Reporting from India

We have R2I few weeks ago and kind of got settled. I wouldn’t say it was a sudden move. We have been thinking over it for a while and glad that it materialized sooner. As chaos and confusion is our family’s soul sister we had all sorts of confusion until the last minute but managed to land at India in one piece.

M left one month ahead to find, shift to the new home and set it up as I was clear that I cannot handle two home shifts at a short period with two kids in tow. So, packed him ahead as I had better control on settling down things at US than setting up at India. Hectic is a minuscule way to describe the last one month at US. 

Adi has settled quite well in her new school. She has got handful of friends and a best friend too. Kids adapt so quick. Her school is fifteen minutes away from home and she commutes in school bus. She now juggles between US accent and Indian accent while conversing in English. She went for shopping with amma to the ever famous t nagar and came home drained. The duo left home around 11am, travelled to/fro in MTC bus and came home back at 9pm. Amma says Adi is the best companion for shopping and they are already making plans for Diwali shopping. She had mehandi couple of times and loves the string of jasmine flowers that usually hangs below her pony tail.

LHB had to have a tough fight with mosquitoes but who can win this tiny creature. It left red marks at all possible places in his body and we countered it with all possible options. We now have the mosquito repellent, coil and electric bat. Every evening, FIL spends one hour in battling with them. Otherwise he is good. I am not very satisfied with his solid in-take. He eats good but I feel that I am not feeding him healthy food. As of now he depends more on Lactogen and Cerelac flavors but I want to feed him real fruits and veggies. So far I tried boiled/smashed apple and carrots. He liked them. What else can I feed him? Something that I can prepare and keep which my in-laws can feed him in the evening? Please share your suggestions.

LHB crawls to every nook and corner and chews everything that reaches his hands ranging from papers to wires to all kitchen utensils. Kitchen utensils are his best toys so far. We change the color of the tupperware box when he is bored. He tries to stand up with support, fails in the attempt, falls down and cries hard as if someone hit him. A stranger witnessing the crying scene would easily think that we are the cruels tortruing the little fella. He is becoming handful for the in-laws these days.

As far as myself, I have joined my work after three weeks of landing here. My project is yet to start so enjoying the honeymoon period. The work timings here tops my worry list as the general timings are 11am-8pm but people usually come around 12pm or 1pm and stretch beyond 11pm. Talk about working for overseas client. I am driving to my work. Woww how I missed being behind the wheels every day all these years. That’s the “me” time I get everyday and totally enjoying it singing along with the FM radio.

Please read here about our book and TV experience. I am totally off the blog world as feedly is not working at my work and I am not sure when I would get back to it considering the full time hectic job that’s ahead, new work timings, two kids and everything. We have employed a maid and cook at home and in-laws are very helpful so its not that bad but still my battery drains totally by 10pm as my day starts at 5:30am. Getting up early is not my cup of tea but I have no choice and getting used to it 😦 I am hardly using the computer at home these days.

Parents are taking turns in visiting us and I have already had two get together with friends. One with my ex-colleagues and another with my school mates. I was meeting my school mates after 18 years and it felt like as if we just had our farewell yesterday.

I started this post to write about a “must-to-record” incident related to Adi and her classmates but as usual went off tangent.  Will make it as the next post..

Oh by the way I am a Chennaite now. I mean I live at “Vandharai Vazha Vaikkum” Chennai” 🙂 It absolutely feels fantabulous to be back at home.

how are you all doing? Hope to hear back from all my regular readers.

31 thoughts on “Reporting from India

  1. I was wondering where you disappeared and now it’s kind if sweet surprise to me. You moved to India , hearty congratulations on the R2I , new job and everything associated with the move. I am glad you were able to make the decision and move back. We decided to stay here for some more time and part if that decision made us to buy a home here. So far we are enjoying this new phase. Hugs to you Adi and LHB. Wishing you lots of good luck !!

    • did I read it correct? you guys bought home? hearty congratulationsss.. How is Chucky? Our moving back story has not ended yet, as always there is a new twist to it now 😦 will reveal them as time permits.. take care

  2. Missed you Ani 🙂 by the way you can put LHB on mashed bananas, potatoes, beetroots apart from carrot and apples… also marie bscuits in mild warm water can also be given… try giving manna raagi kanji they help to put on healthy weight… Allll the very very best 🙂

    • Aww..
      beets & potatoes – just boil, grind and feed?
      bananas – LHB’s doc asked to try it after 9 months
      Ragi kanji – from which month can we give it Ramya?
      Also, I am planning to try mix like apple and carrots together. is that okay?
      Pls share if you are aware of any other healthy food for 7months old..
      take care

      • beets & potatoes – just boil, MASH WITH HAND and feed?
        bananas – LHB’s doc asked to try it after 9 months
        Ragi kanji – from which month can we give it Ramya? – 6 months beginning you can start
        Also, I am planning to try mix like apple and carrots together. is that okay? – Mixes no clue…
        Also my doc suggested papaya, chiku also… You can try the heinz foods which are coming from 4+ months nowadays

  3. Awwwww I am so so so happy for your Ani 🙂 🙂 I am sure, with time everything else also falls into right places!

    The prospect of meeting you is much closer now that you are in Chennai! Missed you and your blog so so much 🙂

    • hope so gb. we are still hanging in the middle and hope it will take another few months to have more clarity 😦 but for now I am thoroughly enjoying the stay at home ground. It feels great to be back at Chennai 🙂 Let me know when you come to Chennai.. take care

  4. A big slience from your end has a lot of reasons eh 🙂 🙂 welcome to singara chennai 🙂 🙂 happy for you 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • obviously it does dear 🙂 🙂 this city is beautiful, welcoming and you will enjoy tonnes and tonnes 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 hope the kids enjoy this place 🙂 have a day to visit beaches, if time permits every sunday make it as a duty 🙂 🙂 the huge entertainment that kids will have 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. Aww! Wondering where you had been! Glad things worked out well for you and good luck. Have you passed the depression yet? I usually hit a depression phase around 3-4 weeks after the move and call myself all kinds of idiot for moving.
    Btw – we moved to Aussie land! Good luck 🙂
    With regards to LHB – sweet potatoes used to be kuttyma’s favorite

    • really? you moved again? loads and loads of good luck to you.. How is Kuttyma? luckily I didn’t get into the depression phase or I may have passed it. I don’t remember..
      sweet potatoes – do you just boil, smash and feed? can you think of anything else for 7 month old?
      take care

      • Yes! we moved again. I cannot stay put in one place – I have this urge to travel 🙂
        Well sweet potatoes – I have done boil, mash, feed (Also sometimes diluted with pumped milk). I have also done baked sweet potatoes. Other usual veggies – carrots, green beans – all boiled and mashed and frozen as cubes. Prunes was kuttyma’s favorite. Will soak dried ones in hot water and blend it. Attempted the same with dates and she did not like them. I also used to mix them with oats cereal as you probably do.
        Fruits – apples (boiled and mashed), pears, bananas
        Around 9 months I started rice and dal water

  6. How are you Ani? Am one of your regular readers not regular in visiting you eh? Great to read your post – and hearing you are all settled now! Hats off to you, you are one super person, managing so much, really!

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