In­tro­duc­ing the win­ners of our ex­cit­ing Com­fort Pure Cover Stars 2018 com­pe­ti­tion, Ni­rakasha Sookraj-Ya­gan and her adorable baby boy Keyush.

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Our gor­geous cover stars from Dur­ban flew to Jo­han­nes­burg for the photo shoot. Joined by dad, Calvin, this was the first time in an aero­plane for baby Keyush and “it was a sight to be­hold”, re­ports mom Ni­rakasha on ar­rival at our stu­dios. “He was wide awake through­out the jour­ney, but was sur­pris­ingly very calm.”

Our smile keeper

Keyush’s warm smile lights up the room and in­stantly steals the show. “He’s a happy-go-lucky baby who is laid­back like his dad,” says Ni­rakasha. His name means “sun­shine” and the proud par­ents say this is ex­actly what he has brought into their home. Ni­rakasha, who holds a de­mand­ing po­si­tion in the fi­nance in­dus­try, says motherhood has been good to her and not much has changed. “I do, how­ever, have a new re­spect for moms,” she says.

The par­ents, who tied the knot four years ago, are still able to spend time to­gether as a cou­ple, and be­cause Keyush is such an easy baby, he just fits right in. Spend­ing qual­ity time with her son is a pri­or­ity for the dot­ing mom who also at­tends mother-and-baby classes with her bub­bly five-month-old.

Baby makes three

Re­call­ing her preg­nancy, Ni­rakasha says she loved be­ing preg­nant. “My hus­band spoiled me, I was just dis­ap­pointed that I didn’t have any of those weird crav­ings other women speak of.”

She men­tions that she didn’t pick up much weight dur­ing her preg­nancy and is just try­ing to shed the last 4kg.

She sched­uled an elec­tive C-sec­tion and Keyush was born weigh­ing a healthy 3.2kg. “See­ing him for the first time was mag­i­cal – even though I wasn’t able to hold him be­cause of the surgery, I was just so happy that he had landed safely.” She opted for a med­i­ca­tion-free re­cov­ery and was sur­prised by how painful it was. “I was also breastfeeding, so it was quite un­com­fort­able,” she says. At three weeks, she learnt that Keyush had yel­low jaun­dice, so she had to stop breastfeeding. “We had moved in with my mom at the time, so ev­ery­one helped with feeds and tak­ing care of the baby while I fo­cused on heal­ing.” The first-time par­ents were both sur­prised by how nat­u­rally motherhood came to Ni­rakasha, while Dad is still eas­ing into his new role.

Fam­ily bonds

As Keyush is the only grand­son in the fam­ily, the cou­ple en­joy vis­it­ing their ex­tended fam­ily with their baby. “He gets a lot of love and at­ten­tion – ev­ery­one treats him as if he’s their own,” says Ni­rakasha.

When the par­ents are at work, they leave Keyush in the care of his grand­mother, with whom he shares a spe­cial bond.

He’s al­ready show­ing signs of in­de­pen­dence, opt­ing to sleep in his cot rather than his par­ents’ bed. “He’s hap­pi­est when he’s play­ing with his stuffed toys or mak­ing a splash in his bath,” Ni­rakasha says. He also finds his dad’s voice sooth­ing, so Calvin of­ten reads and sings to him. He does well with rou­tine so he usu­ally cries when it’s time for a snooze. The new mom re­veals that Keyush loves wa­ter and will be start­ing swim­ming lessons soon.

Calvin, who is a med­i­cal doc­tor by pro­fes­sion, is also a foot­ball fa­natic and looks for­ward to shar­ing his pas­sion with his son when he’s older.

And what do they look for­ward to teach­ing their son? “We would like him to be a good per­son – kind, hum­ble and gen­er­ous.” »

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