The summer onslaught continues! After 18 fun family-filled days in SoCal, we’re back in London (and for the record, you called it “Kili’s home”, not our home) where we left one heatwave just in time to join another. (Thankfully, we got that ceiling fan installed and between the Dyson fans and your mother’s ice water-humidifier idea, we manage to keep it cool enough to sleep).
We came back to London with a slew of medical appointments on the calendar including one for your eczema. It has been manageable in recent weeks, and we developed a pretty good routine around it, but the eczema is still around nonetheless. So we’ve got a new lineup of creams and ointments and oils to use on you, but I think it still means you’ll lay down in the tub for 15 minutes to watch half of your cartoon and then watch the other half out of the bath while we do your lotion and steroid routine. The key is keeping you cool!
Your meds aren’t the only routine change that has happened. You’ve switched to a new nursery! We got fed up with the old one – too unresponsive, no A/C, high caretaker turnover…all the usual complaints I suppose. You’ve transitioned over to the new one without so much a hiccup. It’s a proper bilingual nursery where teachers will talk to you in Mandarin full time. Although you get a lot of Chinese from your parents, we’ve wanted to make sure we could put you in an environment where Chinese is spoken outside your home as well. It’s only a matter of time before you start responding in English and only English.
Beyond that, your Baba has been grinding (with success!) to fulfill my personal dreams and grow your college fund. I’ve managed to get a Kickstarter funded for an illustrated choose your own adventure parenting book, signed a cartoon book deal with a Chinese publisher, and got you a couple of acting gigs in the process (a Huggies-sponsored video – will link to it when they complete it).
It’s funny and surprisingly how good you are at acting – we had to shoot the same clip maybe six times and you’d just dutifully do so as if it was your job. From that, you’ve made the connection that we can film you and you can watch what you’ve done. Though for as long as I can remember (all 2.5 years of it), you’ve always enjoyed watching videos of yourself.
Anyway, there you go. Life as it stands recently.