Posts Tagged "parents"

These are the early days

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Parenting | 18 comments

These are the early days

Alex is 2.5 weeks old today. What have the last two weeks looked like? Well … we’ve all been in new baby heaven. Everything smells like talcum powder and fresh milk. We take turns cooing over his plump little cheeks and blue eyes and soaking in his adorableness. We tell Dominic to kiss the baby for the sheer pleasure of watching how gently he touches his brother. We wish Alex would spend more time awake, looking at us. It’s been bliss. We spend most of the time lounging around on picnic blankets in the sunshine looking like this … Or, rather, it’s been like that for, oh, ten...

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My childhood experiences that will sound strange to my kids

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Parenting, Third Culture Kids | 5 comments

My childhood experiences that will sound strange to my kids

This post was supposed to go up on Friday but, ironically, the internet went down and stayed down for almost two days. Why ironic? Well … The summer before we moved to Laos, Mike and I met both sets of our parents in Alaska and we all did the inner-passage cruise together. We learned something about our parents on that trip, something that shocked us. Only one of the four of them had an indoor toilet in their house when they were born. I know, sort of hard to imagine, right? During that week we spent more than one dinner talking about childhoods. All four of them grew up on farms. Mike grew...

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Family moments across the miles

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Travel | 1 comment

Family moments across the miles

7:40 this morning, just after I get out the shower, skype rings on my laptop. It’s my grandparents, playing with their brand new iPad. When I answer, my grandparent’s living room pops up and I can see my mother and grandfather peering, puzzled, straight into the camera. Me: “Hello?” Pa: “Now how do you…” Me: “Hello?” Mum: “Don’t press that one!” Me: “Hello? Can you hear me?” Pa: “Well, where’s the other little thing?” Me: “Hello? Did you call me?” Mum: “It’s somewhere down the bottom there.” Me: “You called me accidentally, didn’t you. And you...

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Tough Love Take 1

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Parenting | 44 comments

Tough Love Take 1

I tried something new with Dominic on Friday – a little bit of tough love. Here is how that went: Dominic wakes up from his afternoon nap after only thirty minutes of sleep. I decide that he is still tired and that he needs to go back sleep. He doesn’t look like he stands a hope of doing that in his crib so I pick him up (can’t you already see how tough this love was?), bring him into the bedroom, lay him on the bed so that he can see me sitting at the desk, and tell him (nicely) to go back to sleep. Dominic starts to yirp (this particular sound most closely resembles the offspring of a...

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Looking Like Love: A Letter To My Parents

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Parenting | 15 comments

Looking Like Love: A Letter To My Parents

It’s been five months since I stepped off the plane from Asia, roundly pregnant at 28 weeks, and saw you both there waiting for me and smiling. The hills here were green, the cool air smelled of wet eucalyptus and the pancakes that we stopped for on the way home were heaped with berries, tiny crimson waterfalls falling from the stack. As I unpacked in this bedroom later that morning I thought that five months seemed like an eternity. So many milestones in life had to come and go before I would depart – Mike’s arrival after ten weeks apart, the baby’s arrival, then...

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Supply equals demand: Our first argument as parents

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Parenting | 19 comments

Supply equals demand: Our first argument as parents

I am typing this one handed while Dominic sleeps on my left shoulder. About every twenty seconds he pops his head up and makes angry-koala-bear noises. I suspect that this is because he has so far stubbornly refused to burp after spending most of the last hour guzzling milk. I don’t understand. He burps quite nicely for Mike (who has been primary burper and diaper-changer during the daytime for the last ten days). Then Mike goes into town for an hour and a quarter (and counting) and what do I get? No burps, but a big baby vomit into my hair (the hair that I washed just this morning) and two...

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Family talk about the memoir

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Writing | 17 comments

Family talk about the memoir

It started shortly after I arrived here four weeks ago. Mum was asking me where I was up to with my next book, and I told her that my agent, Chip, had it and was getting ready to send it to interested publishers next month. “And how many of those are there?” She asked. “I don’t exactly know,” I said. “But he said there are at least half a dozen people who’d like to see the full manuscript when we’re ready.” Mum looked… well, “doubtful” is too strong a word. More like “slightly confused.” “But… why?” She asked. “What do you mean, why?” I repeated. “Well...

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Some of the funny responses

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Pregnancy | 4 comments

Some of the funny responses

Firstly, thank you all. Mike and I have been positively overwhelmed by the flood of support and well-wishing we’ve received via the blog, facebook, and email since we posted the news last week that we’re expecting a baby! We’re very touched. Your notes and emails have made us smile, share snippets with each other, and laugh. This week is going to be a busy one for me. I’ve got a lot of work to do on two separate consultancy projects and am not quite sure where blogging will fit in during the first half of the week (not to mention pregnancy yoga and the article I’m also trying to...

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Puppy lessons in parenting – resource guarding

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 12 comments

Puppy lessons in parenting – resource guarding

It’s been a while since I updated you about our little chew monster (aka kea-puppy, shark mouth, demon dog, and Zulu) so here’s a puppy post. We had a “clueless parents faced with a defiant toddler” moment this week. Zulu is, on the whole, a sweet and friendly dog. He adores people and when we walk him he looks up at the passerbys, wagging his little tail, clearly curious as to why they’re not stopping to shower him with affection and attention. He takes himself off to the toilet outside. He doesn’t chew on the furniture, our shoes, or destroy our trash can. We must admit that he...

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