It's been a day of firsts for Isabelle. For a start, we're currently somewhere between North Shields and Amsterdam on a big boat in a very small room. They've even managed to provide you with the ability to sit on the toilet whilst showering. Not quite what I'm after when looking for somewhere to stay, but hey, we all have our preferences.
Very rarely do plans and expectations meet up with reality when you have a baby. I learned that pretty quickly the first time we ever took Isabelle to an aquarium. She slept the entire way round. Today we almost had a similar experience. When it comes to travelling, I don't really like too much planning.
It finally happened. Last night was the first time I actually felt like a dad. It was a pretty rough night, at least by Isabelle's standard. No matter what we did, she would not settle. She wanted to put everything in her mouth, refused to go on her back or side for a feed, and whenever we tried she would let out a scream.
It's a daunting prospect. Taking a 4 month old baby on a 6 day, 700 mile round trip across the UK with a ferry to Amsterdam in between. It's something that not many people would even consider. But taking Isabelle away is something that all three of us have loved so far, so why not extend it a little further and see places we haven't even been to ourselves.
It wasn't until we actually had Isabelle that I realised what I had gotten myself into. I always knew it would be difficult. But I guess I didn't think just how much of a 24/7 job it was going to be. Yes, you can choose to bottlefeed, and therefore hand your baby off for a few [...]
It's a daunting prospect. Taking a 4 month old baby on a 6 day, 700 mile round trip across the UK with a ferry to Amsterdam in between. I guess that technically makes this a little more than just a UK road trip, but going with the title "UK Road Trip With a Ferry to Amsterdam in Between 2017" would be a weird title.
It’s something that not many people give that much thought to, but postnatal depression affects somewhere between 13-19% of mothers, and around 10% of fathers (numbers vary depending on the studies). That’s quite a lot of people. So what I aim to do here is give a few ways that I feel, either from my own experiences or through research, may alleviate, or in some cases help prevent, postnatal depression. Due to the fact that I am a father, some of what I’ll say here is aimed more at other fathers as opposed to the mothers, but the majority of it applies to both. Here we go:
For the men out there that are bracing themselves for the day your partner goes into labour, then know this: It will be the worst thing you will ever watch your partner go through. Not just because it’s utterly ridiculous how painful it looks, and dare say actually is, but there is nothing you can really do about it. And for a lot of the time, you won’t even feel like you’re wanted or needed there.
It’s probably one of the biggest fears of soon-to-be parents. Colic is a condition described as excessive, persistent crying in seemingly healthy babies that lasts for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for 3 weeks. It can effect around 20% of babies and is one of the more stressful things a new parent can go through. Generally its effects are more prevalent between months 1 and 4, after which the length of crying trends less and less until eventually stopping.