Poetry Corner: The night Uber saved bedtime

Something amazing happened to us the other day. One of those random acts of kindness that makes you realise that small gestures of generosity can truly make a person’s day. That, despite what the media tells us, there are good people in the world after all. So in tribute to Peter, the random Uber driver who saved our bacon on a particularly challenging night during early parenthood, I’ve immortalised the event forever in rhyme. If nothing else, as a reminder that (even in London) people can surprise you. Peter…this… View Post

The funniest dad jokes in the world…as voted for by the world’s funniest dads

Becoming a father for the first time is, in so many ways, a life changing event. But while every new dad quickly develops his own, unique parenting style, there is one quality that inextricably links us all…our instinctive and deep-seated love of dad jokes. For years, dad jokes have undoubtedly had a bad rep. Viewed by generations of embarrassed offspring as cringe-worthy, bad taste or just downright crap, so-called dad jokes have never received the comedy kudos they so thoroughly deserve. But today, all that is about to… View Post

Is my pregnant wife a secret superhero?

I don’t believe in unicorns, ghosts or magic, but the signs that I’m living with a secret superhero are proving increasingly difficult to ignore. Now firmly into the third trimester of our first pregnancy, I’m convinced that my wife has super powers… My wife, the superhero First up, in the same way that all good superheroes start out, she’s been busy hand-stitching her own super-unique superhero costume. After bidding on, buying and borrowing piles of maternity clothes, she’s spent hours personally tailoring every item to fit over her… View Post

Is it a ghost? Is it a mouse? Or have we been struck by a case of the dreaded pregnancy brain?

As we near the halfway point of our pregnancy, something strange is afoot in our London flat. A new uneasy presence has moved in…an unexplainable creepiness that, frankly, is starting to freak me out. But while my wife genuinely believes we have a ghost living in our bathroom, I fear it may be something even more mystical in nature…the dreaded pregnancy brain. Let me explain… Over the past month, there have been two extremely odd incidents that, my pregnant wife assures me, are simply unexplainable through simple logic.… View Post

A worrying glimpse into my pregnant wife’s future mothering style

Let me start by saying that I love my wife dearly and have no doubt that she is going to be an incredible mother. However the other day, I caught a worrying and surprisingly-strict glimpse into her future mothering style which, I must admit, frightened me to the core. Picture the scene… (Photo by Tom Simpson via Compfight) ‘Twas a dark, wet and blustery night; one of those horrible stormy evenings in late-Spring where the rain doesn’t fall from above but rather hits you sideways, rendering any umbrella about… View Post

Will I experience hair loss during pregnancy?

Now before all the expectant mums out there start to panic, this post on hair loss during pregnancy is targeted mainly at the guys…the poor fathers-to-be whose luscious locks are under threat. One of the major perks of pregnancy for new mums (you know, aside from the famous ‘glow’ and of course the actual baby you get at the end of it) is that during the second trimester and beyond, most women experience an unexpected and positive change in their hair. As the pregnancy vitamins they have been… View Post

12 weeks pregnant – what to expect at your first ultrasound

After 12 weeks of waiting, the time has finally arrived for your first pregnancy ultrasound and with it, your first real glimpse of your new baby. This monumental moment brings with it a huge mix of emotions; from excitement and anticipation at finally having confirmation that all is well, to fear and anxiety at what the scan might reveal. Here’s what happened to us… As protocol dictates, we’d been instructed that in order for the scan to work properly, my pregnant other needed a full bladder and so had been ordered to… View Post

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