Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am super excited to introduce to you, our guest blogger and also my gorgeous husband, Paul Douglas! I am sure you would love to hear what pregnancy is like from a man’s perspective, so I gave Paul a few questions to answer, and here are his answers:
1) How did you feel during the 10 minutes of waiting for the results to show on the pregnancy test? And what went through your head when you saw the faint line on the pregnancy test?
Nervous! But mostly for Daisy, I didn’t want her to get her hopes up and then have them dashed again as we’d experienced this a few times. When I saw the very faint line I thought “ok I need to keep Daisy’s feet on the ground, just in-case”!
2) How long did it take for the news to sink in? Or has it sunk in?
To be honest it hasn’t really sunk in yet and I’m not sure it will, till I’m holding “our little peanut” as Daisy calls it!
3) What has been the biggest change since finding out you were expecting?
The biggest change has definitely been Daisy, and specifically the speed she does anything! We call her the Sloth now and it’s no exaggeration! Its now me that is waiting for Daisy at the door instead of the other way round! Who would have thought it….!
4) How has it been living with a hyper-sensitive, emotional, exhausted, nauseated and pregnant wife, with the sense of a sniffer dog?
I know, as a man, you have to be careful about complaining about anything at this time because we all know that the woman goes through a lot more…..that being said…..it has been tough!! I have had to change my deodorant, completely cut garlic out of my diet and struggle to find a time to cook when Daisy isn’t in the room is hard! (PS: Just as a little side note, EVERYTHING has garlic in!!) I do realise though that these pale into insignificance compared to Daisy’s problems 🙂
5) Have you had to go out on any late-night food trips yet? Or had to do any other crazy things for your wife?
Not really, other than pulling over at the side of the road for Daisy to throw up out of her door!! Not my favourite driving memory! I have had a few “Supermarket Crawls” though….driving round up to four supermarkets trying to find the weird “one thing” that Daisy can eat at that moment!! I’ve discovered that only Sainsburys regularly stock Rye Bread (a weird German bread)!..I doubt that information is going to be useful to many of you, but hey!
6) What are you most looking forward to about being a dad?
Just being a family I think….it’s hard to pin it down to one thing and I think it will be all the little things that you probably don’t think of before hand. Coming home from work and being greeted by “Daddy” will be super cool….does that make me sound really soft!?
7) Had any sympathy pregnancy symptoms?
I haven’t really had any sympathy symptoms, but I did start the morning sickness! I should maybe explain that….I woke up one morning, early on in the pregnancy, feeling really sick for some reason, but couldn’t work out why as I hadn’t eaten anything that could have been dodgy. I went to work and then that same day the morning sickness started for Daisy!! Ooops!
8) Any tips for other dads-to-be?
I don’t think I’m really far enough along the road to give out advice yet! Just be prepared to be very understanding, adaptable and to help out a lot around the house for a while!….Oh and be prepared for a bit of a drought in a certain room of the house for a while if she’s really feeling rough..!!
9) Any tips for mums-to-be?
I’ve found when a lady’s pregnant, it’s normally best not to give advice!! (maybe this bit should go into the previous answer!!) Just know that we are trying….! 🙂 Oh and don’t ask us to do a blog!!
10) Can I ask one more question to make it 10?
No [throwing his head back, and rolling his eyes] (Hahaha, poor guy, ok let’s give him a break! For now…)
Aw, isn’t he the sweetest?! I got a little emotional reading some of his answers, sniff sniff!! Thanks Baby 🙂
Well, I am now 16 weeks pregnant and am starting to feel much better. In the least blog I mentioned how the morning sickness was easing up but that actually turned out to be a lie! I threw up twice after posting immediately the last blog!! However, this time I do believe that it is on its way out….[silently praying]…..and I’m ready and excited to start seeing a bump! At the moment I just look like I’ve eaten a BIG meal, so I seriously can’t wait for this awkward stage to be over!! Bring on the bump, and keep sloshing on the coca butter on my tummy in preparation, I say! Let’s see, maybe I will have some bump pics to post next blog 🙂 Until then…Xx