Feb 26 2013 By Steve Knight
CHARLOTTE decided to have a cold and a teething bout last weekend, particularly on the Sunday.
Plus 'the Mrs' wasn't well and could not do her weekend primary care duties.
I have never been so exhausted as I was last weekend. Not mentally exhausted, you understand, but physically. Something I have never really experienced working in the office for nearly 30 years.
Don't get me wrong, I love my daughter to bits, but come the weekend I really look forward to the wife taking over. But not that weekend; I was shifting focus from Charlotte to Helen, which was very demanding to say the least.
Teething and cold continued into Monday which was the same time I started my part time work - brilliant.
Anyway, got through the week now and have a kind of routine going. It's best to work from 10am after Charlotte's feed, while she has her morning nap. Sometimes she is down for an hour, sometimes two. Then I just have to muddle through the other hour.
I have found myself to do more than the three hours on occasions. I feel bad about that because I am neglecting Charlotte and quickly switch off.
Haven't been out that much, apart from visits to doctor, chemist and supermarket. Need to get out more next week otherwise it feels like cabin fever.
I listen to the radio while tending to Charlotte and working but have found that I put on Deal Or No Deal, The Chase or Eggheads in the afternoon. I can see myself going on one of those shows soon. Ha Ha!
Soon, Charlotte will not want to be stuck indoors all day, and we are going swimming again with our friends Debbie and Dylan on Tuesday.
Charlotte is a great baby and only cries when something is up, for example if she is hungry, needs changing, tired or bored, and not just for the sake of it.
Charlotte mood: Teething and cold made her into the 'grizzly bear.'
Charlotte feed: Breakthrough! She actually had organic pasta stars and bolognaise sauce for tea.
Stress level: Highs and lows. Bad when working and tending to her grizzly moments – and looking after the wife.
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.