Jan 15 2013 By Steve Knight
Steve Knight, Simply Charlotte blog
CHARLOTTE in fine mood this morning - woke at 4.45am, changed and fed and went back to sleep until 7.30am - could this be the dream baby?
Took Mummy to the station to go to work.
Fed Charlotte. Mashed banana mixed with baby rice and formula - she woofed it down.
Now playing on her play gym - babbling and gurgling.
Figure I must be doing something right - the wife even said she feels more confident in leaving me with Charlotte this week than last.
House is a tip - got to get cracking.
8:48am – put Charlotte on play mat and she rolled over again on to her tummy. She is desparately trying to crawl. How long before she does?
10am - After a wash and more milk, Charlotte has fallen asleep. So now will delay going into town and try again to crack on with some housework.
Thought: with all the best will in the world it is not always possible to plan what YOU want to do over the wishes of a six month old baby.
11.30am – Charlotte woke, and after nappy change I tried to feed her some mashed up fish and vegetables (no jars - all home cooked by Helen).
Big mistake. She screamed the place down. Back-up plan - milk, which calmed her down.
Got ready to go out in to Ruislip. Charlotte decided to throw up all over my t-shirt, twice. Payback for trying to feed her fish. Will be going to a weaning party tomorrow so will get some advice.
Funny thing happened while in town. As I crossed the zebra crossing, a lady was waving at me from her car, so I thought I would wave back, but then she started pointing behind me.
It was then someone shouted out: "You dropped your lunch."
Charlotte now taking an afternoon nap.
After sleeping through the night again, Charlotte woke at 5am. The difference today was that it was role reversal, my wife’s turn to be weekend primary carer.
After feeding Charlotte, Helen managed to get her off to sleep again and we enjoyed a two hour bonus nap. Brilliant!
When Helen was on maternity leave, I was Charlotte’s weekend primary carer. This worked well for me at the time, and it gave me the insight and training I needed for my paternity leave.
Later that morning my wife has to attend a meeting, and Charlotte and I are also invited. Charlotte is very well behaved throughout and even ends up sitting on the host’s knee during the meeting, babbling along, smiling and soaking up all the attention.
I received my first negative feedback from a so-called friend, admittedly not one of my closest pals. He thought I was taking the p*** for taking paternity leave for six months and wanted me to stop writing about my daughter on Facebook, and to 'man up'.
Wow, did I touch a raw nerve? I have no idea what made him react like that, but decided I did not want to find out. I decided to cut contact with him, and another so-called friend who jumped on the band wagon.
Anyone out there explain their reactions?
Charlotte mood - Lung testing.
Charlotte feed - Went down a treat. Came back up equally well.
Stress factor - 'With friends like that .... '
Steve Knight is a 45 year old shipbroker from Ruislip, and married to Helen, who works for the same employer.
In July, 2012, their daughter Charlotte was born. Steve is now primary carer, on six months' paternity leave, while Helen has gone back to the office to support the family.