1. We've been waiting for da-da and ba-ba -- but Alec starts with mum-mum-mum. I don't think he's using it to refer specifically to me, but it's very pleasing.
2. I stray across to the parenting books -- since I don't have a baby in my arms I can browse without guilt. When I look up, Alec and Nick are sitting on floor waiting for me in a pointed fashion.
3. At 4.20pm, when my work is finished, I put some books in my bag and say bye bye to my boys. I nurse a bitter orange cake and a hot chocolate and lose myself in 19th c. embroider for a whole hour.