Category: Birthday

3rd birthday parties – a sensory overload

Harry has just started a Baby Sensory class with my wife on a day when Sophie is at nursery.

Run by an old friend of ours, Rachel, Hartbeeps has been a great experience for him (and my wife), especially if the array of outfits, comedy headgear and smiling photographs is anything to go by.

I’ve not been yet but my sole experience of Baby Sensory – or Toddler Sensory more like – was at a third birthday party of Sophie’s nursery friend recently.


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Turning 30

In many ways, it’s been a pretty momentous week.

But, after some frustrating news on the Brexit and personal front (all in the space of 12 hours!), my 30th birthday weekend has been absolutely wonderful and I am in awe of my wife’s amazing organisational skills and incredible love.

It all started with a little girl waking me up singing “Happy Birthday Daddy!”, tunefully and happily. Lovely!

Then, the surprises began…

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Speed Demon

Forget Lewis Hamilton and the start of the brand new F1 season.

The fastest thing on four wheels is our little girl and she shows no sign of slowing down.

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Pizza Express with a toddler, at 5pm? – really?

We decided that we’d take Sophie out for a  birthday dinner last week. We must be getting more sophisticated – Pizza Express is pretty high brow for a 2 year old!

I wouldn’t describe her as your classic food critic. You know the types I mean? They swan on to Masterchef and run their sceptical eyes and tastebuds over food which looks amazing but, apparently, doesn’t taste anything like as delicious.

However, if she doesn’t like something, she’ll make her views known pretty clearly (just not  very eloquently)!

So a lovely restaurant like Pizza Express, especially at the end of a week where she had been quite ill, was a risky decision…


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Happy 2nd Birthday Sophie!

Sophie turns 2 today.


We made it this far, through the rollercoaster of parenting a tiny human being.

And it’s been fun – awesome actually.

She’s come such a long way, even from her first birthday where she suddenly seemed incredibly grown up.

That beautiful little one year old has matured and turned into a sophisticated, two year old toddler.

This is how she will discover our kitchen

This is how she will discover our kitchen on her birthday!

Here’s a few highlights from the past year.

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Spring Days Out

Where would you find a baby alpaca called Dennis, an overpregnant cow called Louise and three mischievous little rodents racing up and down?

I’m not talking about a sequel to the horrendous Alvin and the Chipmunks – on a farm of course! And our trip to Smithills Open Farm recently with Sophie was such a great experience.


Alpacas and llamas are such cool animals!

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If you come round to our house today…

I’m only just recovering…

Last week was Sophie’s first birthday and so we engaged in a whole host of activities to celebrate with her.

Before our  family came over on on Saturday, we wanted to do something with the local parents and children who’d been so important during Sophie’s first year of life.

Which, naturally, meant transforming our house into a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, buckling in for the ride and hanging on for dear life!

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