The twelve days of Christmas (with a teething baby)
Jan10

The twelve days of Christmas (with a teething baby)

According to Wikipedia, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a popular English Christmas Carol that lists a number of gifts (12, duh!) that are given each day, starting on Christmas day. The tune most of us are familiar with is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin (who added the bit about the five gold rings, who knew!). Sing with me, won’t you? On the first...

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ABCDs of raising my two kids
Jan01

ABCDs of raising my two kids

It’s been a while since I blogged (okay, nearly two years!!). This pretty much sums up life at the moment. A is for amber beads voodoo magic which I swore by with my firstborn for teething pain relief but suddenly saw it as a choking hazard with my second. Because I am  more paranoid wiser the second time around. B is for “because why?” which I get asked a gazillion times a day. And balloons. The endless fascination with plastic...

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Laugh: Out of the mouth of a two-year-old
Feb06

Laugh: Out of the mouth of a two-year-old

Gus’s language development has always been a big focus for me and it’s been great fun since he started talking. What I didn’t realise is that it would mean that I now get tuned on a daily basis by a two-year-old!!!! Here are a few examples from the past few weeks: Scene: Bathtime, getting ready for bed and Mom and Dad hold their breath to find out who is the lucky winner of tonight’s bedtime story reading...

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Laugh: Settlement
Jan16

Laugh: Settlement

This is the tenth year that I have lived in the United Kingdom. It was just a few weeks ago, when I bought solar-powered garden fairy lights and was surprised that they didn’t work, that I realised there is still a lot I don’t understand about life over here, starting with the fact that THERE IS NO SUN IN DECEMBER TO POWER ANYTHING! I will never forget the day I arrived, fresh off the boat plane, at Heathrow airport, quivering in my...

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Laugh: 10 things you do thanks to toddlers…
Dec12

Laugh: 10 things you do thanks to toddlers…

“…what I do have is a very particular set of skills I have acquired over a very long career…” Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) Taken   Just like the words immortalised by Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, parents develop particular sets of skills when their children are young. These skills change with the age of your child or children, and you don’t always realise that you have them until one day you...

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Laugh: Do YOU speak toddler?
Aug01

Laugh: Do YOU speak toddler?

If you are a parent, you will find this video clip funny. While watching you will start to identify key phrases that you utter every day maybe once or twice to your kids. Then you will judge the language use, tone and lack of positive reinforcement of the rest of the phrases. Then you will realise you also often sometimes say these things out of desperation. Enjoy!   I once had a cute and squishy baby. Then one day I woke up and I had...

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