• A Trip to West Midlands Safari Park

    I think it might be a sign of getting older, I’ve had too many heavy weekends, or I’m just becoming a boring bastard, but I now really look forward to weekends where we don’t have anything planned. The thing I forget is, long gone are the days where I can lie in until midday, have breakfast about 1 and play on my Xbox until the early evening without even an ounce of guilt entering my body. As parents we have to be on the ‘go’ 90% of the time and have a bit of a plan to do something. Meg’s a lot better at that than I am, so what…

  • Observations of a commuter

    Commuting seems to be a way of life now, for everyone. If, like me you don’t live in a city and the only local job prospects are a paper round or working at the local charity shop. Chances are you’ll be hitting the road early or catching a train. The town I’ve grown up in and now live in is probably most well known for its castle, but aside from that it’s a Scooby Doo background reel of Indian restaurants, opticians and pubs. Therefore my week days are spent packed in like sardines with the general public on the train hurtling towards civilisation. 2 years of using a train 5…

  • Spinning plates

    The A Word

    I’ve recently finished reading ‘Notes on a nervous planet’ by Matt Haig. A fantastic book about the modern world and how technology, social media and our ever busy environment is contributing to the increase in anxiety and stress in pretty much all of us. Whether it’s the fear of robots taking our jobs or the more simple reality of constantly being connected via social media, Matt talks about the need to switch off and advice on how to live a better life. I may have painted it out to sound like a self help book – to me it’s not. Instead it’s observations of the world from a man who…

  • BT Baby Monitor 6000 Review

    Big brother is watching you, or in this case, mum and dad from the comfort of their bed! Arguably one of the best gifts we were given when Ivy was born was her video baby monitor and ours recently packed in (RIP), putting us into a blackout for the first time in just under two years. To be fair, the old Vtech monitor we had was dropped, thrown and trodden on more times than I can remember, so it proved itself to be a solid product. You don’t ever get fully past the stage of wanting to check your little one is breathing every couple of seconds when they’re asleep,…

  • A weekend away in Edinburgh

    What if I said to you that you were getting on a flight, and for 48 hours your clothes would be free of weetabix, you wouldn’t have to lay a hand on a single nappy, and your ears would be free of the whimsical tunes of Moana and Frozen. It gets better, what if I told you a guaranteed lie in was on the horizon? Actual uninterrupted sleep and no thrown dummies for two. whole. nights. This is like parent dirty talk! Well I think I nailed it with the birthday present this year for Meg, because for her birthday weekend we left Ivy in the capable hands of my…

  • Will 3 become 4?

    Life as an adult is very much like being a permanent plate spinner. The metaphorical plates upon each stick can be anything from work commitments and deadlines, to home life, housework and doing your best to stay fit and active. If you pile parenthood into the mix, you can add plates of nappy changing, entertaining, food prepping, miniature clothes washing, crisis and tantrum averting, bathing, blah, blah, blah. It’s no wonder that at some stage a plate will fall and smash. At the moment plates are flying, work is busy, Ivy is growing and the prospects of looking for a family home are becoming very realistic, that in itself is more…

  • Dad In (Physical) Training

    Keeping active has always been high on my agenda. I’m pretty sure I have some form of low level undiagnosed ADHD. If I do, it would explain my need to be doing something, anything to entertain me at moments throughout the day. Now before you eye roll, I’m not saying my weekends are spent motivated, going on jolly hikes and forcing the family on long bike rides whilst wearing my lycra revealing all for the world and what they definitely don’t want to see. Believe me when I say I am more than happy vegging in front of the TV, on the sofa eating Doritos and judging people’s cooking abilities on…

  • Ivy in walking reins

    Tips for life with a baby on the move

    I wrote a blog a little while ago talking about how Ivy was well and truly a baby on the move. When I posted it, I got a few excited texts and messages asking if she was walking. I think I oversold the situation, Ivy was certainly well and truly taking her literal first steps to walking, but it was a combination of a few steps and then her hybrid crawl and foot drag she’d mastered. But she really was on the move. A baby’s first steps are always a milestone that every parent thinks of, and you want to make sure you are there for the very moment it happens. For the…

  • Ivy watching TV

    To TV, or not to TV: that is the question

    To TV, or not to TV: that is the question. Forgive my awful modern attempt at Shakespeare, but in this day and age similar questions are at the forefront of every parents mind. However, To iPad, or not to iPad didn’t quite have the same ring to it. One of the many great modern day debates of parents – how much time is too much time when it comes to your kids using technology in a world where tech is quite literally everywhere you look? Let’s firstly look at the key development stages of a baby/toddler in very unscientific terms:  Ball of squidge that can’t move without your help, cries,…

  • Preparing for parenthood: My recommendations

    Preparing for parenthood, at a high level, goes a bit like this; realise how much there is to learn and do, panic, do some research on the internet, buy loads of parenting books, read a load of scaremongering and science, panic some more, then find another parent to-be and realise you’re in the same boat and your panic settles somewhat. But really it’s still there bubbling under the surface. It’s kind of how this blog came about, I wanted to reduce the panic moments by sharing the good and the bad, the stress-worthy and non stress-worthy moments of preparing to be a parent. Now we’re on the “other side” of…