Diafra Sakho has vowed to keep scoring the goals that
have fired West Ham United into the top five after winning
the Barclays Player of the Month award for October.
The Senegal striker has taken the transition from playing
with Metz in the lower divisions in France to the pace of
the Barclays Premier League in his stride with six goals in
his opening six starts in the competition to equal the
record set in 1992/93 by Coventry City’s Micky Quinn.
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I’ve got several friends who are expecting, or have recently welcomed, their first babies this year. Whenever I think of them, I have an instant flashback to my first week home with Claire, which is blurred at the edges with the ungodly sleep deprivation that comes with the gift of parenthood.
I would not say that I handled the adjustment well. I remember my mother-in-law calling me “unflappable,” and my own mother saying how wonderfully laid back I seemed, but this was either a great ruse on my part or it was simply their interpretation of what I remember as a feeling of utter overwhelm.
After talking with two friends this week who now live farther away from me than I would like, I was also reminded of the blessed kindness extended to me as a new mother. These two women – one, the mother of two, and the other…
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