One of our biggest concerns before Sonny was born was how our jack russell Mario would take to him. The dog has had our undivided attention for the past 9 years, but with a few simple adjustments to his lifestyle he seems to have accepted the newcomer to his home.
We may not be doing the most important job, but that doesn’t mean dads don’t need a break every now and again too. I’ve found that sneaking out of the house from time to time helps keep me sane, refreshed and even more motivated to be the best dad I can be when I get home.
Trying to fit work commitments around the demands of supporting a new family is probably the biggest challenge I’ve faced in my life, but I’m still loving every second.
Five things I learned in Week 1 of fatherhood: the birth wasn’t as bad as feared; midwives are wonderful people; the first night at home is terrifying; you won’t believe how much you love your baby; never leave a nappy off for long!
For a simple bloke like me, this book has been more useful than all of the NHS classes, midwife appointments and NCT courses put together. Rob Kemp, you’re my hero!