THAT'S A WRAP (BABYJOGGER ROUND UP) #ad

THAT'S A WRAP (BABYJOGGER ROUND UP) #ad

It's December, it's freezing and today what started out as a look back on my collaboration with Baby Jogger has become more of an overall look back on the year. Man, what a year it's been.As I look back on the blog posts I've done as part of this partnership I am reminded of so many memories, I am brought back in time to the moment the photos were taken and can't help but smile. I thought it could be fun to look back over the blog posts, recap on what they were about and then add a little personal memory to each of them. Let's start at the beginning.

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Review of Baby Jogger City GO i-Size + my thoughts our the early parenthood #ad

Review of Baby Jogger City GO i-Size + my thoughts our the early parenthood #ad

Nothing is scarier than that first drive back from the hospital with your new little bubba. I think I stayed up worrying about it for a few weeks leading up to the big day.

There is just something about that drive that makes it all so real. Do you know what I mean? If you are in that position now iI want to let you know that although you wontwon’t stop worrying, it did turn out  less scary and far more magical than I anticipated. though. For me, it was driving home to a new life. A life that has proven to be more incredible than I could have ever imagined.

As part of my ongoing collaboration with Baby Jogger i'mI’m going to review the latest City GO i-Size so that the getting the right carseat seat can be one thing less that's playing on your mind! As always with this reviews i'mI’m going to try and get straight to the facts and make it as simple as possible!

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CITY ADVENTURE WITH BABY JOGGER (CITY MINI 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) #ad

CITY ADVENTURE WITH BABY JOGGER (CITY MINI 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) #ad

I have spent most of my adult life buzzing between underground stations and busy city streets. I have made the early morning train to London my second home and the late train back a somewhat begrudging friend. My job was in the city, I met Ebony in the city and I thought the city was where iI'd be forever. How funny it is now that when Baby Jogger suggested I tested out the City Mini 10th Anniversary out in a city I had to sheepishly admit I don't think I'm going to a city...not this week, not next week and not this year.

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PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

“As for UNLIKELY DAD… I always knew I wanted to blog. I just didn’t know what about. I was never the coolest kid on the block with the hottest trends so fashion blogging wouldn’t work. I didn’t have many hobbies either. But then I became a dad and I found I had this voice. I didn’t feel represented in social media really. A young (ish) gay, adoptive dad. I saw the Instagram scene awash with mum and dad bloggers and I love that space. It felt so inclusive and like we were all in this together. But I wanted to make myself accessible and commercial. To be seen as a dad, just like anyone else. And I have worked damn hard. I write from my heart and all my photos are precious to me. I love what I do and hope by sharing what life as a gay dad looks like is actually just showing my followers we’re all the same!”

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HONEST PRAM REVIEW (BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX) #ad

HONEST PRAM REVIEW (BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX) #ad

Do you want to know something absolutely crazy? I’ve been asked if I can do a professional review. Me! Not in my wildest bloody dreams did I ever think I would be asked to do a review. Let alone review a pram from a parents perspective. As much as it still feels a little crazy to be a parent the truth is I have managed to bumble my way through these first eight months with love in my heart. I may not be a super mum with years of experience but here we go!

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OUR NEW HOUSE ADVENTURE (BabyJogger City tour LUX) #ad

It's Friday and we are sat at a cafe by the sea. It's quiet, half empty and feels very much like a place for the locals, situated just a few miles down from the main tourist spots. I’m not from Bournemouth and have no real connection here but for some reason life has taken me to this spot a few times. It has always sparked me as odd, but as I sit drinking my coffee with Daisy and Ebony, it all makes sense. Life has taken me home.


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Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

What inspires you? What books do you recommend? Baby number 2? Are you still sober? If so do you get urges to drink and how do you not give in? Do you and Ebony ever get 'hate' and how do you react?Do you have a routine that helps with anxiety? Do you think it's healthy for Daisy to be on social media and part of your job?


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DAD UPDATE

DAD UPDATE

It's been nearly five months since our lives changed forever and it feel's like every single day we are learning and experiencing something totally new. I often think how best to describe the feeling of being a parent. I think the word that springs to mind is 'wonder'. Being a parent makes me see the world with wonder.

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PARENTHOOD: WITH DANIEL FROM 'THE YOUNGS' (Fear, labour + playing Xbox)

PARENTHOOD: WITH DANIEL FROM 'THE YOUNGS' (Fear, labour  + playing Xbox)

Daniel Young: "As far as the first few moments go, all I can say is that it is one of the most powerful and memorable moments in my life. I do regret one thing though. My wife was rushed away for surgery pretty quickly which meant I was left on my own with this brand new baby girl. I was in awe of her, but I was too scared to pick her up on my own in case I dropped her or hurt her!

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PARENTHOOD: HONEST UPDATE FROM A DAD

PARENTHOOD: HONEST UPDATE FROM A DAD

Wow. To say the last two months has been a whirlwind would be an absolute understatement. We've been rushed into emergency theatre and given our little one her first bath, we've watched her smile for the first time and heard her screaming in the back of an ambulance. We've seen, done and felt more than we have ever felt in our entire lives and you know the crazy thing? We wouldn't change it for the world. If someone is reading this article in the first few months I want them to know something. It's all worth it. Every single second of it.

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PARENTHOOD: BABY BIG BUYS + COMPETITION!!!!

PARENTHOOD: BABY BIG BUYS + COMPETITION!!!!

Being a new parent is scary right?! There is so much to bloody think about as first time parents we just didn't know what type of things we needed or what were going to become our essentials. As it got closer to our little ones arrival I panic watched hundreds of 'Big Baby Buys' videos and they really helped. I thought I'd pass on some of what I learnt, both from watching the videos and surviving the first ten weeks!!

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PARENTHOOD: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ( + VIDEO)

PARENTHOOD: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ( + VIDEO)

You amaze me in ways I only thought your mother could. You've got her eyes and that's worth more than you could ever know. One day I hope to sit and tell your stories of how we met and how we feel in love. Until then, just know that you are part something too strong to ever break apart.   

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PARENTHOOD: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BECOME A FIRST TIME PARENT?

PARENTHOOD: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BECOME A FIRST TIME PARENT?

The feeling of being a parent hit me like a tone of bricks. In that car, on that winter evening I realised that nothing would ever be the same. That everything I thought was important now wasn't and nothing mattered more than my little girl and her beautiful mother in the blur of flashing lights ahead of me.

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PARENTHOOD: 10 CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME DAD

PARENTHOOD: 10 CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME DAD

I get overwhelmed. We had a pretty traumatic labour and a meningitis scare early on with Daisy which meant a lot of time spent in the hospital. I always thought I was a pretty strong person but there was moments during those first few weeks where I didn't know how much more I could take. 

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PARENTHOOD: THANK YOU TO THE NHS

PARENTHOOD: THANK YOU TO THE NHS

Thank you midwives. The lengths they went for love and for the preservation of life was just amazing. All for less money than an average businessman makes selling you some shit you never even needed in the first place. All with an open heart and a smile.

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