5 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks & 2 Days into Daddyhood

me too

1. They are all so cheerful about their mundane (mostly) jobs!

me too rudi

2. Granny Murray isn’t a granny, she’s a nanny!

me too granny murray

3. The children are all so quiet and well-behaved and… boring!

4. Pretty pink taxi?! gaaaghhh!!

me too tina

6. The Scottish accents seem forced! (well, some of them)

7. Do they still need help getting to work?!

8. Hospitals aren’t exciting!

me too hospital

9. “Where did the time go?” The same place it always goes, you numpty… get organised and stop forgetting things!

10. It’s good that you’re happy about cleaning buses, but “pretty and radiant”? They’re buses!

me too bobby

11. It’s not your train, Raymond!

me too raymond

Thankfully T seems to have gone off it too… 🙂

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5 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks & 2 Days into Daddyhood

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Birthday preparing.

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Successful avoidance of sickness!

… and the lovely grey beach of Seaton …

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“This is dry water!”
“I love it here, I wish this was our home – a beach was our home!”

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Whirlygig envy near Helston.

Porthleven surfer!

First sleepover with cousin.

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Helston Railway…
“It’s Percy!”

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“Can we go fishing one day?”

Cider in the garden… 🙂

Bittersweet completion of Farm Frenzy! (but I can still turn the silvers to gold)

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Cousin Sennen’s lovely big shower…
“It’s like rain!”

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Our holiday cottage…
Mummy: “It’s got a children’s play area and a picnic table!”
Talise: “And wasps?”

The compact and clean Poldhu…

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1745h in the car on the way to Granny’s…
“Am I allowed to have a little sleep?”

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When Mummy found 10p by Tesco in Camborne…
“I love, love, love money!”
– then when Daddy explained money can buy you a lot of things but not love…
“Or a dustbin.”

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“Check mate Daddy!” (first game of chess… she even planned her moves!)
– & now she wants her own chess set…
“a princess one”
– because chess “is fun!”

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Granny and Grandad and cousin Harry at Helston boating lake… and much scootering thereby!

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Triple ‘ambassador’ link:
1. reading in Barbie magazine
2. shower
3. ‘Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess’

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Long walk to Praa Sands…
… surfin’n’sandcastling…

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… & seemingly longer walk home…
– partially alleviated by roadside blackberries! 🙂

Then harbourside chips in Porthleven…

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& last swing & play.

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“I miss home… and we’re going there!”

In the car…
0245h: “I wish you could get a star for me, Daddy.”
0330h: asleep…
0339h: Broadwoodwidger
0353h: Sticklepath
0408h: a slither of moon
0430h: Twinkle Twinkle
0540h: Twinkle Twinkle
0552h: “Still sing!”
0555h: … awake!
0610h: sings… “I’m a little Cola… Bottle!”
0650h … home!

5 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week & 1 Day into Daddyhood

1. A well-hoovered house.

2. A nice arrangement of cushions.

3. Daddy’s new shoes.

4. When Daddy puts on a new shirt.

5. A newly mown lawn.

6. A nice rug.

7. Good cheese.

8. Kicking a ball around.

9. Swinging.

10. Reading.

11. Rockin’ tunes.

12. Looking for ‘fairies’ (floating seeds) in the park.

5 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week & 1 Day into Daddyhood

1. As a result of her recent transitioning from ‘Princess’ to ‘Fashion Girl,’ she has been choosing to wear more practical clothes, such as skirts, tops (sparkly) and leggings.

2. Concurrent with the above, she has been expressing her independence by going off to her room and selecting/getting into her outfit for the day (or morning or half an hour), thus negating some of the ‘getting her ready’ hassle.

3. Speaking of expressing her independence, she has recently learned how to swing properly on a swing, and she loves to show off her abilities in this respect, resulting in less swing-pushing for Daddy!

4. We/she generally have/has more to do at the park: kicking a ball around, scootering and all the usual park stuff.

5. As well as park stuff, she has a nice routine of things she likes to do at the library: colouring, reading, choosing books and going on a computer.

6. Plentiful packing of food and drink.

7. My lovely new flask.

8. Due to all of the above, a positive feedback is established: Daddy is happier, Talise is happier, hence we both actually want to go to the park more.

Happy summer daze! 🙂

5 Years, 1 Month & 1 Week into Daddyhood

Do music
Piano
Shake pom poms around
Wear the crown
Wear a flower thing around your neck
Choose a figure and choose a soft doll
Spin around with the soft doll or dance with the soft doll
And dance with your figure
Sing
Actually… I’m doing the singing
Watch telly
Play on Hannah Montana Wii game… and the other Wii games
Dress up… but you two can’t… but you can get in your party dresses – and party man-y clothes
You can wear no shoes… and party around!
And look at photos
Read books
Choose a colour on the rug
Dance and party
Play
Cuddle
Eat party food
Look in mirrors
Play games
Go on Bruno
Play on iPod and phones
Play outside
Water the flowers
Do some gardening
See how high you are
Have cake!
Pretend to be a baby or mum and dad or child or cat and dog or mouse… anything! Any princess or fairy or mermaid or prince
Hide
Nice things… just nice things
Brush hair… everyone’s hair!
Play musical instruments
Go shopping
Go to fun things… play things
Play with our teddies
Make presents
Play Pass the Parcel
Play football
Go to the park
Go to Cornwall

5 Years, 1 Month & 6 Days into Daddyhood

Peppy

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Swiper no swiping!

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I have a dream

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Knocked over!

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Ooh sexy lady

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Harry!

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Is she real?

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… Rockin’!

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4 Years, 11 Months & 2 Days into Daddyhood

Not possible.

But I desire it.

There is shouting, crying, screams and upset.

That’s parenthood.

I yearn for it to be otherwise… but it is what it is.

The cuddles are wonderful.

The giggles are beautiful.

The impromptu pictures and ‘cards’, with flowers, smiley people, suns and birds, and “Talise loves Daddy so much,” melt the heart.

Seeing her happy is the best thing.

Seeing her happy whilst being able to chill out, drink coffee and read a book, is a bonus.

Which is why I agreed to spend a couple of hours at a softplay centre for Father’s Day (as a nearly-5-years-experienced parent, the squeals of playing children become a tolerant white noise one can chill out and drink coffee and read a book to).

‘Serenity’ is redefined.

Blissful serenity 80% of the day is pretty good.

Happy Father’s Day to me… 🙂

4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks & 1 Day into Daddyhood

While scootering to the shops, she suffered a cut to her hand. Shallow and bloodless, but with the appearance of a papercut, so doubtless as painful as her complaints extolled. Holding the handle of the scooter was uncomfortable, so she stopped. She sought. She found a leafy branch. She held the leafy branch between wound and handle, continued to scoot, and after a short while declared the pain had abated. She implored me to retain the leafy branch.

From shops to park.

After playing, we departed. I left the leafy branch on the table in the park! Upon her request, I retrieved it. The pain that had recurred abated once more.

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4 Years, 10 Months & 3 Days into Daddyhood

Life… and parenthood. What matters? What doesn’t? A calculation. A thousand. Balancing. Weighing.

Sitting at the dining table, playing with make-up. She is careful, quiet, giving me a chance to read, to write, and Mummy a chance to sleep. There will be mess – which can be cleaned. What of it? Weighing, balancing…

Finding the moments. Considering the pros and cons. Relishing. Savoring.

Parenthood is a joy! But stepping back, taking ‘time out’…

Connect to disconnect (and vice versa).

Defend and retreat… and the battle need not even be fought.

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4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks & 1 Day into Daddyhood

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