I am alone. I lie here, listening to the whistling of the wind, hardly daring to move. Listening for the sound of the approaching storm I know is coming. I am alone and no one is here to save me when the inevitable maelstrom surrounds me and threatens to engulf me. I shove a forkful of last night's pasta in my mouth, mindful that my night could well be about to get much worse. Its bitter taste does nothing to sooth my concern. I shiver - is it the cold or the thought of my impending trauma? It could be either. Such responsibility on my young shoulders. It is the sternest test of my skills. I have thought long and hard about the gear I would need for tonight's examination and settled on the mainstream - no risks to be taken - lightweight is, tonight, not an option. I am all-in for belt-and-braces.
Tommee Tippee Sterilser - about a kilo
Tommee Tippee bottles and slow-release teats - 55g each - I have four, just enough to see me through the night
Tommee Tippee bottle warmer - essential kit - warm food in 5mins - better than any canister stove
Tommee Tippee Orthodotic pacifer - a last resort - 22g
Several muslins - breathable mouth cleaning, there can be no other choice
Moses Basket - Mamas and Papas - good down to -10C if it's in a warm room
Several babygrows by TU (Sainsbury's) and Mothercare - cotton, not Gore-Tex
Merino Wool (just kidding, normal wool) blanket - by ... Mrs M's knitting needles
Yes, the storm is coming and I am alone. For the first time I have no one next to me, and a small tornado lies currently dormant upstairs, ready to awaken at any moment. I know not, right now, if the kit I have chosen is up to the task...