1. Bettany is asleep when Alec wakes up. We have a good long uninterrupted bub and then some rough-housing on the bed. He has suddenly become large and solid: his fingers in particular are reassuringly sturdy compared to Bettany's, which I find terrifyingly small.
2. 'Can you hear what's going on outside?' asks my father putting his head into the cool, quiet sitting room where I am sitting under a milk-full Bettany. Alec, Rosey and the cousins are shouting about tigers and shrieking with laughter as they chase each other across the lawn. When Alec comes in he is hot and flushed and confident.
3. Bettany sprawled across her Granny's knee.