16 July 2015

Dads view on #BabyBaker

Hi guys 

I've been meaning to do this post for a few weeks now but for some reason I seem to have lost my blogger mojo.

I don't know why but I can't seem to get the lap-top out and start putting stuff together, but I'm here now and typing away so I hope u enjoy the story I'm about to tell you. 

But wait...just my luck, like I said I've been struggling to sit down and write and when I finally do...my son needs a hand building his Minecraft world.

*one hour passes*

Right I'm back now, after building the longest wall on planet earth, so, let me carry on. 

You all probably know that I am going to become a dad for the second time soon and if you didn't know, well you do now.

My first born is now 9 and they will be a 10 year gap between him and his little sister who is due in October.
It is quite a long gap but I've spoke to loads of parents who have kids with similar age gaps and they all say it will not be a problem, which I didn't think any way because my son is super excited and can not wait for his baby sister to arrive.

He has stated though that he will not be helping out in any of the nappy duties.

We actually never thought we would have a 10 year gap between children and we started trying for another baby about 3 years ago, but it never happened and I just kind of thought that's that - I had it in my head that it was never going to happen. 

Until around 6 months ago that is.

I've got a bit of a cheesy story to tell, and to be honest I wasn't going to share it but stuff it, it may be true...let me know what you think...

I'm still kind of new to the blog scene, I've been blogging about 7 months now, and I did mention in one of my first ever posts that since I started blogging it's made me such a happier person, it's one of the things the wife noticed straight away.

So basically what I'm getting at is did me starting blogging help and play a part in us getting pregnant?

I mean, like I said, we had been trying for 3 years...

And all the dates add up...

Told you it was cheesy

A real Blogger Baby!

Announcing our news on social media was amazing, we got so much love from everyone especially other bloggers - I actually think that a few were more excited than us, and we also got the baby it's own little hashtag - #BabyBaker - which was given to us by some very "Talented Talkers". 

It was a weird feeling for me knowing that I was going to be a dad again and it took ages to sink in.

I think we got lost in all the excitement and didn't actually sit down and think about things like where will the baby sleep and what do we need to do to make our home baby ready. 

We only live in a two bedroom house which isn't overly massive and I wouldn't say it has tonnes of storage space either.
We are definitely (unfortunately) not in any position to move house financially, so what would we do?

At first we thought about totally redesigning the upstairs of our house by building walls, changing windows and running new pipes and cables for the electrics and heating.
We started pricing up and the cost plus time needed just wasn't worth it.
Plus we had to think if it would add value to the house in the long term or devalue it due to the bedrooms being super tiny. 

We scrapped that plan thankfully and decided to just decorate our bedroom, making room for all of the baby stuff and kind of separate it from our space.

And obviously we decided to redecorate our son's bedroom at the same time. 

It was about this time we were contacted my the amazing people at Asda George who said that they had heard about #BabyBaker and wanted to kit out our nursery and give us and helping hand in the first few months of baby's life.

I was truly gobsmacked by this news and still can't believe it now.

Until you have a baby yourself you will not understand the relief you feel when people offer to help out in situations like this.
Its like a big weight had been lifted off of your shoulders and quite a few boxes on our list of essentials could be ticked off.

I'm not going to get in to all the little details of what I had to do in the the house but I will let you look at the before and after photos - you will see for yourself that it was quite a lot of work and was all done by my very self.

Well, I didn't fit the carpets but I did do everything else - I took a week off work and was putting in 12/14 hour days to get it all finished - I even had to miss my personal training session on a Saturday because I couldn't move my back.

As you can see in the photos the baby will have it's own little area in our bedroom and we have some amazing bits of baby bedroom furniture - all supplied buy George at Asda - such as the moses basket,  the baby changing plus a boat load of babygrows and things like that.

We were also lucky enough to be sent a bottle warmer, a bottle steriliser set, baby monitors and quite a lot more...to be honest the list is quite endless.

Yep that's right, our baby girl has definitely been looked after.

Like I said before it wasn't only our bedroom we were had to sort, my son's was included too - we really wanted to spoil him and really kit his bedroom out to make him feel special, important, not left out and to help him be more independent and feel all grown up.

He loves his new room and I would have loved to have something like this when I was younger.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and I'm sure they will be plenty more posts from me giving my view of all things Baby Baker in the near future.


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