I am a country boy through and through, both Binky and I were raised in the mud and my dream is to give India the life we both had growing up in the fields.
For now though, it’s a case of enjoying what we have in London until the time is right to begin that new journey. It can be a huge cultural shock when you change your whole setting, like for me when I moved to the city, all I had known was peace and quiet in the country however that was all about to change! I welcomed face paced London with open arms, I loved throwing myself into a new environment and embracing what it has to offer however it’s an amazing feeling to always have that ability to retreat back to the countryside whenever I need to.
I have loved living in the city since becoming a Daddy and I believe it has really helped me on this new journey and here are a few reasons why:
One of the main reasons is practicality, a tip I would give any new parent is try to make life as practical as you can. Having everything on your door step makes life much simpler. Living in London has made things such as buying formula, nappies or the grocery store so much easier. I can also get on public transport to meet a friend for coffee within a 5 minute walk from my front door. As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog I love to involve India with as many things as I do as possible and by living in the city it makes it so easy.
FAMILY DAYS OUT
Now a family day out for us consists of India peeing, puking and pooing throughout the day. Locations need to be baby friendly in-order to cater for the little one in case of a nappy emergency. I’ve had quite a few incidents where India needed a nappy change and there has been a lack of facilities, so each time I’ve had to come up with an innovative idea, more often that not, these always end up with rather messy consequences.
My self esteem lowers as my genius idea has not been so genius, India loves to add salt to the wound by smiling at me as I wrench as she has worked her acrobatic ability to get poo all over me and whatever surface she can reach. This being said, I wouldn’t have it any other way, although sometimes there is an awful mess, she has created some of the funniest memories and makes trips worth while.
“She has created some of the funniest memories and makes trips worth while”
This week I wanted to try out a baby carrier for myself and India, so the lovely team at Uber Kids sent me the Ergobaby 360. Now if I’m being honest, so many brands can get this product wrong, they try and make them look like a contemporary piece of art when all you need is something solid and reliable! Although having a pram can be the preferred option to carry your baby, sometimes its more practical and beneficial to have the carrier, India loves it because she’s high up with a great view of everything and it also provides some bonding time between me and her.
It makes going anywhere with ease, where at times the pram (particularly in somewhere like London) can be a bit of a struggle to move around. I’d take the trip into consideration, the carrier would be more suited to a shorter trip and the pram a longer one.
I like to take India and Binky to personal places that are a part of my childhood as sharing a memory and place with my girls is something I find so special. For example, something as simple as taking them to a rugby match is something I find so exciting, rugby has played such a huge part of my life and sharing moments like that with my little girl is something I will always cherish. Family days out are about creating memories and cementing that bond between Parent and Child, it’s such a great way to connect with them.
“I like to take India and Binky to personal places that are a part of my childhood as sharing a memory and place with my girls is something I find so special”
DADDY AND BABY TIME
As much as I’d love to spend all my time with India, work and personal life can sometimes affect this. So make your time count and don’t take the simplest of tasks for granted. For example, when you need to pop to the shops to get a pint of milk, bring your child with you, this is a chance for you to bond and make memories as well as getting that child to engage with the world and see new things!
Whether you realise it or not, your personality rubs off on your child. I’m always up for a laugh and tend to be the village idiot and I already see some of these traits in India, she makes me laugh so much and her personality is growing stronger each day and she has really turned into one amazing little human!
Story of the week
No matter how easy or short your journey is, how well you’ve planned your route, always expect the unexpected. The moment you take your eyes off the ball, this will be your undoing! The days of just ‘popping to the shop’ with ease have long gone and on this horrendous day, I proved how right that was. Binky had gone out and I was in charge of India and Scrumble (our dog), I was in desperate need of some daily essentials however it made me feel uneasy and vulnerable about going out as neither baby or dog can be trusted! Scrumble has caught me out on several occasions when he does his business, it’s almost as if he senses each time I don’t have a dog bag in my pocket.
“No matter how easy or short your journey is, how well you’ve planned your route, always expect the unexpected”
I packed the pram and prepared for my journey ahead, off we went, my eyes glued to India. She needed this nap and nodded off fairly quickly however I had seen this tactic way to often to fall for it, I was watching her open one of her eyes to see if it was the right moment to make her move on Daddy, however I wasn’t giving her the opportunity and kept my eyes focused on her.
This made me exposed to the calculated little King Charles Cavalier, I was crossing the road and Scrumble decided that this was the exact moment he wanted to have a poo. Now with minimal time to spare on a busy London road, I had two choices… do I wheel India back to the pavement but she is unattended or do I pick up the mess and keep India with me on the road (to prevent some poor unfortunate person arriving to their destination smelling like a farmyard). Neither choice was great but with the little time I had left, I decided that being with Daddy was safer. Committed to the cause, I now realised that I had once again, forgotten his poo bags, with no receipts or tissues to use, I’m saddened to let you know that all that was left for me to use was a £5 note. As I bent down and cleaned it up, I heard a giggle. I looked up to see my daughter grinning, her expression basically telling me I was a fool. NEXT TIME I WILL BE PREPARED!
TIP OF THE WEEK
“Always pack plenty of poo bags for your dog, so that you don’t waste the money you intended to spend on milk!”