MEET OUR COMFORT PURE COVER STARS
Introducing the winners of our exciting Comfort Pure Cover Stars 2018 competition, Nirakasha Sookraj-Yagan and her adorable baby boy Keyush.
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.
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.” »