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A Piggyback from Daddy is Priceless

Our new blogger Andy shares an important moment of bonding with his baby daughter in his first post

22/01/2016

 

Introducing our new Tinies Blogger

This month we're excited to introduce you to a new Tinies Blogger: Andy Robinson. He brings with him a plethora of experiences and has a way with words.

Husband to a beautiful wife and Daddy to a cheeky 17-month-old girl, Andy currently cares for children and young people with learning disabilities in a respite residential home in West Sussex. He is looking at branching into the world of Nannying.

Being silly

My 17-month-old daughter and I were doing what we do best - being silly together. A little bit of rough and tumble and tickling always goes down well with her - her huge smile and contagious giggle bring a huge sense of fun to daddy-daughter bonding moments.

The moment I decided to introduce her to a piggyback for the first time was when I truly felt a real sense of physical closeness to her.

She was lurking behind me with a cheeky grin as I bent down on to the haunches of my feet to tap both of my shoulders lightly with my hands. This gave my daughter a signal, she was about to start something new in her world - the piggyback.

Piggyback

She looked confused, but eagerly ran up to my back and placed both hands on top of my shoulders. It was so cute. I could tell mummy was jealous (she gets jealous that daddy is more fun...wink). I grasped my daughter's tiny hands and proceeded to count to three before slowly standing up. I began walking around with her but couldn't see her face to see whether she was enjoying it. As I walked around with her on my back I felt her breathing on my neck; I felt her cheeks up close to mine; I smelt her scent (talc powder), and I could distinctly feel her dribble on me. We were so close physically - it was priceless.

To test the boat, I wanted to spin around - and just as I did, I could feel her immediately tense up, clinging her whole body against mine. She was trusting me to keep her safe. And I did.

Loving it

She loved every second of it, (so did I), chuckling away without a care in the world (so was I) - her daddy was making her smile and she was making me smile.

Those are the moments we need to cherish with our kids because I am sure, before I realise it, she will be telling me she wants to go travelling around Vietnam with her university mates.

If she does, I'll give her a piggyback to the airport.

Andy Robinson, Working Dad and Tinies Manny

 
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