Max went to his first ever party- a kids Halloween party at Toby's work. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie and candy. Max didn't get any but I did. That furry little suit barely fitted him. I had to unpick the back to make room for his tummy. He's growing so fast.

The book Where the Wild Things are translates to Max en de Maximonsters in Dutch. I don't think it is as popular here as it is in English speaking countries as a lot of the Dutch people didn't get the reference and thought he was a king. King Max! That's ok too.

Aunties are cool

Elizabeth came over from London to spend a week with Max. She got vomited on a lot and she didn't even mind. Aunties are good like that.

Oranges and lemons

"Oranges and lemons" say the bells of St. Clement's
"You owe me five farthings" say the bells of St. Martin's
"When will you pay me?" say the bells of Old Bailey
"When I grow rich" say the bells of Shoreditch
"When will that be?" say the bells of Stepney
"I do not know" say the great bells of Bow
"Here comes a candle to light you to bed
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head
Chip chop chip chop - the last man's dead."

A beautiful orange tree for Max from Ignasi, Nacho and Ebba.


My mother came to Amsterdam to see her grandson and she arrived when Max was just one day old. She leaves today to go back to New Zealand. This past three weeks has gone by so fast. It's so hard to say goodbye, even though it's just for a little while.

Meals on Wheels

This is what life might've looked like if it had not been for a great group of friends who dropped off delicious meals to us over the past two weeks. From casseroles to curries to kofta, every meal was made with so much care and eaten with so much thanks. Meals on Wheels team, you are amazing!

Little victories

It's nice to honour little victories. Mum made a banana cake to celebrate Max's one week birthday. I got 4 hours straight sleep. Toby has made one thousand cups of tea. These photos show some quiet moments in a whirlwind of stress, laughter, tiredness and love.

This is my favourite cake recipe.

Edmonds Banana cake

125g (4ozs) butter
2 Tablespoon boiling milk
175g (6ozs) sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder 

2 large or 3 small mashed bananas
225g (8ozs) plain flour 

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, mashed bananas, then baking soda dissolved in boiling milk. Lastly add flour and baking powder previously mixed. 
Bake in a ring tin for 25 minutes at 180C (350F). 

Cream Cheese Icing
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy. Mix in icing sugar and lemon zest, beating well to combine.


Max Buckley Morris. He was born on the thirtieth of September 2011, at 8.30 am. Weighing 3.9 kilos, our little boy took his sweet time arriving. Ten days overdue and a very long labour, but he's finally here.  And he's doing great.