It’s 12:30AM, I’m fast asleep.  I hear something move, the bed is empty.  There is light coming from the bathroom, I’m still half asleep.  Then she comes back to the bedroom.  “I think my water broke” she says.  Holy cow. It’s happening. I’m wide awake now.

For the past few months, we had been deep in our books, our various sites, and most important, the Bonapace Method.  It comes from Quebec, where a doctor specialised in pain management came up with a method on labour pain, and how to manage it during labour, so mum doesn’t need any medicine, she’s in control.  Dad’s here to help with massages and support.  That’s the theory. Read More

I can’t remember how long I’ve been waiting for this but, let’s just say it’s been long overdue !

Last Monday, my boss got his notification that he was approved as sponsor for the “Employer Nomination Scheme”, the 186 Visa.  So naturally we both assumed it would be only hours before I got the good news too.  Then came Tuesday, then Wedesday, Thursday, and still no news.

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That’s pretty much how I remembered how I reacted.  Claire came out of the bathroom with the “dipstick” in her hands and showed it to me.  Two plus signs.  Oh ! And then a smile.  I think I smiled all day (some say this is pretty rare…).

We’d been waiting for those plus signs for months.  Well, I may or may not have been waiting for years, I won’t say.

But, there I was.  I was going to be a father.  Amazing at first, daunting soon after, then, exciting !  February 14th, perfect Sunday.   Read More