Not even two years old yet and already he’s better at football than his Dad. The back heel is unnecessary flashy mind.

Joshua chose today to give me a preview of what life will be like when he no longer naps.


Hold me.

Scary realisation that I look like my Dad. I say scary, but if I turn out half the man that Dad is I’ll be happy. He’s a grumpy cantankerous sod at times but you won’t find a more decent human being on the planet. Solid as a rock and always putting others first. (Thank Goodness he loathes social media and won’t read this!)

Scary realisation that I look like my Dad. I say scary, but if I turn out half the man that Dad is I’ll be happy. He’s a grumpy cantankerous sod at times but you won’t find a more decent human being on the planet. Solid as a rock and always putting others first. (Thank Goodness he loathes social media and won’t read this!)

Fair to say In The Night Garden Live was a hit.

Fair to say In The Night Garden Live was a hit.

Thomas Land is definitely Joshua’s new favourite place.

(and mine)

Waiting around to meet some Libyan plutonium dealers in Ware this morning. #parenting #fatherhood

Waiting around to meet some Libyan plutonium dealers in Ware this morning. #parenting #fatherhood

Gritty realism.

Looking back at this blog I’ve been writing less and less and posting more and more photos. It’s natural that as Joshua has become a toddler who sleeps through the night, etc that I’m less driven to therapeutic posts yet I can’t help but feel I’ve been presenting a false utopia. Even when a brief summary is offered it can be misleading. Today for example would be ‘swimming in the morning and indoor play in the afternoon.’ ; on the face of it a perfect dad & son day. The photos I share are chosen because they make me smile and as a consequence they reflect an idyllic idea of daily life with a toddler.

This is false. The boy can be the devil’s own.

Before we even left to drop Laura off at work Joshua had managed to throw a tantrum lasting a solid hour. Reason number one: His mum wouldn’t abandon her breakfast as he demanded. Reason number two: I wouldn’t give him a Thomas & Friends yoghurt at half eight in the morning (he has one at lunch).

The stage was set for a day of intermittent irrational strops. Whether being taken swimming - which he usually enjoys - or refusing to be allowed to watch Peppa Pig all day, the little man reacted as if a great wrong had been committed against him. This was definitely a day for wrestling with your parental conscience on the nappy front; ‘he’s due a change but can I face the battle of wills to get him to lie down?’

Like any day with Joshua, there were of course great moments and given the choice between having every day like this or not having him around I would live it on repeat forever.

But I’d rather not!

Definitely growing up as the satnav generation. #fatherhood #parenting

Definitely growing up as the satnav generation. #fatherhood #parenting

Who wouldn’t want to spend their 31st birthday in an indoor play centre? Brilliant afternoon with my awesome family. After leaving him for four days for a Norwegian wedding Joshua has been understandably ‘demanding’ but charging, sliding and tumbling was the perfect release.

After three days away the best birthday gift is easily waking up to play with this little man. #fatherhood #parenting

After three days away the best birthday gift is easily waking up to play with this little man. #fatherhood #parenting