A year on and I’m loving fatherhood with Freddie

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I know it’s the oldest cliche on the planet, but when I tell you that on Saturday our son Freddie will be a year old, you’ll agree that time flies.

When I see him today and reflect on his first two weeks of life, I cannot be happier.

As a father, the sense of pride I get when we go out and he’s receiving plenty of attention, with his beaming smile, blue eyes and wavy blonde hair, is huge

It was any new parents’ worst nightmare to see their newborn baby sedated in an incubator.

To think he was blue-lighted to the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton and we spent the rest of that fortnight living in the ICU ward with him.

It seemed we had many hurdles to climb to have Freddie and then for him to be seriously ill with a blood platelet issue was devastating.

Thankfully this was eventually resolved as his body started making his own platelets and Sarah’s, which were of a different, rare type, were naturally flushed away.

We were so thankful to whoever had given blood, as without those three transfusions I really don’t know where we would be.

We really have been blessed with Freddie. For a start, he is such a happy little boy.

He’s generous with his smiles to everyone, has slept through the night since he was three months old and plays as happily on his own as with other babies.

As a father, the sense of pride I get when we go out and he’s receiving plenty of attention, with his beaming smile, blue eyes and wavy blonde hair, is huge.

So the first year has been brilliant. What about the next year? Well, things will change.

He’s crawling and wanting to walk. Door guards are up and anything at floor level has been removed.

He’s very vocal, but how long before ‘da, da, da’ and ‘nnaaah’ are replaced with ‘no’!

Maybe we will be lucky and the terrible twos will be a walk in the park? I certainly cannot wait to take him to Privett Gardens for our first kickabout.

His first Pompey kit is ready and waiting...

All in all, I’m loving fatherhood and being a hands-on dad.

Changing nappies and having a boys’ morning out are sheer bliss.