Dear Babel – By Dad

Papa & Babel at the farm

Dear Babel,

Happy 1.5th birthday! I know you think Mommy and Daddy are just too happy to celebrate you every minute, but that’s what we feel. Your first life stage was in Buxton, then you turned 1 year old in Derby. You learn and grow so fast, every time you show us something new you can do, it just makes us happiest. You are constantly renewing our happiest record :).

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Babel Monthly – 18

One and a half year! You have a superpower. Well, at least you seem to think so. Whenever Papa comes at you pretending to be an attacking zombie you blow short and loud raspberries with your mouth. These raspberries (sometimes ‘achoo’ sounds are thrown in the mix as well) always makes the Papa-zombie back up or jump back. So it seems like you do have a zombie-fighting superpower.

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Thanks, uncle Djamo!


A couple of weeks ago, uncle Djamo and aunt Yasmin came to visit with some exciting news. Uncle Djamo scored himself a job, as a math teacher at an American school in Kuwait! It was hot, the park’s paddle pool was still open and uncle Djamo brought his camera.

We had a very excited day in the park, with Djamo the paparazzo taking photos and Djamo the teacher excitedly telling us all about Kuwait. I ended up with beautiful summer photos of Babel in the pool and park. Djamo ended up officially accepting the job offer and signing his contract here in Derby with us.

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Babel Monthly – 16

Babel Monthly - 16 Months

You had a very busy month! You saw lots of family members, from Japanthe Netherlands and England. We rented a car and visited a zoo, an aquarium, a castle, and a farm. We stayed in a caravan park at the beach in Wales for a weekend, and on Mama’s birthday we went all the way to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Besides that there were regular and extra playgroups at the Children’s Centre, visits to the park, the playgrounds, and lots of dips in the park’s paddle pool. Oh, and you’ve had ice cream!

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Oma in Derby


When we lived in Buxton, Oma used to visit every month. But, this month was only Oma’s second visit since we moved to Derby. Her first was for Babel’s birthday, so it had been almost 4 months. Oma really missed Babel and was very happy to finally see him again in real life.

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