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My baby starts his first day of daycare tomorrow at 5 and a half months age. In 6 hours, I will wake up to get him ready, pack his school bag, and take him to daycare. After I get him settled, I will have to walk out the door and leave him there. I’m nervous, mostly for myself because I know he will do fine. As my maternity leave comes to an end soon, I can’t help but think - did I make the most of my time with my baby? These last few hours, I’m reflecting on the snapshots in my mind of the adventures we have had together, the mornings I have woken up to his toothless smiles, and the quiet times I have held him tightly in my arms. I know that growing up entails letting go... It was inevitable, but now I will watch him fly. . I know this reads dramatic. I’m a new mom, what can I say? 🤷🏽‍♀️🙃 . #newmom #firstdayofschool #daycare #momlife

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Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and breathe in the fresh air of the outdoors. My head clears, my phone stays tucked away out of sight, and my heart fills up with so much gratitude for the people I have around me, my health, and the beautiful world I’m in. I had a great time in the Poconos for Presidents Day weekend. Need more days like this! #grateful

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About last night... 🥰 I feel like it’s becoming a daily wish for me to freeze time and hold on to the moment forever. . . . #newmom #baby #presentmoment #nofilter

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Getting back into shape has never been harder for me than it has been postpartum. As of two weeks ago, I can now run without my pelvic floor aching. I can now get through quick dance movements as opposed to feeling like I can barely keep up. My ability to do exercises high impact is now challenged more so due to fatigue as opposed to my organs/bones moving back into place. But I can jump, and, oh boy, feeling sore feels so good! I’m still healing at 4 months. Slow and steady wins out, and I’m determined to come back strong! Thanks to my @bollyxfitness crew for reigniting my fitness journey. @emilyamatos @kalasher_official @chadhaforthevin . . . #fitnessgirl #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #bollyx #bollywoodfitness #ekdoteen #madhuridixit

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Happy birthday to my elegant, fierce, brilliant sister Mamta Mehta. I am one lucky little sis! Love you! #birthdaysis #nofilter #tbt

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2019 is well underway, and after a chaotic first 15 days settling back into home, now is the time I’m reflecting ahead. Four months ago, I became a mom. I went from being able to skip around the city on my own to now having the responsibility to take care of my own little baby. I get the word “care-free” now - it no longer applies to me. 🙃 And that’s ok. One chapter closes, the next one begins. . This year, my challenge is to continue pursuing what makes me feel alive in the context of my new role as a mother. I will throw many darts and see what sticks. I will see some things take a backseat. I know I won’t sleep as much. And I will nourish and watch my little son grow. We are taking baby steps together... #newmother #2019 #momlife #nofilter

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In 2018, I experienced the journey towards motherhood. From pregnancy to delivery to my first months with my baby, it was a wild ride. Thanks to my amazing husband and family, my friends, my coworkers and my beautiful little baby for supporting me and helping me grow so much. 2019 is off to a great start with this strong foundation behind me. Bring it on! #newyear

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Rang in the new year with the best people! Happy 2019 everyone! Hope your new year is filled with love, good health, and people who bring out the best in you. #happynewyear

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Baby J’s first Christmas! 🎄

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All I want for Christmas is you! Baby J was the star on his first Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone! #happyholidays #seasonsgreetings

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This is what winter in SoCal looks like... Who needs seasons, anyway? 😎 #surfandsun #nofilter #beach

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This is what the holidays in Palm Springs look like through the lens of my new mirrorless @sonyalpha. Family + sunshine = heaven #tistheseason #familyfirst❤️

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Guess who is already a fan of @bollyxfitness (obvi)... Baby rockstar here is already practicing his BollyX poses in his jungle gym, running his hands through his hair like a hero, and proudly sporting his black and yellow at 26 days old. Having jammed to many BX workouts already from inside my belly, baby Jay can’t wait to unleash his inner rockstar at his first BX Kids class! 😎 . Teaching BollyX classes and being active throughout pregnancy really helped me experience a positive 10 months. Thanks to all my fitness friends who have been so open and encouraging during the journey. xo! . #bollyx #bollyxbaby #bollywoodworkout #rockstar #fitnessgirl #teampixel

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I just saw this post from my good friend and fellow @bollyxfitness rockstar @kalasher_official - how sweet of you guys to think of me and the baby! Miss you and can’t wait to get back into the studio with you! #Repost @kalasher_official @emilyamatos @chadhaforthevin ・・・ Sending much lowe 💕 and #Congratulations to new #BXMama @minal from the #TuesdayNight #BollyX gang at @completebodygym 🔥🙌🏾🔥💪🏿💪🏿 Wishing your fam and new addition the bestest 🔥 #LittleRockstar ⭐️ #Hugs #BeatPeBaby 👶 #VinayWasRight 👍🏾 #FallBaby #YoungGunz #SeeYaSoon ❤️🙌🏾💪🏿💪🏿

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Lol apparently I have no Navratri or garba pictures on my phone, besides this throwback from 2013. 😝 I think I was heading to my first garba in NYC, anxious about who I’d dance with and longing for the familiar faces of my uncles and aunties in SoCal. I put on a chaniya choli gifted to me by @beanoburpie (yay bridesmaid dress!) and nervously went to Chelsea Piers, where I had an absolute blast with people I had never met before. Good times! . Happy Navratri! . Navratri, the Hindu festival of dance, officially starts today and lasts through nine nights. As a little girl, I remember my parents taking me to auditoriums of people dancing to the heart pounding beats in a sea of concentric rings around the image of Goddess Durga. I remember how exhilarating it was to be surrounded by the flashing colors of the dancers around me. I remember how big I would smile as my dad and mom would play dandia with me. As the night would continue, I'd push my own boundaries of expression, using each new cycle of movement to bend lower, jump higher, and add my own twist to the step. By the end of the night, my feet would be black on the bottom, my fingers would be sore from getting slammed by dandias (sticks), and I'd be blissfully exhausted from dancing. . I remember those magical nights as a little girl. Today, I look at my own newborn and imagine the nights I'll take him to these functions myself. For now, we'll have dance parties in my living room until he's old enough to be immunized. #navratri #indiandance #festivalofdance #durgapuja

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Hello World! . On our 2-year wedding anniversary, Aaron Solomon and I are proud to introduce you to our son, Jay Russell Mehta Solomon, born on September 14th, 2018. He arrived fashionably late - 4 days past his due date - and has taken our world by storm! . Jay is named after his fierce Ba (grandma) - Jayshri Mehta - and his inspiring great grandpa - Russell Solomon. For the past two weeks, we've had to hold ourselves back from eating his face, because he's so darn cute. . Labor was the most challenging life experience I have ever been through, and I feel like I need to wear a shirt that says "I survived." Mothers, I feel like I've joined your tribe now. I applaud your strength, and I look to you for further wisdom, guidance, and motivation. . Aaron and Jay, dance parties and adventures for life start now. Lezzgo! . #babyboy #babyannouncement #nolongerpregnant

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Look how beautiful my own mom was this time during her first pregnancy! For the past 1.5 months, she has moved in with me to take care of me day and night. Before she came, I was eating Dos Toros, Cava and Sweetgreen every day. Now I’ve been spoiled with home cooked Gujarati food, healthy fruit shakes, and peace of mind knowing my guardian angel is here with me. My mom selflessly put her life on hold to be here for me. I will find out soon what that kind of true love and sacrifice entails that all mothers go through. #pregnancyjourney #love

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A silhouette hopefully on its way out! #getout #pastdue #minalandaaron

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An Indian + Italian mix is going to make for a very hairy baby, so our theme of our baby shower was “Mustaches and Bow ties” haha. Unfortunately I didn’t arrange for lots of photos to be taken, so here’s a select few from our bash. #babyshower #minalandaaron

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Say hello to my crazy East Coast fam. I was so lucky to be surrounded by so much love at my baby shower. Btw, everyone here has volunteered to babysit. 🙌🏾🙏🏽 #babyshower #family

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Here’s me and my “baby daddy” right after a beautiful shower my family threw me... Little did I know that my coworker from my first job who trained me on everything I know in Excel would be the guy I’d spend my life with. 😂 Life is hilarious when you put things in perspective. #musings #babyshower

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Wedding season was hardcore this year! So many happy moments to celebrate in life. Here’s a snap from Rahul and Reena’s amazing wedding in Austin. My motto growing up with my family has always been “keep singing and dancing through life.” Being with Aaron hasn’t changed one bit of that for me - as I grow up with him, our joyfulness grows. He never lets go of his inner child, which I love. The adventure keeps going. 🙌🏾 #weddingshenanigans #lovedance #joy #6monthspreggo

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Another highlight of this summer was teaching a fitness class in partnership with @drjordanmetzl. @kalasher_official, @emilyamatos, @vinaychadha42 and I were fortunate to team up with Dr. Metzl and dance @bollyxfitness and run alongside 300+ smiling faces outside of @macys in Herald Square. Follow @drjordanmetzl if you want to join in on some amazing fitness experiences across the city. #fitnessgirl #bollyx #bollyxfitness #32weeks

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While you’re in it, pregnancy can feel like the longest days of your life. During week #40, I’m looking back at how long this year has felt, and who has been there to bring me joy throughout it all. @kalasher_official and @emilyamatos, you enabled me to stay active and do what I love - unleash my inner @bollyxfitness rockstar. As the year progressed, you kept me going, you brought a smile to my face and you made me feel strong. You worked hard to keep our @bollyxfitness community growing. My baby boy is going to love dancing with you, Danny Mama and Emily Masi. #fitnessgirl #pregnancyjourney #bollyx #bollyxrockstar

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Last one, cropped for obvious reasons, but included because I got to try on a very special outfit after a long time. 🙃 #pregnancyjourney 📷: @glowportraits 👗: @dishapatilpretcouture

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We can’t wait to see what our son looks like! #pregnancyjourney 📷: @glowportraits

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Pregnant journey cont’d 📷: @glowportraits