Indie is twice her age since our last update! She has lived twice the experience and there are many precious moments to share.
December began serenely enough: hanging out with her dad at coffee shops and with her mom at the beach.
Highlights early in the month were receiving a handmade bib from aunt Heidi and co-facilitating an educational workshop with her parents… hehe… also enjoying time with uncle Stan.
We celebrated Nic’s birthday with a raw vegan black forest cake and drinks with friends. Indie helped pick out a straight blade as a birthday gift, but looks like dad needs more practice using it!
At Christmas Indie met some of her family for the first time. Her cousins, uncle Steve, and great uncle Bob. She also got a little spoiled by her grandparents in Canberra. The presents were fun, but the drive to and from Sydney, not so much.
The New Year was spent with more new family and friends in India and the travel, although 24 hours door-to-door, was less difficult than driving. Indie enjoyed all the hands-on attention and cuddles from her parents during the journey.
New Year’s Eve we attended a candle service at the Tibetan Pavilion and on January first we took a walk (until it rained) and planted an Amla tree.
Our weeks in India flew by, filled with delicious food and coffee, good conversation, yoga, walks in the forest, play, and naps (yes, in the last picture Indie is napping with her face resting in the baby carrier, a favourite position).
We stayed first with Sathiya, Perumal, and Kavin enjoying Sathiya’s cooking and lazy afternoons. Kavin is Indie’s cousin but he calls her ‘papa’ meaning little sister. Indie and Kavin both are called ‘cootie’ often, which means ‘little cutie,’ and kavin is the definition of cute! When Indira starts getting grumbly I made up a song that seams to soothe her, singing on repeat: “Indie … irie .. cootie … i-i-i-i-yo.” Irie is used in the Caribbean to mean ‘everything is all right, be at peace,’ so, it’s like I’m singing ‘be at peace little darling Indie’ in three languages!
During the Pongal time, which is like a harvest festival period in South India, we moved in with Heidi, our Aaya (meaning grandmother or great grandmother in Tamil).
Indie of course was delighted to spend time with her Aaya, and showed off all her new developing skills: chattering, laughing, standing, nearly rolling, and grabbing, holding and shaking things.
We spent most of our time in Auroville, a few scene shots below (including the massage room at Quiet, where Nic and I enjoyed relaxing hours under the hands of a Parisian masseuse)…
but took some day adventures to Pondicherry, temples, beaches, and a bird sanctuary…
We also caught up with many old friends (Ramya, Manju, Vanitha) and their families and had a welcome visit from Canadian friends too! Nic interviewed an Aurovillian integral to Auroville’s reforestation so watch out for Nic’s post and perspective.
In India, our little girl got spoiled with transport. Riding in a baby carrier on mopeds or on laps in cars. She loved buzzing about on the scooter the best and it was an easy way to help her get some zzzz’s. Now that I’m back in Sydney, I’m missing that easy freedom and sleep solution, a solution likely not recommended by the local midwifes.
On the way home from Chennai, we spent a packed day in Singapore with some friends and were given a list of about 6 things to get through in the day. I looked at the list and smiled, maybe we could have managed it pre-Indie, but it definitely was not a feasible list with our little girl. What are the top two or three things to do, I asked? And good thing I did because in the end we only managed one item on the list! Will have to return now.
Next adventure for our family will be Nevis and Nova Scotia July/August. Until then, we are back to our beach walks and routines at home in Freshwater. xoK