*a selection of some of my random thoughts on being a dad to 3 boys*
1. Being a dad has thought me that you don’t need fun to have alcohol. very important lesson.
2. Three boys. Well I’ll tell ya one thing, farms don’t smell as bad as they used to.
3. Raising a toddler in particular is similar to being a dog. You’re continually sniffing an arse
4. If you think your kids will go to bed earlier and easier just because they didn’t nap, I can recommend the following book – ‘Parenting For Dummies’.
5. First child – healthy, organic, sugarless everything.
Third child – “Just pick it up and eat it” [as the microwave burrito falls on floor].
6. It’s getting harder to figure out a way to play with my kids without actually moving.
7. If you’ve never had a stalker experience just put a 1yo in a walker. #TheStalkerInTheWalker
8. It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have, trying to count out the correct amount of formula scoops is a head f*ck particularly if someones talking/screaming/sh*tting in the background.
9. The new title of my imaginary parenting book will be ‘Never mind, i’ll do it myself’.
10. If you slack off enough kids become very self sufficient, very fast.
11. Therefore teach your kid from an early age just how comfortable the couch is so that they aren’t constantly asking you to do stuff.
12. That said, no good ever comes from a toddler sitting naked on a couch.
13. Lads, always go big on Mother’s Day…I learned the hard way (the fact that she’s not actually your mother didn’t seem to matter).
14. If something looks like poo, feels like poo and smells like poo, it’s poo.
15. Pro Tip: Continually emphasising the need to keep your kid on a strict schedule makes it easier to say no to crappy things you’ve been invited to.
16. The smell of a bad nappy can linger in your house longer than your In-laws. I love them really (the in-laws that is).
17. When remarking that ‘they’ve gone down well tonight’ it’s always best to check that the monitor is on first.
18. Potty training and bubble baths should never be mixed – all will look lovely on the surface but what lies beneath can be the stuff of nightmares.
19. The day before you bring your kid to their first swimming class, put a little pee in their bath so that they are used to it.
20. Pro Tip: Have your partner leave you a voicemail of the baby screaming. Save it and play it to people when you need to get out of something.
21. If your buggy doesn’t have a cup holder, get one. Believe me, It’s easier to play Jenga on a bus than it is to steer a buggy with one hand.
22. Assuming they’re fit and able to pitch in, accept every bit of help on offer from granny and granddad, Their philosophical advice will be brilliant. Their medical advice not so much!
23. I’m noticing more and more that most of my sentences tend to start off strong and then trail off into sighs as my kids ignore me.
24. Planning our wedding was easier than planning dinner that everyone will eat.
25. It turns out that if you wait long enough to make dinner everyone will just eat cereal.
26. Hell hath no fury than a toddler who wants to peel a banana himself.
27. Hell hath no fury than a dad who has to clean up a squashed banana
28. Saying ‘see you in the morning’ as I tuck my kids into bed is pointless.
29. It’s possible to destroy a house with a granola bar.
30. It’s also possible to destroy a house with a rice cake.
31. The loudest sound in the world is my 4 year old shouting ‘Dad, I have to do a poo’ followed by “Dad can you wipe my bum”.
32. If you have Ready Brek on your crotch there’s a good chance nobody will sit beside you on the bus/train.
33. The trick to cleaning Weetbix off the floor is not to leave it for more than 8 seconds.
34. I wish my wallet refilled as quickly as our laundry basket.
35. It’s near impossible to not open your own mouth every time you try to feed a baby.
Part 2 tmrw (unless you’re sick of reading this stuff – just let me know)