Unimaginable.

Affection and protection are the core principles of bringing up a child.

Two new lives entered the world yesterday. Finlay and Fletcher were born and I was delighted as the parents of both new baby boys are people I love. I know they will be loved and be safe.

Joshua reached his 20th month yesterday. He will undoubtedly end up in A&E many times as he takes risks and tries things that will end in tears, bumps, bruises and broken bones. These will be minor though and he will heal. Laura and I are far from being the world’s greatest parents but I can say with confidence that Joshua is loved and he is safe.

Luckily for them they weren’t born a few thousand miles away. The average age in Gaza is 17. Over a hundred children’s lives have been taken in the last fortnight. They might well be loved but they most certainly are not safe and that brings shame upon us all. What is happening is unimaginable for me yet for many other young parents it is a brutal reality.

This is a difficult but essential watch: http://youtu.be/mR1LGoNg5p4

Opportunity knocks.

Fair play to Joshua who cunningly exploited my tired, ever so slightly hungover state to the tune of a Peppa pig magazine and a Thomas DVD on our morning trip to town.

Joshua on an elephant being photo bombed by an elephant #fatherhood #parenting

Joshua on an elephant being photo bombed by an elephant #fatherhood #parenting

All smiles after a few cheeky drinks by the river.

All smiles after a few cheeky drinks by the river.

Splashback! #fatherhood #parenting

Splashback! #fatherhood #parenting

New paddling pool is a hit #fatherhood #parenting

Joshua climbed up the ladder and slid down this slide this evening. It’s 8 feet tall. I’m both proud and terrified.

Joshua climbed up the ladder and slid down this slide this evening. It’s 8 feet tall. I’m both proud and terrified.