Our Birth Story – the day our lives changed forever

It was Thursday 25 August, eight months into our first pregnancy and everything was going perfectly to plan. We’d been in hospital the day before for our 36 week midwife appointment and all was well with the world. The baby was engaged and in the right position. We’d filled out our birth preferences in our maternity notes. And we’d even taken a tour of the amazing Birth Centre at Chelsea & Westminster hospital, thus cementing our grand plans for a natural, instrument and epidural-free water birth at some… View Post

Baby news…it’s a boy!!

I am incredibly excited and immensely proud to formally introduce you to our new baby boy, our son, Teddy, who was born on Saturday 27 August at 4:31am. So eager to meet you all, Teddy arrived much earlier than expected (three weeks and four days before his due date, on the first day of my wife’s maternity leave, no less!). But despite this, he weighed in at a healthy 7lbs (3.1 kg) at birth, which was a massive relief given his premature status. For any pregnant couples who… View Post

Making contact with your baby for the first time

For weeks I’ve been desperately trying to make contact with my baby…but at just 21 weeks old (and still encased within my pregnant wife’s now sizeable belly), this mission is proving rather more difficult than I originally expected. Sure, I can talk to it, sing to it, even occasionally prod it, in search of a reaction. But as yet, the conversation (and poking) has been wholly one sided. I’ve even desperately taken to pressing my cheek against my wife’s tummy to listen for some sign of life, convincing… 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

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