Welcome to MyLittleMoppet !!
You are most likely to be a parent, or a soon-to-be-parent.
Congratulations on the bundle(s) of joy.
I am Dr.Hemapriya (call me Hema, pls) .
A medical doctor by profession, and mommy to two adorable moppets (aged 5yrs and 9 months).
Mommy stuff does not let me actively pursue my profession, but hey! I am not complaining.
With MyLittleMoppet, I am able to put my medical knowledge to a far better use, than being just another physician in the block. So, for all those who have the time to spare, here is my story to you.
Born and raised by a conservative Tamil South Indian family, I was given the best of education. Guess, I made my parents proud by securing a seat for MBBS, and finally become a licensed medical doctor. I was a practicing doctor at a hospital in Madurai, one of the heritage towns in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
I relocated to Hyderabad (another heritage city) after marriage and continued to work as a doctor for 6 months. By then, we were ready to receive our first bundle of joy. He is 5yrs now. Apart from the New-Mommy-stress, things were pretty much manageable. My parents and parents-in-laws would take turns to help me out. With their support, I completed a certification course in AFIH (Associated Fellow of Industrial Health) and took up employment at a leading MNC as Occupational Health Physician for almost a year.
Then, we relocated to Raipur, a peaceful and quiet town in the state of Chhattisgarh (formerly part of Madhya Pradesh) and we were blessed again with another angel of joy. She is 9 months now. Just that, this time, I do not have my parents or parents-in-laws with me to juggle mommy-tasks. But then, isn’t this parenting all about? Be very much responsible for bringing up our children.
The news of expecting the bundle of joy is un-parallel. While we get all pampered up during our pregnancy, rarely do we get to hear what to expect next, ie after child birth…ie.. apart from holding the tiny one close to our chest.
For some strange reason, no one warns a mother-to-be about the sleepless nights that are to come after child birth. Not to mention, the constant anxiety and self- doubt about the things we plan to do for our bundles of joy. Any apprehension is faced with “You will learn along the way” or “No one ever told us, and we raised you pretty good” or “What do u expect, a certificate course of motherhood?”
Things were just the same for me too. I had my share of anxiety, and apprehensions in spite of being a qualified doctor
After the birth of my son, in spite of having my mom, and mom-in-law around, I was finding it increasingly difficult. Especially, when it was time to wean, I was absolutely clueless. Their advice helped, but to only a certain extent. I looked up to forums and support groups on facebook etc. Here, being a medical doctor helped. I was able to rethink advice at medical level before implementing a tip. Slowly, things started to make sense. It still makes all the more sense, when I have to raise my 6 month daughter alone, without any help.
The spark for MyLittleMoppet came to me when I realized the hardships on having to raise my children, (bathing an infant, weaning, feeding, potty training a toddler, dental care etc etc )several miles away from the wisdom and guidance of my mom and mom-in-law, and other senior members in the family.
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