Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers
DAD.info | DAD BLOGS: New Dad Simon | Becoming an uncle

Becoming an uncle

I have fulfilled a lot of roles so far in my life: son, friend, husband, dad, employee, boss, teammate, brother…

 

But there’s one role I haven’t had the pleasure of playing yet… until eight weeks ago. That’s when I became an uncle. My sister-in-law gave birth to my niece back in June, meaning I am now Uncle Simon. 

She’s a beauty, my little niece. She’s very tiny and so far, she mostly sleeps. But, I think we are going to get along just fine – maybe it’s the way she seemed to smile at my rendition of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ or the way she’s only thrown up on me when I’ve been wearing already dirty clothes. Yep… I’m sure we are going to be best buds.   

Both my boys are fairly obsessed with their new cousin. It’s a mixture of cute and terrifying. They really, really like to hold her, touch her face and show off their jumping skills around her. While she’s only a few weeks old their enthusiasm is high risk but I’m sure once the little lady is a bit more robust the boys will be keen to teach her everything they know.

My brother was born to be a Dad and has taken to his new role with incredible enthusiasm. Since becoming a Dad his DIY has improved and he’s started tucking his shirt and telling me ‘it’s just more comfortable’. Despite all the challenges of being new parents both he and my sister in law look incredibly happy and content. Through the sleep deprived daze they seem more complete and it’s already hard to remember life before my niece – I’m looking forward to a life getting to know her better.   

Related entries

Running to Beat the Chickens

On mile 23 of the London Marathon I was overtaken by a giant chicken. Let's just say, it was a low point… Looking back on my London Marathon ‘success’ I can only assume it was someone dressed up in a costume or perhaps some kind of hallucination. The lactic acid build...

Snow Day

On this day in 2010 I walked through the snow to visit my wife and one-day-old son at our local hospital... Due to various complications, my first born had a short spell of intensive medical oversight before being released into the real world. I chose the frozen walk...

Latest entries

ASK DEBBIE – I HAVEN’T SEEN MY CHILD FOR FIVE YEARS

ASK DEBBIE – I HAVEN’T SEEN MY CHILD FOR FIVE YEARS

Dads, do you struggle sometimes? Who do you reach out to for help? Debbie Pattison, a qualified counsellor at Fegans can answer your questions. Send them in to Ask Debbie at info@dad.info and if she can she will answer. Today’s question is from a hurt dad that hasn't...

Childcare: what are the options?

Childcare: what are the options?

Modern parenthood is about striking a balance between caring for your children and earning a crust. Many families need childcare options to balance the juggle. If you don't know your nannies from your au pairs, read our guide to childcare to help you decide...

31 percent of parents don’t read to their children

31 percent of parents don’t read to their children

Are you one of the over 60% of parents who doesn't read newspapers or magazines to their kids We all know that reading is essential for our children’s development. Despite this, a third (31 percent) of us parents do not read with our children and 63% never read...

Pin It on Pinterest