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The first letter to your sister
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Dear Max’s sister We are so excited for your arrival, and have just a few weeks to go until your birth. For the last few six years, this blog has been dedicated to your brother, and it’s thrilling to welcome another name to the site. Before it does, I wanted to write about how Max has reacted to your pending arrival. It’s the advantage...

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A weekend of Mom and Max
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Dear Max A few weeks ago you suggested that one night we go to a hotel and enjoy fun things like room service and just “chilling”. I couldn’t think of anything better – the thought of a fluffy towel robe, king size bed and a buffet breakfast are exciting me for all the time, not just during a pregnancy when I crave all the...

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Finding my feet, and looking up
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Dear Max As amazing as this year has been on a personal front (pregnancy, first year of good marriage, contentment and general happiness), it’s also socked a bit of a punch to my gut (the ever-expanding one) on a work front, and there hasn’t been a time in my life where I’ve been more insecure of my abilities. This was not my script for...

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Strawberries, cold swims and beach walks
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Dear Max Holidays are a great thing. It’s a cessation from work, school and most hassle, and a chance to indulge, relax, escape and forget the woes. This isn’t new or unique to us, and it’s the reason why you’ll seldom hear anyone say “I hate holidays”, or “Oh no, I’m really dreading going on holiday” (unless they’re going to a crappy place or...

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Things that go bump in the night
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Dear Max As I type this, you’re at a sleepover at your bestie Jonathan, and your sister is kicking me. I miss you when you’re not here, and it seems to get a little harder as you get older. I can’t quite explain it – maybe there’s more to miss, ie your age, personality, brain, rapport and communication. We regularly FaceTime each other when...

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My pregnancy then and now
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Dear Max This week I found the journal that I kept when I was pregnant with you. I had forgotten a lot, and it was interesting to see parallels between then and now (eg nausea, cravings, impatience to get things done), and some differences too. Since I imagine this blog will be one day read by your sister too, I thought I’d chart the...

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A roundup: 9 things that have been happening in our lives lately
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Dear Max Autumn/winter aren’t my most comfortable seasons. I don’t get down or depressed per se in colder months, but rather it’s a bit harder to find lots of energy and the spring in my step (literally), and feel comfortable all the time. However, I’m easing the chills with soup, electric blankets, and more reading and tea. That said, things are going great, and...

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What always freaks me out? Last-minute packing
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Dear Max About once a month, I have a dream (okay, nightmare) where I find myself at the airport, about to go somewhere, with no luggage. In other dreams, I’m going somewhere, and I have about two minutes to pack. These are the dreams that have me waking up in a sweat. The thought of being unprepared when I travel terrifies me. Which is...

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And there I was, shopping for TWO children
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Dear Max Last week I was at Cotton On, making the most of a 30% sale, and a gift voucher, and I found myself mulitasking between the boys’ and baby sections. There I was, going from one side choosing sweatshirts, to the other picking out some babygrows. It’s the first time I’ve shopped for two, and I came to a standstill in the middle...

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That moment when I exhaled…
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Dear Max We recently went for a very detailed scan at a foetal specialist, and had a blood test too, which would indicate if I had a high or low risk of Down Syndrome. I last saw this doctor when you were 20 weeks old, and he was exactly as I remembered him – kind, thorough, patient, knowledgable and generally awesome. The kind of...

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Morning, noon and night sickness
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Dear Max The other day you asked me why I’m often feeling sick – I sometimes tell you I need to lie down because I’m nauseous, or I can’t do this and that because I don’t feel well. And now you know. I can’t remember feeling this ill when I was pregnant with you, though I do remember feeling horrible. I guess the body...

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What do I call this blog now?
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Dear Max With you, before the two lines on the pregnancy test, and the blood test, I *knew* I was pregnant when I felt a slight twinge on my lower right side, and the cat slept on that side of my stomach the whole night before the test. It was a feeling. After then, my pregnancy symptoms came swiftly and with strength – my...

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Remembering the days when friendships were so much our life
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Dear Max A few weeks ago we celebrated my amazing friend Ally’s 40th birthday, which saw her here from London, along with Claire from Vancouver. Add Gabi to the mix, and there we were, old and dear school friends, reminiscing about everything from wild nights out and holidays together to ex boyfriends and poor life choices (some of which actually involved wild nights out...

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The more things change, the more they stay the same
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Dear Max At the beginning of this year I was feeling so restless, like I needed a change. Perhaps it was having been on honeymoon and then a holiday by the sea. Perhaps everything often looks greener on the other side. Perhaps I really did need a reboot. I fantasised about going to live somewhere else, no matter how impractical – the Midlands, Sweden,...

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What I think about when you do karate
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Dear Max This year you started karate and let’s just say that if there was one thing you’d hate us to take away if you were naughty (which you aren’t), this would be it. I think you’d sooner give up Minecraft, sushi and Animal Planet than karate classes twice a week. It’s one of my best things watching you – I learn so much...

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This is not your typical birthday post
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Dear Max Many birthday posts have similar themes: “What I learnt in my 30s”, “40 things to do before I’m 40”, “40 things I want to do in my 40s”, “A letter from my 40-year-old self to my 20-year-old self”, or “30 things I know in my 30s that I didn’t know in my 30s”. Me, I just want to mention random and more...

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