Hi everyone – first of all, congratulations Lewis! I can just imagine how you’re feeling at the moment… a veritable cocktail of excitement and trepidation ☺ I think Jo’s right you know, the fact that you’re wondering about whether you’ll be a good Dad means you’ll be fab! As a Mum to two and wife to one ☺ my top three characteristics for a good Dad have got to be patience, a sense of humour and (probably the most difficult) the magic ability to know when to help the new mother, and when to just get out of the way! Good luck!
Here in Delhi Louie and Oslo are both napping and I have a rare moment of peace and quiet for a bit of blogging. My parents and Ed (my husband) are awake, but they require considerably less attention. In fact my Mum has just brought me a nice cup of tea – bliss. My parents arrived on Friday and so far we haven’t done much except go out for lunch and take Louie to the park. That’s one thing I’m going to miss about living here – we have a park with swings and slides etc etc at the end of our road, and another one just a hop skip and a jump away where you can kick a ball around. In fact there are lots of things I’m going to miss – I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that we’re moving back to England. I am looking forward to it but I bet there’ll be a few tears when it’s time to actually get on the plane.
I think one of the things that really makes me sad is that neither Louie or Oslo will remember living here when they’re older even though it’s been such a pivotal time in our lives for me and Ed. When we arrived we had seven suitcases of stuff and just us. Four years later, we’ve had two kids, bought a house in England (while on holiday back there – not over the internet!), both crossed the big 30 mark, are returning with a whole CONTAINER of stuff (!) and made a whole heap of new friends, not to mention the travelling we’ve been lucky enough to do and the adventures we’ve had. Ah well - there’ll be lots more to come in England.
Thanks heaps for your comments and all your good wishes everyone! I’ve been enjoying reading your posts as always, Adriana – the yellow fever thing sounds pretty full on. I hope it settles down soon so you won’t have to worry about it anymore. Give your son a hug from me. And Yumi ! Great to read your post, I had been wondering whether we would hear from you. I hope you’re not working as hard as you were when you were blogging, are you? Hmm… I bet you are. Naheed – thanks for your posts on yoga. I’m hoping to start going to yoga classes again soon but I’ve had to wait a while after the delivery (I had another c-section ☹). I've got to agree with you and Jo on this one - destressing is so important. Like Jo, the other day I went for a massage. I had a shiatsu one which I hadn't tried before... it was SO relaxing, I really loved it. Wish I could have one everyday.
Okay, best get on. Here are those definitions I promised you. Hopefully I’ll be able to write another post before the end of the week. I know everyone keeps saying it, but it really is brilliant having these open blogs – so nice to hear what everyone’s up to.
p.s. in case you're wondering about the ch-ch-ch in the title... ever listen to David Bowie? Fabulous song.
To have a bit of a thing about (something or someone): used when you have quite strong feelings for something or someone – can be positive or negative
Without further ado: without waiting any longer or talking about it any more
To take to (something) like a duck to water: to begin doing something very easily/naturally
To gear up: to get prepared/ready for something
To mooch around: to walk around somewhere in a relaxed way, normally looking at or doing things on the way
Cluttered: messy, with lots of stuff everywhere
To get under (someone’s) feet to get in someone’s way, making it difficult for them to do things
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