Newborn photography – save your money!

After toying with a side business in photography a number of years ago, I’m lucky enough to have myself a Canon 600D SLR. For anyone not in the know, that’s a pretty decent camera. And for a guy who didn’t have a clue how to use a lens and such when be brought it, it’s a bloody amazing camera. Sadly, it’s spent a lot of years stored away in a nice little bag.

Baby photography costs a lot of money, it turns out. Too much, in fact. Far too much. So, when it came to wanting some decent photos of my son, I decided to look into doing it myself. Time got away from me not long after, and ultimately I didn’t explore this area anywhere near as much as I would’ve liked, but below are two photos I took on a whim with my 600D that I decided to give the professional touch, following five simple steps in a guide at inspiremebaby.com. Continue reading →

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2nd February

The 2nd February is a significant date in my family. On that day, in 1998, my little sister was born. Now, she has to share her birthday with my son, as Harrison was born just after midnight on the same date, exactly 18 years later. For anyone doing the maths, that was just over six weeks ago at the time of writing this.

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My first time holding my son, not long after his birth

It’s incredible how difficult it’s been to find time to even think about writing here, let alone actually do it. As any new parent reading this will know, and as I also know all too well now, free time comes at a minimum when you have a newborn baby. At this exact moment in time though, Harrison is upstairs having a late supper, and I’ve got the opportunity to pull out my laptop and quickly confirm that my baby was born healthy, and it absolutely perfect in every single way.

More soon!

Unplanned hospital visit

It’s a funny thing, being a parent. And I say that before I’ve actually become a parent.

I don’t know who specifically ever said it to me, perhaps it was a lot of people, and perhaps I heard it in a film too, but I’ve always remembered being told that as soon as you have children you’ll spend the rest of your life worrying about their wellbeing. Today, that really hit home for me.

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Baby weight

A lot has happened in the time since I last wrote here and, whilst I intended to tell many stories to you over the past few weeks, I have been so ill that even the thought of trying to write a somewhat sensible blog entry made me dizzy. But I’m on the mend, and maybe I’ll tell you all those stories another time. For now, I’m staying with recent events.

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Despite what the above photo might imply, I have not somehow become a surrogate carrier for my child. No, instead I have simply started attending my first birth-related classes.

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Basket = Done

When Katie returned from her trip back home this weekend, she brought with her numerous pieces of baby gear that we still had back at her parents house in Cardiff. Amongst them, the Moses Basket that my parents bought for us as a present (along with an absolutely ridiculous amount of extra things too!).

I decided not to waste any time, and get the basket put together today. Okay, that’s a slight lie as I wrongly remembered the stand as being already constructed, so I had assumed I’d just be pulling it out of the box and standing it up. Oh, how my memory failed me.

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