Category Archives: Fatherhood

Happy birthday, my son

At 0349 today the boy celebrated his first birthday. Keeping every cliché firmly behind bars, it has been an extraordinary year, not least because so little happened last August that his birth nearly made headline news. Today barely an hour … Continue reading

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Lights Out for the Crazies

This weekend we should, finally, being moving into our new house. Even though the scaffolding is still up, there is enough room inside now to set up a bed, cot and a camp fire to keep up warm. The delays … Continue reading

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Devon almighty! I think I have found the perfect place to run

Three months, or 2176 hours, after the boy was born Mrs H and I decided to make a dash for it and the three of us headed off to the coast in Devon. The ambition for the week-long holiday was … Continue reading

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Matching my son, pound for pound

Approaching his tenth week, Mrs H decided that it was time to weigh the boy again, since he was suggested at his last visit to the doctor that he was a touch on the light side and in need of … Continue reading

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A new parent’s greatest fear

Being on paternity leave has meant little time for the usual lunchtime run, so there is some pleasure to be had at being back at work and heading out for half an hour at lunchtime to wake myself up after … Continue reading

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Back to work

After 10 days alone with my wife and new-born son it is time to return to work. I was expecting to feel a pang of angst and sadness, but I did not expect jealousy. I felt it one afternoon on … Continue reading

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Running in the family

There is neurological evidence that the first reaction a father has on seeing his new-born child is to look for signs that the baby is in fact his. The reflex is so instinctive and hard-wired that we don’t even know … Continue reading

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Halfway home

Looking for distractions to while away the time before the due date, we drove to Henley on Sunday for lunch. It was the first time that Mrs H had been back there since she had waited on tables up the … Continue reading

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Mrs H goes on materni-tea leave

Mrs H is now enjoying her first few days of maternity leave, having signed off on Thursday with the largest cake stand I have ever seen. She is now busy nesting at home, moving between the Swiss ball, the laptop … Continue reading

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