• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Three Men & A Baby

    If you’d told me two months ago that I was going to be left alone with Ivy for 24 hours, I’d have run for the hills. Nothing against Ivy, she’s the best, but the thought of being the sole responsibility of a 2 month old baby would have been a petrifying thought! This weekend Meg went away with some friends to Manchester. We had a week of umming and ahhing from Meg… Does she go? doesn’t she go? Can she be away from the baby? We both went to a wedding last weekend and after a drink it was evident we could actually enjoy a night away, so she had…

  • FFOMO (Father’s Fear Of Missing Out)

    Paternity leave feels like a lifetime ago, yet peeling myself away from Meg and Ivy every morning is no different to the very first time. It’s still bloody impossible. I feel for the men out there that get no paternity leave at all, I also envy those out there that manage to bag themselves more than 2 weeks. Make the most of it fellas! The reason it’s so difficult is a lot is starting to happen in a day, not even a full day, a WORKING day. She’s growing, smiling, trying to laugh, making eye contact, chatting, wriggling… you name it, she’s doing it. What’s worse is there’s nothing I…

  • 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…

  • Our First Week Lifesavers

    The first week has been challenging and brought us both a lot more highs than lows, but during those stressful moments we’ve had a few items to hand that have been absolutely invaluable to ease the load. Poddle Pod  The Poddle Pod is an absolute  beauty  and has changed nap time for the better. Ivy will sleep just about anywhere, but the four walls of this napping pod give us confidence when we need a hands free moment that she can lie down without wriggling free. I’m still trying to find an adult sized one for our tired moments. Muslin Cloths These were one of the items I thought we’d gone overboard…