Is it normal to sleep in separate beds during pregnancy?

My wife and I made a pact early on in our relationship that, no matter how big an argument we had before bedtime, we would never sleep in separate rooms. And yet, during the first trimester of our first pregnancy, we have now slept apart three times over the past month alone…not due to any argument, I must stress, but rather as a direct result of the pregnancy itself. So in today’s blog I ask, is this new change in our bedtime routine perfectly normal or are we… View Post

Does everyone already know that we’re pregnant?

We’re nearing the end of week 11 of our first pregnancy and, having not yet had our 12 week scan, our exciting news is still very much TOP SECRET. But have our white lies over the past few weeks been believed or has everyone already figured out that we’re expecting? Having been married for about nine months, the rumour mill is already in full swing, turning any outward irregularity or break from routine into a flashing red light, exclaiming “Hey, look over here! We’re having a baby!”  Every… View Post

Dad in training – 12 tips to prepare you for life with a new baby

There’s no getting around it – having your first baby is a life changing event, especially for uninitiated new dads in waiting. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’…in reality nothing can prepare you for the sights, smells and sleepless nights that you’ll experience in your first few months as a new parent. But, after a significant amount of research, including real life insights from real life parents, YOUTHEDADDY has created an exclusive 12 step programme for new fathers (and new… View Post

Will my experiences as an uncle make me a good dad?

I can’t lie…I think of myself as being a pretty awesome uncle; my nephews’ and nieces’ “absolute favourite” according to my child-laden older siblings. But can your experiences as an uncle ever truly prepare you for the trials and tribulations of fatherhood? Let me start by saying that I am somewhat of a special case. Being the proud uncle of nearly a football team worth of kids under the age of nine, I’ve learnt a huge range of skills that – WARNING: SMUG ALERT – most first-time dads can only dream of.… View Post

The dangers of being a dad blogger

It’s been 19 days since I launched YOUTHEDADDY, a new blog for expectant parents giving the guy’s perspective on pregnancy, babies and the journey to fatherhood, and so far it’s been a hugely enjoyable and interesting experience. But at what cost?! I’ve learnt a huge amount already, hitting 2,000+ views for the blog in the first two weeks, growing my Twitter and Instagram following to near 400 on each site, while engaging with a wide range of passionate dad and mum bloggers along the way, who have been… View Post

We’re pregnant! But shhh, it’s still a secret!

It’s halfway through week 8 of our first pregnancy, and still much too early to announce our exciting news to the world. But bloody hell, the secret is eating us alive…it’s just too big to keep to ourselves. As a couple, we’ve made a (weak) pact that we’ll wait until after the 12 week scan to tell our family and close friends that we’re having a baby. Meanwhile we’re still debating whether to wait until after our 20 week anomaly scan before telling the rest of the world, and whether or… View Post

10 unexpected perks of being an expectant dad

For those of you who read my recent post on early pregnancy symptoms, you may be excused for thinking that the first trimester is defined by months of mood swings, morning sickness and mandatory foot massages. But I’m pleased to report that there are in fact a wealth of widely unreported and largely unexpected perks of being a dad-to-be during the first three months of pregnancy, 10 of which I will exclusively share with you now. DISCLAIMER: Every pregnancy is different, and perhaps I’ve just been extremely lucky… View Post

Pregnancy mood swings and how expectant dads can help reduce them

As we enter week 8 of our first pregnancy, the heady euphoria of the past two months has been replaced by something altogether more sinister, as the most unpleasant pregnancy symptoms officially take hold. You may recall from my blog last week, “Life as an impatient Dad in waiting”, I was desperate for the morning sickness to kick in (sadistic, I know), just to give us both some outward sign that the pregnancy was progressing as it should. But let me tell you, this week the nausea has… View Post