Meet one of our incredible Stroller Strides Mamas, Dona Das and her precious son Ivaan!
Tell us about yourself and your family.
I am an Accessory Designer from India, and even though my parents are from West Bengal (Eastern India), I was born and raised in Nagaland (North Eastern India). My dad is a retired banker and my mom is a retired teacher. I have an elder sister who’s married, is a teacher, has a 14 year old son and lives in the same city as my parents in West Bengal, India.
My husband is a Senior Software Development Engineer at Amazon. Even though we both are from India, but since we belong to two different parts of the country (he’s from Punjab, Northern India), our culture, traditions, food, language, lifestyle are completely different.
But I guess “love” is enough to bring and keep two entirely different people together. In our 11 and a half years of relationship, our son Ivaan is the best thing that has happened to us.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
That I can be emotionally so vulnerable yet strong at the same time. I am also surprised that I learned how to take things easy and live in the moment.
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
I had tried one complimentary class of Stroller Strides and I really liked it. The best part for me was that babies could accompany moms.
I love the fact that even after a C section, I can do the exercises which I had never done in my life as I was a complete yoga person till now. And it’s not just an exercise class but also a wonderful way to interact with other moms.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years, hopefully I will have a full fledged career as a Designer.
I want to launch my own Brand of Shoes and Handbags as it has been my dream since the day I got into the the best Design College of India, National Institute of Fashion Technology, to get my four year Bachelor of Design degree.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?
Without a doubt the Baby Carrier as it has helped me exercise, that was the only way my baby wouldn’t cry.
Any advice for new moms?
Please don’t forget to take care of yourself while you are super busy caring for your baby. And remember that it’s very important to heal emotionally since only then you can heal physically. Also, try to be patient and loving towards your partner. The journey of Parenthood can run smoothly only if you respect and understand that a new Dad is also going through a difficult phase.