Four and 20 photos

Four and 20 photos

Toby has the misfortune of having a January birthday which comes not only after Christmas but also his brother Isaac’s birthday (in early December). Not that it’s an afterthought, but by the time we’ve negotiated the final manic month of the year there’s certainly an element of celebration fatigue in evidence in our household. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Bedding in

Bedding in

As a rite of passage, the transition from cot to bed can be one of the more traumatic ones a child has to go through. We’ve just embarked on that journey with 20-month-old Kara. It’s been coming for a couple of months but we had put it off until after Christmas. Kara is strong and … Continue reading

In at the deep end

In at the deep end

Swimming pools aren’t really my milieu. However, I’m keen that my kids grow up to be more confident and competent swimmers than their land-lubber of a father. Neither of my parents can really swim, so consequently it wasn’t until I was about ten that I finally splashed my way far enough to earn my ten-metre … Continue reading

No sacred cows

No sacred cows

This Christmas holiday, I haven’t written a post about how we celebrated Christmas or reflecting back on the year just past, other than a little link piece to my favourite posts from each month of the year. Rather than looking back on 2013 in detail, I’m (mostly) looking forward to what’s to come in 2014. That … Continue reading

2013 in review

2013 in review

Is it really nearly 2014 *already*? 2013 has been a busy old year. Three holidays, a job move and in the region of 250,000 words (close to 300 posts) across four separate blogs – about a quarter of them here. I’ve selected one post from each month of 2013 as a representative sample of my … Continue reading

A 21st century Christmas Eve

A 21st century Christmas Eve

The kids are asleep. My parents and brother have been fed. Our new tree has disappeared under a multicoloured avalanche of presents. And the Baileys has been cracked open. Bring it on, Christmas – we’re ready for you! In some ways we take a traditional approach to Christmas. Family: tick. Putting out a mince pie … Continue reading

Sibling rivalry

Sibling rivalry

Now aged 19 months, Kara’s personality and preferences are starting to emerge and two things have become apparent. Firstly, she adores her oldest brother Isaac. And secondly, she really dislikes Toby. Okay, ‘dislike’ is putting it a bit strongly. But there is a strong preference for Isaac and definite moments of sibling rivalry with Toby … Continue reading

The long goodbye

The long goodbye

I’m between jobs. No, not like *that*. For the past three months I’ve been ‘in transition’ – that’s business code for ‘doing two jobs at the same time’ – moving internally from one division to another. Today was my last day in the office before Christmas and also my last day in my ‘old’ job. … Continue reading

Six

Six

Six years ago, in a small pool that took up most of our dining room, our eldest child Isaac was born. As a father, I’ve been floundering around trying to keep my head above water ever since, watching as my boy has navigated a course from static to crawling, from crawling to walking and from … Continue reading

‘Tis the (pre)season

‘Tis the (pre)season

I can’t put it off any longer. It’s December and it’s time to declare the Christmas preseason open. Sigh. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all bah humbug here. I do love Christmas, particularly since our kids came along. And, hey, I’ll be off work for two weeks – that’s never a bad thing. … Continue reading

Where I find my heaven

Where I find my heaven

Two things in life bring me the most joy. No surprise that the first of these is my children. But writing also provides a different but no less fulfilling sense of satisfaction. As a parent, one way of measuring the sacrifices you make is to look at how you spend your weekends compared to your … Continue reading

Bookworm

Bookworm

Like her older brothers – like most kids, I suppose – Kara has always enjoyed being read to as part of her bedtime routine. And, as a book-loving father, I’ve always enjoyed reading to her. But recently she’s moved up a level: now she actively seeks reading opportunities rather than just waiting passively for bedtime … Continue reading