Politics could kill my kid, not a pumpkin seed

Last week my son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction. He nearly died. While we suspect it was caused by a single pumpkin seed, we can’t be sure until we start allergy testing in around five weeks time. The second most disturbing thing, after almost losing my son, is the crazy, dirty world of pharma politics. There’s a global shortage…
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Expat friendships, friends from ‘home’ friends and a shout out to my …

It’s been quite a week. After bragging how easy baby Annabelle is, the Big Man upstairs has taken note and thrown a few thunder bolts our way it seems. I’m getting over a bout of mastitis (that’s fever, chills, headaches and a painful lump inside my breast the size of a golf ball in case you didn’t know) and Annabelle…
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Don’t let the Smug Expat Mums get to you

Dear fellow Expater mums Beware of the Smug Expat Mum (SEM). They’re the ones wearing makeup and clean clothes by 8am. Their leaders even go in for white jeans. They shun the mum bun for a full on blow dried balayage. Their babies wear cashmere in winter and (freshly ironed) linen in the summer. All courtesy of Ralph Lauren. I…
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Well that was weird! Annabelle’s ‘abnormal’ birth

Last Sunday I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Annabelle. When originally asked what type of birth I wanted, I said ‘oh you know, normal’. For me, natural births are normal. But here in Chile perhaps less so. Annabelle is my third child, and contrary to expectations it was the most emotional, beautiful and quite frankly downright odd experience.…
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It’s a girl!

Hoorah!  A quick update to let you know that I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on Sunday. I’ve been struggling to find time to get the news around friends and family, so here’s a short post. Annabelle was born at 4am (why are babies never born at sensible hours?) and we’re doing great. Alas, like my second child,…
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