Well, after three-and-a-half years and 200 columns, it’s time to call time on diary of a dad.
Harry started school this week and although it’s only half days at the moment, Melissa and I agreed when I started writing this column that I would finish when he started school.
After all, it’s bad enough having an embarrassing dad about the place, let alone having an embarrassing dad that writes all about it in the local paper.
Looking back over the last three-and-a-half years, I can honestly say it’s been an incredible experience: from the unadulterated joy of Harry’s arrival, to his first words and steps; and from James’ traumatic birth (I still have nightmares when I think about that limp little baby being snatched away by the emergency team that descended on the delivery room), to the robust, happy little baby who flaps around with excitement when I walk in at night.
The changes that happen in such a relatively short space of time are truly remarkable. I often look at Harry and wonder when he suddenly turned into the tall, grown-up boy he is now.
I’ve learned an awful lot. For instance, I now know that it is in fact possible to function with only two hours sleep a night. I also know that, unless England happen to be playing a Test series in India or Australia, television is terrible at 5 in the morning.
Having grandparents that live within a few miles has also been a huge help. As much as we love our boys, having the odd night out or night away is a real treat – and that wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t haven’t such supportive parents.
Has it changed me? Absolutely.
It’s a bit of a cliché but many of the things I thought were important before we had children simply pale into insignificance.
My priorities are now very simple: Harry and James. Thanks for reading.
n For anybody interested, all of the previous Diary of a dad entries are still available here: http://martinwrightonline.blogspot.co.uk/