My Baby is Five

Now how did that happen?

Five years ago today, the day Shocking won the Melbourne Cup, Miss M arrived.

There was a cast of thousands in the delivery room, summoned by the emergency bell that the midwife hit when the baby’s heart rate suddenly slowed.

Darling Man thought the baby and I were both going to die. I was pretty confident things would be OK but I just wanted it all to be over.

Thank goodness it all ended well, with a healthy happy baby who was fiercely independent from day one.

Miss M

I just can’t believe it’s been five years.  We’ve all done and seen so much since flying home to Australia for the birth. But still …. how did I end up with a five year old?

Miss M had her first birthday in Vietnam, even though we were living in Singapore at the time.

On the beach on Con Dao Island for Miss M's first birthday

On the beach on Con Dao Island for Miss M’s first birthday

She had her second birthday in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Miss M

She’s visited many different countries.

She’s traveled by plane, boat, train, bicycle, car, tuk tuk and motorbike.

She speaks three languages.

She can run fast, jump high and climb like a monkey.

She loves to talk but doesn’t like eating. Still.

Miss M

She is getting better at going to bed but she won’t sleep in her own room.

She is a fantastic big sister and she’s talking about becoming a teacher. And a writer.

She’s celebrated Christmas and Tet, Halloween and Songkran, Easter and Loi Krathong.

She’s been to night clubs, bars, beaches, water parks, restaurants, cafes, libraries, kids clubs, shopping centres, ancient ruins, farms, floating villages, markets, temples and playgrounds.

She’s assisted with food tours, with guidebook writing and with food research and she’s waited out a sand storm in Cairo.

And now she’s five. I still can’t believe it.

Where did the time go?


Pumpkin princess

Happy birthday, sweetheart.

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By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. JessieV says:

    happiest birthday, darling girl!! we love you!
    JessieV recently posted..Through the Eyes of an Educator: East African Safaris (Tanzania & Kenya)

  2. Julia says:

    Great article Barbara! Love the pictures!

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