Expect embarrassing questions when telling your parents that you’re pregnant

We’re nearing the end of week 10 of our pregnancy and, being the terrible secret keepers that we are, my wife and I decided that we couldn’t hold back our exciting news from our parents any longer. Unfortunately we were wholly unprepared for the barrage of embarrassing questions that would soon put us right off our lunch… Here’s what happened; After deciding to tell both sets of parents our baby news, we agreed to avoid any elaborate over-dramatic performance in favour of the more “quick and painless” approach,… View Post

Is my pregnant wife taking advantage of me?

As followers of my blog will know, I’ll do pretty much anything for my expectant wife to help minimise her pregnancy mood swings and generally ensure that she, and our growing baby, are as comfortable, happy and protected as possible. But how far is too far when it comes to looking after your pregnant spouse?  In week 10 of our pregnancy, I discover the line that even I’m unwilling to cross… As a dutiful dad in waiting, I’ve taken charge of all the household basics: Make her breakfast… View Post

New parent debate: Choosing baby names

For those who have missed previous iterations, our new weekly feature – New Parent Conversations – reveals the silliest exchanges that all new parents have with each other during their first pregnancy. This week, we’ll be looking at the hot topic of naming your baby and how difficult it is to come up with a shortlist of decent baby names that both Mum and Dad agree with! Because nothing makes you realise how many people you dislike than when you’re naming a baby… As always, it turns out that great minds don’t… View Post

Week 9 of pregnancy – what to expect

For impatient dads in waiting such as myself, I’m afraid to report that week 9 of pregnancy was really rather uneventful, based on our experience. From the outside at least, it’s pretty much just business as usual…somewhat of a tumbleweed week if you will. Russ Thompson via Compfight Sure her boobs have grown a little larger (I check daily, as I think I’ve mentioned), while the pregnancy cravings and occasional unpredictable mood swings are ever present. But comparatively, it’s all rather dull after the major high of our… 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

New Parent Debate: will our new baby take after Mummy or Daddy?

I’m pleased to launch today a new weekly feature on YOUTHEDADDY called New Parent Conversations, revealing the silliest exchanges that all new parents have with each other during their first pregnancy. This week, we’ll be looking at the hot topic of inherited traits and the debate over who the baby will take after most – Mum or Dad? Will your new baby inherit the best qualities of both parents, or (God forbid) all of the worst?! As it turns out, great minds don’t always think alike… Which of… View Post