Avinash & Nandini

http://avinashhecker.blogspot.com

I am not your typical Southern Mom! We live in Austin, Texas now but I was born in Pennsylvania and my roots are in India. I love to share our adventures exploring our new city and the craft projects I create!

What's the best part of raising a family in the South?

What's the biggest misconception about living in the South?

What do your kids love most about living in the South?

What are your best tips for Black Friday shopping? (Please include a link if it's relevant.)

Nirupama Kumar Hecker

I am loving shopkick. It has look books for lots of stores that show what their deals are going to be already. Plus, you get coupons and points toward free gift cards just for walking into stores like Target and Old Navy.
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What are your favorite books for a toddler?

Nirupama Kumar Hecker

I love to read my kids the classics. I just know that the quality will be there and I enjoy the nostalgia. Some of our old favorites are Jamboree, Chloe and Maude, the Spooky Old Tree. Now that my oldest is almost five we are working on reading a little more. He did really well with "Happy Pig Day" by Mo Willems. Had to buy some new books because he already knew most of our Dr. Suess early readers.
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How do you deal with tearing during birth?

Nirupama Kumar Hecker

I had a huge problem with this after my first delivery. I labored on my back and had a second degree tear requiring stitches. It took me a long time to recover from the feeling of searing pain. numbing spray helped alot but i also didn't want anything chafing my stitches down there. The hospital had these mesh underwear with built in ice packs for patients. They worked pretty well but I needed a new solution at home since I was still bleeding and pads hurt my stitchees so badly I wanted to crry. I made my husband go out and get a pack of large depends. I just wore those for a few days instead of pads and it felt better than the chaffing with regular underwear..Hope this helps.. IT is not a fun time. I was really worried it would happen again with my second delivery but I think the nurse I had saved me. She kept massaging my perinuem during delivery and just spreading things out with her fingers. I didn't have a single tear that time. Good luck!!
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