The Husband Files: Erin’s zoo adventure

Yesterday we took Erin on a zoo adventure.

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Due to my work schedule I don’t get to go on fun days out with Erin so I was really excited. I was able to take a half day off from work to go and meet Lyndsey, Erin and Lyndsey’s mum at Amazona Zoo in Cromer. It’s only a mile away from where I work so I was able to get there quite quickly!

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Erin has never been to a zoo before now so we weren’t sure if she would even like it. However, although Amazona Zoo is not the biggest there are some cool animals for a 6 month old to look at. To begin with, Erin wasn’t interested in animals as she just wanted to stare at trees! She seems to like the greenness.

Erin is teething at the moment and also the time we arrived at the zoo was her lunch time so she wasn’t best pleased.  Luckily we were all hungry so as soon as we arrived we headed to the cafe for lunch. Erin had a pre-prepared two course baby meal. Lyndsey’s mum had a cheeseburger. The food for the adults was great and the portions were very generous for the price. For three adult meals and a drink each it only cost £16.50.

Unfortunately, Erin is very predictable and we knew it was only a matter of time before she was snoring away.

It then became a bit of a case of speed zoo to try to show her as many of the animals as possible. She saw ducks, flamingos, warthogs, monkeys, spiders, snakes, and a few birds and others I can’t remember.

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She wasn’t all that interested until she saw the crocodiles, which she was fascinated by. That is my girl – interested in the nice, gentle creatures. Honestly, who likes crocodiles over everything else?!

Once Erin was asleep we went round the rest of the zoo and saw some pumas, cheetahs and parrots. Erin eventually woke up while we were in the gift shop, smiling away having slept through her first trip to the zoo.

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Lyndsey’s mum was extremely generous and bought us yearly passes as a gift. At least now we can take her back when she’s a bit more alert and will enjoy it more. Hopefully she can stay awake next time.

Book review: The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy

Maybe it’s a boy thing but my husband John is pretty okay with poo. He has no problem talking about it, doing it or just generally acknowledging that it’s a thing. I’m not really all that open about things like that. When given the chance to review a book called The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy I just had to get it for John and Erin. He generally does bed time and story time so I thought this would be the perfect book for them both. Seeing as Father’s Day is coming up soon, I think it would also make a great gift from a child to their Dad!

For a change, John will be the one reviewing this book so I’m turning over to him!


As soon as I picked up The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy I knew it would be a book for me and my little girl. As Lyndsey has already said, I’m pretty okay with poo as a subject and I want Erin to be the same way. What better than a book that makes it a light and funny subject?!

With 18 pages, this is not a very long book so it has to be quick and to the point. Danny’s Daddy has gone missing so him and Dino try to find him in the house by following his piles of mess. In the end, it turns out that Dino has eaten Daddy and has to poop him out to safety! The story is really a bit random but fun and quick to read.

The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy has really bright and vivid illustrations which are really easy to see, even for little ones like Erin who doesn’t really understand stories properly yet. Dino especially, being huge and red and yellow is so easy to pick out on each page.

The The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy isn’t just about a dinosaur that can poo out a whole person though! It can help you and your child with counting which is a great bonus really. I think children will learn better when they’re having fun at such a young age so this is a really good way of learning 1-10 in different way.

I have so much fun reading this book to Erin and we do so every couple of nights now. We like it so much that we’ll be getting other books in the series soon!

It’s not only John and Erin that have been enjoying this book as I have read it myself and it’s so cute and funny!

As Father’s Day is coming up in a couple of days we’ve been lucky to be provided with some great downloadable content to share with our readers. Hopefully you’ll have fun making some cards and filling in the activity sheets with your children.

Activity Sheets

Father’s Day Card

The Dinosaur That Pooped Daddy by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter was released by Red Fox Picture Books on 5th May 2016. You can buy a copy for yourself on Amazon!

Disclaimer: We were sent this book in exchange for an honest review

The Husband Files: Feeling like a dad

I was so excited when I found out I was going to be a dad. For as long as I can remember I have wanted a family of my own. To meet someone who had chosen to love me and to make a child with her who would be a bit of both us. That is all I ever wanted in life.

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As soon as I found out Lyndsey was pregnant I started to feel nervous though. What if I turned out to be a rubbish dad?  What if I didn’t know what to do, or how to look after the baby? What if I couldn’t teach her the things she needed to know, or keep her safe like I wanted to?  After all, dads are supposed to look and act a certain way. They are supposed to be wise, strong and capable. They are supposed to be able to do anything. I felt like none of these things applied to me.

Lyndsey’s pregnancy and delivery didn’t go to plan and before I knew it I was stood wearing scrubs in the operating theatre, crying, terrified that I was about to lose my wife and my child. Terrified and knowing there was nothing I could do. Less like a dad than it is possible to feel.

Then it happened. My daughter was born. She was wrapped in blankets, a little pink hat pulled over her head, and I was called over to cut her umbilical cord. With Lyndsey out of action I was handed our baby for the first time.  I could hardly see her face through the tears that were now flowing freely from my eyes. She seemed buried in the blanket and far too small to be allowed. As I looked down at her I felt the most important thing to do right then was clearly to start counting her body parts. One head – check. Two arms, two legs, 10 fingers, 10 toes. Two eyes, a nose a mouth, 2 ears. Nothing looking like it shouldn’t. So far so good.

I don’t think I will ever tell Erin that the first thing I did when I held her was to make sure she wasn’t deformed. I don’t know if other dads have ever done this but it seemed very important to me at the time!

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After I had been holding her for a while she started to cry a bit. I decided that the best way to calm her was to rap twinkle twinkle little star. She seemed to like it.

Four months on from that day and I cannot remember ever not being a dad.
Being with Erin and looking after her feels as natural to me as breathing. I hate the fact I have to work so much and only see her in the evenings but I have bathtime, storytime and bedtime with her and they are our times.

She smiles when I come home and she sees me now. She likes my singing and my silly games I play with her.

It is impossible to describe the feeling of being a dad or the love you feel for a small little person who depends on you for everything. Suffice to say that I feel a gaping hole in my heart than filled whenever I hold her in my arms.

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There is no such thing as a typical dad and perhaps no one can feel like one until they actually are one.

I feel like a dad now, and I love it.  I adore my family.

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