Freshwater Beach is the kind of place I imagined going to on a holiday. It is perfect. Indira and I walk along the beach every day, and everyday I count my blessings: to live somewhere so beautiful, and for my beautiful little daughter to share it with. Seriously, just have to pinch myself. This is where I live. This is the wonderful life I have helped create.
Today is an extra special day because Indira turns six-months-old, and on this day, March 18th in 2012, Nic and I were secretly married. Here are a few snaps of Indie and me on Freshie.
It is not just along the Beach, Indie and I walk, being the little adventurer that she is, we walk about 10 km a day. As soon as she is in her carrier, she’s happy. Out and exploring the world and all it’s sights and smells. We also stop now and then so she can have a good touch of a tree, plant, or new surface. And it’s always nice being joined by friends. Sometimes Indira just quietly takes it all in, sometimes she chats, and sometimes she has a little sleep.
Besides being a little explorer, it appears that our little girl enjoys books! Susan and Geoff got her a little black and white one from our local shop, as it was the item that lit her face up! I’ve started to read to her during the day, instead of at bedtime as the reading seems to stimulating for her.
To get ready for sleep instead of reading, Indira has her dinner (yep, started real foods), then a warm shower or bath, followed by a little body massage in our dark quiet room. Indira has enjoyed exploring new foods and mastering the skills involved in drinking from a cup. So far one of her favourite foods is avocado – but she also likes some of my blends like blueberry, prune, banana, and lentil or blended together sweet potato, cauliflower, pear, potato, lentil, and coconut milk!
Other firsts recently include taking an ocean dip. As we are now into autumn in Sydney, we thought we’d try a dip before it gets too cold. The first go, the waves were too big and the second was a little too cold … will have to wait for next year for more of a play.
Some of the other things that make Indira laugh with delight are having her belly kissed, dancing to Brazilian music, and hanging out with her dad on the weekend (don’t have any of her dancing – but will next time!)
We’ve also been getting baby yoga and massage videos from the library which Indira enjoys. Here she is post workout glow:
She’s such a gorgeous little girl. Here are a few more pictures from the last couple months: in our garden when we returned from India, talking to her Grandma Elizabeth on Skype (for their weekly chat), cuddling with her Grandpa Geoff, getting gifts from her Grandma Susan, daydreaming with her favourite fish from the Evans, and looking adorable at our local cafe.
Indira just had her 6 month check and shots and she’s perfectly healthy almost 7kg and 65.5cm long. Here are the last couple photos of her on the day she got her check up, helping mom cook in the kitchen.
Love the Rivers.