I've finally managed to wrestle the laptop from your mummy's hands, so thought I'd write you a little letter! You will have read a lot about your mum's experiences, from her perspective, but we thought it would be a good idea to untie me, let me out of the basement and let me have my say.
(I haven't got too long - England are playing Ukraine later in Euro 2012...I'm hoping you'll have much more interest in football than your mum when you're older!)
The last 8 weeks have been an absolute whirlwind, full of massive changes, ups and downs & quite a few sleepless nights (slightly less for me than your mum!) but I wouldn't change a thing.
The day of your birth was the longest and greatest day of my life. I'll spare you the details but it certainly made me see Kerry in a new light, and gave me so much more respect for her; and when you finally arrived I realised how much I was going to love you and do absolutely anything for you.
Getting you home (finally) was very scary! Me and your mum didn't have a clue. But we soon got the hang of things, thanks to some amazing help and kindful gestures from so many friends and all our family. The first few days were very tricky, and I was worried I was going to break you - you seemed so delicate. Of course, fast forward 8 weeks and you're a right chunky monkey! Eventually we all started to settle into a routine, and I changed jobs and passed my driving test - meaning I could spend much more time with you and your mummy :) I admit it was difficult at first, you seemed to spend all your time clamped to Kerry's milk bottles(!) and I did feel a bit useless. But then I saw what an absolutely stunning job your super-mummy was doing, I thought I should maybe try and take a share of the load. On that point, I have seen your mum change so much since your arrival - she's an absolute natural and I don't know how she does it!
Even though my job is very demanding, it feels like I get to spend more time with you and Kerry than ever before, and I love nothing more than spending a day out in town with the pair of you, or playing in your play-mat waiting for that gorgeous little smile of yours (no matter how tired or pissed off I am - that smile will always cheer me up!)
You are now starting to become your own little person and I'm beginning to learn what makes you smile and laugh, and what makes you scream the house down! I can't wait to see how you are going to change and grow, and am determined to enjoy every minute with you - everybody keeps telling me how quick it's going to go! I'm excited when I think of which path you will take in life, and hope you know that you can be whoever you want to be as long as it makes you happy (however you MUST support united, and at least pretend to like all the great music that I do!)
So until next time, let me take this opportunity to thank you for coming into our world, and lighting up our lives. If it wasn't for you I would have never passed my driving test, and I know that you will continue to be the inspiration for everything I do - the only motivation I need to make a better life for the 3 of us. You're so young, yet you've already changed everything for the better, and the best thing is that you don't even know it.
All my Love,