Tag Archives: family life

Big break

The two surviving jigsaw pieces after Xander had got hold of them

When Xander arrived in the world, he unwittingly set a precedent for what was to come. He snapped his umbilical cord on the way out. I’m not sure how he did it, but like to think he thought “Sod this” and pulled it apart with his bare hands. He and Kate were both fine and …

Toddler’s question time

A toddler thinking what to ask next. It's question time!

René Descartes, The Riddler and Jeremy Paxman. To this list of prolific inquisitors must be added the name of my older son. Yes, Dylan seems to have reached a question-asking stage. Not the question-asking stage in which the word ‘why?’ gets bandied about willy-nilly, you understand. No, it’s definitely a question-asking stage. Because there is a difference! …

It’s a rollover

Two young brothers rolling on the floor.

Oops, I haven’t updated this here blog in a fortnight. That’s because I’ve been finding my feet in my new job. While I’ve been doing that, Xander has been making the first movements that will ultimately see him doing likewise. Yep, we’ve got a roller! Five months to the day that he thudded into the …

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 …

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 …