Some of you might know that I recently became a dad
and ever since then I've been meaning to start a rolling blog to record this adventure. I think I'm doing this more for my benefit rather than anything else and I'm hoping I can stick with it so that later on I can look back and read through the blogs and see just how much things have changed.
So this is seven week later and this is my first blog. It's amazing to think that only a very short while ago my little Bridgette arrived into this world - thankfully perfectly healthy and perfectly perfect! Since then it's been interesting to say the least, sleepless nights, lots of poo and wee feature prominently during this time.
Looking back over the past weeks, I think I've identified a number of stages that I went through. Like the "Scared Out of my Mind" stage, which went along the lines of OMG!! there's this extremely fragile being I need to take care of now and I'm scared to break it!! OMGOMG!! which thankfully I was able to hide from my wife quite well. This was followed closely by the "Hey this isn't so bad, I can do this" stage, where I started to think and believe that I am capable of doing it.
Now, out of all the stages I can recall, my least favourite was the "Everyone feel free to give the new parents advice! even if you were not asked for it" I understand people want to help, but just because you used a certain settling technique and it worked great doesn't necessarily mean it automatically applies to my baby! oh and did I ask for your opinion!"...Ahem.
OK, so I apologise for my mini-rant above, it seems there's a couple of things that I feel strongly about and writing the blog is giving an avenue to vent.
I think I've given the impression that it's been a very long and hellish couple of weeks, which to be honest is very far from the truth. The past seven weeks have been amazing. The company I work for is great, I have 10 days of paternal leave available to me on short notice, of which I used seven right after she was born, and it was probably the best thing ever having the opportunity to be with my wife and my baby 100 % right after birth. Our closest friends have been very supportive and the community midwives that visited us at home were a Godsend.
I will end on this: Being a dad and a husband give me more joy than anything else and I'm very excited about what the future holds, because right now everything is as it should be.
PS. I promise future blogs will be shorter and if you have read the entire blog, wow and thank you