Fatherhood

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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Introducing Noa

I am pleased to introduce Noa Florence; she was born at 1:31 on 29th October weighing 6.8 pounds. I have been talking about becoming a father for six months now. Today is the first legitimate post I get to write as an actual father! Meg did a fantastic job giving birth to Noa; the whole …

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Childbirth horror stories
Fatherhood

Childbirth horror stories

This week three women informed me of their childbirth horror stories as soon as they heard my wife was pregnant and getting close to our due date. As I listened to each story playing out, I couldn’t help thinking is this meant to make me feel good about my wife going into labour. I was …

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Waiting for labour to begin
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Waiting for labour to begin

Today I was travelling to see a friend for his 30th Birthday when I realised I need to start considering my travel plans for the foreseeable future. We are waiting for labour to begin as our baby’s birthing window is officially opening in 6 weeks. The probability might be small, but my wife could prematurely …

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fat dad
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I don’t want to be a fat dad

I don’t want to be a fat dad. This sentence might sound obvious, but it is something I think about often at the moment. A love of food Nothing makes me happier than pizza, croissants and muffins over a weekend. When I get stressed, I sometimes gorge on sugary stuff I find in the fridge. …

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Emotionally unprepared for childbirth
Fatherhood

Emotionally unprepared for childbirth

I will be the first one to admit that I am emotionally unprepared for childbirth and the experience of the labour process. I don’t think anyone can be for their first child. Yes, I roughly understand the procedures, the process and our roles, but this is very different to physically going through the motions. I …

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preparing for labour
Fatherhood

Preparing for labour

Last night my wife’s stomach held a little samba party as our baby wriggled and kicked as it prepares to see the light of day. It is at this moment I realised I don’t have much time left before everything changes. It’s about time we started preparing for labour. The baby is due in a …

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Shared perental leave
Fatherhood

Shared Parental Leave

Paternity leave is terrible The UK statutory two-week Paternity period is inadequate. You get the equivalent of a yearly holiday to acclimatise to the biggest change in your life, only to return to work and carry on as normal. I can’t be the only one who feels that arriving back to work after two weeks …

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