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Letter Fifty Two: storybook soldiers…

Dear Olivia,

Before Daddy left, I made him go along to this session where he could record himself reading a story to you for bedtime. This is the sort of thing that your dad gets ridiculously cringed out by, but now that it has turned up, I am so, so glad that I asked him to do it… Continue reading “Letter Fifty Two: storybook soldiers…”

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Letter Fifty One: the morning drop offs

Dear Olivia,

Since Daddy left us almost 3 months ago (I know! That means not long left until he’s back home!), you’ve understandably had a bit of separation anxiety. Continue reading “Letter Fifty One: the morning drop offs”

Letter Fifty: our newest adventure…

Dear Olivia,

It seems crazy to think that you’re now 2, and even crazier to think that I’m now leaving the world of studying behind! That’s right, Mummy has completed the BPTC and starting Monday I’ll have a full time legal job!  Continue reading “Letter Fifty: our newest adventure…”

Letter Forty Nine: whoa we’re half way there…

Dear Olivia,

We’ve just celebrated your second birthday party, and, of course, Daddy was on the other end of the phone!

We’re now coming up to the half way point for Daddy being away, and it’s been pretty tough at times, but on the whole it seems to have gone pretty quickly. We’ve had to keep ourselves busy – and planning your birthday party definitely did that! Continue reading “Letter Forty Nine: whoa we’re half way there…”

Letter Forty Eight: we’re doing okay…

Dear Olivia,

Daddy has been gone for about a week and a half now, and I’ve only had you back from Nanny’s house since last Saturday, but things are alright for us at the moment.

You’ve been clingier than usual, which is understandable, and you’re testing boundaries a lot more because it’s only me you’re up against. You’ve always been a handful for me anyway but now it’s even more so with nobody to help calm your terrible tantrums. But despite all of that, we’re doing okay. Continue reading “Letter Forty Eight: we’re doing okay…”

Letter Forty Seven: au revoir à papa…

Dear Olivia,

Daddy was supposed to be leaving us last week, but guess what? HE’S HERE FOR ANOTHER WEEK!!!!

We’re stuck with him for another week until he goes away for four whole months… How I’m going to cope with you on my own for those four months I have absolutely no clue. You are honestly so naughty at the moment and it’s really testing both mine and daddy’s patience, and I know that you’re even worse without him around.

Sleeping is a nightmare – you just won’t do it. It takes, on average, about 4 hours to get you to go to sleep. Continue reading “Letter Forty Seven: au revoir à papa…”

Letter Forty Six: being a mummy without a mummy…

Dear Olivia,

Days attributed to parents have always made me feel really quite rubbish, but I always used to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mum. It’s only been the last five or six years that I haven’t, but since you’ve been here this is the first one without her around or at the end of a phone call. What makes it harder is that she’s not around by choice. Continue reading “Letter Forty Six: being a mummy without a mummy…”

Letter Forty Five: I miss you…

Dear Olivia,

It may go without saying, but I really, really miss you. Right now you’re having lots of fun with Nanny Continue reading “Letter Forty Five: I miss you…”

Letter Forty Four: you’re certainly not speechless…

Dear Olivia,

Letter Forty One listed all of the words you can say, and in such a short space of time, you’ve learned so many new ones already! You’ll be 21 months old in just over a week, and you really do never shut up! You’ve started forming proper sentences and it’s really amazing to see you developing so much every day.

The french words you can say at (almost) 21 months old are (the ones in bold are the new ones):

Continue reading “Letter Forty Four: you’re certainly not speechless…”

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