Family life

Introducing Xander!

He’s here! Alexander – or Xander, as he will be known – arrived early on Thursday afternoon. Kate had been having latent contractions for over a week and, having thought “today’s the day” every single time they started up during the first few days, we had become nonchalant about it all and had come to …

As luck would have it

Two horse shoes; one facing up for good luck and one down for bad luck.

Luck. It’s a funny old thing. Sometimes you can be on a good run of it and others you find yourself cursing it. I don’t know why in particular the following anecdotes have been in my head for a while. They just have been and needed writing down to make some room for other things. Nine …

Jobs for the boy

A toddler sitting in a washing basket.

I’ve been trying to think of ways Dylan can earn his keep and lighten the load once his brother arrives. I’m talking in terms of conning him into believing that loading the washing machine and tidying up are the epitome of home entertainment rather than sending him up the chimney. But, if some of his …

Red right hand

The funny little foibles that all young children have really intrigue me. And Dylan has developed a new one which, although I’m sure is not at all unusual in kids his age, I find hilarious. While a lot of toddlers have a teddy, blanket or something basically soft that they use as a comforter, our little man has become …

What’s in a name?

Did you know that Mark Twain gave his cats deliberately odd names to help children develop their linguistic skills? The things you learn working for a feline-specific animal welfare charity! I love little facts like that. As I have a mild fascination with language too, think that any little tricks like that should be copied. …