Countdown to Nursery

Due to our own particular circumstance, we’re at the stage now where Pippa is 15 months old, and so far we have been able to rely on close family when it comes to babysitting.

Grandma & Grandad (mostly Grandma 😉) or Auntie Helen & Uncle Jamie have always been available and able to have Pippa whenever we’ve needed them. Whether it be for Jen to go to work or to a meeting, or on one of those rather rare occasions where we’ve been out on a “date night”.

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The Bedtime Routine

Due to me working full time, with an hour commute each way, my time with Pippa is limited Monday to Friday. Because of this however, I enjoy the task of being the one who puts Pippa to bed each night. I’ve been the one to do that pretty much from when my paternity leave finished. I don’t remember if we discussed me being the one, or if it just happened. But I’m happy either way.

From the early days there’s been a routine. It feels like there’s always been a routine. It’s changed slightly over time, but I think a routine in general is important. If anything, so you, the parent, don’t forget to do something that you’re supposed to remember to do but you can’t remember because you’re too busy trying to remember that thing that your partner asked you to remember for them!

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The Last Time

Since I started up my blog, I’ve had several offers from people wanting to write an article as they “see my blog as the perfect place” and as we “share the same values” and my blog is “so fantastic blah blah blah”.

I say it like that, because I learned pretty quickly that this was just people trying to get links to other websites in order to boost SEO and all that jazz. There’s a proper word for it and what they do…being dicks…no, that’s not it. I don’t remember to be honest, but I can spot them a mile a way now. I was pretty chuffed when I got the first offer though. Until I smartened up to what they were trying to do.

Anyway, so everything on my Blog is something I’ve written. But last week, I read a friend of mines’ Facebook status (or is it called a post now?) and was really moved by what she wrote.

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Our Birth Story

“Oh my God!”

“House stinks like shit!”

“Switched from Tens to Gas & Air”

These are just some of the brief notes I managed to make during the main event. I’d starting keeping track quite well, but than as the whole thing dragged out, there are definitely some gaps that I need to try and remember. But, remember I shall, I’m sure. So if you’re so inclined and you have a spare 10 minutes, here’s our story of how two became three. Well, not the whole story. I’m not starting from the beginning, you’ll have to just use your imagination for that.

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Pain Relief in Labour

You may have noticed that I am not a woman. I’ve never given birth to a baby, and I will never know if childbirth actually hurts as much as a kick in the bollocks. Although I have an idea.

Yet despite all of this, I am aware of the taboo surrounding the choice of pain relief available to those ladies trying to squeeze something the size of a watermelon through something the size of a f*****g kiwi! Bravo ladies, bravo.

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