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First Words after the Digital Parents Conference

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I am suffering from PBCS – Post blog conference syndrome.

I am still so tired (eyebrows raised by Wife A) and life feels like it is spinning away from me. Last week I went to Digital Parents Conference 2013 and yes I had a great time and yes I did miss my family, lots.

One of the key themes of the conference was the notion of “having it all” and whether this was achievable. This forced me to take a step back and appreciate all that my family gives me.

Take tonight for example, I got my first “da da” from Ernie. I am assuming that these are his first words. I refuse to believe that “ma ma” was heard by Wife A whilst I was at the conference. That sounds too much like ga ga to be counted officially.

I was so excited finally after repeating dad dad dad dad about 5000 times success. Hang on da da sounds more like a ga ga than Ma Ma (this sounds more like Dr Seuss than a Tacklenappy post).

Did I imagine it, no not at all. He looked at me with a big toothy grin, I picked him up gave him a hug, asked for kiss and got a big open mouthed slobber on my check. Priceless. I then asked him to balance a ball on his nose whilst clapping his hands together, I still have to work on this one.

Then there is Kid X. When I arrived home from the conference I got a massive hug that lasted for about 10 minutes. Kid X kept yelling “I love you daddy so much” over and over, I wish I could hold onto these moments. Priceless. I gave her the Rams Sheep money box and remained king for the next 15 minutes before she ran off to terrorise the dog and have a tantrum.

I have tried to step up the parenting too, jumping at the chance to look after the two of them on Saturday night. I needed to do real stay at home daddying. My previous 2 x 5 hour sessions have not counted, but Saturday night certainly did. I passed the test. I had the two little ones in bed by 7.10pm and they each woke up only once over the next 8 or so hours. There were 43 tantrums during that 24 hours and over 756 questions starting in ”why”.

Fark this is annoying, I found myself doing something I thought I would never do - answering my kids with “because I said so” or even worse, late on Saturday afternoon with “I don’t fucking know” to which I promptly corrected myself “fucked if I know”. Alright before you leave in a huff I didn’t actually swear, well not out loud, I was thinking it, boy was I thinking it. I did however break a crayon by throwing it on the ground when I was making a paper road and Ernie and Kid X kept stuffing it up and ripping it. Who’s the toddler?

Sunday morning I smashed it (no not another crayon). I am officially a Superdad, I managed to clean, get everyone dressed, make breakfast (not take -aways) and play snap 45 times all before Wife A came walking in the door. I imagined how Tom Selleck’s character must have felt in 3 Men And A Baby and thought you know what I have it all or did he feel that way when he played Magnum P.I. , look that doesn’t matter you know what I am trying to say.


Oh what did I get out of the conference well I did bring back lots of pens, lots of fucking pens. I swear there were TipTop pens all through the house including on the bench before I unpacked. Spooky huh. BEEEEENNNNNNTO

P.P.S. It was so great to be invited to attend by Brenda and Melissa at Digital Parents, you guys rock and to all my new blogger buddies I love ewes all (except , illiterate infant, Fast Lane Dad and Reservoir Dad who I really love in a purely platonic way).


  • Comment Link Jules Wednesday, 27 March 2013 23:29 posted by Jules

    haha great post. My first kid reached 4yrs old before I uttered the word 'shut up'. I cried for hours having promised I would NEVER tell my kid to shut up! But it worked… 'please be quiet' got laughed at.
    Well done, you rocked and yes you can have your reward. 1 smarty from the top shelf.
    PS I think you can sell pens on EBAY! :-)

  • Comment Link Chubba Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:37 posted by Chubba

    Thanks to everyone, it was awesome to meet you all.

  • Comment Link Brenda Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:17 posted by Brenda

    It was a pleasure to have you guys at the conf.=)

  • Comment Link Martine@themodernparent Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:03 posted by Martine@themodernparent

    Love this post which pretty much sums up parenting....one minute you are awesome at it and the next you can be behaving like a toddler! I am sure the awesomeness outweighs the crapness everytime! Loved hanging with you guys!

  • Comment Link Kimberley Wednesday, 27 March 2013 07:19 posted by Kimberley

    Love it, TN. Was grouse to meet you guys (did I just say grouse?) Loved being on "the naughty" table with y'all on the second day. And your business cards were ace. Sing it. Kx

  • Comment Link Bucky Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:36 posted by Bucky

    Great post Chubba. You know what I learnt, the Stamford really need to make their rooms that little bit larger because trying to fit two single beds in one room for two dad bloggers is a little close for comfort. Oh, I also learnt that photo booths can be a great thing, and a terrible thing...how many photos are there of me on Instagram wearing bloody crown's and tiaras???

  • Comment Link Yvette @ Little Bento Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:13 posted by Yvette @ Little Bento

    HAHAHAHAH I can hear you shouting BEEENNNTTOOOO.... Yes?? Me? Pens? I came home with 1.. you must have stolen them all!! YOU WERE THE PEN THIEF!! :)

    I had an awesome time at DPCon13.. and you guys made me feel part of the daddy blogging world - still trying to convince hubby to start a blog... he says "only if I can checkin at every toilet stop - with pictures" ... he travels alot on the road.. so could be quite interesting...

  • Comment Link FastLaneDad Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:03 posted by FastLaneDad

    Haha, Legend!

    I do the "Because I fcuking said so!" At least 20 times a day. Also in my head of course ;)

    Great times and I love you both too!

    See you at the #DBCon13/14


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