the Astrid Dimension


Sunday was Astrid’s second birthday. Monday mummy and daddy noticed Astrid has got even cuter. Again. Sunday morning mummy couldn’t pull herself together to stop crying. She cried and cried and cried and just wanted to stop all this sickness and make everyone better again and to go home and never be so silly as to leave ever again. But we tried to make a nice birthday for Astrid. We wrapped up warm, got Astrid into the buggy. Shoes off, sleeping bag on. All snug little bugglie. The cold wind made our runny noses cold. We walked up to Hampstead and were all suddenly very very hungry and we went to we cannot believe it MacDonalds for chips. For birthday chips.

Astrid likes birthday chips in the warm. With tomato sauce. Astrid is a big fan of tomato sauce on anything. Astrid is even a big fan of tomato sauce on its own. Astrid also likes strawberries, yoghurt, sausages, roast pork, rice crackers with peanut butter, rice crackers with vegemite. Astrid loves tomatoes and she likes soup. She like to dunk her buttered vogels bread in her soup. Her favourite soup is tomato soup. Astrid used to love asparagus but she doesn’t any more. Strawberries are her favourite. Bananas are also quite good. Usually whatever mummy is eating is best, but it must be fed to Astrid by daddy using mummy’s fork.

Astrid can say no very well. She can shake her head most profusely. Sometimes that might also mean yes. Astrid is also good at pointing. Often she’ll point up to the kitchen cupboard, which we think means vegemite. Sometimes it also means banana. Pointing at the biscuit tin often means rice cracker. Pointing at the fridge might mean yoghurt. Or strawberries. Or jam. Often we are totally wrong and Astrid ends up with a pile of The Wrong Food. And, she also likes peas.


Astrid whilst good at shaking her head, as in I… Am… Shaking… My… Head… And… That… Is… A… Definite… No… doesn’t have such an action for yes. So we taught her the Astrid wiggle, which involves shaking the body and head from the waist up from side to side. The Astrid wiggle means yes. These past weeks however we seem to have lost the Astrid wiggle. Lost in time along with our favourite ever Astrid passtime, the Astrid purr.

Astrid likes Teletubbies again. She gave them up at one but they’re back in her good books it would appear. In the Night Garden is quite good, but her absolute favourite is The Simpsons. Which she watches with Daddy every night at 7 o’clock. Her second favourite thing to watch is the DVD lead-in for In The Night Garden. We think it’s the music.

Astrid is very well dressed. The labels Astrid will wear are Anemone, 6.5st and a+b. She also wears Flora and Henri and Nature Baby. She is especially fond of Linnet fabrics, Nani Iro, merino and charcoal cotton. Her current favourite outfit is Linnet wool trousers lined with grey organic double gauze, with Petit Bateau tights in aubergine, navy stripe singlet and navy stripe bodysuit by Nature Baby, with either her a+b yellow wool floral Linnet smock top, or her 6.5st pink Linnet apron top.

Astrid we believe is saving up her sentences for later. She understands everything that’s going on. That we do know. After lunch every day she will gather everyone’s shoes and hand each person their correct shoes and socks so everyone can go out. Astrid likes to tidy things up. She’s very good at clearing up at the end of the day, putting books back on shelves, toys back in boxes, rubbish in the bin. She doesn’t like to leave any mess lying around and all laundry is put in the laundry basket before we go downstairs in the morning.

So far we’ve been graced with a smattering of words. Tiger was the first. Now we’ve had bin, apple, water, mummy, daddy, hello, hiya, yah yah yah yah yah (at the same time as the Astrid Wiggle) – but no word for no yet.

Well, young Astrid – it’s been quite the year for all of us, you’ve learnt to walk, started to talk, we’ve moved countries, made lots of new friends,  entertained a lot of people here who find your quirky little habits very endearing, soldiered through this awful English winter, you’ve made sure your parents are kept very busy and filled our lives with your mad humour, your enormous grin, your cheerful smile and your sweet love for life and for us and the pussy cats.

We love having you, the Astrid Dimension, in our lives – you just get better every day. And long may this adventure continue.

Happy birthday beautiful girl !!!!
We love you so very much xoxox






15 responses to “the Astrid Dimension”

  1. Lindy avatar

    Happy Birthday Astrid!!

  2. melissa avatar

    happy birthday little one! i like hot chips with sauce too, must be because we’re both kiwi girls. 🙂

  3. Heart Felt avatar

    Wow, that was beautiful reading….Happy Birthday Astrid, what a lucky and happy little girl you are! xx

  4. t does wool avatar

    What a lovely peek into your Astrid…Happy Birthday and best wishes for 100 more Astrid.

  5. Jussi avatar

    buttered vogels with Tomato soup never gets old
    Happy Birthday Astrid, next year your birthday will be at the beach!

  6. kyrie avatar

    oh, so sweet! we almost have the same birthday, astrid and i. what a darling girl.

  7. erin avatar

    happy birthday to sweet astrid! time sure does fly.

  8. Clare avatar

    Happy Birthday Astrid, two is such a big deal. Keep warm, happy new year, much love XX

  9. Alison avatar

    The Astrid dimension is a fabulous dimension. I smiled the whole way through this [except the flu and cold and running nose bits].

    Happy Birthday dear Astrid, and may this year be full of even greater adventure.

  10. q avatar

    a belated happy birthday, astrid! :*

    loved reading all about her 🙂

  11. Nicola avatar

    Happy (belated!) Birthday Astrid! She is such a cute wee button – nice to know more about her.

  12. Calypso avatar

    Happy birthday, Astrid. And soon you’ll be a big sister, too – the best job in the world!

  13. kirsten avatar

    happy birthday, sweet pea! 🙂

  14. Kristy avatar

    Ooh Happy Birthday beautiful!
    Give mummy a big hug and wiggle to let her know everything will be okay. Everything comes to pass. x

  15. Ange avatar

    happy belated birthday, Astrid!

    and happy day of birth, Edith!

    my boy was born on his due date also – as I staggered into the delivery suite, an astonishing number of people told me that only 4% of babies make arrive on the day itself.

    so it’s extra-special …

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