Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Curing meat, Shanghai style.

This rack of meat has been out drying in the dusty street for days. It
must drive the neighbourhood dogs mad.
Just one more reason why I'm glad to be vegetarian!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Lessons of Parenthood- the first month.

  1. Never, ever lick what appears to be pumpkin soup off your fingers- in all likelihood it is actually orange baby poo.

  2. Bras are the perfect receptacle for catching the baby vomit that is sent running down your cleavage.

  3. If people are staring at your boobs, its probably not because of how amazingly sexy they look, but rather they are looking at the two circular wet patches of milk spreading through your clothes.

  4. 3 hours of sleep is something to be thankful for.

  5. 4 hours of sleep is something to rejoice.

  6. 5 hours of sleep is nothing short of a miracle.

  7. 6 hours of sleep however, will have you jumping out of bed every 20 minutes to check that the baby is actually breathing. It seems you can have too much of a good thing.

  8. Explosive poos requiring a full clothing change and hose-down usually only happen when you are half asleep in the middle of the night.

  9. The exception to the aforementioned rule is when you are in public and least prepared to deal with it.

  10. The baby will only sleep when you don't want it to.

  11. You will cry more, and for longer, during any medical procedure than the baby will.

  12. You will rapidly care very little about the state of your wardrobe... "there's not that much baby poo on it..."

  13. There are two types of people in this world: those who will hold open a door for you or help you carry a pram up a flight of stairs, and those who will walk straight past as if you don't exist.

  14. It is impossible to determine the aforementioned two groups of people by looks, age or sex, only by action after the fact.

  15. The baby will always clamour to be fed at the precise moment you sit down to eat your own meal.

  16. You will always forget something when you leave the house.

  17. So long as you don't forget the baby you are doing pretty well.

  18. Ordinary things become hilariously funny when you are sleep-deprived.

  19. A good day is one in which you manage to shower and do your hair.

  20. Then absolute and immense love you feel for your baby cannot be described or quantified.


I took this photo using the hipstamatic application for the iPhone. I
love how aged it looks, it's a great app with all sorts of effects you
can use to change the film, flash and lenses style of your phone camera.

Friday, December 31, 2010


Spending the last day of 2010 with my two favourite people.

When I started this 365 Project, and commited to taking a photo on my phone every day for an entire year, I had no idea that what I thought would be a record of our life here in Shanghai would end up documenting such a personal journey instead. It has been a wonderful, bizarre, challenging and rewarding year, and I am so glad to have this photographic record of it.

Farewell 2010, let's see what 2011 brings!


She has more friends than I do...


Baby, that's no way to treat your mother!


Her first bottle with Papa.


Photos to show her first boyfriend.


It's a wrap!


Santa came!


Christmas Eve at home in Shanghai.


My little Christmas Elf


Another hideous Christmas tree- this particular over-grown toilet brush costs AUD$180!


Splish splash! The French conjugations written on the wall are for me to learn, not her.


Look what Santa left under our tree!


A cheeky face at bathtime!


Anaïs is less impressed by the toys than the fish tank.


Anaïs and I with Yolanta, the fantastic Doula we had asa labour support person for her delivery.


Hideous Christmas trees for sale in Shanghai- these trees cost AUD$500 each!


 You can tell new parents by the size of their coffees!