Parenting

An age-old question

The latest issue of FHM landed with a thud on the door mat couple of weeks ago. With it came the realisation that I’m getting to that fearful transitional stage of not necessarily feeling old, but certainly of not feeling young either. I don’t know whether this is down to the lack of decent sleep over the last ten months or …

I predict a diet

People always start a new year with good intentions, particularly when it comes to things like their diets. Like everyone else, Kate and I decreed that the early portion of 2011 would be a defining era in which the three of us would eat more healthily. Well, to paraphrase a well-known singer whose chosen moniker seems to …

Dad’s the word

Very exciting news: Dylan sort of spoke his first word last week and, to my delight, it was “Dada”! A big moment, even though I know it wasn’t really directed at yours truly. I’d read ages ago that it was the sound that most babies tend to make first, so I tried to be pragmatic. However, …

Small talk

Dylan has been changing a little bit every day of late and has compensated for the sleepless nights he continues to create by providing us with plenty of entertainment. He has been getting very close to rolling over and seems to be finding the strangest of things downright hilarious – his own coughs seem to …

New kid on the box

Dylan seems to have become mesmerised by the telly lately; it’s not that surprising really – he’s been taking an interest in everything around him for a while and it attracts the eye and makes a lot of noise. While we’ve tried not to plonk him down in front of it to pacify him when all else fails, …

The littlest emo

Dylan has been suffering a bit with eczema lately; not a big problem really – a lot of babies do and it’s supposed to be easy enough to deal with – but it’s what has come with it that is of concern. He’s scratching himself to ribbons. It’s not just the affected areas either; he …

Shits and giggles

Dylan laughed for the first time three or four weeks ago. He had already been smiling and making cooing noises, but this was completely different. He was lying on the mat we change his nappies on at the time; hardly somewhere synonymous with mirth, but chuckle he did. I had just got back from playing …

Happy Smurf day

If you believe what you see in films and television, you’re in for a bit of a surprise when your first child is born. They would have you believe that the mum-to-be has to push for about 20 seconds – barely breaking a sweat – before their bundle of joy emerges gracefully to the sound …