The sun is setting over another day in the Blue Mountains, a few pink clouds visible over the horizon as it starts a day on the other side of the world with Grandpa. One or two stars are trying to say good evening through the haze, as the array of nocturnal animals who share our home start to sing the start of nighttime.
I'm lying in bed listening to nature saying good night, and to your big brother quietly snoring next to me. He's had the kind of hectic day that can knock out a three-year-old, involving a lot of hide-and-seek, endless hours of giggling on the trampoline, and dancing along to his favourite music. I gaze at his perfect little face, wondering what he’s dreaming of, as his eyes flit back and forth, his favourite toys on top of his chest, moving up and down in time to the little snores.
Every night we lie in bed together I read him a few stories, we talk about our day, and most importantly we discuss the things we’re going to teach you together. So far he’s shocked that you don't know anything about trains, that you haven't been on a plane (except in Mummy’s tummy), and don't have any idea who Peppa Pig is. I hope he’s looking forward to being your big bro. From day 1 I promise you'll be learning a lot about trains, including all of Thomas and Friends, and probably most of the Sydney trains map too.
I'm glad you're in Mummy’s tummy right now as the world has gone a bit crazy the past few months. I don't know what to tell your brother about why we’re staying at home so much, and to be honest I'm quite happy you're safe and sound with Mummy at the moment. It's always a scary world to introduce to a little person, but now feels more precarious than ever.
I'm not sure he understands that some people are quite unwell, and they don't want to give the germs to anyone else, and we don't want to catch it either, so we’re staying home to keep away from catching it and letting all the amazing essential people do their work to keep us fed, happy and safe. We don't know when it will end, and what the world will look like afterwards… but it will end, and we will look back and hopefully learn about what matters.
If there's one thing I've learnt, and I don't want you or your brother to ever forget, is that no job, whatever it is, is beneath you. No-one should be looked down the job they do, and right now what look like the simplest jobs, well they count the most. Shelf-stacking, cleaning and a hundred other things are the single most important thing in the world right now. Never forget, that person stacking shelves is putting food there for you and your family to eat. That cleaner might be saving your life by wiping away something that was going to hurt you. And they all deserve our love and respect.
As I watch Mummy grow and I see you turn into the amazing human you're going to be, I know I can't wait to meet you. You're going to be loved by a beautiful big brother, awesome Mummy, and a Daddy with a seemingly relentless supply of fart jokes. We’ll be with you every step of the way, and can't wait to get started.
We’ll see you soon. Not too soon, but soon.