Isablog #5 – Isabelle’s First Roll

Due to the fact that this week has been #PNDAW17 I’ve found myself posting a few bits about that (here and here). But rather than do a video based on week 19, I’ve opted to do the vlog version of my postnatal depression story. So, if you fancy watching something instead of reading, here it is:

As for this week, well Isabelle actually rolled over for the first time. She’s teased us a couple of times, but she’s always given up about half way. Usually getting to that stage takes her quite a while. This time, however, it took her almost no time at all. We both just looked at each other almost expecting the other to say they pushed her.

I’ll be honest, I try not to get caught up in the milestones. Yes, we do the silly little cards, but I’m not too bothered when she does things. Competitive parenting is something I really hate, so tracking milestones and comparing them with other babies feels like an extension of that if you let it.

At the end of the day, they’ll all catch up with each other in some form at some point. Obviously you have to have one eye on their milestones, after all, if your baby is 2 and still hasn’t rolled over, chances are there’s something up. But you just have to take it all with a pinch of salt.

This week also saw Isabelle’s first ever swimming lesson. She’s been swimming before, but this was the first time with an actual instructor. I’ll admit, I didn’t really enjoy it all too much. But I was merely sat on the side. And I generally don’t like large groups of people, so this really isn’t something for me. Of course, it’s not about me, and Isabelle loves a swim, so we’ll finish the run of these lessons then probably revert back to the three us going to the local leisure centre.

Anyway, that’s probably enough for this week. Trying to sort out the postnatal depression video stressed me out enough, I honestly didn’t realise it was that much of a pain to edit and upload a HD video. Oh well, lessons have been learned. And whilst I want to commit to this blog as much as I can, I’m also fully aware that spending time with Rachel and Isabelle is a far better use of my time. I will learn to manage the two more effectively, and committing myself to a weekly post means I’ll have to do better.

Anyway, until next time!


I’m a 27 year old married father of one – soon to be two! I started blogging after suffering with postnatal depression when Isabelle was born. These days I just talk about my life as a dad.

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