On the way home yesterday I read my entire blog to date. It didn’t take that long to be fair but it was quite enjoyable and made me smile reading about STAR WARS and our strange ‘festival’. It’s good to look back at things like this, recent things that you can draw a positive feeling from when you feel a little under the cosh from life. I did notice one thing though, in my post entitled ‘We Need to Talk about Lizzy’ I mentioned the Kiwi Music and promised we would come back to it in due course. Well the day has come at last, hold on to your hats….
Hi! Its time for another edition in the life and times of Pappa Carr, Lizzy The Face and The Fergotron - I can feel your excitement!
Now I know the last couple of posts haven't been the most positive ever - but hey, that's honest blogging for you. Today though, I'm going to lighten the mood and remember why we are all here at the blog in the first place: Lizzy Face.
Good afternoon bloggers and welcome back. I'm sorry for the delay in updating this blog, I have been stuck down a rabbit warren of coding but have come out of the other side and submitted my first prototype design to a client. Lets hope she goes for it! So how have you all been? Good to hear, I've been well - as well as any parent is during their first year though of course life is not without it's problems...
Afternoon bloggers and welcome back. Sorry for the absence recently, I've been spending my lunch hours more constructively - by which i mean writing code and getting to grips with bootstrap. Also recently Lizzy has given up on sleep which means me and the Fergotron have also given up on sleep and thus I've not been in the right frame of mind to write anything. And anyway, since no-one is donating I've given up on the crowdfunding and don't feel the need to adhere to the rules. Anyway...
We have quite a strict rule in our house that Lizzy Face doesn't look at screens. That includes the TV, iPad, Phones, everything. Because these things are so bright that even when sneaking a look at your phone if she notices Lizzy Face will be completely fixated on it. So we try not to let her. Of course I can't speak for what happens during the day as I am not there, but the very exhausted and sometimes emotional girlfriend I come home to 5 nights a week is confirmation enough for me.
There are two exceptions to this rule:
Well it seems like a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, but I feel I should tell you about Lizzy's bank holiday adventures.
As you know, we woke up on Saturday morning with a little bit of a hangover - Lizzy Face however wasn't really interested in that. We were up at the usual time and Lizzy Face was on full chatty form. Not what Pappa Carr needs after a late night on the beers.
After entertaining her for a few hours finally she decided to have a mid-morning nap. We put her down and tried desperately to remember why we thought drinking was a good idea with a baby in the house. I don't think either of us has yet come up with an answer.
Good afternoon avid reader(s?) and sorry for the delay in writing this blog, after the long weekend I haven't felt much like updating and until I saw a comment that was left today I wasn't sure anyone apart from the Fergotron was actually reading. I suspect I know who the comment was from but they say give the people what they want, so here we are....
Well I know what you are all desperate to know - how did it go with the babysitter? Well....
This evening is a momentous evening. For the first time in her entire life Lizzy Face is being left with a stranger!
We have been out since Lizzy has been born. We've been out for a drink and taken Lizzy Face with us, we've left her with my mum (hereafter known as Mumsef) and we have left her with Fergatrons parents as well, but never with a stranger.
I have mixed feelings about this. It is important to be able to leave Lizzy Face, especially as soon she will go to nursery and we will leave her 3 days a week with people we don't know - entrusting the most important thing in both of our lives to people we barely know. That's a hell of a gamble isn't it. It's also good for Lizzy Face to know that we can go and will always come back. We want her to grow up to be strong, independent, confident and open to people and places. Of course we do, the only problem is that every time I think of leaving her a voice in my head screams out "GO BACK GO BACK GO BACK GO BACK!!!"
As a man, and a father (I'm still not used to having this word attributed to me) I feel it is my job to be the voice of reason, to stay calm and say that yes, it's hard but it will be fine. And of course it will be, but there is still an idea that men should be strong sturdy and have their emotions in check. I can't believe that dads in the 1940s felt any different to the way I do now, but they weren't allowed to be in touch with their emotions. in many ways we have moved on, thanks to the influence of our European friends (though the English in general are still pretty stumped by meeting strangers with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, preferring even to this day the handshake and only after a beer a slap on the back). Maybe I'm wrong though and men were different back then? Hopefully someone will read this who knows better and will tell me. Fatherhood today is a strange beast, we are caught in-between the old fashioned 'father' figure, and the new trendy modern dad in touch with his feelings, sensitive and still stable and strong. Like in the adverts we don't really believe. However despite it all I'm pleased, I enjoy showing my daughter affection and love in public and openly being upset and nervous when leaving her or something scary happens, but all within reason; I'm a father after all, so no crying.....
...Until Tuesday (Monday is a bank holiday) when we will find out how our babysitter virginity went!!
Hello and welcome back. So far we are still only on £10, I'm not sure how far Lizzy Face will get in life with this small amount but at least when she goes on her first date she will have money for a taxi home.
I suppose we really ought to introduce our star, Lizzy The Face; or Lizzy Face for short. She is, after all, the reason we are all here - so a little background on our protagonist...
Lizzy is now almost 7 months old. She would be already 7 months old had she not been far too well looked after by the Fergatron and in no rush to leave the safety of her amniotic bubble. Well why would you be? She was two weeks late and made a heck of a fuss about things, a tactic she now retains every morning when, just like her father she likes to be left a long for a while to ease into her day. Get her out of bed before she's ready and you will know about it for the rest of the day - and eyes open doesn't mean ready!
That's not to say she is a grumpy baby, she just likes things at her own pace. I'm all for this, i think it's good
OK, so I'm loving the initial comment from my first donor. Lets be clear here, I don't really expect to reach the goal but wouldn't it be amazing if I did? I'm hoping people will see the fun of this idea as well as the genuine benefit to Lizzy Face, but we need some rules....so here they are: