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Writings on various topics (mostly technical) from Oliver Hookins and Angela Collins. We have lived in Berlin since 2009, have two kids, and have far too little time to really justify having a blog.


Posted by Angela on the 11th of March, 2011 in category Thoughts
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I am officially mother to a one year old.

Its hard to believe that this time, a year ago, I went to the birth house in the morning,  stopped by the hospital around 12pm, ( had a two hour labour) and was home with a 2.5kilo baby by 4pm in the afternoon.

a year on -  here are some  of the things I love about being a mother, in no particular order....

simple pleasures Kai has given me...

  • How excited he gets when Oliver or I come home - his whole face lights up!(it does not matter if its five minutes, or hours)
  • That he shares his food with me. Even his last morsel, it could be half a sultana,  - he wants to share it with me. He also loves feeding me with a spoon, even though he uses his hands to feed himself.
  • That i get a big kiss after feeding him milk, * every-time without fail*  - which is accompanied by his "ahhh" sound,( which he thinks is the noise you have to make when giving kisses)
  • That I awake to a big smile every morning! he is such a happy morning baby :)
  • That he is so affectionate. Big towel - wrapped cuddles and tickles are top favourites, and watching oli and I kiss, he loves it!
  • when he eats something he likes, it is followed by animated clapping of his hands (raisin toast gets this reaction a lot)
  • the elation on his face when he accomplishes something for himself - like the first time he managed to walk around the table by himself.
  • how excited he gets when he sees a puppy, or any kind of animal for that matter
  • the "naughty" look he gets when doing something he knows he is not supposed to ( like drink the water in the shower drain)! this "look" comes complete with teeth showing, which adds to the cheekiness.
  • poking his tongue out at Oli and I  when we do it. Cute. Cute. Cute.
  • how he loves to examine intricate things, often with just one finger. he loves plucking the guitar, single strings at a time.
  • That he loves playing. He will chase me around the lounge room  on all fours, laughing. hide and seek is endless hours of entertainment.
  • the love of music and dance, often Kai and I will have a dance around the kitchen  to the radio.
  • that he talks to his own reflection. he babbles away  to himself, and occasionally will kiss his own reflection.
  • how proud he is to show me when he can  command his own body to do something, like kick his legs, or bounce in the bouncer/
  • that he will raise his shoulders and both hands as if to  ask "why?!" when he does not understand something.
  • Finally, he loves to laugh.  he laughs at strangers, he laughs along with me at me when I find something funny, he laughs watching me when I do yoga and, sometimes i do not know what he finds funny, he just has a private little chuckle to himself.

of course, this list is an endless one.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BABY. Mummy loves you. Ich liebe dich.

very very much.

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