Gaz's new Dad blog

4th February 2010

T minus 15 weeks to go.

For the price I paid for the baby buggy I’m expecting it to bring the child up to its 18th birthday!

We picked it up last night and whilst we were at the baby emporium I could see the money dwindling from my account.

There’s so much stuff these companies tell you we need to buy to get ready for our first born. It got me thinking do we really need all this stuff?.

Here’s a list of stuff I really don’t think we need, but apparently it’s a “must have” and I’ve come up with some alternative money saving suggestions….

Ergonomic baby bath £20: I say 50p for a washing up bowl from supermarket will be just fine- and I’m not being cheap, I spoke to many mums on the show that did just the same, some even washed there kids in the kitchen sink!

Changing station £100:  What’s wrong with the floor or the ironing board?

Fancy Cot £300: This was my number one gripe. Certain cots cost six times more than a standard one just because they have a famous cartoon bear engraved in the side! I’ll get handy with the chisel and carve my own thanks.

So…. Its looking like I’m going to be broke for a very long time… but do I care?

Nope, I can’t wait to see our little surprise for the first time.

It’s going to be one hell of a journey.

I’m off to B and Q to get that chisel and some paint for the nursery.

 

22nd February 2010

For the price I paid for the baby buggy I’m expecting it to bring the child up to its 18th birthday!

We picked it up last night and whilst we were at the baby emporium I could see the money dwindling from my account.

There’s so much stuff these companies tell you we need to buy to get ready for our first born. It got me thinking do we really need all this stuff?.

Here’s a list of stuff I really don’t think we need, but apparently it’s a “must have” and I’ve come up with some alternative money saving suggestions….

Ergonomic baby bath £20: I say 50p for a washing up bowl from supermarket will be just fine- and I’m not being cheap, I spoke to many mums on the show that did just the same, some even washed there kids in the kitchen sink!

Changing station £100:  What’s wrong with the floor or the ironing board?

Fancy Cot £300: This was my number one gripe. Certain cots cost six times more than a standard one just because they have a famous cartoon bear engraved in the side! I’ll get handy with the chisel and carve my own thanks.

So…. Its looking like I’m going to be broke for a very long time… but do I care?

Nope, I can’t wait to see our little surprise for the first time.

It’s going to be one hell of a journey.

I’m off to B and Q to get that chisel and some paint for the nursery.

T- Minus 13 weeks to go…..

Things I’ve learnt in the last 2 weeks include….

1. Don’t fill up kids with sugar (they go mad and bounce off the walls.)

2. The naughty step really works (in just one minute they calm down)

3. Don’t give a 3 year old spaghetti bolognaise (it goes all over their faces)

4. Buying second hand toys saves hundreds (my mate bought a garage and cars that was £50 in the shop, she got it for £5)

5. Surprisingly, I changed my first nappy the other day, and although not pleasant it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

6. Babies grow quickly (I met Tiggi the other day who was 2 weeks old and she was tiny compared to my mates baby Olly who’s 12 weeks old. He was a monster in comparison!)

So, I’m getting the knowledge slowly but surely and I’m less stressed out about becoming a dad.

My NCT parenting classes start soon, so hopefully I’ll be an expert by May 21st ! Although I am expecting this baby to be late as my girlfriend and I are late for absolutely everything, so I reckon I’ll get at least an extra weeks grace to prepare!

9th March 2010

Well, the last couple of weeks have all been about our new house.

We’re having to decorate the whole thing and get the nursery ready for baby and its is no easy task.

I’m beginning to wish I’d bought the one that’s ready made, and in future I’ll definitely think twice before taking on the mammoth task of decorating a whole house from scratch.

My other half Kelly has largely been in charge of the nursery and I’ve seen some of the pictures and things she’s bought for it. They’re all generic (no pinks or blues) as we don’t know  the sex of the baby, lots of beige teddy bears and a few zebras because apparently babies like black and white things.

My “TO DO” list is gradually getting smaller, but can’t wait till I can sit on my backside and just relax in the new place before baby comes along and vomits all over my new carpets!

 19th March

Wow, what a week. Babs arranged as a surprise for me and my partner Kelly to have a 4D scan.

I knew about them but didn’t realise how amazing they are. I thought you just got to see a 4D picture, but you actually are watching a live video from inside your tummy.

We stayed for about half an hour watching our baby and its so detailed you can see them wiggling their fingers and smiling and grizzling.

When Kelly turned over baby didn’t like it and pulled a really grizzly face, bottom lip stuck out and everything, it was great to see.

Only nine weeks to go now and what a treat it was to be able to see baby wriggling round.

Check out the photos here http://www.heart.co.uk/dunstable/shows/breakfast/bump-gallery-competition/

 

9th April 2010

6 weeks to go……

Well, just like everyone said, it’ll all come together in the end. After the initial panic of moving house and the new nursery being a tool shed for the first 3 weeks, we’re finally sorted and ready for baby.

When I say ready I mean the house is ready… As for me, I’m still clueless as a dad to be, but luckily my parenting course starts this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday I’ll spend a total of 8 hours changing nappies, talking to other new parents and learning how to be a pro!

We’ve also just done our tour of the materninty ward at the L and D which has put my mind at ease, because at least I know where to get Kelly too when the time comes.

Kelly is getting really big now. She’s at the stage everyone said she’d get to at the moment called the “I just want it out stage”. Struggling to sleep with the massive bulge in her tummy ( I know the feeling)

I’ll report back when I’ve had my parenting lessons and pass on any tips I learn!

7th May 2010

14 days till Babies here!

I’m all trained up by the NCT, the nursery is finished (complete with my wonky shelves) and I’m just bored of waiting round for it now.

Kelly is enormous, so much so she can’t sit on one of our sofas as its really deep and she wriggles round in it like a turtle on its back trying to get out of it.

I’m also on a booze ban at the moment because I need to be able to get Kelly to hospital when she goes into labour. It’s been tough as I’m in a real mood for celebrating, but can’t have a good old celebration knees up till baby arrives.

There was a story in the papers about how much it costs before baby is even born to get all the stuff. The figure was put at £4000, I can tell you that is utter utter rubbish. Yes its expensive with cots, moses baskets, blankets and buggies, but its no where near that scary figure. I think parents just tell their kids figures like that so they wait before having them, I’m sure it’ll be tougher financially, but I don’t care, I can’t wait till baby arrives.

I’m certain baby will be late. My partner has never been on time for anything in her life, so if it takes after her I reckon it’ll arrive in June.

Hurry up and come baby!

27th May 2010

The Final Dad blog before the big day…..

We’re 6 days over due now. We’ve tried everything to get it out. Raspberry tea by the gallon, how’s your father, pineapple juice, hours on a Swiss ball and even a glass of champagne! We have a date to be induced now, but I’m hoping it comes naturally before then.

It still doesn’t feel like I’m going to be a dad. At the moment its just like Kellys got a bit bigger. I can’t wait to finally meet baby, so excited to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl. No one has got our baby boy name. It begins with H, and 100’s of people were guessing and no one got it on our Facebook page. The little girls name will begin with B… Someone has guessed that one, but its not a common name.

Kelly had to talk me out of calling it “moon unit” ha ha.

Gaz xx

 

14th June 2010

1 week and 6 days old…..

 

Hagan Peter Wesley is here at last! Hagan is an Irish name as my partner is half Irish ( if it was a girl it would have had a welsh name from my family).

Sandra bullock said that if her baby cries there are just 6 things that could be wrong to make them stop crying, but I can only think of 3 for Hagan! 

  1. I’ve pooped, please clean my bottom
  2. I need to be winded
  3. Gimme food, Hagan hungry!

 

People tell you how hard babies are, don’t listen, they’re lovely! I thought he would cry 90% of the day according to what you learn in school… Utter rubbish, he grizzles, you feed him, his eyes roll on the back of his head and he’s off snoring!

He really is the loveliest little thing in the world. I’ve turned into a big pile of mush since having him. I’m sure we will have one of those days when you can’t stop them crying, but it’ll all be worth it for the days when he’s being super cute and smiling back at you.

Love him! Gaz xx

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