It’s time for Dad’s first business trip since the baby arrived, and it will also be Aude’s first time being left alone with the baby all week.
Despite being busy packing and getting ready for the trip, Dad found some time to take Juliette out for a walk — just in time for it to start raining! 🙁
Oh well, here are a few post-walk pictures in any case.
Hey Dad? Is it really true you’re leaving us?
Look who’s got a bow in her hair!
Check out the bow in my hair!
Looking very Hollywood. “Yah, dahling…”
“Okay, Dad. Are we nearly done with pictures?”
Living in Switzerland changes your perspective on things. When you have a child in France, the first thing you do is think to yourself “tax break!” By the time you have four kids, you’re pretty much not paying any income tax at all in the French system.
In Switzerland, the tax advantages of having a child are more limited. There’s a small reduction in income tax, but it isn’t very much.
No, the biggest advantage of having kids in Switzerland is that they get the same duty free allowance as adults. Which means that when we throw Juliette in the shopping basket, she’s also entitled to ration of 500g of red meat. Red meat is a protected industry in Switzerland, and the prices reflect this. Kilo-for-kilo, I think it’s cheaper to buy Rolex watches than steak. So we head across the border and import French or German meat, 500g at a time.
Except now, we get an extra 500g. Which means that I only have to shop twice a week. Which, with a new baby, is the real blessing. 🙂
Our first big shopping trip as a family!
Juliette’s now slept through the night two nights in a row (and three times this week). I don’t want to jinx things, but we may have a pattern here! In bed around 7pm, and sleeping through until about 6:30am. Big progress!
In other news, after nearly 11 months on the waiting list, Juliette’s finally managed to secure a spot in daycare at Dad’s office. We visited the daycare center earlier this week, and it’s clear that plenty of big pharma money has been invested. It’s absolutely fantastic, much nicer than either of us could have imagined. Sure, it may cost the same as an Ivy-league education, but at least you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Juliette starts, four-days-a-week, in June.
Juliette’s a good sleeper, and I attribute a lot of that to the good tips we got from reading The Baby Whisperer. Part of her advice is to always swaddle a young baby when putting them to sleep for the night, and with Juliette, it certainly works well. It stops her flailing with her little arms and waking herself up, and it’s been a big part of our sleep training.
All swaddled and ready for a full night of sleep.
Look at those tired eyes! She was asleep within minutes.