For Dean Lewington, his 14th season as an MK Dons player has been like no other.
Reason being, the Club stalwart is now a father after he and his partner Gemma welcomed a baby daughter - Willow - to the Lewington family during the summer.
“It was an amazing feeling when she was born,” he told REDDOT in a Family Fun Day exclusive.
“I’m really enjoying being a father and I’ve loved the last four-and-a-half months. It’s very tiring but most of the time it is extremely rewarding.”
So how has Lewington coped with the demands of training and being a parent?
“It has been difficult at times but we are really lucky that mine and Gemma’s family are able to come round and help.
“Obviously I want to be there as much as I can, especially in these early days when they grow up so quickly, but at the same time I don’t want to jeopardise what I’m doing with my job – it’s about finding that balance.”
You can read the full interview with Lewington on his new arrival and the season so far in the Oldham Athletic edition of REDDOT which will be available from the Club Superstore priced at £3.