1. To be able to hand over this morning's bedding crisis to our lovely cleaner.
2. I hand Bettany another piece of pasta and marvel at what she can eat with those gums of hers.
3. I come to the till feeling guilty about buying good quality, well designed, expensive clothes for a mere child, and my own child at that, how indulgent. The shop assistant scans the Cookie Monster blue furry jacket (that Alec needs badly because his old sweaters now expose his forearms) and tells me that it has been further reduced. When I show Alec later that evening he says it is so soft that everyone will want to cuddle him.