Yes, I will be having my partner and someone I met on the internet attend the birth of my second child. But I am happy with this, so that's all that matters.
"What's that?" asked my three-year old son, head skew-whiff. Swamped by bubbles and an army of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, he was pointing at my lower regions with a Gallimimus in his hand. We were both in the bath. "Erm," I replied...
We married when munchkin was about five months old, and I think I walked down the aisle surviving on about three hours sleep. I felt exhausted and looked rubbish, but felt compelled to glide through the day smiling. I wouldn't recommend it.
For most parents, raising a happy child is the pinnacle of parenting achievement, but in recent years the road to happiness has become muddied by a culture of accelerating consumerism, the impact of new technologies, a competitive ethic (for the best school places, to take one example), and many other trends
Knowing how hard it is to "return", I thought it would be helpful to remind other returners that the skills they have developed while being at home can be reasons for re-employment, whatever they may be.
But if cases like that of Keegan Downer and Daniel Pelka will teach us anything, it is that the general public are as responsible as so-called professionals when it comes to keeping children safe.
To ask if people with low IQs, which may include people with learning disabilites, shouldn't have the right to have children is very unfair. There are a lot of stories about people who don't have a learning disability and have children and find out it's not something they can handle.
So it was recently Tube Feeding Awareness Week and in the malaise of awareness weeks that the double-edged sword of social media has brought to us, this is one I could most definitely get behind. When I was pregnant I thought the only feeding choices for my baby were breast or bottle.
After leaving a furniture shop and sighing with relief that we share the same taste in sofas (a major tick in the marriage compatibility box, I'm told) we stumble upon Rachmaninov on our car journey home. It's here that he expresses a hope that our children will truly soak up music.