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

Snappy Sundays – 20 reasons to follow YOUTHEDADDY on Instagram

As another lazy pre-baby Sunday draws to a close, I’m pleased to launch a new feature on the blog called Snappy Sundays, where I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite YOUTHEDADDY Instagram posts from the past month. If you like what you see from this dad-to-be blogger, why don’t you come follow me via @youthedaddy on Instagram too?! And if you can recommend any other great Dad and Mum bloggers on Instagram, do share their profiles names in the comments section below so we can all check them… View Post

Week 10 of pregnancy – what to expect

As week 10 of our first pregnancy draws to a close, I have finally come to realise why there are no pregnancy Apps on the market targeted solely at dads in waiting. It’s because the transition to fatherhood is just so bloody slow! While my pregnant other half is going through huge physical changes (internally at least) at the same time as experiencing intense variations in her hormone levels, mood, appetite and general wellbeing, I’m still pretty much the same guy in week 10, inside and out, as… 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

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