By Bunty Avieson
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It’s just baby babble, but all the same, we are ridiculously proud. Our time in Bir is up and we take her back to Sydney – happy to show off all her new tricks. 46 4 Men of Magic SEPTEMBER 2002 Would Kathryn and I like to spend three months in Bhutan sleeping on the floor with twenty strangers whose names I can’t pronounce, while he disappears up a yak trail six hours away, not even accessible by carrier pigeon? Of course, Mal doesn’t put it quite like that. Not at first. He says Rinpoche is making a new movie, bigger and more sophisticated than The Cup and this time set in Bhutan.
She tells me to rub sesame oil on my belly and back twice a week, to walk a lot, and avoid goat and pork. Chicken, beef and lamb are okay. I need to strengthen my kidneys in preparation for the birth. Very important. During the birth she says to avoid cold or iced drinks but sip tea or water at room temperature or above. Drinking cold things gives the baby a shock, which will cause it to retract and slow things down, she explains, demonstrating by wrapping her arms around herself and shivering.
Yes, indeed. What if all sorts of things happen, none of them good? Like, I’m not already waking in the middle of the night drenched in sweat at all the possibilities. But I figure this is part of the parenthood deal and while I know I’m new at it, I think it has little to do with geography. Our Kathryn is fit and healthy, with the sweetest disposition you could hope for, and, at just three months, she survived the rough and tumble of travelling in India. She is sooo much bigger now – seven months and thriving.
A Baby in a Backpack to Bhutan by Bunty Avieson