Adventures Of Fatherhood
by Chris Birks
With Father’s Day coming up on the 18th of June, Chris Birks tells us how becoming a father has changed his whole outlook on life and parking spaces!
I never thought I would spend nine months of my time on this planet comparing our ever-growing Tummy Rascal to various fruit and vegetables, but it happened. It also helped me get close to achieving my five-a-day.
There are so many things you don’t expect to happen when you hear you’re about to become parents. You don’t expect to ever have a favourite parking space at the hospital, but you end up spending so much time there it’s difficult not to naturally gravitate towards a bay which is equidistant from the parking machine to the entrance.
You’re also never quite prepared for the sheer amount of unsolicited advice you receive from family, friends and total strangers you meet in the fruit aisle whilst trying to work out how big your baby is this week. This is a plea to any new dads who are reading this – ignore all of it. Ask the questions you want answers to, follow your instincts and do what you think is best for your little one.
Another thing we never expected was to actually have a child of our own, but our doctor-defying Lewis is a little over two-years-old and has changed me in every way. He has changed the way I think, the way I approach decisions, the way certain news stories affect me and where I park at the supermarket. Got to love Parent and Child spaces.
You also never expect how much your son or daughter changes and grows up in such a short space of time; I remember when he was just two lines on a stick.
Photo: CHLOE LODGE PHOTOGRAPHY