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Catherine pregnant with Toby

This must have been right before Toby’s birth as Nonny is in this video, and she came to stay for a few weeks before Toby was due. Mike is filming; Anthony feels Catherine’s tummy, Louise came with Wallace; Abi and Alex are in the video too. (1 minute)…

Here I’m playing with Alexander. (1.5 minutes)…

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Louise with Wallace in 1999

Grandpa Gerry made this kennel out of cardboard for Wallace. (50 seconds)…

Louise sits Wallace on her lap in Grandma Paddy’s garden when they lived in Worsley. (1 minute)…

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Alexander at two and a half

Wallace jumps up at Alex and knocks him over. (20 seconds)…

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Toby at Camelot with Grandma Paddy and Grandpa Gerry

I think Catherine was away at a seminar, so I took my mum, dad and Toby (aged 2) to Camelot, a theme park near Preston. In this short, 2-minute video, you’ll see Toby on the tame Dragon roller coaster, and the log flume where we all get soaking wet!…

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Toby’s family tree

Toby created this family tree for a class project, which was put on a display board in the science room…

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Toby aged 2 (videos)

Here is Toby aged 2 with me asking him to perform for the camera to show what he can do!! Catherine is in the bedroom, having a shiatsu massage from our friend John Wilson…

Toby aged 2 in my parents back garden in Manchester, talking about the apples on the tree…

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Toby aged 8 months (videos)

My parents came back to the UK in March 2010 when Toby was seven months old. My brother Mike filmed this on Sunday, April 23 2000 when Toby was 8 months and crawling around.

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Toby is born (videos)

Here are some videos from long ago.

This first one is of Catherine and her mother, Barbara, on August 18, 1999, the day before Toby was born, several hours after her contractions had started. We had recently come back from a shopping trip to a local department store called John Lewis, where Catherine and walked around while she was wired up to a TENS unit to reduce pain. Catherine is sitting on the window ledge in the upstairs living room in our home in Stockport, England, at the time. You can hear Catherine’s mother in the background, before you see her towards the end of this clip…

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FaceTime on Anthony’s 50th birthday weekend

At the end of November 2011, my brother Anthony celebrated his 50th birthday. The extended family booked a cottage for the weekend. My brother Mike took along his iPhone 4S and Apple TV, and plugged this into the television there, so he could set up a FaceTime video call with me on his iPhone 4S which would throw the video onto the TV…

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