Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dad For The Day

Today was the first time I have had Dylan (now 8.5 months old) for the whole day, start to finish, without The Mrs being here.

Today has been her first day back at work.  So with the exception of the first 10 minutes of the day, the boy has been mine all mine.

I realised something about parenting today.  It's harder on your own.

We started the day well.  He was happy, and we played, and he ate his breakfast nicely.  He was due a nap, so I put him in the buggy to sleep while I went out for a walk and to get some shopping.  He awoke as I returned to the house.  Then he was upset for the rest of the evening, crying, and needing a lot of attention.  I put this down to him missing his mummy!  After feeding him dinner I finally got him to bed.

Here is a list of the things I planned to do today that I DID get done:

  1. some washing up
  2. leave the house and get some shopping  (Dylan was asleep at this point)
  3. take some photos (Dylan was asleep at this point)
Here is a list of things I wanted to do, but DIDN'T get done:

  1. eat breakfast
  2. eat lunch
  3. start on preparing dinner
  4. unpack the brand new dyson and do some hoovering
  5. find the charger for the digital camera
  6. finish the washing up
  7. the laundry
  8. have 5 minutes to myself
It seems that you can't really get anything done when you have a child.  Unless you have a partner to pass the child to (which then prevents them from doing anything!).  I didn't eat anything more than a cereal bar all day as I didn't get time to eat.  The only things I did manage to do where when Dylan was asleep.

I remember pre-baby, I used to think that days weren't long enough to fit in all the things that you want to do.  When you do have a baby, you have zero time to do anything at all unless your baby is asleep.  And Dylan doesn't sleep for anywhere near 24 hours a day!

I think I know now why The Mrs is so skinny... She cant have eaten for the last 8 and a half months.  She clearly hasn't had time.  

I'm sorry, this post is going to be a short one... I'm tired. I'm going to relax on the sofa until The Mrs is home to cook me dinner. :)


  1. Sounds like you did a great job! Can I just say though, as a mum to a 6 month old who has yet to relinquish control for 1 day to her other half- FINALLY a post I can show him to make him realise that my days at home aren't the walk in the park he claims they are!
    Hope you recover soon!

  2. Not quite the 9 month holiday you thought is it?

  3. You did well to have him for a full day. My OH has had him for a max of about 5 hours and then had to recover the following day by napping in the afternoon. Yes, it is tiring but we also adapt to our new lifestyle. There is no time to switch off even when they are asleep you have one ear listening out to them. I thought I'd get lots of time to sort things too - how wrong I was!!

  4. oh bless you! this post did make me laugh! Is that cruel?? Sorry! x

  5. I often find myself at 3pm remembering I have yet to eat:/


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