Travel

Going to America

Meg and I have been trying to make the best use of Meg’s maternity by travelling to America. We always meant to go. We never got to go travelling years ago when we said we would. When I say ‘we’ I actually mean Meg. Travelling was part of Meg’s life plan, as was getting married …

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Fatherhood

Our Birthing Story

After I started writing this blog, my partner Meg wanted to record the story of Noa’s birth, so we don’t forget it. These are Meg’s words. Meg wanted to tell people about a positive birthing story So here is my birth story. Why would I want to re-live this you might ask. Why write it? …

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Relationships

Going on Autopilot

When Meg was pregnant, everyone used to tell me that our lives were about to change. And our lives did change, obvious to say. Adding Noa to the mix has added extra texture to our lives. What starts off as the duty of keeping your child alive, soon turns into a forever unfolding story as …

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Incapacitation

When Noa decides she doesn’t want to sleep in her bed, someone needs to be her bed. Some poor soul needs to lie still, incapacitated for hours while she catches a few hours kip. One day, I am expecting to walk into the living room and find Meg reduced to a pile of bones from …

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Relationships

It’s the little things that matter

Even though this blog is primarily about my bumpy journey into parenthood, it has also developed into a reflection of my relationship to my lifelong partner and wife, Meg. Being typically male, I don’t talk about my feelings as often as a should. I tend to wrap things up or ignore subjects when they might …

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Snot funny

The three Ps Everyone warned me about the three Ps of parenting; piss, poo and puke. I never got the memo about the snot. Since Noa has been born, she’s never been snotty. Three months have passed with only the odd bogey rearing its head through Noa’s tiny nostrils. These bogeys were solid, easy for …

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Fatherhood Travel

Time for car sleep

Those eyes, wide, tearful and unrelenting. Noa’s been staring and crying at me for two hours now. It’s like she’s able to bore into my soul, leaving me with a whimpering emptiness. I know she’s tired, we timed the journey to perfection so she would be. There’s no excuse for this situation; we did everything …

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A steep learning curve

Meg has done a great job with Noa, getting her into a good sleeping pattern. She has spent three months crafting a perfect day routine for getting Noa to sleep as painlessly as possible. Today, I ruined that pattern. I tried to step in when Noa was stirring only to wake her. The Superdad vision …

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Getting to know Noa, learning to be a father

Once your baby is born, it takes time to get to know each other and bond. Those initial weeks off were vital for us to do so. Besotted from the word go After Noa was born, Meg, my wife, was besotted with her. She spent the first few hours just staring at her. Meg already …

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First day at home

Noa was born at 1.31am, but it took until 3pm for us to get out of the hospital and on our way home. Both of us were exhausted, (especially Meg) and quite overwhelmed. I had had a few hours sleep, whereas Meg was almost delusional with tiredness. Leaving the hospital It is a strange experience …

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