My Mummy After Our Baby by Namita Mahanama – Book Tour + Giveaway
My Mummy After Our Baby
by Namita Mahanama
GENRE: Children’s Fiction – Family and Relationships
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My Mummy After Our Baby: A Journey Of Hope and Healing is a beautifully written and illustrated story, about the reality of post-natal depression setting in after the birth of their perfect little baby.
It is a gentle, soft, perfectly put together story, filled with an abundance of emotion and heart to explain what is happening at home, for all children who may be feeling lost and confused about what is happening to their Mummy after becoming unwell.
It is written by a mother who experienced this twice herself and vowed to create a beautiful explanation and tool, in order to provide hope, solace and strength for other families, that she wished was available for her children.
This beautiful book is written in the hope of educating, as well as to be a connective and bonding tool, at a time when a family needs it the most. It is gently and eloquently written, with the most amazing illustrations, that will form the basis of a vital healing tool in the home of everyone who is going through this harrowing chapter.
The author has brought the prospect of hope in a perfect package here and is her gift to you and your family, to navigate through this chapter with as much peace and lightness as possible.
As the end of Summer arrived, Aydan turned four and his Mummy and Daddy gave him the biggest birthday party. It had all the cake, balloons, games and friends that you could possibly imagine and hope for!
His Mummy was super tired these days as she had another beautiful tiny baby growing inside of her tummy but she wanted to give him the most special day.
In a few short weeks, this little family of four would now become five and they were all SO excited!
The little baby boy had his beautiful nursery all set up and ready for his arrival into the world. His Mummy had neatly arranged all of the baby’s clothes, blankets, ornaments and had made the most peaceful space for Aydan’s little brother.
She would sit in there and fill the space with so much loving kindness, that it penetrated the entire home. Her heart was that big and overflowing.
His Mummy promised Aydan that he would love and adore his new baby brother. She explained that her heart was so big and full of love for Aydan that it was overflowing. Soon this little baby would get to feel her love pour onto him and that her love was limitless.
1. How do you select the names of your characters?
Initially, I had named the characters Aryaan and Kaari, as they are the mix of my two sons Ari and Kaiyaan. Since my children’s book was written about our story and the boys were the main characters, I thought this would be perfect!
However, my husband thought that the names may be hard for readers to relate and connect to, so I changed them to Aydan and Kameron to resonate with a larger audience.
I still feel the connection to my boys when I read the story and know that when I wrote the book, that they were front and centre in my heart and soul.
- What creature do you consider your “spirit animal” to be?
I would say a Labrador! They are cute, cuddly, fun and love to be around people…but also they can bite if you annoy them…and they love to sleep!
- If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
I would find the closest beach or harbour that I could, connect and really ground myself to Mother Earth.
I would revel in the one-on-one time together and completely immerse myself into the beauty and perfection of her.
I would savour every moment without distractions or having to ‘do’ and just ‘be’…as I would know that the time left here would be uncertain.
- What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
I would love to be friends with Ernie from Sesame Street! I find him so adorable and cute!
He would be lots of fun to be around and I know that my heart would feel full with him around me!
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I would say that if you have an idea that you want to pursue in writing, to absolutely go for it with all of your heart and soul.
I would say to cast aside any fears and any layers of self-doubt that may hold you back from your full creative potential.
If you have something to say to the world, and you believe that the world will be a better place with you sharing your message…then go for it!
Now is the only time that exists…and do not wait for a ‘better’ time or ‘later’…as that time may never arrive…and regret can feel heavier to carry around than fear.
- What book do you wish you had written?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I find this book to be so powerful and so wonderful!
I would love to share a message that is so applicable to the entire world, and described in such an articulate way as he does. I would feel so incredibly proud to have written such a masterpiece.
- Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
1. I am scared of spiders and snakes (yet live in Australia!)
2. My secret talent is to be able to touch my nose with my tongue!
3. My favourite activity to relax, would be to sit at a café or comfortable space and watch the water or people passing by with a coffee.
4. I am an extroverted introvert. I love being around people and need interaction to thrive…but I love to sit, reflect, journal and have some silence each and every day…otherwise my nervous system feels overwhelmed!
5. I am a very stubborn person…it has reduced in time, but one of my traits that I still need to work on!
6. I love to bake
7. I really had no clue about myself until my mid-thirties
8. Exercise is a non-negotiable for my health and wellness…even just a short stroll. When I don’t exercise, I feel less patient and tolerant!
9. I have no spatial awareness! (driving, parking, looking at maps…you name it!)
10. I was scared of dogs until we had our own…now I can’t walk by one without patting or talking to them!
- What is your favourite genre to read?
I love all spiritual and ‘self-help’/new age type books! I haven’t read fiction for many years, and tend to gravitate towards books where I can learn something and grow from its content.
I love Eckhart Tolle, Dr Shefali Tsabary and Gabby Bernstein as my top authors!
I love to constantly grow and evolve…and reflect about ways I can improve and be my best self.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Namita is a mother of two boys and draws upon her heart-wrenching first-hand experience of
post-natal depression, after the birth of both of her children. She is creating a myriad of support tools for women and their families, to navigate through their journeys of PND with as much ease and grace as possible.
Namita is a registered pharmacist who has qualifications in Ayurveda and Ayurveda Yoga teaching, as well as being a PMC (paediatric massage consultant) and CIMI (certified infant massage instructor). She draws upon her professional knowledge as well as her own experience, to be the support lifeline at a time when families need it the most.
Her intention is that she can be a beacon of hope and shine much-needed light, on the road
towards the mothers and the entire family’s healing and recovery. She hopes to inspire and uplift you through this chapter in your life.
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