A Newborn Photoshoot For ‘Beetle’

Although it might not feel like it when you’re walking around in a sleep-deprived, zombie-like state or attempting to calm them with your millionth “shh, shh, shh” of the day, the newborn days go very quickly. That initial stage is such a blur that when the fog from your head clears, you realise that you’re six […]

Considering The Impact Of A New Baby On An Older Sibling

Since ‘Beetle’s’ arrival four weeks ago, a question that we’re continually asked is how L has taken to the change. It’s obviously a totally valid enquiry. After 3.5 years of it just being her, she now has a sibling. Not intending to get too dramatic about it, but this has the potential to knock her […]

The Additional Benefits Of Baby And Toddler Swimming Lessons

I’m a huge proponent of getting your kids into the water from an early age. We started Water Babies swimming lessons with L when she was around eight months old, and it’s hands down one of the best things we’ve done. At the time of writing, we’ve just started Chapter 11 and each week she […]

10 Things I’d Forgotten About Newborn Babies

‘Beetle’ is nearly two weeks old and still very much in newborn mode. Over the last thirteen days since he was born, it’s incredible to think what I’d forgotten – and had to re-learn – about life with a newborn baby. It doesn’t feel that long ago that L was this age, but scarily this […]

Why I Dislike Pregnancy (Particularly The Early Stages)

I don’t like pregnancy, particularly during those first few months. For some, being pregnant may signal a celebratory time where everyone is excited about the future. I don’t recognise that fully though. For me, it’s a period riddled with worry, stress and what ifs. Don’t get me wrong, I know we’re lucky to be pregnant […]

11 Things I’ve Learnt From Visiting Soft Play

Pre-kids, I’d never visited the wonders of soft play as an adult. I’d not had the pleasure of smelling the amalgamation of shit chips, PVC and excited toddler farts or been forced to bend my body through obstacles designed for five-year olds whilst only wearing socks. Then I became a dad – suddenly, my office […]

Thinking About My Daughter’s Growing Digital Footprint

I’ve been thinking recently about L’s digital footprint. As someone who shares a big part of my life online – by association – a lot of her 3.5-years on the planet have also been publicly documented. This is something I’m increasingly worried about. By putting her out there, have I inadvertently impacted her future life? […]

Surviving Mealtimes With A Toddler

In my three and a bit years as a dad, I’d probably say that the constant battle between child and food has been the most challenging. I use “challenging”, but I could easily substitute that with “annoying”, “infuriating” or “exasperating” – I could also chuck in a few swear words for good measure, but I’ll […]

Pregnancy: It’s Just Like Starring In My Own Horror B-Movie

I was sitting in the car the other day and the revelation hit me. Pregnancy is basically the same as starring in your very own B-movie. You know the ones I mean. Those low-budget science-fiction and horror films featuring swamp monsters, man-eating toasters or alien avocados from Mars. Set to a backdrop of piss-poor special effects, scripts that read as […]