I know I am very late with this update… But I have been caught up with so much work these last few days that I could not post this earlier 😦 … but better late than never. So here goes 🙂
We had planned to spend the Diwali week with the in-laws who stay in a small town close to Delhi. Hubby’s brother’s family was also coming and so Cheebu was very excited on meeting and having fun with her cousins Ch didi (9 years) and Chhotu (3 years). The train journey from Mumbai to Delhi was a big milestone… for Cheebu was travelling for the first time as a 5 year old and hence with a ticket and a berth of her own 🙂 All mommies will agree with me that this is a big milestone for the mothers as well for it means getting back the luxury of sleeping all alone on your berth after 5 long years of sharing the narrow train berth with your baby 🙂 Once we boarded the train, hubby was a bit hesitant in letting Cheebu sleep alone … what if she falls or is scared? He even offered to sleep with her 🙄 . But finally I managed to convince him that it was okay for her to sleep on her own… the upper berths had supports from the sides and I was quite confident that she would not fall off. Besides it was a late night train and it was way past her bedtime. So I knew that she would fall asleep in no time and there would be no time to be scared. Reluctantly he agreed 🙂 Cheebu slept peacefully on her own berth while we checked on her several times during the night.
Cheebu was delighted to be with her cousins. She and her Ch didi did lots of creative things together
They made colourful rangolis
Transformed the earthen diyas into beautiful colourful ones
Had their hands decorated with mehendi
The in-laws house is a blend of things modern and traditional… where we still have the traditional chulha that uses “Gose” or “kande” made from cowdung as fuel.
And where Cheebu would accompany her dadiji to get milk freshly milked from buffaloes in front of their eyes 🙂 – very different from the life we normally lead here.
It was so good to see the cousins bonding so well together…
Cheebu was inseparable from her Ch didi. Ch didi applied Mehndi on Cheebu’s hands