents we were putting too much pressure on ourselves, and each other. This time around, I didn't monitor Abhay about how he is holding Divya, or dealing with her fussiness.... he is much more patient with her and is doing a fabulous job, I must say! He is also more patient with me about my mood swings and outbursts (more on that below). He has never been one to use Hallmark worthy phrases, but when I am down, he steps in with chores, lets me take a nap, and most importantly, knows when to ignore me till I come around. And that means a whole lot more to me than sweet nothings.

DEALING WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES

With both my kids, I gained more than 50 lbs during the pregnancy. No matter how much I watched what I ate, or exercised on a regular basis, I just piled on the pounds. That is when I realized how much our body shape and weight is controlled by hormones! Both times, I tested positive for gestational diabetes. With my son, my sugar levels were a lot higher and they had to put me on insulin. I remember being very shocked, because I was a typical yoga-loving, salad-eating California gal at the time, so how could I have sugar issues! With Divya, I was more careful and my levels weren't as bad. But the thing is even though gestational diabetes disappears after childbirth, losing that extra weight is a giant pain in the a**! It took me 18 months to lose the baby weight with Arjun, and it hurt my self esteem and confidence. 

Right now, I am still wearing my maternity clothes, and hate dressing up for an evening out. But then some days these horrible clouds of self doubt will disappear; when I remind myself that I did it once, and I can do it again. I have started my yoga practice, even if I get just 10 minutes every now and then. I have started doing intense workouts once or twice a week. I know its going to be a slow process. Some people drop their baby weight in just 6 weeks, some take 6 months, and for me it might be closer to a year, but working on that mental strength is my goal for now. (FYI, I tried my regular pair of jeans this morning and they fit, albeit a bit snug around the middle ;) 

POST BABY BLUES: Hit me after 3 months! Ha

I have never considered myself to be a depressed soul. Maybe moody, but depressed, never. But let me tell you that post partum depression is very real, and can sneak up on you at any stage after the baby. When both my kids were born, I was fortunate enough to have my mother around for an extended period of time. I never felt super exhausted during the initial months because while I was busy caring for my girl, my mom was busy caring for me. It was the most beautiful time I spent with my mom as an adult. With Abhay traveling for work, I am alone most weekdays, but I didn't feel lonely because of my mom. But soon after she left, I felt like I was in a vacuum. Most days I enjoyed being with my little one, especially as she got more interactive, but then there were days where I was just grumpy and sad. Not sure if this classifies as depression, but I know I didn't feel OK. It didn't help that I was reading about wars and mass shootings, not to forget our presidential election.  Thank goodness for NETFLIX!! I resumed watching The Gilmore Girls, and followed it with The Office. These shows saved my sanity! I am also fortunate enough to be surrounded with great friends and neighbors, and I can always count on my girlfriends to cheer me up. Being a new mom can sometimes be very isolating, but that feeling is short lived. Yes, seeing your baby will make you happy, but you need to make time for yourself, even if it means binge watching TV!

ON A HAPPIER NOTE: YOU ENJOY THE SECOND CHILD MORE. Even better, you enjoy watching the sibling love!

YES, what they say is true!! The second time around you are not as stressed about getting the basics of parenting right. You know you managed it the first time, and your child survived, so clearly you are a pro at this. We have enjoyed cuddling baby Divya (her name means bright light) and picking her up each time she cries, knowing fully well that we cannot spoil her at this stage. What has been a treasure to watch though, is how my son Arjun just dotes on his little sister. Many folks had told me about older siblings' love for the newborn baby, but it was just magical to actually witness it each time the kids look at each other! Those moments have made me cry more than anything. Of course, I am also aware that this 'magic' is short lived and soon they will be arguing or fighting or avoiding each other, but for now let me have my blissful image :)

So there you have it... my version of this emotional ride! Motherhood brings this enormous capacity for women to rip open their heart to make even more space for their growing tribe. It forces you to be more aware of your state of mind. I count my blessings every day, and hope to do my best as a responsible mom.

If you read the entire post, I thank you very much for bearing with me! If you are a new mom, I hope you can relate to my experience and know that this is a very normal circle of life. If you know of someone who might like this post, especially a new mom, please do share it with them.

Hope you have a lovely day!

(p.s. If you have been following me on my Facebook or Instagram, you've seen my shop updates.. I am working on some new product lines and will write about them soon!)

 

Shivangi Parikh

Another Year Older, But None The Wiser

Shivangi Parikh

My First Birthday. With Mom and Dad

Yes, it is my birthday today. I turn 37, classified by many as 'late thirties'. But guess what, I have needed my parents today more than any other birthday in the past. Not for their presents anymore, but simply their presence. 

You would think that if I got as old as I am today, I would be dancing with joy. I lived yet another year, making new memories, friends, experiences and of course, mistakes! And came out quite alright on the other end. Don't get me wrong..I am very grateful for all of the above! But I was not feeling my usual happy self this morning. I think it is because I thought I would have accomplished a bunch of things from my list of life goals. As most things in life, very few of those items are checked off, and many of those may never get done. 

I was wallowing in my morbid thoughts, when I turned on my phone to see a flood of wishes from friends far and near. Thank you to each of you for being so thoughtful..that did cheer me up a bit! Then having my 5-year old sing his version of 'Happy Birthday to you, Cha Cha Cha,' and seeing a silly insurance form completed by my dear hubby, which i was supposed to finish today, made me happier. Yes, you cannot believe how 'real' your expectations become as you get older!

But I was still unhappy about my List. That's when I started missing my Dad.

My First Birthday. With Papa.

He would always have the best list of wishes for us. He was known as a man of few words, but on our birthdays, he had the most number of things to say and write in our cards. A lot of it would be listing our achievements in the past year, and then wishing us on our next steps. He would have known what to say to make this big hole in my heart slip away. I sometimes wish I had recorded those phone calls or messages, just to hear his voice.

And then my Mom called. She was more happy about my birthday than I was, and I admire her strong will power. After letting me rant and whine about everything, she calmly said, "Well today is your birthday, so be thankful about what you have accomplished and stop crying about the have-nots. There is so much to be thankful for in life, your health, your family, your friends, your community. Go out and have fun, and leave your worrying for tomorrow." This coming from a lady who has had to deal with such a big loss in life in the past 6 months. I admire her for her courage and will to move on, and yet find words to comfort my pain.

My First Birthday. With mom

Be Thankful for what you have - Such a simple, yet powerful message, that we often fail to acknowledge ourselves. We always need a sounding board for our fears and sorrows, and most likely its our parents. Heck, I am a mom myself and I still needed to hear it from my mother. Again, there is nothing new in this piece of wisdom, but its often forgotten. 

So thank you for being such a valuable part of my life, Mom and Dad. Thank you to my loving husband and son, to all my family and friends who stand by me no matter what. I will pick myself up and go celebrate for the life I have, for the List I accomplished even without asking for it!

Leaving you with a quick snapshot of my son's birthday card for me. Coincidentally, its a picture of a butterfly coming out of its cocoon..so what if its on a Christmas card!

Have a great weekend :)


Shivangi Parikh