Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Over one year old...

Not even sure how this has happened but my wee-dude is now  over 1yr old. It took a lifetime for the dude to join our little family and now he's here, time is just flying by. He's turning into a proper little Weedude and is taking life by the horns - I need to start learning a few things from him. The down-side to this enthusiasm for life, are the number of bumps and bangs he's attracting. In fact, he pretty much has a black eye at the moment, after hell onto a piece of wood he was carrying to him mum yesterday.

Summer has pretty much ended and the days are getting shorter and the start of the day is definitely darker. I missed the last weekend of the season at the lake, as the house was full of the sniffles and temperatures. So sadly, I'll not be behind a boat (unlikely) until April next year - unless the guys at ExeWake are running in the colder month.
I think in the next couple of week the clocks go forward and so we're going to have to cope with a little person that thinks 5am is getting-up time. Pretty sure I'm not going to enjoy that one.

In other news, I have done something I could have never imagined happening. We have acquired a tiny little caravan. It's a 3m folding job and we've called her Kitty. I think she's about 35 or so years old. Very basic and in need of a little love but she has everything we need for 3 of us to sleep in and even room for the dogs if they're not in the car overnight. There is power, gas and even a funny little corner shower if we're willing to give it a crack. I just need to tidy up the electrics, get some gas and we're good to go. In fact, we're off on our first little adventure in her in a couple of weeks. Heading to Woolly for surf, beer and fresh air.

Think that's about it....apart from L being back at work and so the pennies are coming back in.

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.