Baby vs Beard

Week 34 – Birthday, Baby shower, Football!

Happy Birthday!

This week marked week 34 of pregnancy and the 4th birthday of our lovely little Daisy. As you can see in the picture above, she was absolutely thrilled with my wife’s idea to stick a party hat on her. We took her for a massive walk and she had a birthday treat of scrambled eggs for her lunch. One thing we’re conscious of is still making a fuss of the dog when the baby arrives.  It’s going to be a massive change for everyone, including the dog.  Sarah has an irritating habit of treating the dog like a child a lot of the time so when an actual child is around it’s confusing for her because she assumes we are talking to her, which subsequently gets her excited.

Baby Shower

Last weekend Sarah had her baby shower at a place quite close to us called The Hive. She absolutely loves this place, so when arranging her baby shower this was always where it was going to be. Now being a bloke, and having never been to a baby shower I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I’d heard of weird games such as eating out of a nappy etc.  but I wasn’t really sure what it involved.  I was completely perplexed when she came home with a car full of bags. There must have been 20 gift bags.  We spent the evening opening presents for the baby. Both of us were completely overwhelmed with the generosity people had shown us. Our baby is going to be the best dressed that’s for sure!


So while all of the baby shower business was taking place, I decided I’d take my 5-year-old nephew to his first Newcastle United match. I always remember my first football game, it was an amazing experience.  Fans singing, the roar of the stadium when a goal was scored, a pie at halftime. It has stuck with me my entire life. I’ve wanted to do this for ages but none of my nephews are old enough, except young Reece.

I told my sister I’d take him but I was a little bit anxious as I’ve never actually spent any time alone with him.  I had a vision of him starting to cry and me not having any idea what I’d do if he did or one of those full-blown meltdowns that kids can have. She assured me he would be fine and he’s usually no bother at all. I’m going to hold my hands up and say that I googled ‘How to talk to a 5-year-old’.  I was shitting my pants. Completely inexperienced. One thing I was sure about though was that it was going to be an awesome day!

So yeah, kids are hard work!

Now, before I go any further, let me tell you, I was not prepared for how many questions I would be bombarded with. This kid can talk, and by talk I mean he never, not even for 5 minutes stopped talking all day. I think he must hold the world record for the number of times asking ‘Why?’ in a day.  It was quite a humbling experience for me, I didn’t realise how much I didn’t know until a 5-year-old asked me about everything he saw. The first hour or so was fine, but as the day went on I was mentally drained.  The kid is golden, but my god I don’t know how people manage to do this every day. Oh, and how much food do kids put away? For being tiny things kids can do some eating! I could not fill him up at all.


St James Park

The match was everything I could have asked for. On our way to the stadium, we passed some guys holding massive flags and singing songs.  I could see how emersed he was, the look of fascination was really nice to watch. I got goosebumps as we walked out onto the stadium concourse and he could see just how great the football ground was.

As the game progressed he started shouting and singing some of the songs and he nearly jumped out of his skin when they scored the first goal.  The noise was immense, he didn’t really know what to do but as soon as they scored the second goal, he joined in with the jumping up and down and shouting with joy. Our day ended on a high as Newcastle won the game 2-1.

On our way home it was all he wanted to talk about.  It was great to see how happy it made him, and I really enjoyed the experience as well.  I was drained, but I’d do it every weekend if I could afford it. My sister sent me a message later on that evening saying he was on cloud nine and just wanted to talk about the football with everyone. We made a memory that day that will stick with him through his entire life.

Week 33 – Broken Waters! (Almost)

Broken waters!

On Friday night, such is tradition, I bought myself some beers to relax for the weekend.  It was a bit strange because Sarah and I talked about how I probably shouldn’t drink too much over the next few weeks as It’s probably not ideal I turn up to the hospital drunk if she goes into labor. I’d sort of brushed it off because, well we’ve still got 6 weeks to go.

Fast forward about 3 hours or so and she’d just got out of the shower.  We were talking about something, I can’t remember what but water just slowly started dripping down her leg onto our bedroom floor.  We have wood flooring throughout so it was pretty obvious straight away. I asked if she was all right and she looked at me puzzled.  I pointed to the floor and asked again if she was all right? She looked at me and told me she didn’t need the toilet. Could this be happening? Surely not? Broken Waters!

Remarkably we both stayed really calm, I expected myself to start panicking immediately but I didn’t.  I was calm and collected, and a little drunk.  I should have listened to her advice. She called 111 and they asked her to do a few things, she was told to wear a pad and check an hour later to see if it was wet.  She wasn’t in any pain, and luckily she wasn’t still leaking water either.  Even though everything was fine we still couldn’t explain the water so on Saturday morning we decided to call the hospital and book an appointment.

Better safe than sorry!

We arrived at the hospital on Saturday afternoon after a quiet morning.  There was still no pain, no discomfort. They were extremely good with us as usual.  Sarah was made to feel at ease immediately.  She was monitored using two bands for babies movement and heartbeat for about 45 minutes.  It was really assuring to hear the heartbeat, which went up every time baby moved.

They took her blood and a urine sample which showed signs of an infection. This later came back fine, though.  The midwife explained that because Sarah is so slight, the readings on the machine they used would usually show contractions are actually just movements. Fortunately for us, it was more likely that she’d just wet herself, which is apparently really common in pregnant women. Broken waters!? Nope. Pee.  This left us a bit red faced, but I guess you should be better safe than sorry!

After the stress of the night before and spending a good chunk of our day in the hospital, we decided to eat out that night.  We decided on a place called Turkusine.  It was absolutely delicious, we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was our first time eating Turkish food and we will definitely be back.

Future of the blog

I’ve had some good inspiration lately from twitter. I’d like to start writing some reviews in the near future and I’ve also got some really good ideas for articles that aren’t personal blog posts.  I’d like to think over the next few weeks I’ll get a few of these out.  I’m really enjoying twitter, I’ve never really used it before starting this blog.  I got myself all chuffed last night when I hit 50 followers! It’s the little things in life!

As always, if you have any advice, comments or questions, please feel free to contact me. Alternatively, you can follow me on Twitter.

Week 32 – Growth Scan and Games

Growth Scan

This week was particularly quiet for us, you might even say run-of-the-mill, however, we did have a growth scan. Sarah was at her friends baby shower last Saturday and she worked on Sunday so we didn’t get a chance to do much. It has worked out really well for Sarah as 5 of her close friends are also pregnant. They are all due within a month of us as well which should make maternity leave a bit easier for her.  I think it’ll do wonders for her, having friends to support each other through the tough days when I’ll be working.

As we having an IVF baby, the hospital told us we’d be scanned every month of our pregnancy. It has been a real blessing for us. Most people only get a 12-week scan and a 20-week scan. I’ve missed the past 2 scans though.  I let my mother attend one as she’s beyond excited and my mother in law attended another. I was really excited to see her yesterday as it has been a long 8-week wait. She was so big, it’s unbelievable seeing the changes at each scan. She was measuring 5.2 pounds which is exactly what they’d like her to be.  Although she didn’t move around much,  it’s reassuring to see her and know everything is just fine.

We have another appointment in 3 weeks to see our consultant which we believe is when they will discuss the birth with us.  Sarah has said throughout the pregnancy that she believes she will come early and I don’t think she’s wrong.  Sarah is very petite and has already got a massive bump, it’s hard to see how she will last another 7 weeks.

Destiny 2

Nerdgasm alert! Destiny 2 was released this week for consoles. I’d played Destiny on my PlayStation obsessively for about a year before the guys I played with quit. When I found out they’d be releasing Destiny 2 for PC I was absolutely buzzing. I’ve always been a PC gamer and often found myself wishing they’d have released it for PC when I was playing PS4.  I got the chance to play the open Beta the other week and it was absolutely stunning on PC.

The game feels MUCH better than it ever did on console.  I think it’s down to the fact you can play the game in 4k. at 60+ FPS. I couldn’t believe how smooth it was.  They’ve done a really good job porting it over.  I can’t wait to play it!  There’s only one catch, though.  My only gripe is that consoles get an early release. It isn’t released on PC until 24/10/2017.  That’s 1 day before our due date! Bummer!  Usually, I’d spend 12 hours a day on a new game on weekends (I know, I’m a nerd…). I still hope to get an hour or so in a day once the baby arrives, though!

For now, my eyes are green with envy watching these console twitch streamers in their element playing.


I kept my promise from last week and finally completed the about page.  I’m probably going to change it from time to time with new/additional information so if you’re interested, go and take a look!

Week 31 – Wedding Anniversary & Waterproof bedding!

5th Wedding Anniversary

This week marks our 5th wedding anniversary!  How time has flown! It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago I was a bubbling mess seeing my beautiful wife walk down the isle. Sarah and I decided to celebrate by having a night away in the Lake District.  We visited a place called Grasmere and took our pooch Daisy along for the journey.  We like to take her with us when we visit the lakes as the walks are tremendous for her and pretty much everywhere is dog-friendly. She’s also very keen on a swim! We only stayed one night but we got to visit Grasmere lake and Thirlmere lake. Both of them were really nice to visit, very relaxing.

aside from the wedding anniversary, we had a pretty busy weekend.  We went to our local pub annual band festival, seen some great bands and I decided to stay up late and watch the McGregor vs Mayweather fight which subsequently meant I slept all day Sunday. My days of pulling all nighters are definitely going to come to an abrupt end shortly so I figured I’d take the opportunity while I still could.

My brother and two sisters also visited us which was nice as I don’t see them half as much as I should. It was great to catch up with them. We had some drinks and played Speak Out which led to probably one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had. If you haven’t tried that game, you absolutely must!


I don’t think she’d admit it but Sarah is well and truly nesting at the moment. We recently had a new kitchen installed which has now finally been painted. She’s ordered new doors, light bulbs and seems obsessed about things ‘being done’. Prior to the siblings visiting I cleaned the house from top to bottom much to her delight. I think she’s finally realizing we’re going to have a little person here soon and wants everything to be perfect.

Waterproof bedding

As our due date closes in on us, one of the things people have recommended to us is a waterproof mattress cover.  This is going to stop the damage done to our mattress if Sarah’s waters pop while we’re in bed.  It’s just as well someone mentioned it to us as we’ve not long bought a new mattress and it’d be a shame to have to throw it if it does happen while she’s asleep. I feel like 5 years old me going to bed at the moment as the rustle is quite annoying!

The hospital bag continues to dominate most of Sarahs time this week.  She’s been out buying more stuff and at this point, I honestly couldn’t tell you what’s in the bag anymore.

I plan on writing my about page this weekend so if you’re interested you can find out a bit more about us.  Also as always, any questions or comments you can contact me!

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.