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  • The time my twins crawl is creeping up on me
    Jan 19, 2017 8:00 am

    The time my twins crawl is creeping up on me

    So we had this debate going at home about which baby would start crawling first and on what day.

    Naturally, I said at least one would be crawling on my birthday at the end of December. Also, naturally, I was wrong — no crawlers yet, but...

  • Life without my babies feels so empty
    Jan 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Life without my babies feels so empty

    The first time you wake up and your children aren’t at home, up wells an emptiness that is hard to put into words. Simply put, it is a not a nice feeling.

    When you move to the other side of the world it’s kind of imperative you prepare for...

  • Spotting the difference between hardship and danger
    Jan 5, 2017 8:00 am

    Spotting the difference between hardship and danger

    I’ve written a bit about the girls learning how to make sounds and control their hands and feet.

    It’s a wonderful process but a byproduct of their physical development is that we’ll have to compensate around the house by baby-proofing...

  • Sadly for dads, mum’s the word
    Dec 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Sadly for dads, mum’s the word

    OK dads, let’s talk. Here we are, minding our own business, handling our duties and spending as much time as possible with our children — holding them, hugging them — and what do we get?

    Screams of bloody murder as our babies look...

  • What use are words if not bringing joy?
    Dec 1, 2016 8:00 am

    What use are words if not bringing joy?

    For a long time the girls rarely acknowledged each other’s existence.

    Maybe it was their eyesight being very poor as newborns. Or it could have been they didn’t piece it together that they were seeing the same person every day.

    But...

  • Girls taking huges steps in food journey
    Nov 3, 2016 7:00 am

    Girls taking huges steps in food journey

    There are milkshakes all the time at our place, and sometimes smoothies too.

    The girls are six months old now and have made a huge step in their food journey. We’ve graduated from strictly milk and we’ve added purées.

    What’s...

  • Neighbourly feel reminds us of Bermuda
    Oct 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Neighbourly feel reminds us of Bermuda

    Walking around Hong Kong with the babies is a peculiar experience.

    The southern area of the region where we live is generally known as the more reserved and polite part of the territory. I haven’t travelled enough of the area to be able to...

  • Daddy Daze: Love Hong Kong, hate jet lag
    Oct 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Daddy Daze: Love Hong Kong, hate jet lag

    Whoever said it would only take “a few days” for me to get over jet lag — you’re a liar and we’re not friends anymore.

    As soon as 3pm rolls around, it feels like I’m hit by a wave on Horseshoe Bay during a storm surge. I can barely think...

  • Hopes for family’s future in Hong Kong
    Sep 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Hopes for family’s future in Hong Kong

    I write to you from underneath five suitcases, five carry-ons, two baby seats and that lifetime supply of diapers I told you about in one of my first columns.

    Our flight to Hong Kong is going to be 15 hours of pure, 100 per cent...

  • Preparing for an adventure overseas
    Sep 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Preparing for an adventure overseas

    Sometimes opportunities arise which you hadn’t really considered before. Maybe it’s a job or a new experience; when you have a family you have to consider the impact not only on you and your spouse, but your children.

    Well, my family is...

  • Early learning? Just say the word
    Sep 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Early learning? Just say the word

    Mama”, “dada”, “ineluctable”. These are some possible first words any parent is waiting with bated breath to hear their child speak.

    OK, maybe not all of them but the excitement around what your child might say is all the same as if they...

  • World of colour awaits our children
    Sep 1, 2016 8:00 am

    World of colour awaits our children

    You never really consider how powerful our colour association is in the Western world until you dress your daughter in blue or green to leave the house.

    Blue is boy and pink is girl. The look of surprise in people’s faces when you tell them...

  • I propose the first Baby Olympics
    Aug 25, 2016 8:00 am

    I propose the first Baby Olympics

    In honour of the Rio Olympics, where gladly, it came off without any international incidents (beside Mr Lochte’s interesting tales to the police), I want to share a proposed list of events at the Inaugural Baby Olympics.

    For the first time...

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