Ten Years Of Alice

Ten years ago today, to the very minute, I was giving my new baby daughter her first cuddle. She was wide-awake, staring around like a fierce, cross little owl. 'She's very alert, isn't she?' all the midwives said.

She was a Wednesday baby, and she has indeed at times been full of woe.

But she is tougher than she looks. She's survived being nearly starved in her first few weeks of life, almost drowned on Sorrento back beach, having half her teeth pulled out, allergic reactions to sunscreen and strawberries, and Michael almost backing the car over her just two days ago.

Happy birthday, my clever, brave, funny, contrary little girl.