OK, you must be wondering what I meant with “Unyils” in the title. When I talk to my sisters, brother, and parents about my nieces and nephews I always use the term “Unyil”.
Si Unyil is the leading character in an Indonesian children puppet TV series, famous around the early 80’s. [read more…] People still use this term to mention anything that’s small in size.
My first “Unyil” is Amanda Lunardhi (nicknamed Mandy)
She’s the first grandchild of both my parents and our in-laws. She’s born on July 12, 1999 as a Rabbit like me and was weighed at 3.52 kgs. She looked like a boy when she was born up to around 3 years old. She used to be her daddy’s girl but she’s closer to her mom than her dad right now. She’s so girly now – she likes pink color, she likes to wear bandana on her head, or colorful hairpins, she can match her shoes and dress when she goes out. She’s also much taller compared to her classmates and skinny – gone are her chubby cheeks and baby fat. She likes swimming very much now, although she cried like hell in her first lessons. She likes drawing and ballet too. Unlike other children, it’s not hard to ask her to eat her veggies – she likes broccoli, spinach, green bean and carrot. Her favorite foods are sushi, noodle, yakitori, hainan rice, and pizza. She’s a bit quiet but always talks a lot when she’s with her brother or people she knows well. Mandy nggak kena dimarahin keras-keras, you need to talk to her and explain why her behaviors are not acceptable. Her father would pretty much like her to be a doctor or financier but she wants to be a beautician, ha, ha, ha… (Hmm… I wanted to be a stewardess when I was little.) She always says that I can draw much better than her mom *smile*.
My second “Unyil” is Matthew Colin Lunardhi (nicknamed Tiu Tiu)
He’s the first grandson of my parents and second grandson of our in-laws. He’s born on July 10, 2003 as a Goat like his father and my other sister and was weighed at 3.86 kgs. He’s darker than his sister. He’s also more carefree than his sister – my sister admitted that during her second pregnancy she was more carefree than her first one and she did a lot of fixing and climbing in the office and at home. Boys will be boys and so is Tiu Tiu. He likes cars very much. Just leave him alone with automotive magazine – he is surely absorbed and pays full attention to all the cars’ details. Or, bring him along to the car-toys shop and he’ll be a good boy. He has broken down and re-assembled all his car toys. He is also very naughty. He likes to make his sister cry – by smearing her drawing or taking her toys. But he is also the one who makes Mandy smiling and laughing. When both of them are in good terms, oh, I’d think that they are the best children that any parents could ever want. I am always tired to see him jumping around – I wonder where his energy comes from. His teachers told my sister that he is one of the four ‘rebels’ in the class – one of the four initiators of any activities. Tiu Tiu iseng sekali di dalam kelas. During lunch time he once took a little girl’s lunch without asking her permission. This Japanese girl then bit his wrist and he showed his swollen wrist to his mom *smile*.
My third “Unyil” is Theadora Lois Vuckovic (nicknamed Thea)
She’s the third grandchild of both my parents and our in-laws. She’s born on May 16, 2005 as a Rooster like Mandy’s mother and was weighed at 4.385 kgs. The doctors and nurses called her the elephant baby because she’s the biggest baby born during that time in the North York Hospital. I knew her since her conception, he, he,… I always accompanied my sister eating out during her pregnancy. I helped my mom taking care of Thea and my sister during the first 40 days. I left when she’s 7 weeks old. She came for a visit to Jakarta when she’s only 10 months old. I took a leave to take care of her so my sister and brother-in-law can have their own time together. She’s taller and heavier compared to babies at her age. At 1.5 years old she already wears clothes for 3-year old baby. Everybody loves her because she’s a cheerful baby and is always easy to manage – needs only about 15 minute tops to feed her and she’s not fussy at all. I know she’ll become a smart girl – she picks up things around her and relates it to one another very quickly. I almost cried when she left for Toronto *smile*.
My fourth “Unyil” will be born toward the end of January or beginning of February 2007. I really look forward to the delivery day *smile*. It will be a boy. Using the 4D USG he looks like my brother when he’s a baby.
I never had a child but they are my children. These four “Unyils” are growing out of my heart and I will do anything for them.
Dear “Unyils”, I love each and every one of you, be good and may you all turn up OK.