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Language lessons as a Dad

Since I became a father six months ago, my vocabulary has been transformed. Unbeknown to me, there was a whole world of language out there which I had never even been interested in and now I use all the time. Sure, I’d heard of some of them, but my vague, ethereal understanding of their meaning… 

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The Name Game: Choosing What To Call Your Baby

The recent announcement that Katie Price called her fifth child “Bunny” got me thinking about how difficult it was to come up with a name for Baby L. The 36-year-old model obviously had trouble finding inspiration too and evidently hit upon a creative streak with a recent visit to Pets At Home. If you’ve not yet come up… 

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The Name Game: Choosing What To Call Your Baby

The recent announcement that Katie Price called her fifth child “Bunny” got me thinking about how difficult it was to come up with a name for Baby L. The 36-year-old model obviously had trouble finding inspiration too and evidently hit upon a creative streak with a recent visit to Pets At Home. If you’ve not yet come up… 

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First full day at Playgroup C/O @DaddyDaydream

This morning I had the exciting yet scary task of taking O to playgroup for her first full day. The car journey was full of merriment as we chatted about playing, fun and hard hats (her favourite toy from her first visit there). To my joy and amazement when we arrived she walked confidently in front… 

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I’m Just a Dad C/O @NadjaSmit

I read a smashing article in the Independent on the need for increased adoption support today. I thought it was a good piece but I found one phrase irksome, adopters were described as “unsung heroes”. This coincided with a Tweet I read extolling the virtues of adoptive parents, again claiming exceptional qualities. Now as Mrs… 

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Review: Babymule Baby Changing Bag

The missus spent a long time (and I mean long time) looking for a baby changing bag prior to Baby L being born. I didn’t really get the obsession with her search and often mocked the endless hours she spent Googling, researching and going into shops. That was until I was kindly sent the awesome… 

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10 Things that will happen to your garden with kids C/O @Ideas4Dads

‘What do you mean you’ve picked up another slide from Gumtree’ I said to High Command wondering if I would ever get my prized garden back?!?! It is inevitable that if you have children, and you have a garden, slowly but surely (no matter how much you resist) it will be become a staging post… 

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TWO

  There’s an inherent need I have to string words together, to lead one sentence into another introducing a story made up entirely of their connection. There’s a pull I can’t explain that calls my fingertips to tap the keys in rapid succession translating thoughts from my mind to the screen, a therapeutic conversation completely… 

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Status Check: Top 10 Questions On Us

The last few weeks have passed so fast, that I am realizing that there are many of you out there wondering how we are doing? I have not been sharing a lot on Facebook or keeping up with emails. Moving is a process. Moving while your oldest starts school for the first time is a… 

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A Poem About An Awake Baby In The Early Hours

Now this isn’t my usual type of post, and I’m not really sure where it came from, but just humour me and go with it… Baby L decided to wake up at 2.45am last night. She was wide awake and nothing we did got her back to sleep. She wasn’t crying loads, but if she… 

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Six months on – where did that go?

This time six months ago, my wife and I were looking at each other with a mixture of bemusement, excitement and fear. Our tiny baby girl, 6lb 7oz, had arrived only hours earlier and suddenly we were responsible for her every demand. We’d never looked after a child before, indeed I was usually the first… 

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“RED AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE”

She placed our plates in front of us remembering which order belonged to each party at the table then she smiled as she made eye contact with the little girl between us. She adjusted her apron and ran her finger along the edge of the scarf tied around her head holding back a day’s worth… 

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