what it means to be a woman

Have you seen this monologue from Kalki Koechlin in honor of Women’s Day? I love that she’s speaking out on behalf of the voiceless many. In case you missed it, here’s her poignant and satirical take on rape.

PS: I love that she's French-Indian... just like Noah!

lunch date

How lucky am I that I get to enjoy lunch across the table from this handsome fellow?

travelling (alone) with a baby

Over the Christmas break, Noah and I flew back to the US. Kris joined us later so it was just the two of us. I have to admit (and, no, I'm not crazy!), it was a great experience. With some careful preparation, it wasn't nearly as stressful as I had anticipated - on the contrary, it was kind of fun. Here are a few of my tips for easy travelling:

* I've mentioned it before, but this sling is basically the best thing ever!

beach baby

Have I ever told you that it took Noah a whole six weeks to enjoy baths? Basically, I'd have to give him really quick dips in the beginning during which he'd cry and cry... Well, since then, it seems like he's making up for lost time. He looooves water. Bath, pool, ocean - and even showers!

Here we are in Goa. I loved seeing him discover the beach. He was fascinated by the waves coming in and out. 

indian trains

Last week, we boarded a train for a 20-hour journey from Ahmedabad to Goa. We were traveling with our good friends which made the whole trip feel more like a crazy slumber party and little bit less like, well, what you might expect from Indian train travel. I can’t lie and tell you it’s my favorite mode of transportation… as much as I’m glad we did it, it’s safe to say that it might not be my first choice next time. We were in 2nd class AC which means we had assigned beds with curtains for privacy. I kept Noah snuggled in my arms for the entire night. He was little enough that we all just took turns holding him. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do it again now that he wants to explore a little more independently!

Last week, we boarded a train for a 20-hour journey from Ahmedabad to Goa. We were traveling with our good friends which made the whole trip feel more like a crazy slumber party and little bit less like, well, what you might expect from Indian train travel. I can’t lie and tell you it’s my favorite mode of transportation… as much as I’m glad we did it, it’s safe to say that it might not be my first choice next time.

We were in 2nd class AC which means we had assigned beds with curtains for privacy. I kept Noah snuggled in my arms for the entire night. He was little enough that we all just took turns holding him. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do it again now that he wants to explore a little more independently!

how to take a newborn passport photo

We just recently received Noah's first ever passport! It's amazing to think of all the places he'll be travelling to with it. We're leaving for the States in a few weeks and by my count, when we come back he'll have visited 15 different cities on 3 continents. Isn't that crazy?

The first thing we needed for his passport were pictures. Rather than go out and find a photo studio, I thought I'd give it a shot myself. I'm so glad I did because I love the way they turned out!

Here's how I did it:

We've gotten comments from every one who's seen them... including grumpy customs agent and the lady at the consulate who took in our passport application. As a little patriotic gesture, I dressed him in red, white and blue!

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