• 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…

  • Never Did We Ever

    Aside from our beautiful baby girl, there have been a lot of firsts for us this week. Here are a few things we never thought we’d be saying/doing/thinking. Never did we ever think… We’d be ready. Every bit of advice we ever received was right, you’re never FULLY ready to be a parent and that’s the nerve racking bit, but also the best part. Enjoy every new moment. We could get so excited about a trip to 24 hour Tesco. Cabin fever becomes very real and a trip out the house in any form is good for everyone. We’d find so much enjoyment in seeing a baby; sneeze, poo, wee…

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered

    Annnddd breathe. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here and the following will explain why. Forgive the extensive content but I sat in a hospital chair, sleep deprived in my adrenaline drained state, coming down from an indescribable experience and felt I couldn’t leave anything out. Hours blur into days and it becomes so easy to forget the little things so, a baby in one arm, phone in the other, I attacked the notes in my phone. It’s an overcast Saturday morning… Meg’s been showing signs the last few days that something is happening but it appeared it had just been ‘twinges’… I wake up having managed to…