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    Our Trip To Mallorca

    It’s time to share the story of my family’s first ever holiday! It isn’t the first holiday that we booked however. Just over a year ago Amy and I planned to go to Morroco on an adults only holiday. Sea, sun and suspiciously bad suntan lines. So why didn’t we make it on that particular holiday? One simple reason…one very strong and determined swimmer. I’d only gone and knocked Amy up 9 months before we were due to go away. This would have made her due date scarily close to the time we were planning on being sat beside a pool drinking cocktails. That was the end of that one.…

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    Flying With A One Year Old

    Flying has got to be the best method of transportation to arrive to your holiday destination. Having said that, have you ever tried flying with a small child? I hadn’t until very recently. I took my one year old son on a two hour flight from Manchester to Mallorca. The shortest flight time that we could find! If you are also thinking of getting on a plane with a small child then let me share a few tips to make your journey that little bit easier. I must point out however, the results may vary. No Nappy Disasters Make sure your child’s nappy is on correctly. This one can be…

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    Austin’s 1 Year Review

    Austin is now ONE YEAR OLD! How on earth did that even happen?! The last I remember he was a tiny dot that I could fit in the palm of my hand. I now need a lie down every time I pick him up he’s that heavy. I haven’t quite got my head around the fact that I am the father to a one year old. I don’t even think I have my head around being a father yet. The time has gone far too quickly and I can’t see it slowing down any time soon. I’m going to be giving an update on exactly how Austin is doing now…

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    Baby Massage

    Baby massage. As a parent you are often told that baby massage is the way forward. It calms your baby, you create a deeper bond with your baby and your baby will love it. Shame nobody told Austin this. Austin came home from nursery a few weeks ago with a ‘Baby Massage Goodie Bag’ full of baby massage essentials. I decided to give it a try. The bag includes: Sunflower oil (apparently the best oil to use for baby massage) A towel A booklet displaying exactly how to do each massage technique A leaflet full of massage routines I knew that trying to massage Austin was going to be an…

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    My Week as a Single Dad

    Recently I learnt what it was like to be a single parent. No Amy hasn’t traded me in for a younger and slightly less tired model. Not yet anyway. I’ve recently put a ring on her finger so there’s no chance of that now. Smart I know! Part of Amy’s job as a prison officer means that every 16 weeks she works a week of night shifts. This would strike the fear into any Dad. Men cannot survive without a woman there to tell them exactly what to do and when to do it. When we are younger it’s the job of our mothers. Then when you get older you…

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    Austin’s A&E Scare

    Every parents worst fear is that their child will be unhealthy. You worry about it all through the pregnancy and then once they are born, you take all the necessary precautions to make sure they are free from harm. So when a 111 call resulted in an ambulance turning up outside our apartment building, our whole world stopped dead in it’s tracks. Austin had been suffering with a chesty cough and a cold for about 4 days, when we thought enough was enough. We took him to the doctors to get checked out, and everything came back okay. His chest was clear and we were told that he just had…

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    Dad’s Guilt

    This is a post that was written as a guest post for the lovely Jemma and her blog. She has very kindly allowed me to post it on my own blog too. Guilt is something that every single parent will go through at some stage. Nobody warns you beforehand how difficult parenting is going to be, and the reality of the challenge can hit parents hard. As a Dad I have experienced many of these situations where I’ve felt guilty and have doubted myself, but it’s completely natural. Men generally find it difficult to open up about their feelings but I want every Dad out there to know that feeling…

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    Parenting: Expectation vs Reality

    Babies really aren’t advertised very well are they?! You think you are getting a well behaved, sweet and innocent little baby, whereas the reality is very different. You may think you know what’s in store, let me tell you, nothing can ever prepare you for what’s to come. I’m going to be divulging into what parents think will happen compared to the complete chaos that actually happens.   Birth Expectation: You pack a bag and head for the hospital. The traffic is on your side, and you arrive at the delivery suite in plenty of time. A midwife is waiting for you and ushers you into a quiet room where…

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    The Bedtime Routine – Tips To Taking Back Your Sleep

    Getting your baby to bed (and staying there) can be one of the most challenging parts of parenthood. When you’ve had a particularly hard day the last thing you want is for a disrupted night with very little sleep. It’s going to make you cranky, which will result in a very cranky baby. Not so fun! I’m going to give a little insight into how I have taken action in attempting to create some sort of routine for my baby. I will warn you, these tips won’t work for every child, and probably won’t always work for me, but we can always dream…when we finally go to sleep. Create a…

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    Why Is My Baby Always Crying?

    When you are a new parent and you bring home your brand new baby, you would expect that it’s all fun and games from here on in. You’ll be spending your days playing with them and making so many beautiful memories. Wrong. Being a parent is bloody hard work and it’s not always going to be as glamorous as first expected. There’s going to be times when you doubt yourself and times when being a parent is just too much to cope with. I’ve been through these feelings all in the first 3 months of my little boy being born. With Austin, we have been faced with so many problems.…