Ten things which change when you become a parent

We’ve heard of a few people recently who have just celebrated new arrivals, or are soon to enter the world of parenting. It got me thinking – what’s changed since we became parents? What pearls of wisdom can I impart? Here’s my take on what you can expect when you’re expecting…and ‘birth day’ arrives: Space…

Reflux returns with a vengeance

  It’s been weeks – but it’s back. No, not the new fantasy football season, though office banter has reached epidemic proportions. Reflux. Albie has been doing so well recently. Lots of food is slowly turning his body type into ‘football’ shape, while less reliance on liquids had limited the number of times we arrived…

My first holiday as a dad – and what I missed leaving the family behind

I always thought co-sleeping was the most effective way of minimising your bed space but it turns out I was wrong. Three nights’ camping in Wales shared similarities with home life. Instead of a baby, I was sandwiched between increasingly damp fabric, a postman and his 20-odd-year-old son. Instead of a bed, we each had…

Leaving my family – and the heatwave – behind

I was bored enough of the heat nearly a month ago when I arrived back from a week in Ibiza, only to be disgusted to find temperatures were pretty much identical to the sweatbox island I’d escaped. A poor attempt at a downpour on Friday cooled my skin as effectively as I imagine those little…

Should babies be taken to fireworks displays?

Late-night fireworks displays and young babies go together about as well as a hungry crocodile and a job vacancy for a reliable babysitter. By their nature, they’re held way past a normal baby’s bedtime, while unexpected bangs generally go down like a lead balloon. Fortunately for us, Albie isn’t a normal baby. His bedtime is…

Why we look like we’ve taken a tour up a cow’s bum…

  The thought of gloving up and sticking my entire arm up a cow’s bum probably put paid to my childhood ambition of being a vet. Some two decades on, who’d have thought I’d not only be lacking the animal doctor gig but still getting what must be close to the close-up cow encounter, sans…