Tuesday 31 October 2017

I don't think you're supposed to be in there!

Biscuit has stolen Poppet's usual spot so Poppet's decided to improvise. 

That's lunch sorted

One of my team went home (Birmingham) for the weekend and brought back a massive box of samosas.  Result!

Monday 30 October 2017

Daddy date

One of my rugby mates wanted to give his wife a little break so invited me on a Daddy date to one of the local pubs (a nice one).  Win, win.  April get's a couple of extra hours sleep, I get a couple of pints.  Florence didn't even wake up, she was none the wiser.  

Good girl.

Halloween party

There was a full compliment of the 'Tonbridge Massive' on Saturday round for a friends Day of the Dead house party.  Flo Jo loved it. 

How refreshing

Randomly generated players in the new version of Football Manager (18) may come out as gay.


Interesting idea, not heard many negative responses to it yet but sure there will be a few twitter twats that feel the need to spout hate.

Friday 27 October 2017

Sore hand

I hurt my had a few weeks back when playing rugby and it's still sore now.  I'm seeing a physio but it doesn't seem to be getting better.  Maybe a game this weekend will help...  I'm seeing the physio again in a week and a half.  She mentioned that it may need to get x-rayed if this support tape doesn't help out.

I'm glad someone's getting some sleep.

Walking the halls last night.  No rest for the wicked.  I'm still getting the best part of 6 hours each night so I can't really complain.  I do the 8-12 shift each night then a 1h40 in the morning before I get ready for work.  I think I have the better deal.


The office bought us some baby converse.  Here they are.

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Monday 23 October 2017

Back to work today

More presents from work.  Baby converse.  Nearly half a day's work done and i'm surprisingly still awake.

Little supporter

We watched our first Liverpool game yesterday.  Unfortunately it was a 4-1 drubbing by Spurs.

Maybe she'll play rugby instead, here's her in her first TJs shirt.

Peace and quiet

Magic baby carrying device.  Other than a face full of boob and a car journey, walking around the house with the baby attached is the only thing to shut her up.

I must have walked an additional 10k steps each night.

First trip to the pub

April had a friend visiting last week so I popped out for an hour, once she left April joined me for our first trip to the pub.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

It works

This carry thing is great, only had to do 20 laps or so of the house before she fell asleep. I may stay sane afterall.

No sleep

But at least I can catch up on the Pro Kabaddi.

Very kind

The nice guys at the Tonbridge Fire Station gave us a nice bottle of Chapel Down fizz. Poppet's there too photo bombing.

How many vets does it take to weigh a great dane?

 Too many.

I took Biscuit to the vets yesterday for a trim (she's not really looking after her self any more), whilst waiting this monster turned up.  Bloody hell.  Huge.  Surprisingly only 55kg. 

The Walking Dad

Yes, i'm going to be one of those dads.  The new season of walking dead starts soon, i'm pretty sure i'll be able to pass as a zombie if my lack of sleep continues.  

Step count

I've been doing a fair few walks recently, she seems to go to sleep for most of the journey.  I even saw a cat.

Family visits

We had my mum down on Thursday, my brother Steve came down with his wife and kids on Saturday.  Here's a video of me on the model train.

My Dad's down for a visit on Friday.

Random tired pictures of me and the baby

Urgh, pretty sure I didn't sign up to this..

Actually, I probably did.  I seem to have drawn one of the many short straws and do the coveted  12am to 3am slot.  I don't think there are any long straws.

Other than being tiring this actually looks quite pleasant.  Ask me again when she's been crying for the past 5 minutes.

First night at home

I think i'm out numbered.  4 girls vs 1 boy.  The cats are still trying work out what's going on.  Poppet is especially nervous. Wait until she's a toddler. 

We have a lot of generous friends, amongst other things one set of them gave us their baby car seat (their daughter has out grown it).  Anyway, my friend helped me fit it in the dark a couple of weeks ago, when I went to the car park to get it before taking the baby home it took me 10 minutes to work out how to release it from the base.  I had to google / youtube it.  Doh!

Anyway, they eventually let us out.  Scary.  We're now in charge of a little human being.  Very scary indeed.

Obligatory cat pics

As promised, here's some photos of the cats.  I popped back home on Wednesday afternoon for a shower and to pick up some supplies (we didn't know were going to be let home that evening at this stage).  

The cats were fine, very vocal but fine.  Little did they know what was about to arrive later that day.

Well that's a life changer

Apologies in advance, the next few posts will be mostly baby related.  I reserve the right to still post about the cats, just a little less than normal.

Well, that was fun... My little baby daughter was born on Monday last week, here's a photo of her when she was about 3 hours old.  Plenty more to come.  

Everything went well and we were home by Wednesday evening, we've been home for nearly a week now but are still someway off getting into any form of normality.  We've been out for a walk or two and popped into town for a coffee or meal everyday and so far so good she's been good as gold.

Sleep's been hard to come by as she doesn't really like sleeping at 2 in the morning and when it's my shift and i've ran out of expressed milk i'm almost redundant.  This morning I put her in the car seat and drove around Kent for an hour or so.  She seems to like it and fell to sleep almost immediately.  Unfortunately she piped up as soon as I got her home so then took her out for a long walk.  This was good until half an hour in where she started to cry again.  Urgh.  Time to wake up mummy for a feed.

Friday 6 October 2017


Here's some of the joint lists we've made using Google Keep.  I think it's a pretty useful tool, especially with a partner or group.  It's obviously also open to abuse, who would have thought that Spladney was still in the running for our first child's name???

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Blade Runner night

April was in London yesterday with Tricia, they went up the Shard for sunset.  I had a similar view but this one is from the opening scene in Blade Runner.  So far the reviews for the new one are very positive so quite excited.

3 days left

Only 3 working days left, not that you could tell with all my insane squiggles.

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Most pain ever

I had a physio appointment this morning as I hurt my hand playing rugby about 2 weeks ago.  I played on after the injury (of course) and ended up playing the next week too as they were very desperate. 

Anyway I spoke to my private health provider last week and they slotted me into a local (to work) place this morning.  I was greeted by a small Indian lady and did not expect the amount of pain I was about to experience.  Ow!

Thankfully she doesn't think that my hand is broken (April is especially happy with this as I may need to change a nappy or two soon), she thinks it's more likely to be a muscle injury.

Half an hour in she asked me if I was okay?  I said I was fine but felt sick and was sweating profusely.  I think it was probably the most pain i've experienced in such a short period of time.

How does my hand feel now?  The same.

I'm due back in two weeks.  Wish me luck that it sorts itself out before then so I can cancel the appointment.