I often talk about being a mother and my relationship with Eric on my blog, and I see and enjoy reading about this dynamic on other blogs, but I thought it might be really interesting to focus more on Eric's Dad today as I'd love to know more about my favourite bloggers partners!
Alex is 32 and was 28 when Eric was born. He's a giant at 6 foot 5 ish. He's a cool dude and is into music, rugby, comedy and PCs. He's very funny and super laid back. He works in the oil industry.
I interviewed him to find out how he sees parenting.
How did you feel when you found out we were going to become parents?
Surprised, very surprised! I knew deep down we’d be able to do it and we’d be alright, it wasn’t impossible, but I felt half prepared and half not!
When you got used to it, how did you feel?
I got very excited. As it got closer I got quite nervous, about everything! It’s something totally different that you’ve never experienced anything like before!
How was the birth from your perspective?
Scary! I didn’t really know what was going on for bits of it. I felt a bit powerless at times and like I couldn’t really do much. But at the same time it was quite exciting.
Has having a child together changed how you see me?
It’s been so long that I can’t really remember how I saw you before!
What’s the most challenging thing about being a parent?
It’s tiring and sometimes it feels like you can’t get away from it, it can feel almost overwhelming.
I like making him laugh and inventing new games out of toys, situations etc. and I like going out to different places with him.
Do you feel like you’ve lost your identity in any way?
No! It’s funny being referred to as ‘Eric’s Dad’, but I think your identity just gets added to.
How do you balance work and home life?
When I’m away for weeks at a time it can be difficult as I do miss home, but at the same time it’s good because I know I’m providing for you and Eric. And I know I always have a good chunk of time at home to look forward to so I can deal with it.
Favourite memories since becoming a dad?
I really enjoyed our first family holiday when we stayed in a static caravan in Cornwall. And when Eric first started catching the big blue beach ball in the garden, he was quite proud and I was quite proud. I remember when he was little and I used to cradle him to sleep in my arms.
How do you see Eric as he is now?
He’s quite smart, very clever. And tall! He’s very energetic. And confident.
Do you have any advice for new or prospective dads?It’s not that bad really! If I can do it anyone can do it!