1. To send a grumpy, squirmy early morning Alec off to "Knock-knock Daddy door."
2. ...half an hour later Nick brings a grumpy, squirmy Alec right back again because only mummy will do.
3. Now I'm not nursing every five minutes I can wear a jumper again -- this is a cashmere one, the colour of peanut butter. It's the softest, warmest, lightest thing I own and it was £4.50 in a charity shop (it had moth holes that needed a quick repair).
PS: If you're Christmas shopping for a difficult writer, poet Sarah Salway now has special presents available in her Etsy shop .