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DAD, DON’T BUGGER IT UP – COMMON SCREW UPS IN THE LABOUR WARD

No longer the cigar-pending, jumpy but blameless and innocent bystander.  Labour is a massive task, requiring the greatest support and it’s dad that’s expected to be up-to-date and on-task.

Having complete and comprehensive labour know-how, whilst remaining entirely peace-loving is dad’s duty.  Sounds supernatural, and it is.  However, as much as your partner might strive for this hero-status, the stakes are high and it can get dicey.

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SIX KIDS – ON A ROAD TRIP

We recently took the kids on a road trip to Noosa, the happiest place on earth.  From our house in Sydney, that means approximately a 14-hour drive straight (not including bladder-related interruptions).

Being a little inclined to take on a challenge, we thought this could be fun.  We were dying for some warmth and what could be better to provide this than sunny Queensland.  We figured that with any Griswald-style blowouts it would take us closer to 16 hours.

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TO DAD – TIPS FOR WEEK 1 – DON’T GET YOUR BALLS BUSTED FOR BAD PREP

Dear Dad

Feeling freaked about what lies ahead?  You’re not on your own. 

You’ve been the innocent by-stander for the past nine months, watching your partner morph, but now it’s time to dig deep and take hold of your inner-DAD!

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HOSPITAL SWAGGAGE

Immediately following the arrival of your bundle of joy, you will want to focus on two priorities.  Loving-up with your new babe AND giving your outrageously awesome bod a chance to recover. Don’t let a lack of prep steal your attention away from these two priorities. 

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BREASTFEEDING – WHAT I WISH I COULD HAVE TOLD MYSELF

Perhaps no one could have prepared me for breastfeeding, even if I had have been a little more tuned in.

I mean, If there was a degree obtained through childbirth education, I had graduated with Honours.

At the time, I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.  Labor signs, contraction management strategies, physiology of birth, the current trends and birth gurus – vaginal birth, caesarean birth, breech birth, Active Birth, Calm Birth, Hypnobirth, Orgasmic Birth… You name it, I knew about it.   I mean, I hadn’t actually done any of it myself yet, but I sure went to the class, bought the t.shirt….

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