I feel I must do an 18 months post although I have very little energy to write.
I thought this might amuse:
I wanted to say how I want to put the breaks on our girls’ development and keep them little a bit longer. They amaze me. I could write loads and loads but I’ll say how they really are getting to be a handful now- they can climb up and reach everything it seems. It’s tiring, but great!
Notes about the girls:
This month Ivy has said “maew” about everything that is an animal
Olive says “buuh” for birds
Once, very clear with a telephone last Saturday (19th April) Ivy said “hello”
Yesterday (20th April) once, Olive did a runny poo, pointed to her nappy and said “poo”
Definitely talking about poo (or ‘ooh’ in Ivy’s case).
Ivy said .”Rma” and “mummy” crystal clear last Saturday (16th?) and now shouts it when she wants to get our of the bath.
Olive started to say “mama” and “boobie” (for my boobies) this week
Both have been saying baby /beebee for a long time, but without a consistent association.
Olive saying ‘shoe’ and ‘cat’
May 30th Olive said ‘gentle’ and ‘share’
Jun 3 Olive said ‘Mae’ to arty and kissed her sister goodnight, stroking her hair and saying “gentle”
Both are really into shoes.
Olive: Jump! ( When wanting to jump in pool)
Ivy when asked “where’s your sister?!” walked around my back to show that she was on my back (the last place she’d been!). So sharp!
Ivy: ‘Mai ow’ , ‘jump’ in pool
both: no, up (when playing) nam (for a drink)
Olive: “shhhh!” (With finger)
Olive shape sorting independently
Ivy Can hold up a finger for ‘1’
“Sky (Kai)” for anything up above them
“Up” for going up e.g. For aeroplane game.
Olive “reading”, saying “s’ok!” “Stop”
Removed her top by herself
Mummy,mama (mama was while looking out of window), happy, weewee
Ivy “mummy ja!” “Mummy art”
Both: nod head for yes, say “jap”to touch (Thai)
Ivy dunking herself under water in pool and using mum’s (motorbike) keys to try to unlock the door
In talks with estate agent (realtor, I think, US ladies?) about places to rent.
Have had my suit made and my dresses are being seen up (5 years in Bangkok and I never had anything made until now). I went and chose some great dress fabric and asked a tailor – he really took the piss. I realise in hindsight that it could have been out of his comfort zone, and didn’t seem to get what I wanted. Anyway he wanted B4500 (£90+) PER DRESS. And I brought the fabric to the shop.
I went across the road to the Thai *dressmaker* (I’m super frazzled, or I would’ve thought of her before). She sketched what I wanted in minutes and said B1700 per dress. And it takes a while, and her workforce are not slaves working through the night. I know because they’re all there, working in her workshop.
Following the flight saga, we had the luggage/ shipping saga. It is suuuuuuper dull but went on for ages. We are now decided we are taking only our free baggage quota (4x23kg) on the plane, and we are shipping the rest TO PRAGUE. We think it’s way easier than 8 bags and two babies, and it doesn’t cost that much more. That is a massive relief, that decision.
I am so sleepy. What else?
AW is awesome. She hates big parties and yet she came to my end of year party where I sang a few songs and ran around though the table legs after twins in 30Degree heat.
AW was approached by my (unreadable) boss who wished us luck with the move and then told her that if we come back to Thailand she must tell me I’d be welcome to work at my current school. That was a really great thing to hear as I swear to god you have no idea what management think of you from behind their smokescreens at my work. I’m not certain about now, but I have had very satisfied parents before who wrote to him to tell him so (they told me they’d done so, he didn’t). And in a school where PR is hugely important, I suppose that could be why the school likes me. Of course, also because I’m good! (I think…?)
AW’s mum is really struggling now about our impending departure. You can see she’s getting moodier.
I wish we could please everyone, but this is our path. We have to make it and decide what we think is best.
Good night, and thank you for reading!