This week I’ve been reflecting over my past 15 months as a parent. I think it’s because I’m currently writing an article for Today’s Parent, something I usually have to put quite a bit of time into, and in doing so I’ve had to think back to the early days quite a lot. One thing that becomes immediately apparent when you look back is how quickly that time goes, and also where it’s going to go. You’re Only a Parent for So Long Technically I’m now officially a parent for the rest of my life – or the rest of…

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Well that’s it. Our baby’s first night without mum and being left with her dad is officially done. I wrote about how I felt before it, so I thought I’d just write a little bit of nonsense about how it all went. Basically, It Wasn’t Too Bad I knew the evening would go fine. Even if she did enjoy smacking me a little bit too much. But then I was more than happy to be the punch bag to keep her smiling. Isabelle’s used to having me for that time, but I was worried how she’d react when it come…

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We knew this day would eventually come, but Rachel has her first night shift marked on the calendar. And to put it simply… I’m Absolutely Shitting Myself Yep. I’m shitting myself. At least metaphorically of course. I haven’t actually shit myself since I was roughly Isabelle’s age. Ok, now that’s probably a lie, and slightly off topic. But to put it bluntly, I don’t do parenting when it comes to the night time. And it’s not really my fault. Night Time with a Breastfeeding Wife lying isn’t my style on this blog. You know that by now. So I’ll admit…

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All of a sudden Isabelle has gone from a baby who is unable to walk, to a toddler who wants to do nothing but walk! We always knew that once she took her first independent steps, that would be it, she would want to do it all the time. And here she is, toddling about holding a potato that she stole from the cupboard. That sounds about right. When Does a Baby Become a Toddler? Well it only makes sense to me that a baby turns into a toddler when they start to toddle. It seems pretty straight forward when…

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Technically this title is slightly misleading. Me and Rachel have of course both been away from Isabelle at the same time. We do both work. So technically leaving the baby is something we’ve already done. But yesterday was the first time we’ve purposefully left Isabelle to do something as a couple. And she hasn’t long turned one years old! And we’re off to the cinema! This is actually the first time me and Rachel have been away from Isabelle as a couple. We’ve both been to work at the same time. But we’ve never actually left her to do anything…

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