I can honestly say I was overwhelmed that so many of you chose to write your comments to me after reading about Tom.
I received over 200 cards and letters from QVC viewers following Tom's birth. I still have them – they did and still do bring me comfort. I didn't expect such a wonderful response from so many of you following my story last week. It has lifted me to know that you care about Tom and indeed about my family.
Many of you actually thanked me for sharing my thoughts and I must return the favour as it is both humbling and heartening to have read your words. So many of us are living different lives than we had thought or planned, and yet the incredible riches we have are such a reward for the heartache and uncertainties.
We had a fun-filled birthday – Tom delighted us with his new found seriousness which of course is part and parcel of becoming eight! Mind you, the teenage style attitude which also popped up during our lovely visit to Aldeburgh was not our most favourite new trait…luckily short lived!
Poor Dan was rather exhausted retrieving Tom from his exuberant marching-off moments down the beach… I tell you, never underestimate how much beach an eight-year-old can cover in a matter of minutes!
For Tom the highlight of his birthday was his party. 12 eight-year-olds, plus my three – thank goodness the sun shone. I actually think it was one of the best parties we've done (though I say so myself). We went back to tradition with pass the parcel, a treasure hunt, dressing-up races and blindfold tasting (though the mustard and marmite may have been a little mean of me!)
Tom was thrilled, as was I to see him playing properly alongside his lovely little classmates. I think as each birthday looms I revisit those early emotions, particularly so this year as I'd written my story for you. Yet, surfacing on the other side, I'm so pleased to see for myself just how far we have come…
To those of you who responded and also to those of you who just took some time to read my words, from my heart I thank you,