The Gallery:Men

This is the first time I have entered the Sticky Fingers The Gallery so I hope I have managed to add this link correctly!!

When I saw that the title was ‘Men’ I wondered how I could ecapsulate that word into a photo. Then I remembered a photo which I hope sums it up pretty darn good!
I have chosen a photo which shows my boyfriend holding our newborn son an hour after he was born. I believe that this photo shows the moment he went from being simply a ‘ man’ to a ‘Daddy’. From this moment his life (as did mine!) changed and a part of him did also, as a softer side has emerged – not too much of course because he is a ‘man’ – but it has been lovely to see how over the last 10 months Jon has shown so much love towards his son and how proud he is of our boy. Burton looks a lot like his Daddy, and Jon has told me that sometimes when he looks at him, it is like looking into his own eyes. A grown man seeing the man our baby will become.
Men are different to us women – they tend to hide their emotions more whereas we tend to wear ours on our sleeves (more so since having a baby – mine have been sopping!!). However, the moment a man holds his newborn baby – a slight shift occurs, and beneath the cool, calm exterior that is so common to (most) men, a glimmer of hope is revealed. The hope a new life brings which makes you realise how much love you have for this little human being – an overwhelming sense of love, pride and responsibility all rolled into one. A realisation that from this moment on you are a man now – a grown up and things will never be the same again.
I believe my photo demonstrates this as Jon is still the same man, still with all the annoying traits he had before, but since 3.18am on Wednesday 15th July, 2009 he became a new man; a better man; a Daddy.
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Penguin Update

For all you Penguin fans – just to let you know that he survived his ‘bath’ in the washing machine and here is the proof!!! Aaaaaah 🙂

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I have just stuck ‘Penguin’ in the washing machine.

Burton’s beloved cuddly toy has gone for a much over due wash! The trouble is, I have no idea how it is going to appear after its encounter with the washing machine. I just hope that it will emerge intact so it can be returned to its little owner!

Burton loves Penguin – it was a Christmas present from my Dad, who is chuffed to bits that his grandson has taken so much to this soft toy. So much so in fact that he has bought a replacement one in case anything should happen to Penguin. A gesture which surprised me as my Dad is not the type to think of such things.
I am pleased that Burton loves Penguin as much as he does, because he has helped to get Burton to sleep in his cot for naps and at bed time. B’s little face lights up whenever he sees his cuddly friend waiting for him in the cot. Which is another reason why I hope Penguin will survive his washing machine experience – otherwise what will I do at bedtime tonight???

Poor old Penguin was overdue a wash though, what with having a mixture of dribble, snot, bum cream etc… lovingly added to his exterior over the past few months – certain parts of him had become a tad crusty!

So I have 18 minutes left until the washing cycle ends – fingers crossed all will be well and Burton and Penguin can resume their bedtime, changing and playtime routines once more and Mummy can breathe a big sigh of relief! Oh and we will have a clean and crust free Penguin……….well for one day at least!!
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Bedtime Blues

So I did it!

I moved out of B’s bedroom at the weekend and back into mine after 6 1/2 months of sleeping near his cot, for night time feeds and being able to see aswell as hear him. I guess that after 9 1/2 months this may seem a long time to be absent from the same bedroom as my partner’s, but I think it was the right thing to have done and I would probably do it all again.
B’s room is on a different level to our bedroom and being a big baby he was out of his moses basket by 12 weeks and I felt it was too soon to let him sleep by himself, so I also moved into his bedroom when he made the big step of sleeping in his cot. Plus having to get up a couple of times in the night to b’feed him was made easier by only having to drag myself from the bed to the cot to the nursing chair, rather than face a flight of stairs and a landing at stupid o’clock each night.
Plus as time has gone on it has been lovely having him come in to bed with me after his morning feed, allowing us to have a cuddle and doze together before we get up each morning. Aswell as the occasional time when he has woken up in the night, and rather than have to wait for him to cry himself to sleep he has got into bed with me where funnily enough he could go back to sleep a lot more easily!
But during the last fortnight B has suddenly started going through the night better and going down in his cot without the need to cry for 30-60 mins (until I gave in and took him out I hasten to add!), so I knew that it was time for me to vacate his room and return to my own. I realised that I needed to face the fact that my baby needs his OWN room without his Mummy being there aswell. I know there will be times when I will be sleeping on the floor next to his cot when he is ill, but, for now, it was time to leave him be.
That first night (Saturday) I could have cried when I lay in my own bed upstairs – sounds daft I know but it just felt a bit sad that the night time bonding we shared for all his life to date was coming to an end. He was fine of course! At 4am I heard him whimper slightly through the baby monitor and although he went back to sleep until 5.15am and then again until 6am, I did not – old habits die hard don’t they?
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