Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Secret Diary of a Demented Mother Aged 36.5

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Secret Diary of a Demented Mother Aged 36.5

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Byline: By Jenny Lesley

Fergus has celebrated the New Year by finding his voice. He's been making sounds and chuckling for ages but has now decided to do dadadada over and over in varying tones, along with an occasional agooo.

The children are nearly as sickeningly gooey-eyed about this as I am. "Say it again Fergus!" they demand, forming a circle around him and waiting expectantly. Of course, he can't resist showing off to an audience, a family trait I fear, so they are all entertained by it.

I am slightly less amused that despite my coaching him for months to say Mumumum he has started with the D word.

Deep down I know it is physiologically normal to do the Dada bit first. I even read some theory that it's in the child's best interests, particularly if a boy, to suck up to his father as they have a less strong physical bond and it's nature's way of ensuring the father continues to look after the family.

However, I feel that as I'm still the one who is being woken up in the night and still feeding despite six teeth being produced in the last month, I should be the one getting the naming. Raymond tells me not to be so stupid. Men are like that sometimes!

I can't complain really though, I love the fact that Fergus's little face lights up as he recognises one of the family. And I love the fact that they will all go into performing seal mode to get a smile or a word out of him. Even Emma, who has spent almost the entire Christmas holidays in taciturn teenage mode (how I am ever going to get her up for school on Tuesday or even to bed before 11 on Monday night I do not know). On New Year's Eve she was still bright-eyed and wanting to party long after I was begging to go to bed and just forget about midnight!

I can still get her to have girly chats and cuddle up on the sofa with me and watch films or Casualty. …

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