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Fatherhood begins way before he welcomes his little one in his life and holds his bundle of happiness in his arms for the first time. It begins with his unwavering support, endless love and being the pillar of strength for his wife during those nine months and it continues to sharing the responsibilities of nurturing their child and becoming a 'Penguin Dad' for them. Parenting isn't a cakewalk but when parents share the responsibilities, it becomes a smooth ride. Newbie parents, Smriti Khanna and Gautam Gupta are not only cherishing every moment of the parenthood phase but are also sharing the duties of their newborn daughter. (Also Read: Smriti Khanna Reveals How She's Planning To Lose Those 9Kgs Of Post-Pregnancy Weight In Just 45 Days)
It was on April 15, 2020, when stork had visited the Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi fame couple, Smriti Khanna and Gautam Gupta and had blessed them with their little angel. Ever since Smriti and Gautam had welcomed their little bundle of happiness, they have been treating their fans with sneak peeks into their parenthood journey. Just as much as we had loved the amazing chemistry between Smriti and Gautam, we are loving how they are acing the parenthood phase during the tough period of lockdown.
The current generation of fathers are redefining fatherhood and are proving that there’s a difference between just ‘being around’ the kids and ‘being there’ for their little ones. Gautam Gupta is portraying fatherhood in a whole different light by helping his wife, Smriti Khanna in not only taking care of their little one but also making sure the newbie mommy gets some ‘me’ time too. Sharing an Insta story with Gautam lying on the bed with his baby girl sleeping peacefully on his chest, Smriti wrote, “My morning view @mistergautam” followed by a heart emoji atop it.
To announce the best news of her life, Smriti Khanna had shared a family picture with the newbie parents looking at each other with smiles on their faces and the 29-year-old star holding her baby girl in her arms. Smriti had captioned her post as "Our princess has arrived 15.04.2020." And how the newbie father, Gautam Gupta was overwhelmed with the feeling of holding his princess in his arms, Smriti had given a glimpse of the same. Sharing a video, Smriti had written, “Friday Night Jazz with his dancing partner” followed by a heart emoji. (Also Read: Smriti Khanna Reveals How Breastfeeding Her Newborn Daughter Is A Challenge Amid COVID-19 Situation)
On April 22, 2020, Smriti Khanna had posted her transformation collage of her pre and post-pregnancy selfie and we were awestruck with the drastic change. Smriti had captioned it as “Amazed at what the human body can do!! 1st pic was taken one week before I gave birth. Second pic, a week after I gave birth. My inbox is flooded with questions from new moms and moms-to-be. I’ll try and make a video soon answering all of them. Thank you for so much love and blessings for our little one #postpartum #postpartumtransformation #newmom #mombod.” But instead of praising how amazingly she had transformed back to her old self, some netizens had trolled her for editing and posting her throwback picture. Giving a befitting reply, Smriti posted a mirror selfie on her Insta story and wrote, “For people who think these pics are old, you really think I will put a cot in my room even before getting pregnant?” followed by a laughing emoji atop it.
Do you know how Gautam Gupta was ‘confused’ when Smriti Khanna had told her that she’s pregnant? In an exclusive interview with BollywoodShaadis.com, Smriti had recalled his reaction, “It was a planned pregnancy but obviously for every parent, it is overwhelming once you get the big news. I had pranked Gautam before so he was a bit confused when I told him this time.” Smriti had also revealed the best part about being pregnant and was quoted as saying, “All the pampering!! You can ask for anything and it’ll be there for you. Also, the feeling of growing a life inside you can’t be explained in words.”
In an interview with Pinkvilla, Smriti Khanna had revealed how their first night with the baby at home was a nightmare and how things have changed since the little one arrived. She had stated, "Oh God! I can't even tell you. The first few days in the hospital, it was easy because you press a button and the nurse would come and take the baby. We had also kept a nurse for the baby but now she can't come because she is in Aurangabad. Now, I don't have help here. Sleepless nights we can still manage I guess but can't risk anyone just coming and taking care of the baby. It's been two days since we came home, the first night was so bad, it was a nightmare. In fact, I decided to exclusively breastfeed the baby but due to COVID situation sometimes it becomes so hard. I was doing that till the time I had nurses around me. I had thought that for the next six months, it is going to be this way but I don't know now... there are so many issues, the baby keeps crying, I keep wondering if I am doing anything wrong, recently, it was like 2:30 AM and the baby won't stop crying. We did everything to make sure the baby stops crying. At last, we got a Dabba with that formula, we have been watching YouTube videos. Everyone was running to make her stop crying and then finally she did." (Also Read: Karanvir Bohra And Teejay Sidhu Praying With Bella And Vienna Proves That 'Love' Has No Religion)
Thanks to all the fathers like Gautam, who are redefining fatherhood with their actions!