• January 2019
    Fatherhood

    A Recap Of My January Goals

    January 2019 has been a very kind month to me for my blog. Since I’ve been putting the work in, I’ve started to notice a real difference. Hard work really does pay off. I still haven’t cracked the world of blogging, but I’ve certainly made a good start on improving it. Over the last month, I’ve tweaked over 80 blog posts, making them more SEO friendly. It has taken me hours and hours. This considering time is not always on my side. Let me remind you of what goals I set myself for January and whether I have met them or not. My January 2019 goals 500 page views on…

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    Fatherhood,  Relationships

    A Romantic Getaway In Chester

    A romantic getaway in Chester was just what Amy and I needed. A night away from the usual routine. No baby, no cooking, no washing up. A whole night to ourselves to do whatever we wanted. Without wondering who’s going to do the first get up in the night. We had each other’s full attention. Relationships can be hard to maintain when you have a child. We’ve found that out the hard way. It’s far too easy to lose focus of why you love each other. The little things that you once took for granted end up getting lost in the chaos that is parenting. One of the best ways…

  • Fatherhood,  Life

    10 Hopes I Have For My Child’s Future

    As a parent, we often think about how our children will turn out. We raise them in a way that reflects our own values and views, in a hope that they will grow up to be just like us. In some ways I would love for my son to be just like me, but in so many other ways I want him to be completely different. I’m going to be talking you through some of the hopes that I have for my son, Austin. 1. I hope he enjoys life I want Austin to get as much enjoyment out of life that he possibly can. That means exploring the world,…

  • Fatherhood,  Product Reviews

    Product Review: Ride on 123 Hauck Walker

    The Hauck walker was bought for us by my brother for Austin’s first birthday. I couldn’t wait to take it home and rip open the box to put it all together. I think I might have been more excited to play with it than Austin. Now that it has been tried and tested, I wanted to write up a little product review for anyone who is thinking of buying one. A lot of walkers only last a couple of months and then children grow too big for them, or they break from overusing them. There’s also the risk of your child taking a nose dive over the front of one.…

  • Fatherhood,  Relationships

    Relationships: Post-Baby

    Relationships are great at the beginning. You meet, get to know each other, fall in love, have fun, enjoy life. Then out of nowhere…OOPS…you have a baby. Your relationship will never be quite the same again. The romance will have to take a back seat whilst you spend your days with sick on your shirt and bags under your eyes. I’m going to take you through some of the inevitable changes that will develop after you throw a baby into the mix. Date Night Date night, aka Baby-Free Night. You dump the baby on the grandparents and head out into the wilderness. You are free for a couple of hours.…

  • Fatherhood

    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.…

  • flying with a toddler
    Fatherhood

    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 toddler? 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 done…

  • 1 year developmental review
    Fatherhood

    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’m not even sure that 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…

  • massaging a baby
    Fatherhood,  Product Reviews

    How To Massage A Baby

    Baby massage. As a parent you are often told that massaging a baby 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…

  • Fatherhood

    Help! My Baby Has Gone!

    My baby has disappeared. Gone. Never to be seen again. I miss the little guy, his tiny little feet, his little button nose. I remember the days when he would curl up on my chest and sleep for hours and hours without even a stir. If you’re reading this and suddenly starting panicking, you can relax. I haven’t managed to leave him sat in an ASDA shopping trolley just yet. Austin is safe and well, and asleep in his bed. The sleep part won’t last long mind. I’m actually referring to the fact that my son is no longer a little baby, but a little boy! An actual real life,…