• 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…

  • 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…

  • Big Clock

    When is the right time?

    Talk of babies is in the air, and as our social circle gets older, the talk of marriage and building a family is becoming a more popular topic of conversation, and the million dollar question, ‘when is the right time to have a baby?’ I’ve learnt that there is no single response to that, it all comes down to circumstance, but in my experience the initial answer is never. A baby entering your life rocks your world from the moment you find out they exist, and in that sense you are never really ready. But you can be prepared. As a society everything is now delayed a bit. The majority of us…

  • 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…

  • She’s On The Move

    I remember the first time Ivy showed proper hand eye coordination and picked something up. I remember tummy time and her frustration as she loudly shouted into the floor because she didn’t quite have the strength in her back and neck to lift her head of the ground. And I remember sharing her determination to sit upright on her own from lying on her back (she had more willpower to do sit-ups than I ever will). All of these milestones were exciting and seemed a gargantuan task that she slowly but surely overcame. ‘Where’s she gone?’ During those times that feel so long ago now, people would say “you wait…

  • 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…

  • The Need To Feed (Breastfeeding vs Bottle)

    Bottle or breastfeeding? That’s the age old question. It’s a question with no right answer and it’s that very statement that is the root cause of some stress in the lives of first time mum’s. This is a subject area that I have seen become the source of everything from casual discussion to heated debate and everything in-between. I find it quite surprising really, but as with a lot of things these days, despite it being your opinion, someone will view it as WRONG! My intention remains the same with this blog, speak about experience and hope that it can in some way or another help mum’s and dad’s go into…

  • 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…

  • An Honest View Of Labour: A Mum’s Perspective

    It was a complete mix of emotions being at the birth of Ivy, I was merely a helpless bystander, but what an experience it was! I’ve found that discussing the labour and the difference in our experiences has been amazing, eye opening and given me a completely new insight into our incredible day! For those out there interested in the details of labour from someone who has been through it first hand, I sat down with my fiance Meg and asked her a few of the all important questions. What were your plans for your delivery? I was never really bothered about having a set plan for birth. I’d decided…

  • What a Week It’s Been

    It’s been a whole week since little baby Ivy joined us and I simply cannot believe where the time has gone. Having spent two days in hospital for various recovery reasons, our time at home has gone by like a flash and I have enjoyed every. single. minute. It’s been tough, that was always an absolute given, but when you feel like you’re at your most tired, irritable and basically your whits end, everything is flipped on its head with one beautiful little smile, or the cutest sneeze you ever heard and the tiniest yawns that bring you right back to a state of absolute gratitude and delight that you…