This week our brilliant dad feature is Gary and he blogs at Dad Of 2 At Home. Gary is 33 years old and a stay at home dad of two children aged three and one years of age. Gary is a journalist and he started his blog at the turn of the year to share his experience of fatherhood. He enjoys going to watch football and live music gigs. He is also a keen runner.
Thank you very much to Gary for taking part.
1. Have you always wanted to be a dad?
Definitely. I grew up with three much younger siblings so I’ve always been used to having children around.
A mixture of sheer joy and relief. To watch the woman you love bring your child into the world is a truly amazing thing, and I got to witness it twice. I’ve never known the feeling of relief quite like when you hear your child’s first cry. It felt like an age on both occasions.
Watching my three year old daughter grow into a loving, confident and clever little girl. She takes so much in her stride and I hope that remains a permanent feature of her character. Playing the primary role in bringing up our one year old boy has been a life changing experience. I’ve set his routine and nurtured him from six months old. He’s thriving and that means I must be doing something right!
4. What are some of the funniest moments to have happened to you as a dad?
Everyone seems to get a laugh out of me carrying my little girl’s bright pink Peppa Pig bag to the match every week! I can’t think of any specific moments as bringing up two kids tends to provide laughs on a daily basis. Having said that, last week I was struggling to get my son down to sleep in his cot so I lay next to him on the floor. This trick generally works quite well. I told my wife he should go off after about five minutes so to go and make us a brew. Next thing my wife comes into the room to see if I’ve succeeded in getting the boy to sleep only to find me snoring on the floor. We were both flat out and 40 minutes had passed!
I find my daughter’s tantrums and refusal to do as I ask very challenging. She is very strong minded and I love her for that, but it can also be a nightmare when she isn’t in the mood to play ball. She suffers with glue ear and as a result has quite severe, temporary hearing loss so this heightens the situation as often she lashes out because she can’t hear you.
6. What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
To be happy and to look back on their childhood with fondness. They can be who or whatever they want to be when they get older. If they’re happy, I’m happy. Everything else will take care of itself.