I could write every day about my little guy but try not to as I already post a lot about him on Facebook. My Facebook circle is quite small and a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. But, on this blog, I do not want to bore the world to death. I have seen interesting blogs go downhill fast when the new baby came along. Every post documented the things that all us humans do…it may be exciting for the parents but not so much for the rest of the world! Ha ha ha.
But, this post is for our little guy. He has come a long way in the last while and has advanced from crawling to walking. This past weekend we bought him his first pair of shoes. He took to them as soon as he realized they made a funny sound on the tile floor-before that he just wanted to tear them off.
Other than the time difference, he did not need much to transition to life in India. Because we are in New Delhi and not a smaller center, everything one could need for a baby or toddler is available here. The main two issues we deal with are being aware and making sure not to get water in his mouth during bath times and the dreadful pollution. My husband manages the baths and has sorted it out…so far no issues. As for the pollution, we do not go out on high pollution days and generally keep it brief. I am looking forward to winter passing and all of us being able to breathe easier. At home we run two air purifiers which I hope do what they are supposed to.
He still drinks formula (we have a toddler version of Enfamil here) three times a day. The rest of the time he does pretty well with regular food. On my parenting app lots of people wonder what to feed babies. Ours eats toast, peanut butter, banana pancakes, all fruits and veggies, lentils and beans, scrambled eggs, meat, etc etc etc. But we also asked a friend to bring us more baby snacks, formula, cereal, organic meat on her trip over here since these things are expensive here.
We have not bought him too many toys as we have moved around quite a bit already and did not want to accumulate things but we have carried a few with us here. His favourites by far are a few stuffed animals. One was a bunny that was lost along the way and replaced with a Mickey Mouse and the other is a soft panda. He has two larger toys and a bunch of small ones. They say kids with less toys are more creative and develop better…but who knows?!
Since our airline lost our baby bed and we did not bother to replace it, we have been co-sleeping. It is lovely and horrible all at once. Cuddling the little guy is nice (and he sleeps more and better with us) and waking up to his sweet face in the morning is adorable (I also love his sweet baby smell) …but the downside is that he does not like to go to bed alone now! We will need to find a way to do something about this before it becomes a major pain.
Another thing we struggle with is screen time. Of course he is not interested in the BBC (no matter how interesting this Khashoggi scandal is!) that I usually have on when I get back from work and while my husband is at the gym but there are some musical commercials that he just loves. Not worried about these at all, of course, but we also have played some YouTube songs while changing his diaper in order not to have a huge mess everywhere (no struggling or fighting at all as long as the songs are on!). He just loves them and clearly wants to watch them but guidelines say that there should be no screen time at all for the first two years. I don’t think we can be that good but we are trying to keep it minimal. It was cute that he started bending down and touching his toes out of no where when I sang “Head and Shoulders” one day. We can only guess he learned it from YouTube!
Here in India we also went to the doctor once to get his 12 month vaccinations. It was at the same hospital where I went when I was pregnant. All was the same as back home and he got a few jabs. The nurses could have been kinder, I thought, but they were not horrible. Anyway, there are a few extra shots he will need due to being in India and those we need to get in the next week or so.
The little one also says a few words but not as many as I think he should. It could be the 4 languages he is exposed to all the time though…must be confusing.
Anyway, just wanted to share a bit of what is going on with our little one. He makes me want a thousand more!