Baby vs Beard

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.

My name is Shaun, I’m a 30-year-old web developer residing in sunny England and this is Baby vs Beard. A blog following my journey as a first-time parent. In 2006 I met my beautiful other half Sarah. Fast forward 11 years, we’re happily married and expecting our first born in October 2017. I have created this blog to document our journey through pregnancy and parenthood.


  1. Eric Holland

    26th August 2017 - 11:45 pm

    Welcome to the Dad Blogging Space! Looking forward to following your journey. I started my blog for a similar reason, to be a digital journal. Good luck! Get sleep now… 🙂

  2. Shaun

    1st September 2017 - 11:36 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Eric! I Hope you’re well. Definitely stocking up on the sleep while I can ha. I’ve added your blog to my favourites. Looking forward to following your journey 🙂

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