Baby vs Beard

Month: August 2017

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Week 30 – Antenatal classes and hospital bags!

Antenatal classes

This week we’re into our 30th week of pregnancy.  A lot has happened, notably our last antenatal class (which have been excellent I must say).  A couple with their 3-month-old baby came to talk about their experience so far. There was a massive emphasis on “enjoy your free time now because once the baby arrives…you’ll have none”. They talked about labor and lack of sleep which seems to be the recurring issue people are talking about whenever I mention we’re having a baby.

It’s probably going to be a massive shock to me as currently, I like to sleep 10 hours a night. We also covered bathing, changing, safety and unfortunately cot death.  The classes themselves have been absolutely brilliant, especially as first-time parents with absolutely no idea what to expect.  Although saying that they’ve been equally terrifying and definitely hammer home how “hard” it’s going to be.

Is it really that hard?

I’d say one thing which has been mentioned over and over, not just at our antenatal classes has been how hard things are going to be and sitting here I really can’t see how it’s going to be so difficult. Yeah, a crying baby probably isn’t going to be ideal and there’s going to be days when we’re both just fed up, but surely being a parent can’t be that difficult if you’re prepared and know what to expect?

I know it’s probably going to be a lot harder for Sarah as she’s taken a year maternity leave and I’ll be working through a lot of these hard days, but I’d like to think we’re pretty solid and clever enough to recognize when we need a break. We’re incredibly lucky to have a lot of support around us, so I don’t think we’re going to be too bad.  I must say though, I’m writing this through naive eyes so future me might look back on this and want to smack past me for being an idiot. We’ll see I guess!

Hospital bag!

Hospital Bag

Sarah has started packing her hospital bag. You’d think she was packing for a 3 month trip to Thailand from the amount of crap she’s packing. It’s hard to tell if she actually needs most of the stuff because when we travel abroad she’s a big packer anyway. This time I don’t really have an issue with it because I really want her to feel comfortable and prepared for the hospital. It’s really strange writing this because time is just flying at the minute, there’s not a lot of time left.  A friend of ours just has their baby last week and they came early, 34 weeks to be precise.  That’s mind blowing to think, that could happen to us….and that is only 3 weeks away!



Come to think of it, I best get myself away….gotta sort this hospital bag! Oh, if you think we should be taking something that the internet doesn’t suggest contact me and let me know.

Welcome to Baby vs Beard, a Dad blog!

Pleased to meet you!

My name is Shaun and I’m 30 years old.  I’m from the UK and I’m about to become a dad for the first time.  I have decided to write a weekly dad blog following our journey as first-time parents.  At the time of writing this, my wife Sarah is currently 30 weeks pregnant with our little daughter and blooming.

I’ll be sharing our ups and downs of pregnancy and parenting, my advice to expecting parents and hopefully some classic lines from our daughter (when she arrives of course!). All (hopefully) with a comedy twist.

The story so far

Sarah and I have been together for 11 years and married for 5 of those years. Not long after marriage, we decided to start trying for a baby but unfortunately didn’t fall pregnant.  After 3 years of trying, we decided that we would try to find out what the problem was as to why Sarah wasn’t naturally getting pregnant. Tests showed that the right tube was blocked but that didn’t mean she wouldn’t fall pregnant just that the chance of falling pregnant was lower. The consultant recommended we try IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment as we met the criteria. Without hesitation, we agreed to give it a go.

IVF was a long process. A lot of tests, poking, prodding, and sampling but absolutely worth it.  After a long 2-week wait post insemination, we were very very lucky and privileged to fall pregnant on attempt number one. It didn’t come without issues though. Sarah was extremely poorly for the first 8 weeks. She was diagnosed with Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and left almost bedbound for a month. Then came the crippling morning sickness which left her bordering depressed.

12 extremely long and difficult weeks later we could finally tell the world our news.  Not long after, we decided to do a gender scan where we discovered that we are expecting a little girl who is due on 28th October 2017. Since then, things have been relatively plain sailing. The time has flown now we can finally relax and look forward to our arrival.

A dad blog?!

I can’t even begin to express how excited we are to begin this journey.  So excited in fact that I’ve decided to start my own dad blog so I can look back in years to come and read over the things we’ve done as a family. I’ve got some ideas of great articles for expecting fathers based on my own experiences so far which I hope to write in the coming weeks and months. I’m also going to hopefully have some other guest dads write on the blog too if my audience grows.

If you’d like to know a little more about us, you can click over to the about page where you’ll find all of that interesting stuff. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me.