Sitting here just 2 weeks away from our baby's due date its still kinda strange. Its strange to think that we will be responsible for a brand new life, the life of a little person who knows nothing, who's never experienced so many of the things we all take for granted - he's yet to have taken his first breath, drank or even eaten. He's got no idea that the sky is blue, that birds make noise or that there's a night and day. And that's just crazy to start thinking about.
He's almost here and we have to be ready; I know people say you'll never be ready for what's coming next, that all the books and advice will never quite prepare you for the reality of becoming a parent and they are probably right, but I can't wait! We've got the nursery complete, (not that he'll be in there until 2016) - his moses basket is sitting next to the bed and piles of nappies and baby-grows await his arrival too.
We will soon have a little boy to educate and raise, he will believe and trust us in everything we do and say, (he won't have any choice for a few years) and we will be moulding this person into who we hope he will become. I'm not saying we will put him onto the path to his future career or anything, but we will be instilling him with his basic values and understandings. We will have to teach him right from wrong, how to be kind and honest and how to treat other people; I hope that even if he's not the most academic boy in the world or the most sporting that he knows how to be a good person and to be happy.
Its not easy to be happy with everything life throws at you, when I was a kid I remember the hardest thing I had to face was deciding about which footballer I was going to pretend to be when I went to the field with my mates, but as you grow you get swamped with all kinds of stuff that you never imagined you'd have to do or deal with.
My life has changed so much in the past couple of years for all kinds of reasons but I know I'm very fortunate; I'm lucky to have met Katie and even luckier to be in this position with her, I'm lucky to have such a loving family and some amazing friends who've been there in the hardest times. I'm so lucky to have the chance to become a father and I truly can't wait to meet my son. And its still crazy to be thinking about.