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Having spoken for a while about migrating to self hosting I am now taking that step, my new site will be funkydaddy.net, please come and visit me soon. Hopefully if the process works well it will be all up and running in no time. It is however 10pm and I`m knackered but need to do this now as I keep finding excuses not to…who knows, if its easy I can say I did it left handed!
From myself and Sarah thank you all for your support so far in my blogging journey 🙂
Hi, What an exciting first week on additional paternity leave we have had.
We had our first solo rhythm and rhyme session with the little lady last week and do you know what? Despite my reservations prior to going, it wasn’t actually too bad!
I had a fine Balance to achieve, too early and I’m sitting making small talk for longer than necessary, too late and I’m plunged into a seat good knows where, where I may be forced into potentially awkward pleasantries.
As it turns out I want the only male, there was another father and also a grandfather which reassured me, even though I didn’t get to speak to them. I did however feel welcomed by some of the mothers.
As for the class itself I didn’t feel it was massively beneficial for a six month old but she seemed to enjoy it with our hand clapping and singing. She also enjoyed watching the other kids, some of whom are hilarious putting on the little hats to match the songs.
Maybe I led a sheltered life but I actually found out educational, who knew the bus with the wheels going round had so many passengers.
One concern I did pick up however is that we are sitting as parents with our children, some coughing and sneezing in a small room which is pretty hot in the middle of winter. Surely that’s a recipe for spreading viruses.
Will I be back? Why yes of course, I’m already booked for this week, although I may bring a breathing mask!
Am I now brave enough to take a mother and toddler group? Not so much..
I suppose best start at the beginning. I am a first time father in Northern Ireland with a 6 month old daughter. I recently joined the exclusive club of the 2% of eligible fathers who take additional paternity leave (APL),according to BBC news. I can verify from the confused looks I got and still get when talking about APL that the 2% may actually be an overestimate, there is just so little information freely out there for fathers considering this.
I started to think shortly before starting APL about what could I do to occupy myself and my mind when I get the odd half hour here and there throughout the day and Thought…………………. I`ll start a blog! Primarily I`ll be focusing on APL and my experiences around work, friends, lifestyle and routine but I`ll also looking at my journey from the day the little lady was born up to now and beyond.
So get ready for my experiences of all things parent from parent/toddler clubs to daytime TV to sleep and lack off. I hope that my blog will be informative, useful and occasionally entertaining……….
Thanks for reading.