Letter to daughter: Hold your loved ones close

Dear Huhana and Kāhu,   Last night I dreamed my Grandad Ray (your Great Grandfather), had passed away. In the dream, my phone rang.   “Hello?’ “Hey,” Mum said, “Grandad’s died.” Three words.  I felt my stomach drop, but Mum sounded so composed. No surprise really. Her, the toughest woman I know.   “OK, I’m on my […]

Learning to talk – 18 months old

Dear H, You’re 18 months old and pretty much mimicking anything we say, which is stupidly cute – but obviously means me and your mum need to make sure we’re not saying anything we don’t want you repeating on loop at daycare. My Dad had you walking around saying Dropkick in the weekend (rugby reference, hopefully). We talked […]