A Wrist Watch like no other – Review and COMPETITION!

When I was recently invited to try out an innovative new wooden wrist watch from JORD, the request couldn’t have been more timely. You see, as a dad-to-be in the final weeks of pregnancy, and now as a real life father, time has never been more precious. During the latter stages of pregnancy, I always felt that time was running out. It seemed there was never going to be enough time to prepare our home and buy all the kit we would need before our new baby’s arrival.… View Post

Our Birth Story – the day our lives changed forever

It was Thursday 25 August, eight months into our first pregnancy and everything was going perfectly to plan. We’d been in hospital the day before for our 36 week midwife appointment and all was well with the world. The baby was engaged and in the right position. We’d filled out our birth preferences in our maternity notes. And we’d even taken a tour of the amazing Birth Centre at Chelsea & Westminster hospital, thus cementing our grand plans for a natural, instrument and epidural-free water birth at some… View Post

SNAPPY SUNDAYS – 20 more reasons to come follow us on Instagram

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Instagram and the amazing pictures and photographers you can find on the App, especially among the parent blogging community. So, in case you are new to this blog or to the photo sharing website itself, welcome back to our regular feature, Snappy Sundays, in which I share some of my favourite Instagram posts from YOU THE DADDY over the past month. And as you might have noticed, it’s been a life changing few weeks, to say the least! If you like… View Post

Baby news…it’s a boy!!

I am incredibly excited and immensely proud to formally introduce you to our new baby boy, our son, Teddy, who was born on Saturday 27 August at 4:31am. So eager to meet you all, Teddy arrived much earlier than expected (three weeks and four days before his due date, on the first day of my wife’s maternity leave, no less!). But despite this, he weighed in at a healthy 7lbs (3.1 kg) at birth, which was a massive relief given his premature status. For any pregnant couples who… View Post

Maternity wear: what’s all the fuss about?

The maternity wear industry is big business across the world. But as I’ve learned over the past few months of pregnancy, it can be a veritable minefield for new mums-to-be. From ill-fitting tops and massive sack dresses, to swathes of stretchy elastic and cheap synthetic fabrics, it seems like almost every women’s fashion retailer out there now offers a small range of ‘maternity’ options. And yet it still remains almost impossible for my pregnant wife to find clothes that tick all the boxes, of being well-fitted and comfortable, while… View Post

Pillow talk: the perfect pregnancy threesome

Now, before you get too hot under the collar, let me be clear from the start. We haven’t invited one of our new NCT friends around for a steamy ménage à trois. Nor am I going to discuss with you the pros and cons of co-sleeping with a new baby. No, this post is about an entirely different kind of three-way; the one my wife and I are currently engaging in nightly…with our new pregnancy pillow. Like all real-life threesomes (or so I’ve heard) my wife took some persuading… View Post

The gross side of pregnancy – a poem for first time dads

After months of writing about the perks of pregnancy and all the things I’m looking forward to about being a dad, my pregnant wife suggested I take a different approach this week, by writing instead about all the less appealing things that come with growing a baby; AKA all the gross stuff that ‘what to expect’ books conveniently miss out. So to spare your (and her) blushes and avoid going into (too many) graphic details, let me fill you in, through the medium of poetry. And before you… View Post

A blogging good time – my first six months as a dad blogger

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And how the time has flown by since I launched YOU THE DADDY six months ago and embarked on this crazy blogging adventure. On discovering we were pregnant (on the first attempt, somehow), I could hardly contain my excitement and wanted to tell everyone our big news. But being just a few weeks into the process, of course we couldn’t…at least, not yet. So, as a dutiful first time dad, I immediately poured my attention into finding out… View Post