Beta Daddies Series – Introducing A Life Just Ordinary

Welcome one, welcome all – drum roll please for my brand spanking new Beta Daddy Series (cue canned applause, whoops, etc).  As I explained previously, I have been asked many times about whether or not there is a Beta Daddy.  The short answer is no, not in my house, but just as there are many many Beta Mummies, surely there must be plenty of Beta Daddies out there too…?

I have a cracker of a post for you today written by James from A Life Just Ordinary – and he’s even done his own doodle to go with it – amazing!James is a funny guy and I love reading his blog posts, which he often links up with the #Chucklemums Linky.  In this very special, first ever Beta Daddies post, James describes how he thinks a Beta Daddy and an Alpha Daddy might approach taking baby home for the first time….

Taking baby home with Beta Daddy

Dads generally get the nicer end of the birth experience.  A baby that you can hold and gaze longingly at without the pain, discomfort and general squeezing of bowling ball through nether regions.  Aside from being supportive and being available for back rubs and hand squeezes it’s definitely the easier part of the deal.

One thing a dad does need to do though is bring the car seat into the hospital when it’s time to leave and successfully strap the little one inside ready for the exciting first journey home.  An Alpha Daddy would probably have spent weeks researching this task, reading manuals and watching YouTube video guides. They may even have asked their more experienced daddy friends how to do it.  Either way they would just get the job done and the three would blissfully smile as they glided out of the hospital to start their happy lives as a new family.

A Beta Daddy, on the other hand, “may” have spent 20 minutes yanking it out of the car, humping it the ten minute walk to the hospital and then spent a further 30 stressful minutes figuring the straps out whilst the little angel screamed, and the other half looked on in amazement / despair in the hospital room.  Maybe.

If that were to have happened here is how it may have looked (if drawn by a 2 year-old)…

Alpha Daddy_taking baby home Beta Daddy_Taking baby home

Thank you to James for giving me such a laugh – the doodles really did crack me up!  I hope you enjoyed reading James’ take on Alpha Daddy/Beta Daddy.  Please do go and check out his blog and other social media:

See you again soon for more Beta Daddy adventures…

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  • Sarah 24/10/2016 at 9:31 am

    Hahahaha, this is amazing! I love it – well done James!

    • James Hopes 25/10/2016 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Was fun to be involved!

  • Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine 24/10/2016 at 10:25 am

    Love this. Bloody car seats. Did you catch Wills when Kate first left hospital with George? Proper alpha daddy right there, you’d expect nothing less though. I imagine he had hours of car-seat fitting lessons.

  • Mouse Moo Me Too 24/10/2016 at 12:57 pm

    Love it! When Evie was ready for her voyage home the midwife actually “did” the car seat for us, I guess her conscience won out over the hilarity of our ineptitude! Safety first…

    • James Hopes 25/10/2016 at 11:36 pm

      We didn’t have a midwife in the vicinity for pretty much that entire painful last day in hospital!! Got there in the end though!!

  • Laura: Adventures with J 24/10/2016 at 6:13 pm

    Ha ha! Well done James! Very funny. And a great new series!

    • James Hopes 25/10/2016 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Laura! Hopefully lots more dads will get their crayons out!!

  • James Hopes 24/10/2016 at 11:17 pm

    It was so strange. After months of NCT classes and reading baby books I thought I’d nailed it. Then came the car seat…

  • Rhyming with Wine 25/10/2016 at 8:30 am

    They should warn you about these things? No matter how much we had practiced getting the sodding thing (car seat – not baby – that would be a bit harsh) in and out of the car, we hadn’t for one minute practiced the actual strapping in of the infant part. Beta Daddy still appears to have one up on us though. At least The Mummy is laid on a bed. I was wrestling said car seat with a John Wayne stance myself whilst hubby watched on bemused! 😉 LOVE the doodles!

  • kristin mccarthy 25/10/2016 at 2:46 pm

    Seriously where do you come up with these sketches!? The mom with the middle finger and the idiot dad utubing how to do something he has had NINE FUCKING MONTHS to figure out.

    OMG- I cant!

    I want you to compile a book of these stetches. Please.


  • Rosie 25/10/2016 at 3:42 pm

    ‘Baby wriggling like an oily squirrel’ is cracking me up. I definitely remember neither myself or my boyfriend being able to strap the carseat in on the way home from the hospital – what a bloody nightmare x #chucklemums

  • Squirmy Popple 25/10/2016 at 7:37 pm

    Love it! Well done James for showing all the Beta Daddies out there how it’s done – and that they’re not alone. #chucklemums

  • One Messy Mama 25/10/2016 at 7:59 pm

    Haha James! What a sport! Yup, thats why we have You Tube! Greatest invention yet! Along with Google of course! #chucklemums

  • Utterly feral 25/10/2016 at 8:26 pm

    Haha daddy’s definitely do get the better end of the stick! Lolling at the daggers! #chucklemums

  • Turning Up In Devon 25/10/2016 at 9:13 pm

    Ace, loving the daggers! Beta Daddy – we can relate!! very funny #chucklemums

  • notaneffingfairytale 27/10/2016 at 7:00 pm

    Brilliant! I’d love to meet the new dad that did do a bath and rose petals on return from the hospital! #chucklemums

    • James Hopes 30/10/2016 at 3:12 pm

      I might try that if we have a second baby. Along with the push diamond that is apparently mandatory…

  • Dadupnorth 27/10/2016 at 9:35 pm

    Proud beta dad here haha. Daggers are pretty much the standard look for my OH at the minute. #chucklemums

  • Dadupnorth 27/10/2016 at 9:36 pm

    Proud Beta Dad here……Daggers are pretty much the only way my OH looks at the now haha

  • Harriet - Coffee & Bubbles 28/10/2016 at 11:23 am

    Brilliant drawings and epic comparison! So very true. We absolutely fell into the Beta category with this particular hurdle! #chucklemums

  • Fridgesays 31/10/2016 at 8:20 pm

    #eatsleepblogrt this is fab and cat seats are made for the engineers of the world…not that I have a clue how to use the thing?

  • Dave - Dad's Turn 03/11/2016 at 7:57 pm

    Great work Beta Dad. Those car seats are a bugger to fit!

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  • Petite Pudding 04/11/2016 at 7:04 pm

    HA ha this was so my husband – he now has no part in any baby ‘equipment’ – I think it may have been a clever ploy…. #EatSleepBlogRT


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