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.
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.
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.