Yes folks, today is Amy’s first birthday. What a long strange trip it’s been. A year ago, I still didn’t think I was ready to be a daddy. Many people had told me how having children changes your life, but I still didn’t understand. It’s probably impossible to understand, until you’ve experienced it for yourself, what it’s like to see someone who is (in a small way) part of you discover a new thing and take such pure innocent joy in it. It’s almost like being that joyful child yourself – a feeling most of us have lost and should treasure when we are privileged to experience it again.

So, Amelia Rose Darcy, I know you won’t be able to read this for many years, but I just wanted to say thanks. May every birthday make you as happy as you’ve made me.