(Written by Halit Bozdogan) 6 weeks ago, I joined that proud fraternity of men who all share one thing in common; fatherhood. Alfie James was born healthy and he was born happy. I’m not going to go through the entire labour. It was an intense experience and I was a mixture of things at that point. Tired being the majority. Unshowered also being right up there. Of course, I’m not saying that my partner had it easy. Of course not, she was a trooper. What she did was amazing. She pushed a little person out of her and into the world. That takes more than courage. It takes character.
So it’s 6 weeks on. And I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s really flown by. A good solid night’s sleep is now a teasing mistress who infrequently calls. But I’m still pumped on the whole experience. I’m ridiculously happy. It’s difficult sure. Those night time feeds can really take it out of you. Luckily, when you’re in a relationship, you can deal with it because your workload is often cut 50%. So we take turns. I’m happy to do 2am feed as I don’t get to sleep until around midnight anyway, so it feels like I’ve not really gotten any sleep. After that, my partner takes over, allowing me 4-5 hours rest. [Read more…]