Dads all over the country are doing a fantastic job and we enjoy every opportunity to catch a glimpse into their lives. Today, we chat with Dave Fitzgerald – a pretty new dad, husband and radio show host.
Tell us a bit about you – what is everyday life like for you?
The alarm goes off at 4.27am (I don’t know why that exact time but I always set it for 4.27am!). Then it’s quickly and quietly into the shower and getting ready, hoping I don’t wake our 16-month-old Logan.
I’m on air from 6-9am doing a breakfast radio show on The Hits in Christchurch with Ali Pugh. This is followed by prep for the next day, voicing of commercials and some promotional work. I’m usually home by about 12.30pm so I get to spend a fair bit of the afternoon with Logan. This includes a daily 5km walk while he has his afternoon sleep in the stroller. (The fresh air helps keep me awake)!
In the evening, it’s helping with bathtime, dinner and the bedtime milk for Logan. After he’s in bed at 7.30pm, it’s a bit more prep for the radio show and catching up on TV. Bedtime for me is hopefully no later than 10pm and then I do it all over again.
- My dad’s a pilot
- Learning to dad – poop, postnatal depression and the silver linings
- The rewards of fatherhood
Tell us about your family
Lisa and I have been married since early 2014 and Logan was born in 2016. We both have our wonderful parents here in Christchurch so it’s great to have that support when we need it. Both Lisa and I are only children so hopefully there will be a little brother or sister for Logan soon. Otherwise the poor wee man will have no brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles or aunties!
What is the biggest challenge about the hours you work and how do you and your wife navigate this?
I guess the biggest challenge is that Lisa has to do everything in the mornings. She works part-time in Logistics, so the mornings are a juggling act between getting ready and getting Logan to the grandparents.
The benefit of my early work day is that I get most afternoons at home. I can pick Logan up while Lisa works and she gets a break. Some days, I’m a bit tired because of the early starts but I’ve chosen to never let that become an excuse to not spend time with my family in the afternoons.
What was the transition from zero to one kid like? What was the most surprising thing about it?
Initially, as I’m sure all parents experience, the lack of sleep was hard! We were so lucky that this only went on for the first few months as Logan is now a great sleeper during the night. But it is a challenge at first. Then there is the lack of time for just Lisa and I. We wouldn’t have it any other way with Logan, but you do wonder what you did with all our spare time before he arrived.
What is your favourite thing about being a dad?
All the love and laughs I’ve had with the wee man! He’s such a character. I also love that at 16 months, he’s starting to pick things up really quick. I love my cricket so he’s already working on his throwing arm and hitting a ball around with a bat, kicking a football, and trying to say words.
What are some of the things you are most looking forward to teaching your son?
I’ve loved teaching the word ‘dadda’ to him before he said ‘mumma’. (Although he says mumma much more than dadda now). I am so looking forward to him being old enough to go down the park to play cricket or rugby – any sport. Later I can’t wait to teach him to drive and (dare I say it) having a beer with him. The biggest thing I want to pass on to Logan is the values our parents taught us – to just try and be the best person he can.
Tell us a story about your funniest dad ‘fail’
I really struggle with the domes on the wee jumpsuits! Many times Logan has gone out with domes hanging off that haven’t matched up because I just can’t seem to get them to. Thank goodness Lisa usually dresses him in the morning! If only everything had zips on them.
Best dad joke. Go.
Not me. See ya.
Attend a Toolbox parenting course
Toolbox courses inspire and equip whānau. They are bursting with great advice, humour and encouragement, offering practical strategies and insights into developmental stages. Parents leave reassured that challenges are common to all families and that they’re not alone on their parenting journey. The courses are run over a number of weeks in a relaxed and conversational small group setting with a trained facilitator. The five courses – Building Awesome Whānau, Baby and Toddler Years, Primary Years, Intermediate Years, and Teenage Years. Find out more and register here.