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From the not so mean streets of M20, blog about being a dad, Didsbury and dealing with parental confusion

Early. Daze


All life lives here. Modern parenting for twins 2012. Didsbury Son is on the school bus, unsure whether big brother beats sole trader and slightly disappointed that at 10 days old the twins won’t yet respond to tickles, raspberries and head shakes. He had expected them to come out playing and it’s probably my fault he was unprepared. Their lolling head, fill and empty, cry and sleep lifestyle is less engaging than Minecraft, Futurama… Even homework.

Didsbury Wife is grabbing a rare hour to herself which leaves me to modern man multi-task. Twin 1 is in my left arm. This micro Mao with an aversion to being horizontal is snuffling in his sleep whilst Twin 2, my gorgeous little alien feeder is Chicco Mio bouncy chair bound and I’m rocking her with the right foot whilst switching between Homeland on the iPad and making a quiche one handed. This morning I am an advert for Unicorn Grocery brought to life (Terry nappies, mother feeding,v Alpro warming in the centrally heated kitchen). Just need an Aga and a green jumper.

I am craving a bottle of cider (it’s the pregnancy sympathy thing, I have only ever used cider for cooking before), a McDonalds (other nutrient free, high salt takeaways are available) and my arm. The Benevolent Despotism of new babies is a wonder. You do what you are told and the rewards seem incongruous with expectations from a fortnight ago. Our Didsbury world has shrunk to the texture of a nappy, the quiet of a sleep and the faint smell of sweet milk permeating the house.

But these things I have already learned:
1. People will still ask if they are identical even after they have established that the colour scheme of the clothes matches the gender stereotype.

2. Caffe Nero is very pram friendly. C’mon Croatian Deli and Art of Tea sort it out.

3. Visitors seem to imagine that Didsbury Son and I want to interrupt Futurama to hear their labour /birth/ weaning stories. We don’t.

4. We are very proud of Didsbury Wife. Her yield would have David and Ruth Archer down The Bull to celebrate.

5. There has been a glut of twins in Didsbury this year. Linen and Giddy GoatToys must be getting ready to buy yachts and DidsburyPark is considering building a special lane for buggies and…

5. I had the most wonderful dream last night. Didsbury Son and I were sitting on an old couch In a cool shed. Football droned on in the background, a pot of coffee steamed next to a pastrami on rye and Didsbury Son was lost in world of Minecraft; neither of us said a word.

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4 thoughts on “Early. Daze

  1. giddygoattoys on said:

    Aw I almost felt broody reading that. Then I remembered I hate sleep deprivation and not being able to go for a wee when I need to. Congratulations on your new additions. Bring them in for us to coo over. ps as for the yacht – I couldnt even run to an inflatable dinghy just now, tho its true I treated the kids to a shark lilo on holiday.

    • Loving reading your Blog. Linen will close its doors on 30th November as I’m off to pastures new (yacht moored in St Tropez but don’t tell anyone). Hope to see you all before then or for a nice civilised coffee at Caffe Nero. I promise not to share any birth stories!

  2. Michael on said:

    Just stumbled on this and love it. I too am about to become a father of twins with my own ‘Didsbury Son’ already in the bag… This is now my research!

    • As your guide to research this may be limited but have sent you a postage stamp with everything I know on the back. Thanks for your comment and following. Good luck, it’s good so far.

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