I don’t know what the experiences of other parents are, but I do know that nothing truly prepared me in advance for the amazing changes that parenthood brings. I knew it would be different, but I failed to realise how profoundly and completely different things would be from then on. For me, it was like opening a door to another world, or of suddenly being able to see a colour I never knew existed. It has been a wonderful, terrifying, exhilarating, awful, awesome journey into a strange country – but a journey with the benefit of a map. Not only that, but I had to pick up the language and customs as I went along. Nothing has ever been the same for me again.