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Pregnancy Pitfalls (Fatherhood Series - Part 5)

Pregnancy Pitfalls (Fatherhood Series - Part 5)

'Pregnancy had some interesting side effects. Without going into too much detail, I’d never been more attracted to my wife. She looked stunning. Pregnancy suited her big time............ I’ve heard people refer to a person ‘glowing’ when pregnant. I think I finally got it, ‘glowing’ is fancy speak for really hot. She was glowing. But be warned, unsolicited approaches can be met with fierce rebuffs. It’s nature’s cruel joke

Preparing to be Unprepared (Fatherhood Series - Part 4)

Preparing to be Unprepared (Fatherhood Series - Part 4)

In hindsight, you can’t ever be fully prepared for the arrival of your first baby. You’ll read loads of advice about getting ready, what you’ll need and how to prepare. Take around 70% of that and just scrap it.

Spreading the News (Fatherhood Series - Part 3)

Spreading the News (Fatherhood Series - Part 3)

So, the big news is in your lap. You’ve spent the last few days in a trance as your mind scrambles to regain its composure. Back to normal (ish), your news is all of a sudden burning a hole in your pocket. You’re desperate to tell someone, anyone.

“I’m pregnant” | The 3 Stages of Understanding (Fatherhood series part 2)

“I’m pregnant” | The 3 Stages of Understanding (Fatherhood series part 2)

Like a child, whenever somebody shouts my name I assume I’m in trouble. So, when my wife called me into the living room, I was instantly tense.

‘She’s spotted the spaghetti stain on the carpet’ I thought to myself as I trudged to the couch.

She didn’t look mad, but that could have been a smokescreen. I’ve fallen for that one before.

Fatherhood (Part 1)

Fatherhood (Part 1)

For me, fatherhood spelled fear.

I’d always known my partner wanted children. I locked that knowledge away in my mind, filed under ‘Distant Concerns’. The idea brought up too many issues, too many worries which I was afraid to face head-on. So away they went.

For years I was able to dodge the subject while we got our ducks in a row. The timing had to be perfect. Stable relationship, check. Good jobs, check. Own home, check. The ducks were forming an orderly line. Damn ducks.

Sleep

Sleep

Before I had children I loved sleep, like, REALLY loved sleep. Nothing can truly prepare you for your first baby and as we muddled our way through the first few weeks with our newborn and very little sleep we were assured this was normal. Throw in colic and reflux over the next few weeks and the sleeping (understandably) didn’t improve.

The Alternative Baby Milestones

The Alternative Baby Milestones

The day your baby rolls over for the first time, their first word, their first steps – these things are mind-blowingly amazing moments that will stay with you as a parent forever, and if you’re anything like me you’ll want to shout about them from the rooftops. But what about the other milestones? Those defining moments that leave you thinking, “Woah, this parenting lark just got real.”?

Dreams Really Do Come True

Dreams Really Do Come True

As we all gathered around the candle-lit cake and joyously sang happy birthday to my now one year old, I could feel the tears spring to my eyes. Desperately trying to hold them back, I continued to sing merrily with the crowd and encouraged her to blow out the candle

Any Signs?

Any Signs?

So, I'm 40 weeks +12 days.

What's gone wrong? Why isn't baby here? Did they not get the memo?

Plans have been made round this date! I've wasted a month of maternity leave and i'm going to have no time with the baby

The 10 stages of teething every parent goes through

The 10 stages of teething every parent goes through

You know those people who say, ‘cherish every moment of parenthood’? You’ve got to love their positive outlook on life, but when you’ve got a teething baby it’s tempting to bash them over the head with a saucepan. Fun, it ain’t – but there’s no getting away from the fact that your baby is going to grow teeth. Just remember, you’re not alone

From spreadsheets to sing-a-longs

From spreadsheets to sing-a-longs

“Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them...”

Little Bo Peep may have lost her sheep but I as sang the words I felt like I’d lost my identity and the familiar life I knew and loved.

It was Monday morning at 12noon. I was sitting, completely makeup less in the local library surrounded by babies, toddlers and their mums.

Bells and Bumps

Bells and Bumps

I’ve been an avid fitness follower for many years now, however I only fine-tuned and focussed properly on the results I wanted in the last 10 years or so. When I started my fitness journey I was in my mid- twenties and driven by my desire to shift the spare tyre that had appeared around my mid-section over the last couple of years
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