I am sure that my sons will forgive me (just!) if I say that I believe grandchildren are even better than children.
Having 20 months or so ago become a grandad for the first time, I have since realised that, provided you play your cards right, you get all the great bits about a baby with the added bonus that you can swiftly hand him back to mum and dad when the going gets tough!
Seriously though, I think my grandson is the cutest kid on the planet and undoubtedly possesses the cheekiest grin.
Exactly the same feelings of course as any grandad or nanny, or mum and dad will have. So we are sure that the entries will continue to arrive for our popular Baby of the Year contest, which is now up and running for this year.
Last year’s winner, Eddie Orsmond, is already one of the entrants again for 2012 and there are lots more cute pictures arriving at The News Centre.
A reminder that entry to the competition is free and our photographers will be at Asda Gosport from today until Saturday July 21, at Asda Fareham from Monday July 23 until Saturday July 28, at Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road, Portsmouth, on Thursday July 26 and Friday July 27 and at Tesco North Harbour from Monday August 6 until Saturday August 11. All shoots are from 10am until 4pm.
The competition is open to those aged up to five years old and the winner will receive a seven-night family holiday at Pontins plus a trophy.