The Gallery: Girls 2015
Apr01

The Gallery: Girls 2015

I always wanted girls, always imagined myself with two of them. But I wasn’t at all disappointed when I got two boys instead. My boys are very close, despite being like chalk and cheese. Because they’re so different, I hoped my third child would be somewhere between the two of them. And she was. She was also a girl. Somehow, third time around we’d created a child who had the best bit of both boys. When she arrived on...

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The Gallery: I made this
Jul24

The Gallery: I made this

In the last few years there’s been a real renaissance in the stuff our mums did – and our grandmothers. The stuff that our mums probably decided after a while was actually a bit uncool, and gave up doing in favour of more convenient ways of getting through life. You know, buying cakes instead of making them, picking up a nice dress in M&S rather than running one off the Singer… But now this stuff is all coming...

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What’s in a name?
May14

What’s in a name?

Your name is with you all your life. As parents, you owe it to your kids to get it right. Names are special and unique. People grow to fit their names, or their names mould to fit them. Choosing a baby’s name is one of the most exciting things you can do. I never understand those people who have babies then wait a week or more to name them. They’ve had nine months to prepare! But then again, it’s a big decision. You...

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Birth of a beautiful girl
Mar14

Birth of a beautiful girl

The most beautiful girl in the world came into my life six years ago today. It was love at first sight. Unlike when her brothers were born, I actually had a computer when I had her. It’s the same sh*t one I’ve got sat on my desk now, although it doesn’t actually work any more. Luckily I managed to save this story before it finally bit the dust. So this is a shortened version of the birth story I wrote up at the time....

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My girl
Aug29

My girl

Growing up, I always wanted girls. It was mainly to with the clothes. I named my daughter in 1996, but didn’t give birth to her until ten years later. By then I’d had two gorgeous boys and, to be honest, I didn’t even want a girl any more. There seemed something pure about the idea of three boys. I imagined myself walking along holding hands with three adorable boys kitted out in blue and khaki. What was I thinking?!...

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