I made birthday cakes for firstborn and third-and-final-son, who share a birthday. Malteser cake for third-and-final and a chocolate Guinness cake for firstborn. Both recipes came from Feast, by Nigella Lawson.

Son-in-the-middle has to wait for his birthday in March, and he is always very conflicted on the January birthdays. On the one hand, when he has his birthday he is the sole focus of attention, which makes him very happy, but on the other he has to cope with very little attention on that one day in January – and he’s not good with that.