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Hi Kate, How is the first week of being a mother treating you? Has the health visitor been round yet? I remember worrying about whether to tidy up or not. What looks worse, a baby in a dirty house, or a mother who cares more about a clean house than she does about spending time with her new baby?

Well Kate, you are a mother and in your arms is your longed for baby. Congratulations. I’ve put together some top tips on how to cope in those first, precious days after giving birth.

So Thing-two is three. At her request, we organised a traditional party for her. We took her into town beforehand and let her try on every dress in the (sale) department of Debenhams, till she found one which was ‘twirly’ enough.

As it was her birthday I even gave in and let her get some party shoes that were obviously far too big.

The husband and I spent the week before working out how to make the party a success.

I had the privilege of attending Britmums Live last weekend. I did not know what to expect, who I would meet or what I would learn. I felt shy and self-conscious as I waited in the queue, thinking everyone was looking at me stood on my own.

So some clever neuroscientist may have discovered why toddlers do the same things over and over again, even when they are told not to, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail.

‘Dr Paul Frankland theorizes that ‘infantile amnesia’ is due to the rapid development of nerve cells in the hippocampus – the part of the brain that registers events and stores them as memories. Since neurons develop more slowly after the age of three, only then is a child is able to form and maintain long-term memories.’