The story of baby Amelie’s birth

This blog is about our daughter Amelie’s birth story, primarily to act as a more reliable record than my childcare-aged memory. Perhaps through repression, Albie’s birth nearly three years ago is a little blurry around the edges. It wasn’t the best of starts. Stepping out of the car onto the Tarmac of the hospital car…

Welcoming our new baby daughter

Our beautiful baby daughter was born on Thursday and we can’t wait to settle into life as a family of four…hopefully our wonderful boy, Albie, appreciates the company! In the previous blog post, I cryptically hinted at her chosen names. Our pregnancy news was first exclusively appeared in one of the papers I work at…

My Couch to 5k journey

I’ve lost count of the number of days – or even weeks – since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. Despite this, the number 88 will stick in my mind. It’s the number of days it took me to complete the Couch to 5k programme, a hell of a journey which saw me progress from…

Futile MasterChef and unlikely runner: my coronavirus lockdown crisis

I fear the coronavirus pandemic has triggered some form of  early ‘midlife’ crisis, at the tender age of 29. I’m not sure why the lockdown has had such a profound effect. In many ways it’s my ideal lifestyle. Zero chance of a foreign holiday, no struggling to squeeze through obstacles at horrific softplay centres and…

Will the coronavirus story I tell my son be positive or negative?

In my virtual scrapbook of family life, this blog chapter on the coronavirus chaos could be relayed to our now two-year-old son in one of two contrasting ways in years to come. I could tell him the tale of the night I tucked him into bed and headed to the supermarket, recall the locust-plagued shelves…

Bluebell Railway visit signals Christmas is here

The festive season is upon us – confirmed for me yesterday when Santa rocked on up on the vintage steam train we were on. Albie is obsessed with his trains at the moment, to the extent that he’s climbing atop his train table and taking apart the track like a Gozilla figure (climbing not so…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar takes over bedtime

Reading a book a day will expose Albie to hundreds of thousands of words by the time he starts school, according to research, but I’m not sure he’ll manage that considering The Very Hungry Caterpillar contains just 240. Not all of those are unique, either… The arrival of Albie’s second birthday last weekend coincided with…