Ollie has always had a carefully developed and well orchestrated range of gambits for artfully poking Rosie and I both mentally and physically. Through constant enforced exposure however, we have increasingly become resistant to them as time has gone. They are wonderfully passive aggressive at times and include classics such as steadfastly insisting that I... Continue Reading →
3 utterly ridiculous things that we have done to placate our child.
This post has kind of come about from a discussion Pose and I were having on the way back from the 'Festival of Children' we went to recently in Cheltenham. The event in of itself, was quite an amiable affair with various businesses etc putting in little workshops for tiny people. Yes, it was quite... Continue Reading →
Surviving a Bank Holiday weekend with a toddler.
A quick post precursor, I love my son, he's great and Pose and I are lucky to have such an awesome bundle of brilliantness in our lives. However, some weekends it can feel like a war of attrition, interspersed with artfully timed biscuit bribes as an aid to promote any fleeting moments of peace. Merely... Continue Reading →
A night out without a child…
Last weekend, for the first time in two years Pose and I had a night away from home without a tiny Pachyderm for company! Momentous news I know. I think both of us genuinely expected this to be a worrisome experience where Pose or I would be phoning to check on Ollie every 30 minutes... Continue Reading →
Belated bank holiday weekend fun times
It's all been a little hectic lately but largely in a good way. The Olephant, Pose and I had a fantastic bank holiday weekend and it felt like a real treat to have three days together during term time! To top it all, after three days of family fun we were still speaking to each... Continue Reading →
Mother’s Day schtick
I get that mother's day is a chance for children/offspring/financial burdens to do something nice for or spend time with their mum's. However, it's not really hit me until the last couple of years, this year particularly, that it's almost more of a chance, particularly when the child is at Ollie's age, for husbands/partners to... Continue Reading →
New year retrospective of an Olephant handler
Firstly apologies. I got a bit carried away with this post so if it's all a bit tldr...great year, Ollie talks and walks, we did a lot and all survived. January - It's moving and other bits. Ollie had begun to crawl over Xmas period and had decided with a bit of encouragement and help... Continue Reading →
Boys week take 5 (well 4.5)
Final day of boys week started rather late due to Ollie on Thursday night/Friday morning deciding that sleep was a rather old hat and a bit too conformist for him to take part in. This meant that by the time his avant garde broken sleeping style finally pieced itself together it was about 4.30am and... Continue Reading →
Boys week take 4
Day 4: Nothing much of note happened today. A parent/small person Christmas party was attended at Little Hurricanes, surprisingly not a horrific experience. Lots of small people being really rather well behaved and not monstrous. Some of Pose's friends made me feel a little less awkward at being the only dad there. Ollie was a... Continue Reading →
Boys week take 3
Day 3: Today was a little less all over the place and largely involved a grand expedition to the mysterious locale of Longborough quarry. As a side note Ollie has officially developed his first passive aggressive little toad trait, it involves his car seat. His car seat is at the best of times a fiendishly... Continue Reading →
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