Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Partners of Miscarriage Sufferers 'Ignored'



The UCL and MIscarriage association have released some brand new research into the partners of miscarriage sufferers; mainly dads. I could write a huge long piece abut all this, but in all honesty, it's probably better if I just post the press release for you to read. It's fascinating, resonating and begging for something to be done. That's why the Miscarriage Association have begun a campaign called "Partners Too"


UCL and Miscarriage Association Press Release 

Embargoed until Monday 21 July 2014, 00.01 UK time

Partners of miscarriage sufferers ‘ignored’

Case studies, multimedia and interviews available: see notes to editors

The partners of women who miscarry often feel invisible, ignored and sidelined during and after miscarriage – and unable to talk about their own feelings of loss and pain – according to new findings from UCL and the Miscarriage Association.

This represents a very large group of people who may require additional help and support, as more than 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage and a further 2% are ectopic – when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb.

The Miscarriage Association is today launching a public awareness campaign, ‘Partners Too’, to highlight the issue and direct those affected to sources of help and information.

UCL researchers carried out in­-depth interviews with partners, who reacted to the miscarriage(s) with emotions such as sadness (85%), grief (63%) and shock (58%).

58% said they struggled to concentrate, 47% reported sleep problems, and 48% said it affected their work. However, 46% of partners didn’t share all of how they were feeling with their wife or girlfriend for fear of saying the wrong thing or causing her further distress. 22% didn’t talk about any feelings of loss and pain with their partner.

Ruth Bender Atik, National Director of the Miscarriage Association, said:
“These findings show that partners often feel invisible during and after miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Many keep their real feelings hidden from their wife or girlfriend for fear of saying the wrong thing or causing more distress. Friends and family often ask how the woman who has miscarried is coping, but never think to ask her partner.

“All too often the voices of partners go unheard, and their needs go unmet. We want this campaign to highlight their stories, showing partners that they are not alone in their feelings and telling them where they can find support. We want them to be considered rather than sidelined during and after pregnancy loss.”

In the interviews, male partners frequently referred to the expectation that they would be strong for their partners. One respondent said: “It was an experience that we went through together, and I believe that she is the only other person who understands what I feel. However, there is certainly a pressure (either perceived or real) that as a male it is important to be strong and supportive for the other person, which can be hard.”

While the majority of the interview respondents who used healthcare services as part of the miscarriage were positive about the help and care they received, there were still problems identified for some partners – particularly around information and support post miscarriage.

22% partners felt excluded by healthcare staff, 38% were not offered additional information about what was going on, 63% said they were not told of any support groups or services for people who had experienced miscarriage and 13% were distressed by hospitals continuing to send letters about antenatal care after the miscarriage.

Dr Petra Boynton (UCL Medical School), who undertook the research, said:
“While the emotional impact on women who experience pregnancy loss is well­ researched, much less is known about partners. We set out to talk to as many as possible to find out both their experiences of pregnancy loss and what they needed to cope during and after miscarriage.

“We discovered, contrary to the limited existing research, that partners DO want to talk about miscarriage. While some described having to fill a role of being ‘strong’ for the woman who miscarried, most really want to talk about their experiences, but struggle to find a way to do this.

“The miscarriage often affected their friendships, work, and physical and mental wellbeing. Although they wanted to have someone to talk to or care for them they said they did not feel able to ask for help from friends, family or their employers and those people didn’t seem aware partners might be upset or in need of support.”

The main things partners said would help them included:
● hearing other people’s stories and experiences (not just during and immediately after miscarriage but months and years after the loss)
● information via books, websites and leaflets about what miscarriage is, sources of support, and how best to support a wife or girlfriend
● active forums and easy to find websites that obviously welcome partners
● having information available in places like hospitals and GP surgeries, but also places like barbers, pubs etc.
● having health care professionals speak to partners as well as the women going through the miscarriage(s), particularly for lesbian partners
● having friends or family check if they were okay and offering them support while they were caring for their wife or girlfriend

The experiences detailed by partners as part of the research have been turned into materials to support the Partners Too campaign. These include films of their stories read by actors, cartoons and information leaflets.






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Supernatural Collections - Product Review



Here's another bout of gorgeous clothing! These supernatural clothes don't grow wings and enable you to fly or give the power to shoot laser beams out of your eyes or have super human strength or any kind of super powers. Those things would be good, but pretty much impossible, so instead it refers to the next best thing. These clothes are the most natural, eco friendly, ethnically sourced and organic around. So if you want the best materials for your baby, you won't find better than this.

They combine organic cotton with a fabric called Modal which is a man made sustainable fabric that feels like silk. It doesn't loose shape, fade or shrink and is created using cutting edge, environmentally conscious methods of production. It is true... the fabrics they use do feel amazing and your children will think the same.

The design is good and, I think, appeals to dads as a lot of their clothing is black or strong colours. There's none of that 'JoJo mama bebe' stuff here! The baby black range is especially gorgeous and I would really recommend taking a look. The prices aren't too bad considering your purchasing the purest and most natural baby/childrens clothes possible. As I always say, you pay for what you get! 

My only consideration is that they don't have a huge range of clothing. What they do is brilliant, but if you wanted a large range, this isn't the place. Correct me if I'm wrong though, this company isn't about mass produced items of clothing based on huge ranges. It's more a gorgeous item of clothing that will compliment the rest of your wardrobe. 

http://supernaturalcollections.com

I must say as well, that the box our clothes got sent in is wonderful! By far the best packaging I've ever come across... 

This a great company doing great work and producing great natural clothing and for that reason they deserve a well earned official Dad Network Star Rating of 4.5 / 5 stars. 





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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Shnuggle Moses Baskets - Product Review



Exodus 2 v 3: "But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile."

This is where moses baskets come from right? Nowadays we'd just put the baby on ebay or Freecycle: I'm not recommending this but seriously, if he doesn't sleep, it might just happen. I'm not sure many are made from papyrus anymore but they certainly resemble papyrus. In my experience there's no such thing as a nice moses basket. They're all the same and pretty bland to say the least; and don't get me started on the ones that have those hideous characters all over the bedding etc... 

The wife and I had a torrid time searching for a plain and simple moses basket that we liked. It was a long journey and one that, as far as I was concerned, had no destination... until Shnuggle came along. Shnuggle are a family run company born out of Northern Ireland. They were getting fed up of noisey, creaky moses baskets that were impossible to clean with wobbly hoods... the cleaning thing really is an issue... They created the Shnuggle Basket. A clean, modern, attractive, innovative alternative to the normal (impractical) moses basket. 




It's made from a super-strong, hypoallergenic material that is easy to clean and moves silently causing less disruption to your baby's sleep. The hood has a locking system allowing it to stay up and is well ventilated with holes, making it totally useless if you did actually want to send your baby off into the River Nile...if you don't need it for this, the ventilation is great as it helps keep your baby cool and increases the hygiene. They coat the baskets in 100% cotton fabrics keeping your baby warm and cosy. The fabrics are excellent and far superior to most others we saw in our hunt. 




It's important to highlight that Shnuggle asked parents what they would want out of a moses basket. They listened and came up with this: a strong, lightweight, portable, larger than normal, easy to clean, hypoallergenic and hygienic moses basket. I guess that's kind of like the ultimate moses basket? 

They are competitively priced, award winning baskets, so really there's no reason not to at least consider them when, going through the hell that is, choosing a moses basket. We love this basket and despite the difficulty I had in putting up the stand, this was purely my fault for A) not reading the instructions and B) misreading them when I did use them, we highly recommend it. Finally our search is over for the best moses basket we have ever seen. 

http://www.shnuggle.com/

For that reason the Shnuggle basket gets and official dad Network Star Rating of 5 / 5 stars and gets our award of recommendation. 



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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Coping with Miscarriage: For Dads




People are different and deal with life's twists and turns differently. But one thing that everyone has in common is that no matter which route you take through life, there are times when you feel close to the edge of the mountain or at the bottom of valley or lost in the middle of no-where. You don't know how to feel and how to act and in my experience, our miscarriage was one of those times. Almost a year on from our miscarriage the memories are still vivid and what I can't get my head around is that you can't be prepared for it. Until you experience it, learn from it and move on you simply don't know how to cope. This post isn't designed to give answers because I don't think there are any but merely offer a support and acknowledgement of how you might be feeling. I've tried to summarise my thoughts and feelings as I look back and accumulated them into some (hopefully) helpful axioms. 

Please bear in mind that these are tailored towards dads. It's not that I think mums are fine, it's just that A) dads never speak about it, yet it does have a profound impact on dads, B) there are a lot of blogs and forums aimed at mums already and C) I'm a dad and it happened to me. 

#1 It is so much more common than you think

If I were to add up how many dads I have spoken to about having a miscarriage I would genuinely say that 8 / 10 respond by sharing their experience. The experts say 1 / 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, normally in the first 6 weeks. My point is, you're not alone.

#2 Find out about your options

You really have 2 main options. You can decide to have the miscarriage in the comfort of your own home and manage it yourselves, which on the face of it seems like everyones preferred option. Or you can opt to have a surgical management of miscarriage which is an operation to remove the foetus. The operation lasts about 2 hours and recovery time varies. Normally you can go home the same day but you're out of action for a good couple of days. This is even required, even after staying at home as not all the tissue comes out and so it needs to be removed. Ask the nurses & midwives about both and then make your own informed decision. 

#3 Let people close to you know what's happening

When this was happening to us, I didn't really have anyone to share with (long story) but my wife confided in her family and 1 or 2 close friends. It wasn't so she could spend hours talking about it, but it made people aware of why we might not be firing on all cylinders. 

#4 It wasn't your fault

I know I didn't actually do anything wrong, but you can't help but wonder if you did. You didn't. There are rarely explanations of why miscarriage happens. It wasn't because you weren't looking after your partner well enough. This can lead to a temptation to apologise, which is fine if you're apologising for the situation but don't let it slip into believing that this was your fault. 

#5 Hold the following things in balance: 

- Trying to fix it by doing everything for your partner: It's pretty normal for us men to try and fix difficult, emotional things by doing things and we can't. Especially this. You can't fix it by tidying the house. 

- Tidy the house. Whilst it won't fix it, she will need some support, particularly if she has had a small operation, to keep the house in ship shape and looking after any siblings if you have them.

#6 Try your very best to work out how you feel. 

A hard one I know! But try, there's gotta be something going on in there and as hard as it may be, acknowledge it. 

#7 You need support too

A relationship shouldn't ever be one person leaning on the other. Often, myself included, men feel like I have to be the rock for my wife and provide for her, give to her and let her lean on me but actually these should be mutual. Different, but mutual. Ask her for help, tell her your thoughts and feelings, fears and concerns. Don;t put your emotions about and grief on hold. The temptation will be to not tell her because you don't want to add to her misery and sadness - a good relationship will build if you support each other through it. 

#8 Don't expect people to ask you how you are 

People didn't ask me about how I was feeling. The expectation is that dads carry on with life and look after their partner. This can either make you recluse into yourself or counter that and bring it up with friends and family yourself. 

#9 You might be feeling something different to your partner

It's common knowledge that men think and feel differently to women. This situation will be no different. Whilst your partner is feeling sadness, you might be feeling anger. Whilst she might be looking to blame, you might be feeling ashamed. There aren't any wrong emotions here, but just remember to always share what you are feeling with your partner and ask her how she is feeling. You will need to respond to these emotions accordingly. Likewise you might deal with these emotions differently. You might need some time on your own and she might need to have friends and family around her. Again, find a way of accommodating both. 

#10 Everyone is different but talk about the future

Talking about future kids might be difficult at first but from my experience it helped hugely. We fell pregnant again within 2 months, which was incredibly lucky and I am thankful but this went a long way to healing a broken heart, for both of us. It doesn't remove the memory or make it ok, but it does go a long way to help move on. 

#11 Acknowledge what has happened

It can be so easy, as a man, to ignore what has happened and forget about it. This is a bad idea because there are feelings and emotions that hide inside and need to be addressed. The danger if you don't, is that they creep out in ways unexpected and can cause arguments. 

Miscarriage is a mysterious and devastating thing that effects more people than you first think. Remember your feelings are important, valid and you should share them; especially with your wife. Support each other and I am sure that your relationship with each other with go from strength to strength. 

To read more about my experience, which was quite unique in that we were also getting married, click here

Want more support? http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/partners
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Reconnaissance Mission



Dads, this is your time. Your time to find the inner Rambo, the inner James Bond and dare I say it, the inner Jack Bauer... It's vital that you go on a reconnaissance mission. You'll need to go under the cover of darkness and get one of those 'coms' units for your ear. Grab the building schematics and heat sensor map to identify any hostiles. With a bit of luck, Chloe O'brien might be on the line talking you through your mission. Watch out for the Russians and the Chinese and, in particular any scousers. (Obviously, this is just based on 24...there's no truth!)

This would be great if it were the case, but sadly, it's not. Well, a reconnaissance mission is, but not to this calibre. It was advised that when you're expecting, you should go and recci the hospital before you actually have to go there. You need to know where to park, where the drop off zone is, where the network of mutely decorated corridors lead to, how much the car park is, which ward do you need to get to? And all of this information is generally necessary when you have a screaming wife in a lot of pain. See, I can see you thinking that this is worth reading after all... and a reconnaissance mission is worth it! 

We went on ours recently and this is what we saw... This will probably be more helpful for those using the Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone Trust Hospital. 



This is what we saw first. A huge sign telling us where the drop off point is. You wouldn't believe how remarkably deceptive and tricky to find this sign is. 



Awaiting us were these 2 signs. It's tricky to read, but it says that you have 10 minutes to 'drop off' and then you get charged £30... with all due respect (which I've found, generally means you have no respect) how is a dad supposed to take his heavily labouring wife up 2 floors in the slow lifts, find the triage, find out what's going on and then make it back down to the drop off zone in time for the 10 minute limit? Let alone those people who walk into hospital and have to start pushing straight away! Dad's hardly going to pop down to move the car to avoid a £30 fine! 

Please wait a sec whilst I pop my soap box to one side... 



Then, rather amusingly we saw this buzzer and sign tucked away underneath a small tunnel type area, but instead of buzzing, we just opened the unlocked door and walked straight through. High security; I think not! 


You then find these pretty useful signs. The lime green is a breath of fresh air in the otherwise white washed hospital walls and I especially like the laminated addition; they have even changed the font from Times New Roman! The NHS have spent millions on a brand new hospital and yet they're still resorting to a laminator to address the oversights. I found this especially amusing as maternity triage is the first place you need to go when you're having a baby... 

This, however, was useful and I definitely suggest going to check out where you need to go before you actually need to go there. Your partner will thank you as well! 

Remember, take loose change! 
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Friday, 18 July 2014

The Dad Network Strips - Issue #1

Amazing artwork from Flossy & Jim: www.flossyandjim.com

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ideas4Dads - Guest Post


You know those joyous moments when you put your hand in the pocket of a coat you haven't worn for a while and you find a fiver? Well, stumbling across this blog was like one of those moments for me. It's brilliant, hilarious and you can even get some good tips and advice from it. Dads, it's one to bookmark. I asked Tom (Ideas4Dads author) if he would't mind doing a guest post. He said yes. I asked some questions. He replied and here's the result. Enjoy reading, there's a few golden nuggets! 


1) Tell us a bit about yourself? 

Hi my name is Tom, I'm 35 and I am the proud owner of 3 girls (aged 4.5, 2.5 and 0.5), a 7-year old chocolate Labrador and my beautiful wife High Command (best not put her age down as I'll get shot!). 

I run the gauntlet of working full-time whilst at the same time trying to be the best Dad I can be - which is not always easy given the demanding job I have which involves a lot of travel. 

Aside from surviving the melee of family life (and of course blogging), I also enjoy cycling (although since No3 has arrived this has fallen by the wayside so note to self I really must get back on the bike so to speak). 

You can check out my blog here : www.ideas4dad.net and follow me on twitter @ideas4dads and Instagram www.instagram.com/ideas4dads


2) What's your blog about and why did you decide to start it? 

My blog www.ideas4dads.net is an eclectic mix of things, 

The idea to first start blogging came to me a couple of years ago when No2 was born but due to work commitments and the chaos of a second born it kind of went on the back burner until last Autumn when I rolled up my sleeves and took the leap of faith into the wonderful world of the parenting blogosphere.

I initially started the blog to detail all the different activities I would do with my kids but the advice is true in that you soon find your blogging voice. For me this has become writing self deprecating posts (including lots of funny lists) about our exploits as a family together with some quite deep philosophical stuff. Oh and a few reviews thrown in here and there too. And I have just got into BBQ recipes as well.

So this, together with realising that the parenting blogosphere is a very 'Mum' dominated area, means I am not sure if I have got the name of the blog Ideas4Dads right, but being almost a year in I'm not sure if I can be bothered to change the name as I have worked very hard to get it to where it is.

3) What would you rather: Be an England fan and watch them go out in the group stages or a Brazil fan and watch them lose 7-1 in the semi-finals? 

Ha ha good question - I'd probably take the Brazil option simply because I would have had 5 gripping games to watch rather than 2!

4) I've noticed you like cycling, a man after my own heart - what's your chosen bike?

I would love to say it is some sleek and expensive carbon bike but did I mention that I have five mouths to feed plus my own! 

I ride a lovely Cannondale Caad-5 which I picked up as a bargain second hand for £235

5) Back to the real business; what has been the best thing about blogging? 

Oh crikey where do I start! 

I was very sceptical to begin with as to the types of people I would meet but I have met some fantastic people culminating in attending #BritMumsLive in the summer. 

Having that feeling you are not alone is another thing that is so valuable - being able to express yourself and then receive comments is truly amazing.

Oh and picking up little nuggets of parenting advice along the way has really enhanced my approach to parenting.

Some of the other great things has been getting into keeping an aquarium through writing and initial review together with getting into BBQ recipes.


6) What's been your favourite post to write and what do you think is your readers favourite post? 

I enjoy writing humorously and my post about what annoys when we are swimming as a family was a seminal moment in my short blogging career where the gloves came off and I started to get honest:


As for the one that my readers have found the most popular there is only one post that stands out head and shoulders above all the others and that is about that high octane day I delivered No3 at home:


7) As an expecting dad, any day now, could you give 3 of your top tips for expectant dads? 

1. Wear shorts to the hospital. Those places are like tropical hothouses and the last thing you need to be doing is passing out during labour

2. Don't go crazy posting photo's of baby and mum on social networking sites straight after the birth as I did. Half the shots of new Mum will have her looking quite bedraggled and the last thing she wants is the world seeing her not at her best.

3. Make sure you have plenty of food for you because if it is a long labour you need to be equally at the top of your game and adrenaline only keeps you going for so long.


8) Following the expectant stage, I'll be a new dad, funnily enough, so...could you give 3 top tips for new dads? 

1. Once you go back to work don't be a hero - use the spare bed so you get a good nights sleep. There is no point both of you being knackered. If you want to really help let Mum sleep in the evening until midnight and then hand over. Then get up at 6am to do a couple of hours to give Mum another break before you leave for work.

2. Take all the help you can get. Don't be proud. Use family as much as possible to help out especially when you go back to work. Its a horrible feeling walking out of the door in the morning not knowing whether your other half is going to have a good day or a crap day at home whilst you are in the comfort of your workplace.

3. You're going to receive a lot of advice on how to do things and how not to do things, As long as you are trying your best, you are not throwing baby down the stairs and you are telling them you love them every day you'll be fine :-)


9) What's the best thing, for you, about being a dad?

Hearing my daughters say they love me.

10) What message would you like to give to The Dad Network readers?

Being a parent is a privilege. Make the most of it because if you blink you might just miss it!!


Tom, thanks for taking the time to share with us. You're doing a great job so please keep doing it. 

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Waiting Game




















Waiting: "The action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or event."

I think it's fair to say that action is being delayed until a particular event! And I'm bored of waiting. I'm impatient at the best of times. Saving up for something new, waiting for the world cup and Tour de France and even waiting for the wife to cook dinner are all things I'm impatient for. But now I'm impatient for 2 more things: my boy to arrive and my wife to be back to normal. 

37 weeks pregnant is considered full term. (Picture is of 37 weeks). Which means the baby could arrive at any moment and won’t be ‘premature.’ I've spent 8 months watching him grow, develop and hit all his milestones (and the wife on all these accounts) and now I'm ready to meet him. Well, ready is a bizarre word. I don’t think anyone is ever ready for what’s about to hit them, but I am certainly ready to embark on the next stage of the journey.

I see him kicking around attempting to burst through her belly button, which is now a full blown ‘outy.’ He’s ready, I'm ready, his nursery is ready, both sets of grandparents are ready…

…The wife however, is not ready. And why would she be? There is no possible human explanation for being ready to push a watermelon through your vagina. It is easy for me to be impatient because it isn't me that has to go through the physical pain of the labour. Some emotional pain, sure, but not physical.


She says that she’d be happy to stay bumpy forever. I'm not sure if that's true or down to the anxiety of the looming labour. It makes for an interesting dynamic in our house though. She asked me yesterday if, like her, I’ll miss the bump? Well, what would I rather: my gorgeous wife who feels well, comfy, active and energetic or my gorgeous (but in a pregnant way), tired, uncomfortable, immobile and anxious wife? It's a no brainer! Don't get me wrong, the wife has been perfect! She never complains and always keeps going, she's remained calm, kind and gentle, she totally embraced the changes to her body and has genuinely been perfectly wonderful but I kinda' want my wife back. 

You see it's not just that I'm impatient to meet my boy, I'm also impatient to get my wife back. I want her body back and her energy back and her time back. Is it normal to be feeling like this? The end is in sight and things will never be the same. I'm not so naive that I think things are going to go back to how they were before pregnancy struck, so probably a better way of describing this feeling, is that I am looking forward to the limitations of pregnancy being removed. 

This is a strange time of being in limbo. Everything is done and ready for the arrival and we've done the long haul part of the pregnancy. Now I'm bored of waiting and want my boy in my arms and my wife without the pregnancy limitations. 

It leaves me to say one last thing and that is just how lucky I have been to A) experience such a wonderful pregnancy and B) The reason it's been wonderful is because I have such an amazing pregnant wife. She really is perfect! 

Oh and one last thing... I must be careful what I wish for though... as a friend rightly said, "I've not had to put up with 'nasty wife' appearing for 7 days out of every 28 for the last 8 months." I'll miss that!

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Mama Bliss meet Papa Bliss




















Mama Baby Bliss is a company set firmly on nurturing & pampering mums and mums to be. This is very important and from a dads point of view, it's simply marvellous to find a company that has done half the work for us! 

However, they now have a product that is purely for dads. And not only is it for dads, but it is also encouraging dads to be 'hands on.' Now that's music to my ears! 

Here's what they say:

"Research has shown that new dads can feel alienated from the whole parenting experience in those first few months.  Bath time is a special time where daddy can really get involved and enjoy some special bonding with their baby, which is why MamaBabyBliss has launched the Daddy’s Magic Bag of Bathtime Bliss."

The magic bag of bath time bliss is nothing short of a dads nightmare if it were for him to use himself! Award winning massage oils and bath wash, a flannel, a rubber duck and a wash bag. In 26 years of walking this earth I have never used massage oils, bath wash, a wash bag or a flannel...the rubber duck however... 





















But, and it's a big but...this isn't for us dads to use on ourselves. It's encouraging us to spend time with our little ones and that is priceless and worth every effort. It's even worth holding a flannel! And it is for this sole reason that The Dad Network highly recommends getting one of these little bags of bath time magic. It's a great encourager for dads to get involved. 

They provide a pretty detailed little booklet of instructions on how to use massage oils and bath wash and a flannel. It's as if they have pre-empted the fact that dads don't know about these things. Well, they are right. 

In all honesty, it's not really about this product. This is a good product and a great gift to fathers; the oils are natural and have a load of good things in them, but it's about dads spending quality time with their babies. It is hard with work and everything that goes on, but carving out time to bond with your baby is essential, vital, crucial or which ever word you choose to use. A huge thumbs up to Mama Bliss for promoting this. 

If you want to look into it further then take a look at there website: 

www.mamababybliss.com

The Dad Network love the principle behind the quality products so we do highly recommend this. 



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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Dad Network has had a Makeover!




What do you think of The Dad Network's new look? 

It's been nearly 6 months of pregnancy blogging and very nearly time to start labour blogging and then new dad blogging and I must say, I have really enjoyed it! So I thought it's time to spruce things up a bit and give The Dad Network a new face. 

I've learnt a lot about writing code, the dad blogging world, the parent blogging world, pregnancy, my wife and myself, but I would really value your feedback on the whole thing. I'd love to know what you think. If you wouldn't mind, I'd really appreciate you leaving a quick comment with your thoughts on The Dad Network. Things you like, things you don't like, things you think are missing, things you'd like to read about and anything I can do to improve it. 

Be gentle but be honest. 

Thanking you in advance... 
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