Monday, May 22, 2017

10 months of dadlife...

Bleddy hell, I'm still coming to terms with this entire dadding lark. Don't get me wrong; it's a brilliant happening but (obviously) it's a huge life changer.
Summer is about to hit and there are so many things/jobs that I want to get done but days just vanish and weekends just seem to slip away. I get up earlier and seem to go to bed still at the old regular time (most of the time) but the available hours seem to have shrunk. Even the most mundane of tasks now seems to be quite a challenge - hoovering the house now take a modicum of planning, rather than a simple fly around with the vacuum.
On a less boring front, the wee-dude is now 10-months old and has added to the challenge/joys of growing up. He's found his voice and can be VERY vocal when his needs require. Taking him swimming and he needs to make eye contact with everyone and wave at the majority (be be honest, this is the same wherever I take him). He can neither walk or swim but seems to think he can do both. He refuses to sit down for any length of time and always wants to move.
Outside of dadding (not sure there is such a thing now), I'm still managing to get a decent level of training in but my running has struggled to keep up. Wakeboarding is still happening and in fact I'm off to the lake after work (meeting L and the weedude there) for a bit of a rip and then a spot of camp-style cooking. Haven't surfed for a while but getting to the coast is a real challenge at the moment (time and money) but the gym and lake are keeping me sane.
Summer is just around the corner and by all accounts this week is set to be a cracker - which is why I'm at the lake tonight and this weekend.
All-in-all, things are ever evolving but good.

Monday, February 27, 2017


Do you know, I think it was only the other week that it occurred to me that I'm not only a dad but a dad for the rest of my life. Compared to friends little people, I am pretty sure that my wee-dude is very easy going but I do get the feeling that long lazy days on the sofa or a quick unplanned blast on the lake are a thing of the past. L reminded me that I can't just let any stranger look after the boy while I get on the water. It'll be ok in the summer a Fran can look after the boy for 15 mins or so but in the winter I can't really leave him in the car with the dogs.

L is still on maternity leave (statutory leave) and so money is always a worry but I'm sure it'll all come out in the wash. She hopes to find a new family/position soon but even then, we'll be on a lower joint income and so a few things will have to give - I doubt we'll go on any proper holidays for a while but I'm sure we'll long as the sun appears from time-to-time and I still get to wakeboard etc.

Being a dad is a good crack to be honest. Again, I think I'm getting away with it as l is still breast feeding and so there are many instances (especially in the night) when I'm not the useful parent and so even though I will be awake, I'm not the one who has to get out of bed. I've been a dad for 7-month now and we haven't broken him yet, so I'm calling that a win! Saw a proper new baby the other day and it's bleddy strange to think my boy has already grown so much from those handful of pounds in weight, My role remains the thrower or more physical side of parenting. As such, it's a good job that I've upped my training and shifted towards a more x-training system as he's getting heavier and always wanting to be bounced or thrown is already starting to get harder.

Anyway, this was just a quick update. All is well. I'm a dad. I'm slowly realising the fact.