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Jude walking and more!

So another day down, I’m really “feelin the burn”, as they say, at the minute. Also been one of the craziest weeks I’ve had in ages. First, big news;

Jude took his first steps!!! He just up and walked, this was yesterday, but because of work etc I didn’t get to see it until today, he near runs until he falls but he’s steady enough already! When we went to his room to put his pajamas on he walked from the doorway right to the other side of the room to his bed, climbed up on it, and got a dummy. He’s already sneaky, and I love it. To think he could barely crawl a couple of months ago, its amazing to watch someone grow every day and learn new things every day. Unreal.

It’s been a great week anyway, I’m in for a promotion at work and I managed to get an interview there so fingers crossed. Wrote a couple of new songs as well, one is a collaborative effort with a guy from Ballyclare called TurboShandy and another I wrote for myself just. Been rattlin away at it tonight so I might even have it ready for the next gig.

Not much more to report on working out, just the usual, I will say that today I actually feel a lot better in general, as in I was more awake and had more energy, and thank God because I’ll need it now with running after Jude!

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I really enjoyed it anyway.

Tell your friends.

Playlist;

The Doors – Break On Through

Barenaked Ladies – For You

Aerosmith – Big Ten Inch Record.

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Day 2 – Pray for Mojo

So, I’m not sure how many of you seen my facebook last night, I decided to work out for a solid further 30 minutes, and pushed myself really hard. I made a point of noting a portion of the playlist;

Less than Jake – The brightest bulb has burned out

Outkast – B.O.B.

Meatloaf – I’d do anything for love

Barenaked Ladies – Be my Yoko Ono

It’s not hilarious or anything, but it was such a strange workout. I pushed myself so hard that when another Barenaked Ladies song came on 20 minutes later, I literally slowed to a point of stopping. I lay on my living room floor for at least 15 minutes. I know I listened to N*SYNC, “Pump up the Jams” and “Love of the Common People” by Paul Young. I then dragged myself to the computer, and I typed some of this up. My arms were so sore I was holding them to my sides, I felt like this when I tried to continue;

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Anyway, I learned a valuable lesson, however I have no idea what that lesson was.

Today was a music day for myself. Had my first real set practice with GRIM, did some of my stuff, some of their stuff, as we both play on each others material for gigs. Then I had my first day back teaching guitar after the summer, 11 students to start this year. Some of them play other instruments already, so it’s not too bad. We all got pitch pipes as well. I’ve never had a pitch pipe before, so it was a big moment for me.

Just finished my workout again tonight. Same as last night. Can barely move my arms to type. Used all my remaining strength to lift my phone to take this picture;Image

I have learned nothing. I will probably do this all over again every day until I don’t die at the end.

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Tell your Friends.

Day 2 – Pray for Mojo

So, I’m not sure how many of you seen my facebook last night, I decided to work out for a solid further 30 minutes, and pushed myself really hard. I made a point of noting a portion of the playlist;

Less than Jake – The brightest bulb has burned out

Outkast – B.O.B.

Meatloaf – I’d do anything for love

Barenaked Ladies – Be my Yoko Ono

It’s not hilarious or anything, but it was such a strange workout. I pushed myself so hard that when another Barenaked Ladies song came on 20 minutes later, I literally slowed to a point of stopping. I lay on my living room floor for at least 15 minutes. I know I listened to N*SYNC, “Pump up the Jams” and “Love of the Common People” by Paul Young. I then dragged myself to the computer, and I typed some of this up. My arms were so sore I was holding them to my sides, I felt like this when I tried to continue;

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Anyway, I learned a valuable lesson, however I have no idea what that lesson was.

Today was a music day for myself. Had my first real set practice with GRIM, did some of my stuff, some of their stuff, as we both play on each others material for gigs. Then I had my first day back teaching guitar after the summer, 11 students to start this year. Some of them play other instruments already, so it’s not too bad. We all got pitch pipes as well. I’ve never had a pitch pipe before, so it was a big moment for me.

Just finished my workout again tonight. Same as last night. Can barely move my arms to type. Used all my remaining strength to lift my phone to take this picture;Image

I have learned nothing. I will probably do this all over again every day until I don’t die at the end.

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Tell your Friends.

Day 1 – Fatman Begins

So today was my first day of getting into better shape. Lose the belly and be in better shape for Jude. I exercised today a good bit actually, in comparison to previously. My brother, amazingly, had an exercise bike that he didn’t use so that’s in my house now, used that for 30mins. Did me sit ups and push-ups etc. but enough of that.

I ate better today than I usually do, smaller portions, better foods, but I’m not going to preach to you about what’s better for you or what I should be eating etc., because frankly, I don’t know. I really don’t. I have a vague idea of what foods are bad, like crisps and bowls of sugar, but I’m not looking to lose weight in a hurry, so I’ll play it by ear and see how it goes.

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I’ll miss my tasty bowls of sugar…

Do I feel any better? It’s only one day, I feel absolutely exactly the same. A little sore, a little hungry, but otherwise pretty much the usual sexy myself. Anyone any tips? Let me know and I’ll share em with the rest of the readers, you could be saving more than myself here folks!

Until tomorrow,

Fat Nate.

MUSIC

I try to keep other endeavors out of the blog, but for those who missed it, the gig on Saturday night was phenomenal, so thanks to all who turned up. Also, my tracks on soundcloud are newly available to download, so get on over and check em out.

New Blog – The Beginning of Superdaddy.

So, my son turned a year old a little while ago, and as I’ve said it has been the most amazing experience you could ever imagine. I genuinely could not be happier with life as it stands, I’m successful in that right. However, I am not a fit man. I would even go so far as saying I am unfit, I have skinny arms, yet a belly, and man boobs coming through. I eat unhealthy, drink unhealthy, and can’t walk up the hill to my work without stopping, albeit briefly, to compose myself. To be honest, the belly and boobs are a recent addition (in the last few years), but I’ve never really been fit. I spent all my energy on Nintendo and music and didn’t care much for running about. Then I came across this passage online;

 “See that baby in your house?

Imagine, in 4 years time, when he wants to go to the park and run around. You’re tired because you’re overweight(?) and out of shape. You want to make him happy, but you’re in a fog. You need something to wake you up, so you drink some soda – killing yourself slowly in the process. You go to the park and they want to run around and do the monkey bars – all the things that leave you winded and even more tired. 

“I can’t, buddy,” you say, thinking about how much *work* it would be.

Is that the future you want? Or do you want to clear that mental fog, feeling better both physically and mentally every day you workout? Do you want to rely on soda and caffeine to be alert and awake, or do you want to have the metabolism to be at the top of your game every single minute of every single day simply because you’re in shape and healthy? Do you want to be able to outrun your kids when they want to go playing, with them tiring out long before you do? Do you want to be around for them for years and years, as their friends’ parents get sick and age faster than you?

If so, then get up and press play and get going. Every hour you spend working out and developing healthy habits is days longer you get to spend on this Earth with your loved ones. If you’re not going to get healthy and in the best shape of your life (and really, make a healthy lifestyle change) for yourself, do it for your infant. Be their health role model – instill in them the good habits you’re about to form so that they don’t ever need the motivation to become healthy. It’ll be instinctual for them. If you’re healthy and press upon them your good habits, being healthy, in shape, and fit will come naturally to them. “

 

Of course it wasn’t aimed at me specifically, it was aimed at someone who was actually looking for motivation. Not me, I was happy in my burger bubble until I read it. It rings home too true. So, for the next few months I will start afresh on the blog, and try to become a healthier version of myself. I will start on Monday the 17th of September, and will update nearly every day. Now don’t fear, this is not going to be me coming on every day and saying

 “Did 40 push-ups and ate a sandwich. Good workout.” 

 It will be as anecdotal and realistic as some of you got used to in the months leading up to Jude being born.

 If anyone else reads this and it rings home true, I urge them to join me for the next while, or you can just follow me here. I hope one day soon to be a much finer specimen of a man. Well, than I already am.

 

Playlist;

Joe Esposito – You’re the Best

Olivia Newton John – Let’s Get Physical

Pokemon Theme Tune.

 Tell your friends, this guy is going to get even hotter.

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A Full Year of Jude (Pictures and Thoughts)

So it has been hyped, and I’m sure most of you reading now have been expecting it since the last one, but here is a 12 (and a bit) month review of my life as a Daddy, there’s been a lot of ups, few downs, I couldn’t even begin to describe how surreal it is knowing that there was ever a time where I didn’t have Jude, and then when I think that I think how I can remember him being born so clear it could’ve happened an hour ago. I’ve also included pictures for every month again to see the evolution of Jude. Time is not my ally, although it used to be, now it just confuses me and recedes my hairline. Today I am working a 13 hour day, and then I’m off for 10 days for my birthday, in which I plan to go to the zoo on my actual birthday, spend loads of time with Jude, and try get as much work done musically as I can as well. It’ll be amazing. So, let’s begin at the beginning of our tale, or if you’re only joining us, turn to the last page of the book, in fact I’ll assume you don’t yet have a book, and spoil the ending. I just can’t sum it up in words any better than my initial reaction…

July (SPOILER ALERT)

“They told us it would be another 4 hours, I was sitting with both our Parents talking about “Wednesday’s Child is full of woe” and “Triple H was born on the 27th of July (literally the only person I knew in the list)” and of course how it would be nice if he came out on a Tuesday, as me and (then) Pregahontous were both born on Tuesdays. Then at around 11:45pm the Sister came out and said “I think she needs you to hold her hand.” I rushed in, and the Doctor was there, “She’s Fully Dilated” she said. Remember when I went on about how it wouldn’t hit me until it happened? That’s when everything hit me.
I literally ran over to (then) Pregahontous’ left shoulder and kissed her head, held her hand and literally rephrased everything the midwife was saying because my brain couldn’t make its own ideas. I was shaking, I was literally so excited I thought I was going to faint. It was unbelievable, everyone around me were so professional, obviously they see this every day, but I felt like a big child in the way, even though I didn’t move an inch. I was frozen but shaking, a weird sensation.
Then 14 minutes later I was being handed a pair of scissors and being told “Cut the cord”, which I explicitly said before that I wouldn’t do right here in this book, but in the moment I was just so happy to be given literally any responsibility in the most amazing thing that’s ever happened in front of my eyes. I had a baby boy, he had dark eyes and as soon as he touched skin with (now) Mummysaurus, he calmed, he knew who she was. He reacted when I laughed, and seemed to know me, previously as the Big Voice, now as the little (by comparison to the other people in the room) Daddy. He held my finger, he looked at me for long periods of time, and he was perfect and always will be from that first moment.”



August

So, back to new content. You might’ve read about it all last August anyway, but here’s a recap, we were still very new to the whole parenting thing but adapting quite well, I had to go back to work which was horrible but we got off for my birthday again and went to the zoo. You may notice a trend, yes I plan to go to the zoo every year for my birthday. Possibly even a more elaborate zoo than Belfast someday, but for now I enjoy the animals and the hill with a chance of heart attack. August was a mad time for adjusting to a lifestyle, a new mother and father, me working, the doggies and everything else. The only reason I think we got through that early period unscathed is due to Jude being such a good baby. Aye he wakes at night, and me and him are religiously up everyday before 7.30, but he’s just so happy all the time. I’ll thank him for it when he’s older.


September

Jude got Christened in September, and I’ve only realised recently that I never published the photos from it. Not that it’s a big deal, just that no one’s ever really seen them except our family’s, so I may make a point of putting up a picture blog from the christening if anyone wants. Mummysaurus and myself were finally starting to come to grips with parenthood, but not without continued support from both our families and our closest friends. Not to sound cheesy, but I don’t think many of them realise how much we appreciated and still appreciate all they’ve done to help, even simple things as coming over for a visit were are very welcome breaks from the norm. So I take this opportunity to thank all of you.


October

October was a busy time between my book launch, Mummysaurus’ birthday and Halloween. The book launch was first, finally got my book into stores, had a natter with the mayor, and had some lovely words said by Pete and Felicity McCall. The Mummysaurus’ birthday came around and we had a mad night, and Hallowe’en was no different. It’s amazing to think the amount of times I’ve got really drunk in the last year wouldn’t even probably rival a month from 2 years ago. I used to be really good at it, almost a talent. Now I need looking after when I finish a 6 pack.


November

There were no events per se in November, but now life was so much more… organised. Jude still kept throwing things at us that we had to look up or ask our mothers about, but for the most part we became independent parents. Phenomenal. Although it’s always been a dream of mine, and something I’ve always wanted, I never pictured I would adapt to it like I had. Absolutely amazing.


December

Christmas came around! Although he didn’t get nearly as much as his birthday, he still got a stupid amount however this time I think we put all of it to use quite quickly. He also got his first tooth! Not only that, but Mummysaurus and I also got engaged shortly after Christmas. I popped the question at home, I know it doesn’t sound the most romantic but I know she would’ve been too flustered in public and likely would have killed me. She was happy, I’m happy, and we are well on our way to marriage (and the possibility of younger siblings for Jude!)


January

2nd tooth came around in January, and as you can see if you skip from the first picture to now, he’s beefed out a lot at this point, apart from also getting a lot more character in his face. He’s always laughed from near day one, but at this stage it’s so easy to make him laugh and it never ceases to be hilarious/amazing to me. I honestly don’t know how to convey how crazy it is watching someone evolve from the start of their life and barely missing a day. I hope all of you who haven’t experienced it get a chance because its stupidly awesome.


February

February was uneventful, as in nothing to write home about, not as if nothing at all happened. Therefore I won’t bore you with more of how awesome being a daddy is. Move along, nothing to see here.


March

In march, Mummysaurus got to experience her first real Mother’s Day. Well exciting. She got one while she was pregnant but it was mainly be talking from behind the bump. Also, her mother got her first Mother’s Day as a granny, as Jude is the first grandchild in the ‘saurus family. It’s really awesome to be honest, because he’s the first he get’s all the undivided love and attention on that side, however on my side he is the 11th Grandchild, and then I have quite young sisters as well, so he gets all the love and attention but he also gets a minefield of playmates. Awesome for development. We couldn’t have planned it better!


April

On a selfish note, I got to see my first WWE event live with Adam Gallick in April, which was a pretty big deal for me, although as a result Mummysaurus got a day shopping in Belfast so baby got some new clothes. Also, Jude has his first Easter experience, and while I’m unsure how moved he was by the Mass, or Jesus being Crucified, but he flippin loves chocolate.


May

May was the first time Jude got to go to the swimming pool, and he flipping loved it. We went with my mum, my lil sister Riley, Kat, Laurence and Rosie. We all had a blast, and we’ve been back a few times since and plan to go many more times. He also got his feet measured for the first time, and he was a 3 and a half G, for those who, like myself, aren’t aware of baby feet sizes, that means he has fat feet. More on that to come.


June

June was great because, as pictured, Jude got to go to the beach for the first time with Rosie. Yeah he ate some sand, but he loved the water, loved the whole experience. We also got a lot more confident crawling and moving himself, and as a fully grown (as far as will grow, at least) person with a bad memory, I cannot comprehend learning to walk/crawl for the first time. It seems so novel, so watching someone develop like that is both astounding and absolutely fascinating.


July

I’m sure most of you have seen the pictures and stories from our first family holiday with Kat, Laurence, and Rosie to my family caravan in Bundoran, it was amazing. Jude and Rosie had so much fun together. The main thing was waterworld, I have not seen Jude have anywhere near as much fun anywhere as he did in waterworld. He was grumpy going in, then when he got there we had the most fun ever, and when we got out, he fell asleep sitting up while being dressed. That’s dedication to fun, he fought off sleep completely for a couple of hours and just completely pooped himself out. We also had Jude’s birthday as I’m sure you are all aware from yesterdays blog, I just want to take another time to thank everyone for coming and everyone’s help. It was awesome.


August

So we’ve come back up to scratch. Only thing for August… Remember I said Jude was a 3 and a half G shoe? We got him measured again, now he’s a 4 and a half G. He literally went up a full shoe size in 6 weeks.


Thank you for making it this far, even if you just looked at the pictures. Mummysaurus, Jude and of course myself are looking forward to many more years of this, and we hope you are too. I am waiting patiently for Jude to start walking and talking properly, so me and him can terrorize his mother efficiently with elaborate pranks. I dream of the day.

Much love, tell your friends, and everything else,

Jude, Mummysaurus and Nate.

Playlist;

Ben Folds – The Luckiest
Watsky – Wounded Healer
The Beatles – Hey Jude

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Jude’s Birthday (Photo Blog!!!)

So, it’s been a few weeks since Jude’s birthday, but I thought I would post now when I’ve gotten over to buzz and had time to think before my birthday next week. This is my time of year!

However, I do not plan to bombard you with a full writeup, just photos for you to have a gander over. Tomorrow, I will publish for my readers a full write up of the last year, I promise. For now, here are the birthday Photos!

ImageJude sitting on his Beanbag, first thing in the morning.

ImageJude on his first t-shirt.ImageJudes Cake and cupcakes, courtesy of my mommy and Caoimha FarrenImageJude’s new big boy bed from his Granny and Grandad McCartneyImageJude with his Granny and Grandad McCartneyImageJude and Me, his Proud Daddy!ImageJude absolutely loving the Hungry Hippo his Godfather got him.ImageAlice and LaurenceImageKat and RosieImageKat and AliceImageJude’s first “Happy Birthday” songImage“I love Elmo, he looks tasty.”Image“What? Candle?”Image“I don’t need another step between me and cake.”Image“I love you Elmo, you tasty.”ImageJude’s necessary toy room after his birthday, which used to be a dining room.Image

Lastly, Jude trying to climb OUT of his new bed the next morning. I love him so much, he’s so crazy.

 

As I promised, tomorrow you will recieve a full year update. I will make it as epic as I can.

Playlist –

Cat Stevens – Father and Son

Will Smith – Just the Two of Us

The Beatles – Hey Jude

Tell your friends!

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