Saturday, 31 January 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
But on Saturday morning, it was an altogether more positive experience. We all went into the children's pool, it was warm and, most impressively, Jamie made a real effort to get into the spirit of the occasion.
The rest of us simply took it turns to put our hands under his chest whilst he let his arms and legs go at 16 to the dozen. After this success, Vanessa and I certainly don't intend to make him wait so long for his next dip.
Although Jamie was obviously too small to use them, Daddy was most excited at the prospect of trying out the two big water slides on offer.
I'm a bit of a sucker for a big water slide and have even been known, whilst on holiday, to elbow the odd child out of the way to get to the front of the line quicker.
Sebastian and I had several goes, taking it in turns to go on the "Black Hole" which was a lot faster than slide number two.
But after a while and although it was his turn to go on the "Black Hole," I thought it would be incredibly amusing to race Sebastian to the top of the stairs and try to get there before him.
That was until a particularly grumpy (and obese - sorry, I'm bitter) lifeguard shouted at me for running. Yes, in front of all the kids and the public gallery. Having no other option, I was forced to slow down to a walking pace, whimper an apology for my misdemeanour and quietly make my way up the steps with my head bowed.
Despite it being one of the most undignified and personally humiliating moments I can remember, Sebastian loved it and will no doubt wish to talk about the incident many times in the future. But surely that's what silly uncles - and daddies -are for.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Picking the name of your baby isn't easy - particularly if a boy pops out.
From our point of view, we didn't want to choose anything that might lead to him having a hard time at school (so speaks Barry White, by the way, so talk to me). Equally we didn't want it to be too dull.
And, six and a bit months in, we are still very happy with our choice. Yes, there is no shortage of little Jamies running around but I still think we found something of a gap in the market.
Or to put it another way, I don't think there are that many famous Jamies knocking about. Yes, we all know about Jamie Oliver. And any man who has seen the film Trading Places will be well aware of the existence of Jamie Lee Curtis (yes, a girl). But how many others can you name?
As it's late and I'm nice, I thought I'd save you the trouble of having to think to hard by providing a list of "famous Jamies" I found on'tinternet. And, as you'll see, there really aren't a lot, there are loads I certainly have never heard of and, crucially, there is no-one called Jamie White
So, if we do nothing else for the boy, at least Vanessa and I have given him a chance to make a name for himself.
* Jamie Bell, English pianist, singer, and songwriter, BAFTA-winning English actor
* Jamie Cook, guitarist for British indie band Arctic Monkeys
* Jamie Cope, English snooker player
* Jamie Carragher, English footballer for Liverpool Football Club
* Jamie Cullum, English pianist, singer, and songwriter
* Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress
* Jamie DeWolf, American slam poet
* Jamie Dornan, Northern Irish model, actor and musician
* Jamie Durie, Australian landscaper and television personality
* Jamie Farr, American actor
* Jamie Foxx, American actor
* Jamie Gold, American television producer and poker player
* Jamie Guzman, Dominican blogger and architect
* Jamie Harris, professional footballer
* Jamie Hewlett, comic book artist and co-creator of the band Gorillaz
* Jamie Hyneman, host of the show MythBusters
* Jamie Kane, a fictional UK pop star of an alternate reality game of the same name
* Jamie Kennedy, American comedian and actor
* Jamie Kennedy, Canadian chef
* Jamie King, British television actor
* Jamie Langenbrunner, American ice hockey player and captain of New Jersey Devils
* Jamie Lidell, English musician and soul singer
* Jamie Korab, Canadian curler
* Jamie McCrimmon, fictional character in Doctor Who played by Frazer Hines
* Jamie Johnston, Canadian actor
* Jamie McGonnigal, American voice actor
* Jamie Madrox, a fictional Marvel superhero, also known as Multiple Man
* Jamie Moyer, MLB starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
* Jamie Murray,Scottish tennis player,Wimbledon Doubles 2007 Champion
* Jamie O'Brien, American surfer
* Jamie O'Neal, Australian country singer
* Jamie O'Neill, Irish novelist
* Jamie Oliver, TV chef
* Jamie Redknapp, English footballer for the Liverpool football club
* Jamie Reid, American backstroke swimmer
* Jamie Rose, American actress
* Jamie Salé, Canadian figure skater
* Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
* Jamie Smith, cartoonist
* Jamie Lynn Spears, American Actress
* Jamie Spencer, Irish Jockey
* Jamie Stevens, German pop singer and songwriter
* Jamie Theakston, English television and radio presenter
* Jamie Thomas, skateboarder
* Jamie T, English musician
* Jamie Walker, MLB relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
I’m a total physical wreck after seven solid nights of even less sleep than normal, coupled with the obvious stress of watching a sick wife and child.
But, as I’ve said over the last couple of days, both are now much more like themselves and, given that I quite like them both, that can only be a good thing.
Tonight should hopefully be the calmest for a while – last night wasn’t calm by any means, but let’s not dwell – and tomorrow we’ll try and have some fun.
And, with the three of us due to attend one of Vanessa’s friend’s child’s first birthday party (that’s all I know), it should certainly be that (although possibly not deliberately).
Needless to say I’ll be reporting back.