So much of a Dad’s work can go unsung. Father’s Day is one of the precious few chances we get to celebrate him. Josh shares his special story this Father's Day as part of The Dad Files editorial series.
The first nappy change was interesting
With a baby just 3.5 weeks old, Josh is a very recent dad. “Mum’s doing most of the work at the moment. She’s doing the hard work. I’m just trying to make her happy.”
“In all honesty, we both didn’t know what to expect. Charlotte’s been sleeping a lot more than we thought. She’s a pretty good sleeper. Some days are not so good…”
“It’s a new chapter in my life,” says Josh, the youngest of four. “We’re going from being from carefree and not having too many responsibilities to now having a pretty big responsibility and devoting all the time that you had to yourself to somebody else.”
‘When I changed my first nappy, that was interesting. It was weird, as it was all milk – it wasn’t as bad I thought it would be! Right now, it’s a lot of nappy changes.”
Baby as ‘people magnet’
As a paramedic, Josh works four days on and four days off so there are periods when he doesn’t see his daughter very much, then he gets to spend a lot of time with her. “It’s exciting to see the changes – the way their facial expressions change – and how much she’s developed in the first three weeks.”
There’s also doing laps along The Esplanade by the beach at Miami near Burleigh Heads, with two dogs (a King Charles Cavalier and a Cavoodle), a pram and three week old Charlotte.
“She’s quite happy in the pram. People we’ve never met are coming up to us and talking to me and the baby.”
The role that Josh wants is “to be involved as much as possible in all the ways, whether that’s through sporting, or school. Whatever she finds herself into, I’ll be there and I’ll be part of it.”
As a shift worker Josh isn’t sure how he, partner Ashlee and baby Charlotte will celebrate Father’s Day. “I’m youngest of four kids and they’ve all got kids. At this young age Charlotte won’t be able to do too much but as the years go on, that will change.”
Don’t let Father’s Day pass you by
“We lead busy lives these days, so it’s rare to get whole family together. Dad’s in Brisbane and we try to get him away from work. Usually it’s more about time with him and being together. The day will be pretty casual. We’ll just have a big BBQ lunch. Now it revolves a lot around the nieces and nephews and having a couple of beers with Dad.”
Asked if he has any advice for other dads in the lead up to Father’s Day, Josh says, “If you want to do something, don’t let it pass you by. Go somewhere, live somewhere where you want to live…make it happen, otherwise you might regret it in the future.”