Breastfeeding vs formula feeding

Breastfeeding: Breast is best, but don’t be a tit about it!

Breastfeeding is heavily championed by parenting groups and medical professionals. It's a subject of huge controversy and I've seen close friends at each other's throats discussing it. Breastfeeding is up there with religion when it comes to causing arguments and woe betide anyone who uses the internet to discuss it. Well buckle up folks, I'm opinionated and brazen enough to say what I think on the matter, from public breast feeding to the use of formula... (more…)

Sleeping on teddy

“Sleep is for the weak!” – my daughter’s sleep pattern

It's a curious thing - we crave, seek and pursue sleep but it's essentially "dead time". We don't remember doing it but it takes up a third of our lives. If we don't get enough of it we act like an arse and if we neglect it completely we just die. So why has mother nature decided that a newborn baby - something that takes a huge amount of concentration just to keep alive - will rob you of all but an hour's kip here and there?! (more…)

The Walking Dead Season 7

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 review

What the hell did I just watch? I started The Walking Dead Season 7 debut episode feeling morbidly excited and saying "ooh I wonder who it is that got killed?". By the time the credits had rolled I felt sick, shocked and I had that fight-or-flight response I very rarely get. I blame fatherhood for making me such a wreck with things like this now. Anyway, here are my thoughts on it...***SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 7 EPISODE 1*** (more…)

Autumn activities

Kate says: 10 things to do this autumn and Halloween

Apparently summer is over and autumn is here now, meaning Halloween is just round the corner. The change in season brings with it a shed load of activities. In the interest of remaining the HONEST father, I have to say I'm pretty rubbish at planning activities! Therefore my Fiancé, Kathryn, has written up a top 10 list of things to do this autumn. As a thank you she's been granted her own category on the blog, "Kate says", so keep an eye out for more... (more…)

Makeup

My 6 minute makeover and 16 year worries

I recently watched Honest Mum's live Facebook feed on how she applies her makeup (no it doesn't apply to me, but her videos are good to watch anyway!). It struck me that it looks like a very hard skill to master, and that I should at least try it once in my lifetime. Don't pretend you haven't thought the same guys. Anyway, the idea evolved into having Evelyn put makeup on me. The results were interesting... (more…)

Early labour – a watched clock

The due date had arrived - and passed. In fact 10 days had passed and there was still no sign of baby making an appearance. Who the hell did she think she was? I'm at risk of having to return my Costco flowers here so we have fresh ones when we take you home. Time for a hospital visit so we can pick the lock on that cervical vault and maybe speed this up a bit... (more…)

Costco – Evelyn’s biggest portaloo

Evelyn was invited to a fancy dress party last week with the theme of Pirates and Fairies. Perfect timing as her latest obsession is the 1953 version of Peter Pan, which obviously portrays both of these professions. After conceding that a pumpkin costume was not a valid option, our toddler decided that she'd like to be a pirate. "Great" I thought - Costco have some pretty decent pirate costumes in right now, let's go! "Do you need the toilet before we go?" I asked. "No" she lied. (more…)

Indecent(ish) Proposal – proposing when she’s pregnant

We were pregnant, that much had sunk in. The idea of being a father had filtered through the layers of sediment and rock that was my reluctance to initially grasp it. The enriched product being bottled at the source was my excitement at becoming a dad. With that now settled, I could return to my task of organising my proposal - something I had planned to do before we even found out we were pregnant. (more…)

Liftoff in T Minus 9 Months

Well the 50 megaton bomb had well and truly been dropped on me. My girlfriend of 6 months was pregnant! I hadn't seen her since finding out, and I hadn't seen either set of parents. They say in the second leading up to your death you see your whole life up to that point flash before your eyes, but in the second after finding out we were pregnant I saw everything my life could have been flash before my eyes. (more…)