Category Archives: babies

Adventures with a baby 3: Halloween

What do a pirate, a monkey, a giraffe, a ladybird, a peacock, Micky and Minnie Mouse and a lobster have in common? That’s right. They are not remotely scary. Here is how two innocent Brits managed to misunderstand American Halloween … Continue reading

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The expat visit home

We are not long back from another visit home to the motherland, and I’m starting to realise that the expat home visit has its own peculiar rules and conventions. First, there’s the question of whom you visit. Family is inevitably … Continue reading

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‘Doctor, doctor…

… do you think baby A’s stork’s beaks marks will fade?’ ‘I can’t say: I never make rash promises.’ Now that we know we’re in Chicago for another year, I finally got round to two things: taking baby A for … Continue reading

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Adventures with a baby 2: Wiggleworms

Once upon a time I scoffed at parents who took their babies to music classes. ‘Hothousing idiots,’ I thought. ‘Why would you try to force a baby to learn music when they can barely move their hands?’ And then I … Continue reading

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Chicago in books: board books

A few months ago, baby A was insisting on having her first nap of the day sleeping against my chest, and one of the few things I could do was read. So I read Granta 108, the Chicago issue, which … Continue reading

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Passports, or a tale of trout and trains

So, baby A’s passports both came through, issued one day apart, and I now feel compelled to indulge in a spot of comparative iconographical analysis. On the one hand we have her British passport (here is the official flickr gallery). … Continue reading

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Adventures with a baby 1: the Art Institute of Chicago

It was my birthday on Monday, and I decided the best way to celebrate was by going on a solo expedition with baby A involving long trips on public transport with dubious lift access. Yes – we were going on … Continue reading

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