Nirakasha talks to us about what it is like to be a mom to little Keyush.
What was your initial reaction when you found out you were in the top 10?
We were just ecstatic with the fact that we made top 10, let alone top three – that was even more unbelievable.
Who was the first person you told?
I have a set of twin sisters younger than me, so I called them first because they were rooting for Keyush and recruited their entire firms to vote for him.
I can just imagine how happy they were. And in the family… Is he the first boy?
He’s the first grandchild on both sides.
He has quite the fan club already! Do you and your baby have a set routine?
I think he made his own routine, so he’s off to bed at 7pm exactly, not 10 minutes earlier, not 10 minutes later. At 7pm, he wants to go to bed and that’s it. He shuts down completely.
What are the signs you look out for that you know he’s ready for bed?
He rubs his ear, drops his eyes and I get no reaction from him – so I know it’s time to put him down.
He sounds like he’s such an easy baby. Does he have a favourite toy?
He does! His Mickey, which we had to bring with us today all the way from Durban.
Does he eat well?
He’s such a fussy eater and he’s developed this skill of blocking the holes in the bottle teat when he doesn’t want to feed. We’ve started solids and so far he loves fruit like apples and bananas, as well as cereal.
It seems like he really knows what he wants. Is there anything you have learnt over the last few months that you would like to share with other mothers?
I think, firstly, surround yourself with a good support structure. Secondly, enjoy the experience − sometimes we catch ourselves rushing through life and not enjoying the moment. Even if the dishes aren’t washed and the house is a mess, don’t stress about it and enjoy your child.
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