In August, I decided to do my very first Blog Challenge. Up until then, I didn’t know such a thing existed. In following the hosts’ rules, I blogged every day for 7 days and used the right links, tweets, and retweets. I enjoyed reading others’ posts, left comments when I felt I had something to say, and in general, slowly started embracing what it means to be a blogger.
I learned that one of the things that defines a successful blogger is how actively she or he is connected to other bloggers in the community. You have to give the love and share it to get some in return. One way to do this is by participating in link parties and challenges or whatever names the hosts of these events call them.
Today, I, and by virtue of his association with me, Aaron, are participating in a new link challenge – The Daddy Tag Challenge.
Originated by Cecile at The Frenchie Mummy, this is a cool challenge to get dads answering some simple questions (but that can get more complex depending on how deep one wants to get). Cecile presents a bunch of questions to be answered by dads who blog or moms who can answer the questions on behalf of the dads or I guess, as in my case, ask the questions to dads and get their answers and type as they speak.
I got Aaron on board and the following are his answers. You can read the complete rules of participating in this Challenge here.
Over to Aaron:
- Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?
Working daddy but I wouldn’t mind being a stay-at-home-daddy especially now that it is such a special time in my kids’ lives.
- Would you have it any other way?
- Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?
Yes. I’ll change any diaper. I don’t care. I never turned down doing a diaper change. It is a challenge I am not afraid of.
- A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?
I’d probably go for it. At least I’d be able to help out more with the baby.
- What is the one must-have item for a daddy?
An IPad so you can watch movies when everyone else is sleeping in the same room. Phones weren’t gigantic when we had J. Big phones are a recent thing.
- How many kids do you plan on having?
No more. (He He)
- Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?
Never. I go out in the afternoons sometimes but not at night.
- Your children’s favourite achievement?
J talking was pretty cool. E learning to sit up on her own by pulling herself up on chairs is pretty cool too.
- What is your best memory with your kid(s)?
Best memory with my kids..me and J going on a hike because it was just us together, father and son. Our roadtrip across the US, the three of us was awesome (from Chicago to San Jose) (before Baby E was born).
- Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?
Going to fancy restaurants. I miss sleeping in too.
- Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!
No. If anything, I lost weight.
- Dream holiday with your kids?
Renting a beach house, going to Canada with them, staying at my parents’ cottage, and watching some Hockey (not all at the same time necessarily or in that order)
- Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)
Trekking in Tibet.
- How has your life changed since having kids?
Get up earlier, less video games, less being a yuppie like we used to be, less traveling which is like being a yuppie I guess. I am a morning person now. I get to come home to my kids.
- Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”
…my kids look at me and smile or give me a big hug (J, E is too little to give me hugs right now)
- Favourite beers brands and football team?
Stella Artois (beer) Greenbay Packers (football team)
Since I am Canadian, Moosehead (beer). Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs (Hockey), the Blue Jays (Baseball) and the Chicago Blackhawks (also Hockey).
- Huggies or Pampers?
I don’t even know. What’s the difference?
- Have you always wanted kids?
- Best part of being a dad?
Getting to hang out with your kids.