It’s nice to get excited about things. This weekend, it has really dawned on me just how excited I am about everything that is happening at the moment. The trouble is, I’m feeling like it is flying by already. We are nearly 19 weeks into the pregnancy and before long the baby will be with us. I’m not scared or worried…I’m just excited.

My new favourite thing is to listen to the baby. I have a proper listen every hour or so; I’m obsessed. My wife’s being great about the fact I’m constantly glued to her tummy because I think she knows it is nice for me to experience some of the feelings that she has every day. I’m literally like a giddy school kid every time I hear a rumble and a movement. I just can’t get enough. To be fair, I have no idea what I can hear but I like to think it is the baby having a little move about in there because it knows I’m there.

We bought a few things over the last few weeks – my favourite being a bunny from The White Company. Since finding out about having the baby, we have tried to fight the urge to by lots of things, because let’s be honest – you never know what might happen. With the 20 week scan fast approaching though, we have indulged ourselves a bit and got some bits and bobs. It feels so strange buying stuff for a little person. Thinking about it all gets my mind racing even more about what the baby will look like, what they will be like and just how much fun it will be (and how much hard work of course!).

I think this dad stuff is already turning me soft. I like steak, ignoring instructions and digging holes as much as the next man. I even used to fight a fair bit (Muay Thai – not on the street) and I was a doorman for 6 years…but now I’m all about the bunnies and breast pumps; oh and belly listening. I’ve talked about it on this blog before, but I am changing loads at the moment. It’s not a bad thing! I know pretty much everything there is to know about the specification of most car seats… not great beer talk but pretty useful for when the nipper gets here.

It isn’t just us getting excited either. Both sets of grandparents-to-be are really excited and I know they are building their (not so) secret stockpiles of baby goods. I think having a little one around will be amazing for them all. My sister is already getting broody having seen the bump recently – I feel sorry for her boyfriend as I’m sure the pressure is now building on him!

All in all, things are really building up now. Feelings, life changes and piles of baby stuff. It is honestly the best I have felt in my life – totally soft I know.