Father and son

My two boys, assembling Albie’s first bike, in the last of the evening sun. Its so wonderful to watch them together, to see my son shadowing his Dadda. My heart is so full.

And yes, those eyelashes are crazy long, Inga measured them one other sunny day at 1.5cm 🙂 . My Aunty Judyne said that they were lashes from the Tuffery’s – my Mum’s side. Apparently my Uncle Errol got bullied for his long lashes so badly that he chopped them off with scissors. But Marcus reckons they are definitely from his side, so the battle to claim these remarkable lashes is on.

When Albie was really sick we promised all sorts of things to all sorts of places in the desperate hope that something would help. And at one point, I quite simply whispered to Albie that when we got back home again we would get him a beautiful Wishbone bike to ride on and a puppy play with. These were two of the smaller promises I made, so its hard to know if it was this bribe that worked. But here we are and the bike certainly did seem easiest to deliver on.

He’s pretty stoked with it, although still too short to ride it. Dang Nabbit. Grow legs, grow! And no doubt, when he does take it out for a spin, I will be sharing that with you too. For now spinning the wheels is fun enough.

In other news, Albie had his first big check-in at Wellington Hospital today – ECG, Chest X-rays, Weight, Oxygen sat levels and Paediatrician appointment. After all of that the consensus is that he is doing marvellously. There are, get this,  ‘no concerns’ with his heart function. Two of the most beautiful words I have heard strung together in sometime. His lungs are all fresh and recovered, his chest zipper and drain sites are looking really tidy, his sternum healing well. He hasn’t put on the buckets of weight that they expected him to though and he still trails off the bottom of the weight/height graph. Technically that makes him a ‘failure to thrive’ child. Oh my biscuit! Albie has not failed at a thing.

Note:The puppy is on indefinite hold. How quick reality sticks on dreams! Although to be fair to me when I did promise said puppy, I really wasn’t thinking clearly about the logistics of such a delivery. Fences. We be needing fences

And the bike itself? Only the coolest ever Wishbone Balance Bike 3-in-1 that’ll last him forever and converts to a two wheeler and everything. Its red. And surely fast.



  1. fruckin (polite language compromise) most gorgeous everyday miracle of everyday miracles. you thaw this cynical journo’s heart a little bit more with every posting, cousin. keep going and you’ll force me into nursing xo

    • I don’t want to force you into nursing! No, no, no, cynical journo – no, no, no. Note to self:curtail sentimentality in future posts for fear of awkward career move by Gena. xxx

  2. I’ll be looking out for Albie scooting past me next time I run the Mt Albert route. We leave for Beijing 9.30 Saturday to visit daughter Laura who is working there and living in a hutong near the north end of the Forbidden City. Very excited. Love Janette

  3. wonderful to read, with muchos smile generation!! Bike riding is super important, and awesome, and here Albie is, yet again, ready to rock and roll. Can’t wait to see you all, the Hoppys, in a family bicycle formation – hey – what about a tandem holiday?! : ) xxxxx

  4. Ah, just so very beautiful, failure to thrive, pah! The total opposite I say! Please tell Albie that he is welcome to come and play with Gabby and Tessa as soon as we get home. They LOVE small children that will play fetch for hours and hours on end xxxxx

  5. Awesome news Sarah thanks for the lovely pictures . Give him time is what I say on the weight issue. Praising God for every little bit of progress this time it’s huge. Love Janice Mannex

    • Thank you Janice – yeah, I agree.Thankfully they are giving him a bit of time, particularly as he has just started walking, and hopefully (all fingers crossed) he’ll get moving in the weight stakes. xxxxx

  6. Very glad to see all is going wonderfully over there – lovely photos and thank you for sharing. Smiling as I type! Love Ailsa and Liam xx

  7. That’s a sweet little bike. Henry’s got a wooden balance bike similar (but with only two wheels, three wheels is a great idea!), and he’s too short for it too. Boo. Henry’s never gained a lot of weight as well, but enough that they seem satisfied. Hoping he makes gains in that category.

    • Thanks Alyssa – and thanks for your love sent throughout too, its been awesome,……do you know by chance what percentile Henry was before and say 6 months after his surgery? xxxx

  8. Oh gorgeous! Go Albie! You’ll have to come ride bikes with Cosmo in Amsterdam. He also took a while to grow into his. But now he’s away and it’s just a delight. And Albie, your eyelashes are thriving magnificently. The rest of your body will catch up all in good time. You are rocking it. So great to see. Xxx

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