This first month with Freddy has been breathlessly easy. Don’t get me wrong, of course I am chained to the couch feeding him, and he has me up multiple times a night, and… Continue reading

Three years old.

Albie turned three at the end of February. We just had a low-key family weekend this year  - hung at the beach, attended a Soap Box Derby Day, met a giant teddy bear… Continue reading

Take 43.

Now that Freddy has joined us we are elbow-deep in the paperwork required to emigrate back to the UK. First job? British passports for the boys (how my heart swells to type “the… Continue reading


That dream I hoped for – of coming home with a healthy child, is all ours. His arrival was different to what I thought it would be, imperfect as life always is. Maybe… Continue reading


Frederick Kāhu Edwin Hopkinson. Another light in our very wonderful world. Welcome little man, welcome. —————————————————————————————— Yeah, that’s his unfinished quilt in the top right corner. Not sure when I’ll be getting to… Continue reading

Out of the mouth of Albie: Conversations with Balloon Dog

We went to a Summer City Circus Day a wee while ago. I am sure it was awesome for just about everyone there, but I was foolishly dressed in too much black and… Continue reading

A CHD blog link-up

So to celebrate International Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (7 – 14 February 2014) I thought it’d be great to co-ordinate a CHD blog link-up right here on Dear Albie. Whether you have… Continue reading

A summer to remember

We got back from our wonderful summer roadie last week. Aware that this will be our last New Zealand summer for quite a while, we wanted to make it a cracker. And it… Continue reading

How expecting a healthy baby after a medically fragile one is as scary as it is awesome

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your… Continue reading

Heir Apparent

So, Albie and I sat down the other morning and made a ‘party hat’ for his kindy Christmas party. It turned out more regal than intended, but a party hat it was. Albie… Continue reading