• 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…

  • Nursery: The Good, The Bad and The Bugs

    The thought of sending your daughter or son to nursery is one of mixed emotions, just like everything seems to be as a parent. One minute you want to spend every second with them, squidging chubby cheeks and hearing their amazing little laugh. The next they’ve just thrown weetabix AKA the closest thing to cement across the room, hitting everything possible including the dog, and you’re suddenly keen to offload them to anyone that will have them. Nursery is a huge consideration. You may have days where the words “I wish I just had some bloody time to myself” come all to easily, but when the reality strikes to hand…

  • 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…

  • Work (Baby)life Balance

    Unfortunately paternity has to come to come to an end, and life as a functioning adult has to resume. Monday’s aren’t great as they are, throw in having to leave your little one and your partner every time and they become a steaming pile of rubbish. I’m 2 weeks back into work and it’s given me enough of a taster to comment on what life is now like with a baby and managing work at the same time. Leaving the house Becomes almost impossible. She turns on the cuteness and I pretty much have to drag myself out the door. Sleep No change here. I’m getting less of it. I…

  • Leaving The House

    British “summer” is finally here and we’ve finally got a bit of good weather, it’s inconsistent but at least there’s some sun! The early days of wanting to remain within the confines of our own 4 walls have passed and our desire to get back to some kind of normality and venture out into the big, bad world with Ivy has grown too much to ignore. Taking it easy We took baby steps ourselves. First it was a midnight trip to have a stroll around Tesco, then a trip into town for coffee. We’ve recently upped our game and managed to make it through a wedding and a bbq, one…

  • Beers, Babies and Balance

    As fairly ‘young’ parents, it’s not such a surprise that a lot of our close mates are still very much career focused or beer focused (mostly beer). And that’s exactly where we’d be if we weren’t having a baby – out most weekends, waking up and wondering where all our money has gone, a thumping head and a sofa reserved for the following day. Do we miss doing that? Sometimes, will we do it again? Absolutely, do we love the life we’re building at the moment? You’re too bloody right we do. You see, this little human joining our world is an absolute bonus to an already pretty enjoyable life…

  • Let’s Talk About Pets

    Let me introduce you to Archie and Indie     Archie  Breed: Cocker Spaniel Age: 6 Neediness: 100/10 Friendliness: 100/10 Notes: Lovely lad but sees himself as the baby of the family. He quite literally holds on when you pick him up. Also doesn’t mind a bit of dressing up!         Indie Cat (if you couldn’t tell) Age: 3 Neediness: 2/10 Friendliness: 10/10 Notes: Mostly concerned about food, brings dead animals home, happy to be picked up and played with and is the reason I now like cats.         (butter wouldn’t melt, right?) These little lads are a genuine joy to live around, really entertaining and only annoying 5% of the time. As you…

  • She’s Off The Booze

    So this is it, so long Prosecco, goodbye cosmopolitans, au revoir tequila. Until we meet again. For my fiance the parting moments from alcohol weren’t emotional, quite the opposite. In her own words “I don’t particularly like drinking. I just like being drunk”. You see when you handle hangovers like she does, saying goodbye to the very cause of that pain isn’t so hard to do. A friend can sniff out a sober mate from a mile away and it just so happened we had more parties in the first three months than we have in this whole pregnancy, and as you know keeping it hush in those 12 weeks…

  • Our House is a Building Site!

    Our living situation for the last year or so has been very much ‘modern family’, and by that I mean we’ve moved in with my fiances parents. Originally it was a short term move, to get the money together for a deposit on a house, but little baby girl kindly made an appearance in the tummy and now we’re here for a little bit longer. Side note: In-laws, if you’re reading this, I’ll never be able to thank you enough, seriously! We moved into an annex style studio at the side of the house, let’s call it a pimped out granny flat. When we realised the space we’d need when…

  • How Much?!

    …A phrase you’ll get used to. It may just be my fiancé but it seems she’s been far more switched on about the price of baby products than I have. That seems to have been the case for the majority of the pregnancy process and this whole motherly second nature thing she has going on. It’s easy to go into panic mode and think it’s time to buy everything and get it done. But don’t. There’s no harm in browsing, but all this “stuff” is going to do is take up space when you have a long time to go. You’re going to have to make some hefty investments over…