Tally ho

The countdown is just about done – we fly off to live in Lancashire early on Wednesday morning. I know when the plane lifts off and we sail up, up and away from… Continue reading

Speed demon

We’ve less than a month now until we fly to the UK to live. Time seems to be speeding up and we have a countdown calendar attached to the wall. 28 days to… Continue reading

Fat Freddys

Everyone says, “Oh, they just grow up so fast!” and I never really got it. Albie REALLY did not grow up fast at all! I would hanker for the next size up in… Continue reading


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