Today was the day Charlotte and I got back out there, in the mix, and visited a children's centre for Busy Babies Group.
Ideal for Charlotte to meet all the other little ones out there of similar age, and not forgetting the grown ups to get a bit of adult conversation.
We arrived early and sat in the waiting room. After a few minutes I went through and thought: "Oh my god is this a waste of time? There are only a few here".
Charlotte started to get restless, and no sooner had we entered the room than she has done a 'number two.' Typical.
Oh well, went off to the baby changing room after doing my usual balancing trick with baby and changing bag.
I could have changed her in the room itself but I know how severe they can be, and did not fancy the embarrassment of it all going 'Pete Tong.'
More people had arrived, and to my astonishment there were two dads present with their little ones, so we parked ourselves next to them.
Charlotte loved every minute of it; babbling, squealing and playing treasure baskets. I got to talk to the other dads and one worked in a hospital and was on his last day of paternity leave, and the other is a deputy head of a primary school and on paternity leave until July.
We agreed how exhausting it can be and joked at the thought of going back to work for a rest. I have noticed others saying that, and how true it is.
An hour and half raced by and Charlotte was getting tired so time to go home. We said our goodbyes and Charlotte fell asleep in the car and at home for over two hours.
Are you on paternity leave too? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Knight is a 45 year old shipbroker from Ruislip, and married to Helen, who works for the same employer.
In July, 2012, their daughter Charlotte was born. Steve is now primary carer, on six months' paternity leave, while Helen has gone back to the office to support the family. They are expecting their second baby in the autumn.