• Parenting,  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.…

  • Parenting

    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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    Parenting

    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…

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    Parenting

    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…

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    Parenting,  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…

  • Parenting

    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,…

  • single parenting
    Parenting

    My Week as a Single Parent

    Recently I learnt the challenges of single parenting. 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 seek out a wife…

  • Accident and Emergency
    Life,  Parenting

    Austin’s A&E Scare

    Every parents worst fear is that their child will end up in Accident and Emergency. 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…

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    Life,  Parenting

    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. Feeling guilty is something we all experience. Here’s my story. Guilt is something that every single parent will go through at some stage. Nobody warns you beforehand how difficult parenting is going to be. 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. This is completely natural. Men generally find it difficult to open up about their feelings. I want…

  • parenting expectations
    Parenting

    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. Here are some parenting expectations compared with the reality that actually follows.   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…