Archive for March, 2009

And Relax!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

It’s a simple bit of advice, given to me by a seasoned dad many years ago. Advice which I always try and pass on to stressed out new dads whose babies won’t sleep.

The advice is this: Try and stay relaxed. Even if it is 3.30am and you’ve been up for the tenth time that night. If you are relaxed you’ll probably get back to sleep a little quicker. If you’re awake most of the night but have managed to stay relaxed there’s also more of a chance you’ll cope with the day ahead a little better.

Of course, if staying relaxed is more than you can manage, console yourself with the knowledge that my children have, between all three of them, managed to keep me and my wife awake most nights, for most of the night, for the last seven years. We’re still here to tell the tale but damn, I’m tired!

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The Longest 15 Minutes of My Life

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Quite possibly the most gut-wrenching moment of my life so far was standing in the delivery suite, somewhat sleep deprived and stressed as a consultant said “right, we need to prep your wife for theatre, we’ll be back for you in a minute.” Then briskly wheeled my partner from the room.

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Soothing Songs for Babies (You know more than you think)

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I don’t know many lullabies.

Until a few weeks ago this wasn’t a problem. However suddenly I ¬†need soothing songs at 4am for a new baby that’s griping. Turns out, this is less of a problem than I first thought.¬†Babies aren’t picky, so any song, sung at a reasonably slow speed, with a certain depth of voice and a soothing intent seems to do the trick.

Currently – my random gibberings jazz-fusion improvisation aside – I’m finding that 80s TV themes and early 80s/90s alternative rock seem to work really well. The theme from The Littlest Hobo, Lovecats by the Cure and Hope Street by the Levellers are the current favourites.

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