Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Hello old friend

A lot of people ask me why I haven't updated this blog in a while. It's a bloody good question.

The truth is I've just been busy with work and the other thing is I've often wondered if what I have to say is interesting or relevant, I'm trying to avoid being self indulgent about writing gushing diatribes about my son.

I try to keep Instagram updated, so you can head over there and follow me at

But on Christmas Eve, the night before his second Christmas I feel it warrants just a little update about the boy.

Here are five things I'm grateful for.

1. He never, ever has a number two at night. No dirty nappy changes by candlelight for me. I seriously cannot put a price on this!

2. He generally sleeps through the night and goes to bed early and is starting to need his night feeds less often. That makes up for the fact he hardly sleeps during the day.

3. Laughter. Lots of it.

4. Teaching us new levels of patience

5. Helping us to be less selfish as people.

I am however not grateful for the recent toddler testosterone surges and random growling, and hitting when he's been told "no". That's his least favourite word and we get a quizzical, angry look, followed by taking a swing at us, and then falling to his knees crying and whining at how hard his life is and how unjust we are as parents. I think it will take a little bit of time to get used to that!

Happy Christmas everyone.. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Getaway.

Put the foot down, kid! Let's show these Portuguese supermarkets how its done!

Intermarche (near Carvoeiro in the Lagoa district of Portugal) have these fantastic child friendly trolleys you can rent. How good is this!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Baby's first year (in 8 minutes)

So his first birthday party was a rip roaring success. The weather was bad so I was freaking out that the venue was going to be too small for everyone to huddle inside but luckily I was wrong and all the babies loved crawling around with the ball pool and circus tent.

It has been an amazing year, and we did it. We got there.

I've taken over 3,000 photos during the year, here are some of the best made into a slideshow so you can see how he has developed during this time. A sort of time lapse, if you will.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

9 days before your first birthday..

9 days to go until your 1st birthday. You are turning out to be a special boy.

Who else do I know that goes to bed at 4:30pm and wakes up at 7am? No one!

You still hardly ever sleep during the day unless it's on a long car journey. We have accepted that you don't really seem to like naps and are a stubborn, active little Taurus!

The other weekend you moved into a grown up car seat and your face was quite a picture when you realised you could see mummy and daddy and the trees and lamp posts whizzing by.

You're able to run with the baby walker and cruise along the bath or the sofa and get yourself standing up. Surely it won't be long until you are walking properly...

This is not daddy's finest example of a blog but just to let you know I am thinking about you and proud of you. Keep smiling, son.

Daddy is also sorry that work has been so busy he hasn't had time to write more...

Monday, 3 February 2014

Too good not to share

Just a thought, for all the other doting parents out there. 

This made me chuckle when someone posted it on Facebook. Fair point, it must be really annoying but we just can't help it can we!

When you post pictures of your kids on Facebook you are probably irritating the shiatsu out of someone else.

Aargh! Good old social media etiquette.

At this point you have two options. 

1) Try and keep a one picture a week limit, or something like that. Works for me.

2) Everyone else can go to hell! Aww. Look at iz little blue shoez! LOL! 
-We all know one of these Rambo parents on Facebook, don't we? I admire their tenacity and the way that DO YOU PEOPLE NOT REALISE THAT 'LIKING' THEIR PICTURE ONLY ENCOURAGES THEM TO POST MORE PICTURES OF THEIR 'CHEEKY LITTLE MONKEY' TODAY??!

P.S for anyone that doesn't know, the picture is of Sloth from the Goonies. A legendary film from the 80s. Much to my horror when I found out, my wife hasn't seen it. But that's another story. 

I may have to entitle it 'iconic 80s films my wife has not seen'. Watch this space.