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The truth about fatherhood – insights from four first time dads on pregnancy, birth and babies

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Being a hands-on working dad in this day and age is one of the toughest (but most rewarding) jobs around. From my own experience and what I’ve seen from others online, the vast majority of dads today are infinitely more involved in the parenting stakes than any papas that came before us, providing for our families in such a wide range of ways; financially, domestically, emotionally, etc, etc, pretty much 24/7.

Needless to say, finding time amidst the chaos for a boys trip to the pub is about as rare as a good hair day for Donald Trump.

So when top baby magazine Gurgle approached my a few weeks ago and asked if I’d be able to gather together three of my new dad mates and their sprogs for an impromptu interview session in the pub, to talk about our experiences of pregnancy and first time fatherhood over a beer (or three), the answer was, quite obviously, yes!

And gather we did on a sunny Spring morning at one of my favourite old haunts, The Clapham North pub in South West London. There was me and Teddy (of course), my brother in law JP and my littlest nephew Bertie, my Instagram pal James and his son Otto, and last but not least, fellow dad blogger Andy (otherwise known as The Debut Dad) with his new baba Felix. Quite the motley crew, I think you’ll agree…

With the lovely Catherine Hudson from Gurgle Magazine firing questions at us, and the amazing photographer Laura Ashman snapping our every move, we spent the next couple of hours sharing our experiences of life as first time dads. From how we found out we were going to be dads and how we supported our wives through pregnancy and the birth, to how we each felt about having a son and how we manage to juggle both full time jobs and full time fatherhood. We literally covered it all, finishing off with our top tips for other first time dads going through the same.

And I’m pleased to say, after having to keep tight lipped about the feature for what has felt like years, I no longer have to because the magazine is now out to buy!

You can grab a copy in all Mothercare stores, Early Learning Centres and in most supermarkets and newsagents. But if you can’t wait until you get your hands on one, keep scrolling for a cheeky look inside this month’s magazine, along with some of my favourite unpublished photos from our day at the pub with the boys. Hope you like it!


Teddy eyeing up my pint…


Andy and Felix, smashing the middle distance stare


The first of many family outings to the pub with Teddy’s uncle JP and cousin Bertie


James and Otto propping up the bar


Serious Teddy refusing to smile for the cameras (standard)


The crew


Bertie showing off his new teeth


The adorable Bertie (trying to escape)


Read the full interview in the July 2017 edition of Gurgle magazine – OUT NOW!

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