Redefining happiness

Where do I begin?  Perhaps an apology.  I, like a million other people, started a blog and after a few months the posts dried up.  Why?  Well, I guess parenting got in the way a little and so did work, but in saying this I already feel like a child making up excuses for why they haven’t handed in their homework. … Read more

Lads on Tour (with baby in tow)

Twelve lads, one mini-golf themed pub and five breweries.  What do you do if you’re a new dad and get invited to this one Saturday afternoon?  Persuade the wife to make a family outing of it of course!

You’d be right to raise an eyebrow and be slightly skeptical of this, and with good reason. … Read more

To Baptise or not Baptise?

I thought it was all about the party if I’m honest.  I had spent a good few weeks thinking about what would be on the menu, what kind of beer to buy and how to make the garden look as good as possible for all our guests. … Read more

When Dads join the Mums n Bubs group

I guess it is a rite of passage for every new father.   Katie goes to a Mums n Bubs group every week and we end up discussing it over dinner. We talk about what the other babies look like in comparison (it turns out our Theo seems to be a bit of a giant), we talk about how the other mums are getting on and importantly, if Katie is enjoying it. … Read more

Towel Down

“I’m going to the gym.  Will you be OK with him?” If the question wasn’t justified I could even be insulted.  Will I be OK looking after my 11 week old son?  Given I spend my weekdays at work, being left alone with Theo is quite a rarity. … Read more

The Beatles v The Wiggles

How long before Peppa Pig and The Wiggles take over?


I’m dreading it.


We went away for a weekend recently and just as an experiment I thought I’d do the noble father thing of putting on some kid’s music for Theo in the back seat. … Read more

How to make an Australian.

Well, I assume anyone reading this would know the FIRST step, but here’s a re-cap of how we – an English woman with Irish heritage and a Cornish man produced a little Ozzie.

Step 1.  Get PermanentResidency. Yep – you and your partner.  … Read more

First time taking a baby to a pub

I mean what kind of parents think that taking a baby into a heaving pub is acceptable behaviour?

I’m not sure – and we’ve just done it.

I’ve always wondered about parents of new-borns taking their kids to pubs.  Is it a middle finger to all the people who have warned you that by having a child your social life is over? … Read more