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Some great advice on paternity leave and your rights when returning to work…….
Having put today’s date in my diary as the start of blogging 101, which I have never used before, I was both excited and nervous to see it pop up as a reminder on my phone. My excitement came form another blogger recommending it as a great way to reach out to more people and increase traffic to my content.
Now the nervousness or anxiety I had when I saw the reminder appeared. The reason I am blogging is that I became a stay at home dad taking advantage of the novelty of additional paternity leave which is now available to new dads in the UK. Its all explained in my original post on 6th November.
Being a new and indeed first tome dad and having worked in retail for the past 11 years I guess I became engrossed in the season of goodwill like never before as I had always either worked or been child free, the year for us as a family was EPIC! And that is where my anxiety came from this morning as I realised I had neglected my blog completely over the past few weeks, I thought……what if people aren`t interested anymore, have I let my followers down? Should I just give up blogging?
I decided to use 101 as a platform to relaunch and keep my blogging dream alive. Why and what for I thought? One of the prompts in the 101 e mail was why blog rather than journal? I am blogging for my daughter to chronicle my experiences of being her dad in the first few months and maybe even years if successful, I’m also blogging to keep my own sanity and to give me a focus in my current workplace free environment.
What do I want to achieve in the next year? Simple, to keep blogging and engaging with other bloggers, sharing experiences and tales to enlighten the late night changes and feeds. I cant promise a new years resolution style statement of 1 or 2 posts per day/week, I have an 8 month old who needs to be watched constantly on was she ventures everywhere!
I can only promise to blog when its relevant and worthwhile to my followers and to me.
Having been recently inspired by a blog by Dad Life below I began to think about the journey to naming a child, http://rabarca84.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/whats-in-a-name/ Dad Life looks at the different names we acquire as we grow through life and what this entails, I started right from the start. So you are going to be parents, “any […]
Hi, having been the stay at home parent now for some weeks I have made several observations about now having a baby which I had never thought about. We all know the big changes which occur for example your sleep time is now dictated by a little person, your eating habits go out the window and your social life, well it just ends (temporarily).
But as I brought my little one to see her grandparents over the weekend I realised that even small chores are a lot more complicated. My mum phoned and asked me to bring her in some milk, no problem I thought I will go to the shop at the end of her street and get it. But wait I now have a baby, do I carry her in (shes 7 months now and not easy to carry for a long period)? Do I carry her in her car seat? In the end I dropped her at her grandparents and went to the shop hence giving me a break and them some quality time.
I then reflected back on other experiences over the past while, for example whilst out buying a shirt for a Christmas party I picked the one I liked quite quickly ( I am male and packed shops in early December don’t appeal to me), got the size and thought lets quickly try it on and off we go. But wait what about the pram and baby?? Too embarrassed to ask and not wanting to look foolish I just bought the size I thought was right and thankfully it fitted. (Here she is thinking, “you actually paid money for that shirt?!?”)
Another example is the petrol station, do you bring her into the shop to pay when finished refueling, I have seen people leaving babies in cars and paying, didn’t appeal to me. Now I ensure I go to the stations which have a pay at pump facility.
One thing which has helped though is home shopping. We just order on the computer and go to the store and load the car up without worrying about what to do with the baby in the backseat. That was up until last week when they didn`t have some of the items I needed that day. What to do? Well I had no pram with me as I needed the boot space for the groceries, the little one was sleeping soundly and I needed a few things. Rather than try to put her into one of those uncomfortable looking baby trolleys and risk waking her I decided to lift the car seat and put her in a trolley and away we went. I did get some strange looks but she slept straight through so crisis averted.
I know there must be many other small daily occurrences waiting to happen in the coming weeks, some of you must have had the similar experiences so please feel free to share them and give me a bit of pre warning…….
Thanks for reading
What a magical day yesterday as we saw the delight on our Daughters face as she saw the Christmas tree at home for the first time. She even had her own special bauble and bell to place on the tree and being the clever girl she is she picked where she wanted them (down around her height!).
What a great day and I feel brilliant knowing that we made the right decision for me to go on to additional paternity leave at this time. Personally I cant wait for Christmas to be magical again this year as we see it all through Sarah`s eyes on her first year. She even got to put the fairy on the top of the tree 🙂
After all the hard work it was time to relax with a book before bed.
Now we just need to be careful as to how she flips around on the floor (not crawling yet but its only a matter of time) in case she pulls the tree down! Ho Ho Ho…….
Once upon a time I enjoyed a great relationship with my TV, spending most evenings in front of it watching some drama or other. We used to love the apprentice, I’m a celebrity and the occasional sports game. Then we stepped our affair with the TV up a gear when we knew the little one was due. We ventured into the world of boxsets and even renting online movies!
Then along came our little lady and the TV is now nothing more than an after thought. We watched “It’s a wonderful life” yesterday. It took us 5 attempts and almost 5 hours with breaks for changing, feeding, teething, playing and napping. Thank god for sky plus! It’s also amazing that as I am now looking after my daughter during the day I have to turn the TV off to keep her attention on the food. I await with great anticipation the days of endless postman pat, in the night garden and whatever else.
So where does that leave me and my oldest friend TV? At the end of every long day I indulge my TV passion for ten minutes in bed before usually falling asleep with a whimper or cry on the baby monitor waking me and prompting me to turn off the TV and leave our affair……. Until tomorrow…