And I am back

So this writing a monthly letter to my kids has failed miserably.. but now that I am back at work and thus procrastinating it might just pick up again!

It has been a year full of changes, the major ones being the addition of Kheo, our whiter than white, I am really a Dutchie, son and we moved house.

Lani is almost three as she will tell everyone that she meets, she also wants a dinosaur that closes his eyes when he sleeps and opens them when awake and Roars. Kheo is almost 8 months and besides sleeping a very easy, laid back, smiles for everyone bubba.

Together they rock my world  While those first few weeks were harder than anything I have ever done and made feel so guilty after 3-4 months things changed and now seeing them together, playing and laughing it is amazing and I am so so glad that they have each other.  Lani always wants Kheo there and Kheo is one grumpy little man when Lani is having her nap.

Yann and I are doing really well, I was so nervous returning back to work, not sure how we would cope with the house and picking up kids and getting them fed… We manage to leave the house on time and have dinner ready on time too without the house being a total pig sty and even the laundry gets done.   It helps that January is very quiet, plus I am apparently job sharing (this is whole other story) and bosses are away so leaving early or getting in late is not a huge deal.

Looking forward to more sleep, some night out (we have a babysitter!!) and lots and lots of time as a family of four.

8 months

Dear Lani,

8 Months already!!   Pretty proud of your dad and myself for making it this far without doing too much damage.  Just a few days before your 8th month you decided to crawl, not very far and your technique is interesting to say the least, but you are crawling. And on the same day you also showed me that you can walk.  You held on to the bed and did two steps to get to Hippolite (I have probably misspelt this) but it is your toy horse.  Your dad comes up with the most of the names of all your toys.

Still waiting on your teeth but it definitely does not stop you from biting and eating everything. Flavour of the month is seeds that you find in the garden, they are too hard to chew so you just stuff them in your cheek for your dad and I to pull out when we realise what you are eating.

And we finally have a decision from your dad, he has decided to stay which has made me happy beyond belief. I know that you have no idea what is/was happening but in the past 1.5 yr things have been pretty unstable in our lives. Once we found out we were having you we had to decide where we were going to live and then after you were born the question still always was.. what now. You will find that your dad and I are both pretty good at putting our heads in the sand and that your dad really takes his time in making decisions, considering that these are pretty massive decisions to make it is totally understandable.  Anyway while you have been pretty oblivious to what was going on I do think that us being together as a family is the best thing for you!  For now I am still at home for 2 days and dad for 1, but by the end of this year we hope that you can go to day care 3 days a week and your dad and I will both be home for 1 day each.   But that is still a while a way.  For now I am so excited that you are becoming mobile since there is whole new world ready for you to explore!

All my love always,