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FACT FILE

Name: Harshini Abeygunasekera
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Did you look at or plan for a particular age gap between the two children?

There was no particular plan. However we had Thashya – my first, at a very early stage of our marriage. We felt we needed to wait & settle down with her, before we had the next. Thashya was 4 when we conceived our little one.  . Honestly this works for me although I have been told the gap is too much J

Thashi as we fondly refer to her is a lovely big sister and is very thankful for the company.

I am excited to see how this lovely relationship between the sisters would develop, I have a sister and I am thankful for her company in life.

Did you feel your pregnancies were different?

Very.

They were different right down to the colour & appearance of my skin. With my first pregnancy I had lower abdominal pain, was hungry more often and felt generally uncomfortable. With the second, partly owing to knowing it all and expecting it all I didn’t’ mind the little discomfort I went through. However my skin took a turn for the worse with the second pregnancy. I couldn’t care less though, I was too excited!

How did you prepare your first born for the arrival of the second?

This is a tough task, and like every other mother out there, I often wondered and stressed on how Thashya would react to the newborn. We read books on sharing and always included the soon to be born in our conversations.

We made it more adventurous by including Thashya on shopping sprees in preparation for the little one’s arrival. Even with little decisions such as what colour her bedding would be.

I also decorated the older ones bedroom in pretty colours whilst we were preparing for the little ones arrival, to show her just how special she is.

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How do you manage giving attention to your older one and looking after the needs of your new born at the beginning?

It was difficult at first. I made it a point to hug my older one while I breastfed the younger one. Read to both of them, spend time with Thashya while the small one slept. Needless to say though, it was stressful, and I felt guilty of the older child being ‘neglected’. I must mention though our parents took on the task beautifully and gave Thashya plenty of attention.

How are you managing baby weight loss?

Very poorly. I barely eat. I have oats for breakfast religiously and a low carb lunch followed by a very disappointing dinner of salad or vegetables. Being a great fan of food, and a chocoholic, avoiding unhealthy food options have been a task. I am still 10 kg more than I want to be.

I do not have the energy to exercise after, handling the two little ones and putting them to bed. Although I have been told many times how beneficial it is on this road to weight loss.

I do not want to stress on it much though in fear of ignoring more important things such as this first year with Tahliya in the process.

 

 

What are the most important things you are looking for mainstream schooling for your daughter?

For me the most important aspect of a good school education are moral values & confidence they instill In the child at this very early stage, an encouraging culture that prepares them to try out new things out of their comfort zone and an environment that promotes creativity.

What are some fun time activities that you do with your first born?

She and my husband have a shared fascination for wildlife. We take a trip to Yala every now and then and spot animals with her. Apart from these early hobbies she’s picked up, she loves craft of all kinds, turning cardboard boxes into little playhouses and we read and bake an awful lot.

Do you believe in setting a routine for your younger one?

A routine always helps. Not to beat yourself up if it doesn’t happen exactly according to plan. But a little plan to tick off the feeding times, nap times that give the mommy plenty of rest and a particular time to call it a day. Let’s just say we stick to a routine when she feels like it. J but a routine is certainly good to have.

 

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Photography: TruColor

Location: Harshini’s Residence

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