Pick Me Up Special

The circle OF LIFE

Crying with happiness, my dad Dave, then 74, enveloped me in a hug. ‘Congratulations, love!’ he beamed.

‘Another baby in the family,’ my mum Sue, 68, joined in.

It was December 2018 and we were celebrating the news of my first pregnancy.

My partner Jonathan had a six-year-old son.

Our baby was the latest to join the Crease brigade.

See, I’m the youngest of eight.

That meant I’d already got 21 nieces and nephews, plus five great-nieces and nephews, too!

A huge, close family.

And Mum and Dad were always at the

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