The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

When Was The Last Time You Did Something For The First Time …
June 3, 2016, 6:15 am
Filed under: Attitude & Aptitude, Comment, Dad, Daddyhood, Family, Food, Jill, Otis, Parents

I’ve written previously about the privilege it is to see my son experience things for the very first time in his life.

His first word.

His first food.

His first crawl.

His first plane trip.

His first time in the sea.

I cannot put into words how magical and amazing it feels.

The only downside being it is a constant reminder he is growing up in the blink of an eye.

Before I was a Dad, I used to listen to parents say that about their children and think ..

“It takes 18 years for your kid to grow up. 18 years is a bloody long time. Get over it”

… but now I am a father, I totally get what they mean.

Every day something new happens.

A new word.

A new experience.

A new interaction.

And you both relish it and hate it because it means they’re growing up. Developing. Moving towards a time where they will no longer be reliant on you … a time where you will no longer be the most important people in their World.

The best thing about technology is I can capture these things in perfect clarity.

Not just so I can embarrass Otis when he’s older – though that is pretty good too – but so I can remember the feeling or love and wonder I have every time I am given the honour of witnessing my son grow up right in front of my eyes.

Which leads to the point of this post.

Recently we gave Otis his first taste of ice cream.

A product he could neither quite grasp in terms of taste or how to eat it.

But he liked it … or at least the concept of it.

I won’t say anymore – I’ll let you see it for yourself – though wouldn’t it be great if we were all this happy about such simple pleasures.

God, I love that kid so, so much.

Have a great weekend.

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He is so cute, I want to squeeze him.


Comment by Jemma King

5 minute squeezes are US$100.
Cash only.

Comment by Rob

I’m first. I’m first.

Comment by Jemma King

thats something to never be fucking proud about jem.
got your back. as fucking usual.

Comment by andy@cynic

For once I agree with Andy. Hope you’re good Jemma, see you soon.

Comment by Rob

what the fuck do you mean “see you soon”? am i missing something here?

Comment by andy@cynic

I’ll be near you very soon Andy. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Comment by Rob

Oh shit.

Comment by DH

oh fucking shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

This was the first time I decided to read through the entire post. It’s the last time too.

Comment by John

lesson learned too fucking late.

Comment by andy@cynic

no kebab and chips? when the fuck is your nottingham dad training going to kick in?

Comment by andy@cynic

Otis will be using this video against him in a court of law one day.

Comment by John

I didn’t get ice cream till I turned 21.

Comment by DH

thats because you were a twat not because you were deprived.

Comment by andy@cynic

seriously campbell, how the fuck did you manage to coproduce something that brilliant. you might owe jill even fucking more than you owe me.

Comment by andy@cynic

Rob owing Jill more than you will go down as the biggest news of 2016.

Comment by DH

Jill tells me that too.

Comment by Rob

You have fully acclimatised to fatherhood Robert. He’s such a handsome little fella.

Comment by George

Otis has turned you even more sentimental than you were before. Incredible.

Comment by DH

It is wonderful to witness your fatherhood journey. I know you were concerned about making mistakes but it appears you have discovered that as long as you love your child, nothing else really matters.

Comment by Lee Hill


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I definitely feel this. My children are school age now and while I love that they are busy developing into the adults they will become, I find myself surprised that they

Comment by Sarah Angleton

Oops! Know all the things they do. Things I didn’t teach them! It’s a delight, but also sometimes makes me sad.

Comment by Sarah Angleton

He is criminally cute. A contemporary case of immaculate conception? I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that he is so cute and looks so much like Rob.

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