Today I am pleased to announce some wonderful news, which I have had to keep secret since Christmas ~ a very difficult thing for me to do because I am so excited about it.
In mid August I am to be a grandpa again; this time to Selina's and Matt's baby. Selina is my beautiful daughter who is a school teacher.
Peter is son to Jonathan, Selina's younger brother by 10 years, and Lisa. So Peter will soon have a little baby cousin. I told him today he must look after him/her.
August will be a very special month for us because Jon and Lisa are getting married, so not only will they be husband and wife, they will be aunt and uncle, all in August.
I took all five out for a meal today so Selina could break the good news to Jon and Lisa. They were delighted and we celebrated in style.
I have a photo of the 12 week baby scan recently taken and the medical people seem very pleased with the progress of baby bump so far.
Here he/she is no doubt planning how he/she can twiddle grandpa round his/her little finger.
Meanwhile big cousin Peter goes from strength to strength. He is walking and running so I have to be on my toes on Thursdays and Fridays, when I look after him.
Here he is, having found an interesting cupboard in the kitchen. He immediately started a stock taking audit ~ the nosey little thing . . . lol
Ah . . . he seemed particularly interested in those tins of baked beans and handed me one, making very enthusiastic noises. So I duly obliged and he tucked into one of his favourite meals. So he was soon full of beans.
Earlier in the day he was seated in his high chair after breakfast.
Doesn't that melt you hearts, ladies?
Here he is giving his Fireman Sam a little cuddle. Such an affectionate little boy. Just prior to that he tried to feed Sam with a piece of apple.
I expect my dear departed wife, Maria, is looking down from heaven with a smile. I am sure she sprinkled a little stardust into Peter's soul, and no doubt she is having a say in making Selina's baby a little beauty as well. Nothing but the best for Maria.
And here are the proud soon to be parents, photographed on their wedding day in September 2013 when baby bump was just a twinkle in father's eye.
I am so proud of all of them and treat Lisa just like a daughter and Matt just like a son. Matt's mother has three grand children by Matt's two brothers and she is looking forward to her fourth, parented by our respective children. Sadly, she lost her husband six months after I lost Maria.