• 12 Months In: The Job of a Lifetime

    If you were to read the job description for being a parent, how quickly would you apply? “This role requires you to work 7 days a week, regular overtime and weekend work with no salary. You will need a basic understanding of medicine, psychology, catering, accounting and the ability to manage multiple tasks at once. The environment you work in can be highly demanding and stressful, with customers often highly demanding and unforgiving. The intangible benefits are rewarding.” My fiancée and I both landed this role at 5:25am on the 11th June 2017. I have to say Meg worked a hell of a lot harder to be in the role…

  • Stop Pointing the Finger

    There’s enough evidence on the internet to demonstrate it’s not very wise to go on a blind rant and post it for the public to see. But my notes have taken a battering from my thumbs about a particular subject on this train home and I’m going to do it anyway, so bear with me. “Holly Willoughby sparks parenting debate after The Streets gig” is what I read on a well-known newspaper’s website last week. ‘What did she do?’ I thought to myself. Start a mosh pit? Do a Moss and get caught sniffing a suspicious substance? Get a tattoo of Mike Skinner’s name on her arse cheek? (The paper…

  • Social Media Is Like Nachos

    Sunday last weekend was like any Sunday. I woke up as late as Ivy would allow, drank some coffee with breakfast and went to the gym. Then it was the usual of cracking on with life admin you spend all week running away from, like going shoulder to shoulder with the public in the supermarket, and slowly chipping away at the washing mountain you’ve generated at home. Before you know it, the weekend is a blur and it’s almost time to face a new week. The difference with that Sunday was I seemed to have some time at the end of my day to actually relax, I know, it felt…

  • One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    On a daily basis I still have a few pinch myself moments that I’m responsible for another life. In fact I think a few people around me have the same. Not that I shouldn’t be responsible, but the fact that so much has happened in such a short space of time, it all feels a bit surreal. In fact a few weekend’s ago a friend of mine had mentioned she’d been reading my blog and said ‘I bet you didn’t think you’d be a dad, let alone writing about it’. And she was absolutely right, I didn’t. My decision to start writing about our experience as parents was primarily to…

  • Car Seat Upgrade – ‘Joie Spin 360’ Review

    Being a dad has taught me many things, one of which is that when you think you have enough equipment for your baby you either don’t, or you do and you need to update it within a few months anyway, normally due to the fact that your little one is not so little any more. Well we’re clearly feeding Ivy too much because she’s growing at an astronomical rate and because of that we recently bid a fond farewell to her first baby carrier. It served us more than well, allowing us to get her from A to B and providing her with those golden naps that could go uninterrupted…

  • Your Time or Mine

    Cast your mind back to the day you became a parent, whether it was last week, last month or a year ago. How did you feel? For me, the words emotional, anxious, worried, lacking in confidence, shitting oneself and tired (so very tired) all come to mind. Your world is rocked and life becomes your baby and your family, a little bubble that can’t be popped. Your only focus is getting to grips with your new world of nappies, feeding, sleeping and most importantly for your other half, recovering. As the initial weeks fly by, confidence grows. In our case we built the energy and confidence to walk round the…

  • Useful Items at 8 Months

    We’re 8 months into this whole parenting business yet I still find myself staring at Ivy, gobsmacked by the fact she’s real, and the fact she’s part of her mum and I. What surprises me most is how this life of parenting has become relatively normal (I use that term VERY loosely). It’s a new normal, nothing like we used to know – we now accept the fact that our living room will forever look like a post-apocalyptic Toys ‘r’ Us with Po from the Teletubbies as the key victim (that, and the sole of your foot). It’s also become normal to find nappy bags and spoons in a variety of items…

  • Oh, Sh*t We’re Responsible

    When I was 14 my friends and I used to jump off a bridge down at the local park into a 6 foot bush and record it, we thought we were cool and attempted to make our own version of Jackass. At 16 I got so drunk off Stella that I left the party I was at and fell asleep under a tree in the park next door. The best was at 17 when I threw a house party that got so out of hand it resulted in my neighbour bringing round ‘evidence’ of the night before in the form of cigarettes and beer bottle caps in a plastic bag…

  • Finish The Statement…

    Commuting long distance for work will teach you a lot about yourself. It’ll test your patience, bring out a taste in music that you never thought you had, and you’ll bounce between furious  driver always angry at the world, to a calm autopilot who has no recollection of how they got to work on an almost daily basis. Maybe that was just me. Aside from listening to everything from garage to heavy metal just to keep me awake, I stumbled upon podcasts (I was late to the party by about 5 years). I gave a few things a go like ‘My dad wrote a porno’ (highly recommend), some fitness podcasts…

  • Weaning

    So it’s time to think about weaning! I think about food 24/7. I’m constantly hungry and I’m a grump without it, so it only makes sense that our daughter is the same. I don’t have many babies to draw comparison, but it’s safe to say she has a decent appetite. At about 8 weeks it became apparent that Ivy wasn’t getting on too well with an ingredient in her formula. After a couple of doctors appointments and some blood tests it was likely that she was disagreeing with a specific protein and we were advised to try a prescribed and (of course) expensive formula. To our delight this worked and…