The Daddy Tag Challenge with Nigel from DIY Daddy – Guest Post #3

Bonjour lecteurs!

A huge merci to all the bloggers who completed the Daddy Tag Challenge this week. It could not have been such a success without you, guys! So thank you to all the papas who did it. A lot of people who joined the crew this week know what the blog love means!

This week, I selected Nigel’s post because it is so obvious that he is a very caring and loving dad to 5 enfants! I also really enjoyed reading his sincere answers. With Nigel, you only get the truth and that’s it! Happy reading!

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I was recently tagged by Martyn and a number of other bloggers to take part in the Daddy
Tag which is a challenge set up by a wonderful fellow blogger, The Frenchie Mummy.
Ok, let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll !

Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?

I’m half and half! On a Monday and Tuesday, I’m home with my four year old twin girls and I work Wednesday through to Saturday, sometimes Sunday, although that’s the only day we get to spend together as a family.

Would you have it any other way?

Absolutely not! We don’t have any childcare help so once my wife went back to work part-time it seemed logical to take Monday and Tuesday off to be with the girls and I love it!

Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?

Yes! It never bothered me and with twins, there wasn’t any choice! Some days there was poo everywhere!

A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?

I would definitely give it a go! I’ll try anything once. What I would like to do is sit in a restaurant and start breast feeding. I’ve never understood these idiots that moan about mum’s doing the most natural thing in the world. Now just imagine the outrage at me doing it, that would be interesting. A moment to savour I think.

What is the one must-have item for a daddy?

A mummy! So when I’m under pressure mummy will be there to take over. Oh yes and my iPhone, well it is moulded to my right hand. Where my hand goes my iPhone follows and of course it’s always there to capture those magical moments of our children growing up.

How many kids do you plan on having?

Had them! All five! I think I have stopped. No Wait! Still tempted to have another one. Who knows, I get so broody when I see a new born, watch this space!

Lads nights? How often do you have them?
 
Never! They really bore me to death! Always have! I don’t drink so that may have something to do with it.

Your children’s favourite achievement?

There are so many and it would be unfair to pinpoint any particular one, but a few are my daughter being selected to play football for Wales and getting into university. My oldest daughter achieving so much in the workplace in such a short time. My son is slowly developing my somewhat strange sense of humour that is very rewarding, and he is now trying to wind me up which is very funny. My older children are now well-balanced adults and that makes me very happy. My four year old twins, every milestone that they achieve is my favourite. Recently they have started telling jokes and generally making up stories which I find very rewarding.

What is your best memory with your kid(s)?
 
One memory that sticks in my mind was three years ago we were all on holiday in Menorca and that was a very special week because it has never happened before and in truth won’t happen again.
 
Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?
 
I don’t really miss anything that much because I feel I was born to be a dad and I enjoy it so much. It gave me purpose and meaning in my life. However, I do miss gaming! I never seem to have the time anymore. I was obsessed with Xbox and to prove it,I had the Xbox logo tattooed on my arm!
Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!
I will probably irritate everybody now, but I have been the same weight for years. 10 stone it never really goes up or down.
 
Dream holiday with your kids?

I would love to go to Disneyland in America. You never know one day maybe.

Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)
 

I would never go on my own, so if by chance it was my wife and I, which is seriously unlikely, the Caribbean would be pretty cool.

How has your life changed since having kids?
 
I don’t feel it changed that much. It’s busier, but it’s fuller more exciting and there’s absolutely no chance of ever being bored. The only thing maybe is doing something on a whim with my wife, but that’s not the end of the world. Children give you so much pleasure as a parent that other things don’t seem important anymore. No, hang on! I miss the cinema, meals out, romantic country walks with my wife, staying in bed all day on a Sunday. OMG! My life is so very different, actually, who am I?

Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”
 

When any of my children kiss me or say I love you. Simple, and of course ‘dad can I have a tenner?’ Actually, my heart stops when they say that! I must be clinically dead, they are always asking for money.

Favourite beers brands and football team?
 

I don’t drink so no favourites there. My football team is Cardiff City, my hometown and I have followed Manchester Utd for years.

Huggies or Pampers?
 
Pampers, but to be honest wouldn’t know the difference! They really are all the same to me. Although Pampers kept all the poo in never leaked if memory serves me well.

Have you always wanted kids?
 
No, not really, my own childhood was for a better word interesting and having children of my own always  frightened me a bit. Then I end up having five children! Strange how life works out. Subconsciously I may have wanted children. I will explain when I was about 12 years old I had an accident on my bike, and I went across the crossbar straight into the handlebars with my wedding tackle taking the full impact and I cut myself.
My grandmother called an ambulance as she thought I was passing blood. I was not about to get it out and show her! On the journey to A&E, I clearly remember asking the paramedic will this stop me having children and he smiled and said no. So maybe I did always want children just didn’t know it.

Best part of being a dad?
Everything! It’s what I believe I was meant to be. I think I’m quite good at it, but it defines me as a human being. I love every single moment of being a Dad.

Along with his blog DIY DADDY, you can also find Nigel and his family over on Twitter,Facebook, Google and Instagram.

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PSST! If you love blogs, don’t forget to check out Nigel’s favourite mummy blogger Twin Mummy and Daddy! Yes, his wife Emily is also a blogger and a good one too! So don’t miss an opportunity!

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