- Sun, 08:39: Tory-feted anti-childcare 'expert' misquotes his sources and has no relevant qualifications - http://t.co/1N4WkaltUN
- Sun, 10:27: It's true - doing childcare really does diminish your Alpha-male status! (But only if you're an ape to start with.) http://t.co/DaKrVCDARu
- Sun, 10:44: RT @giles_fraser: Don't talk to me about carb loading. I have been carb loading for at least 25 years.
- Mon, 16:48: RT @giles_fraser: Rather glad I'm not still at St Paul's helping to organise Mrs Thatcher's funeral. It's gonna be very tricky to get th ...
- Mon, 16:55: RT @giles_fraser: Given that Mrs T privatized everything else, it is interesting that she is getting a state supported funeral.
- Tue, 02:42: Amidst all the nil-nisi-bonum thatchiography, I've finally made the link between obsequies & obsequious: @giles_fraser is better out of it.
- Thu, 16:25: I've signed- have you? There's easily half a million of us who want shot of these shysters sooner rather than later! http://t.co/tExlso9vQv
- Thu, 16:40: I've just learnt that Cameron is cutting Statutory Maternity Pay in real terms over the next couple of years :( #mummytax #condemnation
- Thu, 22:31: So Osborne thinks state shouldn't support Mick Philpott: by implication, there are others whom it should support. Let's talk about them, eh?
- Fri, 09:05: "It's alright - I've had the bloke who usually parks here declared fit to work." #osbornecaptioncompetition http://t.co/JuI8790l81
- Fri, 09:06: "It's alright - IDS said I could park here." #osbornecaptioncompetition http://t.co/JuI8790l81
Well, I'm now at the end of my second week of Additional Paternity Leave and, as predicted, the days when I have both a baby and a toddler all to myself are proving hard: today certainly had its low points, as well as its highs.
However, today did see two firsts: as well as Bruno's first go on the swings, it also saw Aphra's first venture into assembling flat-packed furniture, at the tender age of two and a half. We'd decided it was time for her to have a proper toddler bed and to relinquish the cot to her brother, and so we'd bought her a new bed from John Lewis. We'd involved her in the decision (to the extent of making a binary choice between two colours) and sold it to her on the basis of it being a "big girl's bed", and she was quite excited about it, so when I decided to assemble it today she was very keen to help. (She already knew what an Allen key was from helping me to disassemble other stuff earlier in the day!)
And she was, in fact, helpful: not just inserting little bits of dowel into appropriate holes (with my help), but handing me screws, fetching me the screwdriver when I asked for it, and even poking a couple of tiny little pilot holes in the right places with a bradawl. (She also helped throw away most of the polystyrene packaging, although she was less good at preventing her brother from trying to eat it.) One interesting moment was when I asked her to lift up her side of the bed so that we could attach the headboard: I told her to 'stop' when it reached the right height and, rather than stopping lifting and holding it steady, she promptly put it down again — I guess most times we/people say 'stop' to a toddler, they do actually mean 'desist' rather than "that's good, hold it steady." I can't now remember how I managed to explain it, but we got there in the end, and she was inordinately pleased with her work.
- Sun, 18:37: Tonight's wine was made in the future. Hurrah! Does this mean I'm living in the past? http://t.co/sIzZYUkdgF
- Sun, 18:57: Aiming to defuse possible rivalry, I tell baby B he's lucky to have such a nice big sister. Now little A keeps calling him "my lucky".
- Mon, 09:15: RT @giles_fraser: Jonathan Aitkin is writing a biog of Mrs Thatcher and just asked me why people disliked her so much. Didn't know where ...