PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

“As for UNLIKELY DAD… I always knew I wanted to blog. I just didn’t know what about. I was never the coolest kid on the block with the hottest trends so fashion blogging wouldn’t work. I didn’t have many hobbies either. But then I became a dad and I found I had this voice. I didn’t feel represented in social media really. A young (ish) gay, adoptive dad. I saw the Instagram scene awash with mum and dad bloggers and I love that space. It felt so inclusive and like we were all in this together. But I wanted to make myself accessible and commercial. To be seen as a dad, just like anyone else. And I have worked damn hard. I write from my heart and all my photos are precious to me. I love what I do and hope by sharing what life as a gay dad looks like is actually just showing my followers we’re all the same!”

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Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

What inspires you? What books do you recommend? Baby number 2? Are you still sober? If so do you get urges to drink and how do you not give in? Do you and Ebony ever get 'hate' and how do you react?Do you have a routine that helps with anxiety? Do you think it's healthy for Daisy to be on social media and part of your job?


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HOW TO FORGIVE

HOW TO FORGIVE

For me, I have learnt to look past the person and into the pain. I have learnt the power of empathy. The power to see something from another point of view. It's not about me being right and them being wrong. It's not even about them being right and me being wrong. It's simply understanding the situation at a deeper level.

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TRAVEL: A TRIP TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS (IRELAND)

TRAVEL: A TRIP TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS (IRELAND)

Sometimes in life moments occur where you become aware that what is happening is special and you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. The sort of memory you can look back at when you are older and know you truly lived. Moments where you feel totally alive. We've just come back from staying at the incredible Skyros on the foothills of Mount Gabriel and I am without doubt that those few days will last forever.

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TRAVEL: SLEEPING ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE BY THE SEA (UNIQUE GETAWAY)

TRAVEL: SLEEPING ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE BY THE SEA (UNIQUE GETAWAY)

I have just come back from a week away in Haying Island, we spent the week in the most incredible beach house made up of converted railway carriages. I fell asleep to the ocean and explored a ghost town of an amusement park. I chased Tilly through the beauty of a national park and played board games to the soundtrack of a storm. I laughed, smiled, walked, ate and loved, returning home happy, soulful and rested. Not bad for somewhere less than an hour away from our front door.

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PARENTHOOD: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ( + VIDEO)

PARENTHOOD: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ( + VIDEO)

You amaze me in ways I only thought your mother could. You've got her eyes and that's worth more than you could ever know. One day I hope to sit and tell your stories of how we met and how we feel in love. Until then, just know that you are part something too strong to ever break apart.   

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PARENTHOOD: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BECOME A FIRST TIME PARENT?

PARENTHOOD: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BECOME A FIRST TIME PARENT?

The feeling of being a parent hit me like a tone of bricks. In that car, on that winter evening I realised that nothing would ever be the same. That everything I thought was important now wasn't and nothing mattered more than my little girl and her beautiful mother in the blur of flashing lights ahead of me.

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PARENTHOOD: 10 CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME DAD

PARENTHOOD: 10 CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME DAD

I get overwhelmed. We had a pretty traumatic labour and a meningitis scare early on with Daisy which meant a lot of time spent in the hospital. I always thought I was a pretty strong person but there was moments during those first few weeks where I didn't know how much more I could take. 

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PARENTHOOD: THANK YOU TO THE NHS

PARENTHOOD: THANK YOU TO THE NHS

Thank you midwives. The lengths they went for love and for the preservation of life was just amazing. All for less money than an average businessman makes selling you some shit you never even needed in the first place. All with an open heart and a smile.

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