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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Killing Us Softly

This, my first post since coming back from an amazing two-week holiday driving through the US, was meant to be full of travel pictures and happy memories. But I haven’t been able to edit a single picture and those two weeks just seem .So. .Long. .Ago. now. We’ve been back for six days and five nights. Five sleepless nights. And all because a certain little person is either suffering from really bad jet-lag or has just decided to try slowly killing us through sleep deprivation. It goes like this: we put him to bed at his normal time. He goes to sleep. Then an hour or so later, he wakes up and starts screaming. If we go in and pick him up, he grins and giggles and gives us big cuddles. Go anywhere near his bed and he starts screaming again. We’ve tried putting his bed in our room, cuddling him for hours, letting him play for a little, putting him in Amélie’s bed (with her in ours), and leaving him to scream (we’ve tried that several times thinking he must eventually exhaust himself and fall asleep. But I can now confirm that some children will scream for several hours without going to sleep and all you will have achieved by the end of it is the feeling that you are the worst parent in the world). The only thing that works is letting him sleep in bed with us. On top of our heads if he can. So even when we do get into bed, we don’t sleep. After over two weeks out of the office, the first thing my manager said to me was “Cass, you should go home early: you look exhausted”. So now we’re going to start sleeping in shifts. Tonight is my turn to be Charlie’s pillow. Wish me luck! And watch this space for a more cheerful update. Because he will eventually start sleeping again. Right? RIGHT??!

20 April 2012 - 9:11 PM tara leigh - ugh i'm so sorry that re-entry to normal life has been so tough. also... i still love this shot, and it makes me happy that it occurred in my house. LOVE YOUR FACE.

20 April 2012 - 9:17 PM Cass - I love your face too. And a copy of this picture is on its way to you.

20 April 2012 - 9:38 PM tara leigh - YESSSS!! that is so exciting. might be fun to do a little wall display of babies making different faces, and have them hung on the wall in the nursery for the fritter to learn from.

20 April 2012 - 9:45 PM katie - this shot is fantastic. and that sounds awful, the no sleep part.

20 April 2012 - 10:04 PM Cass - It's not great Katie, but you know what: when you open your blood-shot eyes in the morning and he's right there grinning at you, it kind of feels alright.

21 April 2012 - 1:51 AM amanda - Oh you poor things, he has got it bad! Hopefully this is the last night, 1 week is enough! You are amazing parents, you have given them an amazing adventure, I promise he will begin sleeping again :)

21 April 2012 - 10:16 AM Cass - Hallelujah! Last night, finally, he SLEPT! From 8pm until 9am! Someone had some catching up to do. And - oh the glory if it - I slept for 9 and a half hours! Sleep has never felt so good!

25 April 2012 - 7:59 PM Angie - OMG, look at that face! Did something not please his majesty? (I think he might be the cutest little boy in the world - hope you manage to get some sleep soon).

25 April 2012 - 9:40 PM Cass - Hanno says he looks a little like Churchill in this picture. Funny isn't it how cute babies and ugly old men look so similar?

3 May 2012 - 8:08 PM Teresa - the face is kiiiiilin' me hahaha so great!

4 May 2012 - 1:10 PM Cass - Picture to show at his wedding? What do you think? Projected onto a wall somewhere at the reception? Mind you, at this rate, I won't be invited to the wedding!

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