Parenting

Seven annoying things babies do

A baby scratching her father's face.

Amelie is now four months old and as well as reaching some lovely and memorable milestones including laughing and trying to roll over, she’s also reminded me of some of the significantly less cute things that little ones get up to. They’re all strangely familiar, so Dylan and Xander must have done them and I’ve obviously …

How to save smarter

Several piles of pound coins.

Aviva is on a mission to help Britain save smarter. Last week I wrote about their great new Financial Personality Tool and was pleased to discover that my alter ego was The Oracle. This puts me in a good position to share some tips for how to save smarter. What I will say before I …

Welcome Amelie!

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Amelie to the world! If her arrival is anything to go by, she’s going to have a flair for the dramatic. We were planning on a nice, chilled-out home birth but ended up in a densely populated operating theatre 40-odd minutes away. She knows how to make an entrance! Starting at …

Just call emu

As the birth of our third child draws ever nearer, we’ve been attending more regular appointments than in previous months. Last week we were at a one of these and, as we’re having a home birth, I was asking a few more questions than I usually do. One of which was about who I should phone when …

The name game

We’re now four weeks away from our due date and have been gradually getting everything ready for the arrival of our daughter. The crib has been brought down from the loft, new mattresses have been purchased for it and the Moses basket, while our neighbours could be forgiven for thinking that she is already here, given the number of …