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2nd Time Around

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

It’s easier second time around.

As a first time parent, you worry about all sorts of things that, really, you don’t need to. You take too much to the birth (“Pillows! We need Pillows!”). You agonise over a birth plan (Really, a plan? What were you thinking?) You focus on the event and not the afterward. When they arrive, you hover over every one of your child’s moments as if it may be their last, (“is it breathing! Check! Just in case…”). You worry they might be ill, or be feeding too much or too little or the wrong kind or amount… You worry if you will identify with a child of the opposite gender. Your partner agonises over if they’ve breastfed long enough, after all there are STUDIES! You fall prone to the media scare story of the week. You panic at the onset of a sniffle or the sight of chicken pox. It’s all a great big unknown.

Second time round you know what works for you. Which bits of the mountain of contracdictory advice are laughable and which are key. You’re more confident in your parenting. Oh, and you have a toddler wandering round and demanding your attention, so you have less time to worry.

It’s best not to worry.

Second time round you find your grove quicker and just get on with it. What else can you do?

Wish I’d known how to do that first time round…

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iPhone Apps for New Fathers

Monday, November 16th, 2009

It was kind of inevitable, the first time my daughter tried to grab my iPhone and ingest it. Fortunately it was only some minor droolage that occurred, but it got me wondering what there was in the way of mobile baby entertainment for Apple’s mobile device. After all, what’s that new smear resistant screen on the iPhone 3GS for if not exposure to small children? (Assisted of course).

The App store is full of educational and/or playful applications for kids. Like all apps they seem to vary in quality. A good example of this are the various “Flash Card” apps, where you can teach your child words and pictures. Some are hastily put together options with stock photos and bad typography and expect you to pay for it. Others like Dream Cortex‘s Baby Flash cards (iTunes link) have nicely designed imagery and are free. It’s got nice bright colours and a baby can tap the screen to see the next card. Dream Cortex also do a fun app called Baby Piano Lite , which allows you to play tunes and animal noises on a brightly coloured piano, great for my Daughter who loves her bright plastic DJ Puppy Dog piano. The keys aren’t huge though, so it can result in quite a cacophony…

Other than that. Well there’s a 101 apps for naming your baby. A fair few to record feeds and nappy changes that suffer from interface overload. Some apps that claim to act as baby monitors and tweet you if they hear anything(!) Nothing else that stands out after a trawl.

Any I missed?

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Geek Dad Breakfasts

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Over on Twitter, there was a flurry of activity today around a rather neat idea called Geek Dad Breakfasts. A nice idea for a Saturday morning meetup of like-minded fathers.

Like all good ideas it boils down to something simple: get kids and dads out from under partner’s nose on Saturday morning (allowing for much needed sleep), meet local dads with similar interests and eat some fried food. Sounds grand to me!

Show your interest and support by twittering (if you use such) the first three characters of your postcode and the #gdbf (see who else is interested here, I imagine more complicated geolocation shenanigans is on the way).

Kudos should go to Mike Ellis for conceiving the idea. Let’s see where it goes!

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