I had Caitlin when I was 43 in 2007 and had, frankly, given up on the idea of motherhood. She has always been a natural poser. This is in her old bedroom in our first house in Dinas Powys.
|Caitlin born 15/11/2007|
This was at ‘Barrybados’ in the summer of 2008. We had just completed a ninja nappy change on the grass behind Mathew.
|Daddy and Caitlin at Barry Island|
Ieuan, looking like a naughty Christmas imp. He appeared just 20 months after Caitlin when I was the scandalous age of 45!
|Ieuan’s First Christmas in 2009|
This was taken in 2010 in the play area at Dyffryn Gardens. Unfortunately Ieuan decided the mulch looked like chocolate and tasted it. It might be a coincidence but we were at home to “Mr Puke” the very next day.
|The Mulch Monster at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan|
Caitlin was flower girl at our wedding on 25 September 2011. We had a beautiful civil ceremony and reception at the St. David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff.
|Our beautiful flower girl at our wedding in St. David’s Hotel & Spa, Cardiff|
Ieuan, looking like Little Lord Fauntleroy. Those curls! Actually he was very well behaved during the ceremony and a good friend took him off for a nap once it had finished.
|Our page boy, Ieuan – look at those curls!|
The Happy Couple. I had managed to lose my baby weight specially for the wedding. I managed to put on 4 stone with Caitlin – I couldn’t stop eating cheese!
|The Happy Couple – 25/09/2011|
I loved my dress – a Maggie Sottero with a puddle train. It’s still hanging in my wardrobe. I did think about having it made into an evening dress but the thought of cutting the train off is too upsetting!
|My beautiful Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress|
I love this photo because it captures Caitlin’s and Ieuan’s mischievousness perfectly.
|The Naughtiest Pirates in the Vale of Glamorgan|
This is us all sat on the kitchen floor. Caitlin has traces of the obligatory face painting from a party and Ieuan has the purple dummy it took us an age to prise off him. My dad says at this time Ieuan used to remind him of Al Capone because he would never actually take the dummy out, just roll it from side to side whilst speaking as if it were a cigar.
|Camping out on the kitchen floor|
Ieuan ‘blending in’ at someone else’s birthday party. You have to love kids’ self confidence. Both Caitlin and Ieuan are happy, ‘take charge’ types. Long may it continue. I wouldn’t want them to become shy and retiring like their mother (stop laughing at the back)!
|Spiderman arrives at Hamleys, Cardiff|
Ah. The “Potato of Doom”. If Grayson Perry had produced this, nobody would be laughing I tell you. Suffice it to say Gregg and John would probably refuse to let me put the Masterchef apron on even for the first heat!
|The Potato of Doom|
Late parenthood is a brilliant excuse to relive your childhood. As you can see, Mat hated every minute. This was last summer in Cardiff Bay, after pizza, ice cream and two nausea inducing rides on the carousel. I love that carousel. It’s the only fairground ride you’ll get me on with the exception of junior roller coasters and ghost trains I LOVE ghost trains.
|Daddy & Ieuan on the helter skelter at Cardiff Bay, Summer 2014|
The Hobbis team. Nothing makes me happier. I sometimes look back on my days in marketing (over 20 years worth!) and wonder if I dreamed the whole thing. I’m certainly proof that your life can change for the better in the most unexpected and sudden of ways.
|The Hobbis Family|