Best Wishes for the Coming Year

Nathan sucking his thumb and twiddling hair

Well, we didn’t make it to England for the holidays as planned. Nathan has been struck with bronchiolitis which has lasted for three weeks now. He’s been to regular physiotherapy sessions to clear his lungs. His lungs now seem relatively clear but he has a persistent cough which is still worrying us. Our trip to England was cancelled as the physiotherapy sessions were prescribed over the Christmas holiday period. Nathan will have to wait a little longer to see all his English admirers. He’s pictured sucking his thumb and twiddling his hair (just like his Grandad, for the hair at least) and not looking as poorly as he sounds when he coughs.

The good news is that Grandma came to stay for a week, helping with the little boy and brightening the atmosphere. We had a lovely turkey dinner on Christmas day and everyone got nice presents. I got a coffee machine (one of the automatic ones which take little bags with a dose of coffee in them) and a webcam which will be great for Grandma and Grandad to see Nathan whilst chatting to us on MSN. Yasmina got a new hairdryer specially designed to straighten hair and some CDs and DVDs.

2005 has been a major year. We bought a flat, had a son, and have been very busy decorating everywhere in the flat. I even started this blog. In 2006 there are lots of things to look forward to in Nathan’s development like teething, babbling and crawling – perhaps even walking. He’ll soon be on solid food and have grown out of more clothes. Yasmina will be back to work after her maternity leave, and hopefully business will pick up again.

Before concluding, I must mention that whilst writing I’m also sparing a thought for all the terrible events over the last 365 days, like the Tsunami, the London bombings, the quakes in Pakistan and India, the hurricanes which devastated New Orleans and parts of the Caribbean.

I hope you all have had a good Christmas day and are looking forward to celebrating the coming year as I will be. Let’s hope it’s a better year for all of you who had a hard 2005.


  1. Your baby is gorgeous and I hope he’s well soon.

  2. Simon

    26/12/2005 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Valerie

    Thanks for the nice comment about Nathan. I hope you’re doing OK in NYC over Christmas and you survived the walking to work episode…


  3. Happy Christmas to you and your new family!

    Wishing health and happiness in 2006

  4. Simon

    27/12/2005 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Oiseau

    Hope your recovery from an English christmas involving lots of good grub and likely a bit too much alcohol goes well :-).


  5. Nathan is gorgeous. Hope he’s feeling better; know how horrible bronchitis feels to an adult!

    Have a very happy New Year, and thank you so much for blogrolling me. Poetic?

  6. Simon

    31/12/2005 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Pia

    Nathan is doing alright but still having physio sessions a few times a week to clear his lungs.

    Poetic prose, I think so. I think of poetic as that which inspires and interests. Your writing is often different and worth reading.


  7. Nathan is a most beautiful boy! Happy Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. Simon

    6/1/2006 at 9:46 am

    Hi Allison,

    Thanks for the New Year wishes. I hope you have a great 2006!