HE’S gone from the shearing shed to the changing table, but Nundle farmer Jim Schofield says he wouldn’t trade baby Indi Rae for anything in the world.
Mr Schofield and his partner, Claire, became parents for the first time on the afternoon of Sunday, August 4, when Indi was born.
But while she may be tiny, weighing in at 2.5kg, Mr Schofield told The Leader Indi had made a huge impact on his life already.
“The feeling I got (when Indi was born) can be best described as the opportunity to be a better man and change things in my life to give my daughter the best life that Claire and I can give her,” he said.
“I look forward to giving Indi the opportunity to chase her dreams and work hard to do exactly what it is that her heart desires in life.”
Mr Schofield said the 15-hour wait for Indi’s arrival began after a night out with his mates and a few beers, followed by an early-morning wake-up from Claire.
“I have delivered a lot of animals in my time of being a farmer, but to physically see the pain that women go through giving birth, I’ll be a lot more sympathetic next time I pull a calf,” Mr Schofield laughed.
Mr Schofield admits being a new dad is a learning experience, but believes he has nappy changing “down to a fine art”.
As for the sleepless nights, he’s more than happy to spend a night or two on the couch nursing the little one to give Claire a few hours of shut-eye before the next feeding.
“Our daughter is a handful, as are most at this stage, though when she is finally asleep and I can stand back and watch her for awhile, I’m always smiling,” he said.
“That’s a feeling I’ve never had before and a feeling I am looking forward to for the rest of my life.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and family for their tremendous support.
“Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. Have a drink for me.”