Round 15: April 2024
Narrated by Tom Patterson.
Charlie and Brooke had a daughter just a couple of weeks ago. Alexander is such a doting grandpa and he never hides the fact that he wishes for many more grandkids.
- Title reference: Lucky now by Ryan Adams.
- I'm loving these poseboxes that I downloaded the other day. Dixie's pose in the family portrait and the photo of the whole family lying on the bed is from those boxes. Unfortunately babies do not want to co-operate so Liana's not looking into the camera in the family portrait but I got impatient and didn't want to spend 30 minutes trying to get the perfect picture.
- Dixie's ideal family size is 4 and Tom's is 3 so baby #2 is hopefully going to happen at some point.
- I need to write a new rules and regulations post at some point but basically the maternity/parental leave thing goes like this: a mother can start the maternity leave 1 month before the due date. Maternity leave lasts 3 months and paternity leave (for the dad) is up to 3 weeks after childbirth. Parental leave when the baby is 3 months old lasts about 6 months until the baby is 9 months old. The parental leave is for either of the parents so it is up to the couple to decide who stays home with the child. This is roughly the system in Finland so I'm going with it from now on in Wellington. There's also a child home care allowance for a parent who stays home to take care of a child aged 9 months to 3 years but I still need to tweak it a little.