Posts Tagged "baby"

Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Written by Dominic | 2 comments

Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

We spent the day at a waterfall yesterday. Between you and me I wanted to spend a nice relaxing Sunday sitting in front of the television and eating Thai biscuits filled with squishy strawberry sugar paste, but Mama informed me in no uncertain terms that I’m not going to get everything that I want in life exactly when I want it. If that’s true, I’m devastated. But then again, Mama tells me that dirt and snails are yucky and not to be eaten, so she’s clearly not infallible. She also told me that the mandarin oranges were “all finished” tonight when I know...

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When my child is sick: Missing the promise and illusion of safety

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Life in Laos | 0 comments

When my child is sick: Missing the promise and illusion of safety

I’m blogging today on a new site I’ll be posting on once a month. aLifeOverseas is a space for honest reflection, conversation, and connection for missionaries and humanitarian workers living in foreign countries.  If you are living overseas currently, if you’re preparing to move internationally, or even if you are just interested in the world of missions and humanitarian aid workers, check out http://aLifeOverseas.com. And without further ado, my first post for aLifeOverseas. On Friday my fifteen-month old baby, Dominic, started running a fever for the first time in his life....

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Bhutan at the speed of baby – the big hike and other happenings

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Travel | 6 comments

Bhutan at the speed of baby – the big hike and other happenings

We’ve been back from Bhutan more than a week but ‘whatevs’, this is blog posting at the speed of baby. So what did we do during our last couple of days in Bhutan? Mama did an interview about Love At The Speed Of Email on Radio Valley 99.9, the first private FM radio station in the country. She didn’t talk about me at all. Boring. We spun a lot of prayer wheels. Mum and Dad didn’t let me do much of the spinning. Tell me that one about sharing again, why don’t you. We hiked up to Tiger’s Nest monastery. We were at 10,000 feet and it was 2.5 miles pretty much straight...

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When messy is good

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 2 comments

When messy is good

Dominic’s latest trick is to waddle over to the shoe basket, dig until he finds a tiny shoe, and then carry it over and drop it in front of me. Then he plops down on his bottom and holds his foot out. If I don’t move quickly enough to please him – i.e. immediately – he kicks me, points imperiously to the door, or screams. Or all three. He loves going outside. I have to admit, I love it less. It’s hot here at the moment – a steamy, sticky, hot. And Dominic is so unsteady on his newly-shod feet that he has to hold my hand to get anywhere safely. Dominic, of course, doesn’t have...

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Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Funny, Parenting | 0 comments

Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Dear Dad, Mum said that since we haven’t seen each other for almost three weeks now and you’re all by yourself in Sri Lanka at the moment, it would be nice of me to write and tell you all the news Well. Important things first. You must tell Mum to stop putting me down on that horrible green furry stuff that’s just everywhere outside. It makes no sense. She scolds me for ripping leaves off the plant in the kitchen, and she doesn’t want me picking things up off the floor and putting them in my mouth, but she regularly abandons me to whatever might be lurking in that filthy fuzzy carpet...

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A note from Down Under

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Travel | 4 comments

A note from Down Under

In Australia, at my parent’s house. Finally, more than a week after landing, this trip is starting to make sense. Prior to now there was just being squished into my seat on a full plane next to scruffy teen headed to Thailand for a surfing holiday who clearly relished my son’s wiggling and screaming for most of the 1.5 hour flight (almost as much as he relished the fact that during the five minutes when Dominic actually got quiet – 20 minutes before landing and right after they put the fasten seatbelt sign on – Baby Ratbag deposited a giant poo in his diaper). And then there was...

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Dear Dad, Love Dominic (A letter for Father’s Day)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Funny, Parenting | 10 comments

Dear Dad, Love Dominic (A letter for Father’s Day)

Dear Dad, This is the 2nd Father’s Day you’ve had since I was born, and I’m not even a year old yet. Mum says that America and Australia have different Father’s Days, so there are two Father’s Days every year and only one Mother’s Day. Then she says “Figures” in the same tone she says “Of course he did” when you tell her that Zulu’s fetched another dirty diaper from the trash and ripped it apart on our front step. Just between you and me, I don’t understand why she feels hard done by. You made her a lovely card last month for Mothers Day with pictures of me on it...

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10 Ways My Baby Is Like My Dog

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Funny, Parenting | 9 comments

10 Ways My Baby Is Like My Dog

(Yes, that is the dog’s water bowl. Yes, that is my child. No, I did not take this photo.) * When we brought home our adorable mutt, Zulu, a number of friends told us that a puppy was a great training run for parenthood and that we’d have a baby within a year. Much to our surprise, they were right on both counts. We had our first child eleven months later, and this year we’ve learning that puppies and babies are remarkably similar in some ways. 1. How they’re similar: Once upon a time, I said that I would never have a dog or a baby sleeping in my bedroom. Both dog and baby ended...

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Notice of pending termination: Lactation services

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Funny, Parenting | 9 comments

Notice of pending termination: Lactation services

To: Your Royal Babyness From: Your Mother Regarding: Pending termination of lactation services This notice shall serve as your first and final written warning that your in-house lactation services are in imminent danger of being terminated by your maternal provider on the grounds that you are repeatedly and vociferously demanding said services between the hours of 8pm and 7am and that you are, at intervals, willfully engaging in behaviour that violates the safety and security of your maternal provider. To wit, biting. This behavior is in violation of the Family Rules of Conduct,...

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20 tips for traveling overseas with a baby under one year old

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Travel | 31 comments

20 tips for traveling overseas with a baby under one year old

It’s been five days since we landed in Washington DC after a mammoth 36-hour journey from Laos, and we’re starting to emerge from the jet lag fog. Dominic only woke up once last night, at 3AM, before waking up again at 6. Of course, both Mike’s and my sleep patterns are so shot now that when we wake up at 3AM after five uninterrupted hours of sleep, our bodies assume that we’ve gotten our week’s allotment and that we should be getting up and moving on with the day. It’s awesome. Shortly after we arrived, I joked with The Traveling Writer that I should guest post for her on this...

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