Ear Ache

Turbulence hits, the seatbelt sign lights up. My daughter leans her head on my lap and I loosen her seatbelt for her – a meaningless gesture of comfort in a very uncomfortable situation. The night before, I lay in bed fretting over a 2-hour flight with a feverish kid. And so here we are. Our…

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And the Words; They Just Come Out of my Mouth

When Lila was 5 months old I’d go: “Can you say Mommy? Say Mommy…”“Wow, you really like your vegetables, don’t you?”“Can you turn over? Try to turn over…”“Ah, you’re awake! Coucou!”“Look at all that saliva, you must be teething!”“Time to change your diaper…”“Goodnight.” Now that Lila is 2.5 years old I say: “I’m not deaf.…

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2012

The year is hardly a month in and already it has been harsh – we celebrated the New Year with paracetamol and pajamas as we came down with the flu. What the hell, 2012? We’ve barely started and already we’re enemies? I’m thinking back on 2011. The year started in Saudi Arabia and ended in…

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One Angry Egg

I am one angry egg. It’s been almost two months that I’ve been waiting for our visa to come through. I know I should think about Jul who is having a rough time as well, but in my head, I can’t help wishing that the situation be reversed. I can’t take any more 24/7 baby…

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Genius

Julien : Lila, tell me what the capital of Ethiopia is. Addis… ? Lila : Abababababa Julien : I KNEW IT! She’s a genius! Me : Our baby’s going to Harvard! Currently listening to:Marie Antoinette SoundtrackVarious Artists

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Saturday Night Fevers, Teethers

Julien is sick with a stomach bug, fever and chills. He’s currently wrapped up in our thickest comforter and moaning about the loss of his long-awaited weekend. Lila is teething. At least, we suspect she is teething. (We want to look at her gums, but each time we open her mouth she sticks out her…

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4 Months

Almost four months. Christmas lights installed and then put away, train rides from the north to south, snow and rain and sun and wind. Time passes, you grow, we live. Nights growing longer and sleep getting deeper, smiles in the bathtub, cries and tantrums, books being read. Emergency room trips and bandages and tears. Us…

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