I must say these few short months of blogging have been amazing for me. I had no idea how big the dad blog scene was, but I love that it is. I wish dad blogs were around when I was a new dad. I have also got to interact with some great dads around the world and have learned a bunch of new things.
One of the dads I have had the pleasure of interacting with is TJ who writes The Dadgum Blog. He is also new to dad blogging and if you get a chance check his site out. Now he also challenged me to take #thedaddytag challenge. How could I say no.
The #thedaddytag challenge comes from a great mom blog, The Frenchie Mommy written by Cécile. It is a great blog and I think you should check it out. I can not wait to answer all her questions, so here goes.
- Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?
I am a working daddy. When I met my wife, up untill all my kids were born, I was working in Alberta’s oil field. We then moved into Edmonton and I took up a new career. It gave me a chance to be more involved in my family’s life which I was desperately missing. My wife has been a stay at home mom which we both feel is a great move. I love that she is always there for our kids.
- Would you have it any other way?
If money wasn’t an object in our lives, there isn’t anything in the world that would keep me from being home full-time. I have missed out on so much in the younger years and I regret not making the career move sooner. If it means that my wife had to work so I could stay home then I would want it the way things are now unless she wanted the change for herself.
- Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?
When diapers were a part of our lives, you better believe I changed them. My wife used to laugh when she smelled a bum and said this one’s all daddy. I have also been peed on and pooped on, but I know I will have my revenge when I’m older hahaha.
- A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?
You know what, I would give it a try. If for no other reason then just to feel how it works. Also I think my wife would get a kick out of it. I only hope I didn’t get clogged milk ducts like my wife because the pain she went through is something I do not want to experience.
- What is the one must-have item for a daddy?
Depends on the context. If it’s as the person than definitely patience. Kids will try them any chance they get and if you have more than one, they gang up on you. If it’s a dad item then baby wipes. Even now that my kids are older, I still have them in the house and vehicles. They are great for more than just wiping bums.
- How many kids do you plan on having?
Well I have 3 wonderful kids now. I think that is enough for us. I have a 7-year-old son, a 9-year-old daughter, and a 17-year-old daughter.
- Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?
I’m not into guys night out. To be honest, all I want around me is my wife and kids. I had a wild youth and it’s all in the past. Now for me a night at home with my family is the best thing in the world.
- Your children’s favourite achievement?
My oldest daughter has to be getting accepted into university. This is her first year and I am so proud of her. She is still beside of herself.
My little girl is her ability to play the ukulele. She was so happy when she learned how to play and I love to sit and listen.
My son it is still school. He is very proud that he is going like his big Sisters. He always got upset when his sisters went to school and he had to stay home. Even now in grade 2 he is still excited to be there. I love seeing this excitement in him and can’t wait to see his future.
- What is your best memory with your kid(s)?
Besides the first time I got to meet all 3, my best memories are the ones when we are all together. With busy life’s and the age difference, it’s hard to get all of us together for long periods. I love heading out to the beach and packing a lunch. All of us in the water playing around with all 3 trying to dunk daddy. We will walk around the lake exploring all that the area has to offer. This is where dad to this day still learns stuff as my kids, trough reading, know a lot about nature.
- Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?
To be honest, nothing. Since becoming a daddy, I have truly started living. Before I met my wife and my kids were a part of my life, I was in pure turmoil. Now everything is perfect and I don’t look back at all.
- Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!
Well lets just say it has increased over the years. My wife is an amazing cook and baker. I also don’t know how to say no to good food. It is one of those things I need to work on for sure.
- Dream holiday with your kids?
One of the things I have always wanted to do for my kids is a trip to Disney World. They have always asked to go but it’s hard to plan with a big family. Now if money wasn’t an object at all I would love to take them around the world and visit all the different amusement parks. I think that would be a very fun trip for everyone. Seeing the different cultures, tasting different foods and having fun.
- Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)
For this one, it would be with my wife. She has always wanted to see Hawaii and for me, giving her that wish would be a dream come true. It would also give me one of my wishes which is to see an ocean. Something I have never done before.
- How has your life changed since having kids?
My life since having kids has only gotten better. I love life and am truly happy. It has taught me valuable skills like patience and understanding which has also helped me outside the home. I went from being a single guy only thinking for himself to a family man thinking of others first. I would not trade this for the world.
- Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”
I walk into the house after a long, hard day of work and hear “Daddy!” It’s like someone hits pause on the world and all that matters is I’m home.
- Favourite beers brands and football team?
Well I hope this is north american football. For me I watch the CFL (Canadian Football League) and my team is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, which also brings me to my favorite beer. Labbats Blue. Nothing beats a cold Blue on a hot day. Now with football, mom has convinced the kids to cheer for her team the Edmonton Eskimos so dad here is out numbered on game days.
- Huggies or Pampers?
For us it was Huggies. We tried Pampers but found they blew apart with all this sand type stuff.
- Have you always wanted kids?
Yes. Even at a young age I wanted a wife and kids. My dream did come true.
- Best part of being a dad?
Everything! I love the feeling I get when my kids are with me. They challenge me more than anyone has. I have become a better person thanks to my kids. They keep me running and exploring and always wanting to learn. Being a dad has taught me life doesn’t always have to be serious. That sometimes a problem can be fixed with a joke or just being a kid again. You also get to play with toys and watch cartoons with out people looking at you funny.