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

First time parents – interviews from the front line (featuring SJ from The Mama Cave)

Pregnancy and parenthood can be daunting experiences for first time parents. So, as a support system for other first timers such as myself, I’m excited to share with you our second exclusive interview with another first time parent (this time a new mum!), who has generously offered to share her insights, highs and lows, top tips and words of encouragement from the front line of parenting. This week’s interview is with SJ, a first time mum from Birmingham (and creator of mum blog The Mama Cave), mother of Bambina… View Post

A new hope for miscarriage sufferers across the UK

As readers of my blog will know, I’m passionate about raising miscarriage awareness, especially among first time parents, as unfortunately miscarriages are far more common than most of us realise. While to date my wife and I have been extremely lucky to avoid having to go through the immense pain of a miscarriage, after announcing our pregnancy news to the world I have been saddened to learn about a surprisingly large number of friends, family and readers of this blog who haven’t been so fortunate. Few people, for… View Post

First time parents – interviews from the front line: featuring new dad @LadBabyOfficial

Pregnancy and parenthood can be daunting experiences for first time parents. So, as a support system for other first timers such as myself, I’m excited to launch a new series of real life interviews with actual first time parents, who have generously offered to share their insights, highs and lows, top tips and words of encouragement from the front line of parenting. This week we’ve been speaking with Mark, a first time dad and creator of the incredibly funny new dad blog Lad Baby. Originally from Nottingham but now… View Post

Announcing you’re pregnant? Say it with a card!

For some time I have loved and admired the drawings of no-me, AKA British illustrator, artist and card designer Naomi Dawson. Her simple, yet funny greeting cards and prints showcase her unique observations of modern day love and everyday life, often depicting many of her (and my) favourite English household items, from Marmite to Heinz baked beans. And as my Instagram followers will know, for some time I’ve been a huge fan of her pregnancy announcement cards and congratulatory cards for new parents, which are right on the… 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

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

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