20 weeks from today, my life will change forever. Lord-willing, I will be a dad.
I’ve never been a dad. I have been - in no particular order - a son, a child, a student, a paper boy, a class clown, a friend, an athlete, a dog owner, a husband, a spelling bee champ, a brother and a news guy. Never a dad. From what I gather, it’s going to be a little different than all of the above.
If you're a parent, let me save you some time you might spend on giving pre-baby advice that I’ve already gotten loads of - “Sleep in,” “Go on a vacation,” “Get those dates in while you can,” “Sleep in some more.” Totally on that. All of it.
That being said, I am taking pointers and things to expect come November 1st, or whenever our little bundle of joy arrives. A collection of fatherly tidbits I’ve picked up so far:
1) From Mandy: "Get ready to know what it feels like to completely explode with love."
2) From Eric: "In any other circumstance in life, if this other living creature were to vomit on you you, you would be like, "Ughhh!!!" But when it's your own kid - your mind, your brain and more importantly your heart kicks into a completely different gear, where it's all about just loving that child regardless of the mess they make."
3) From Brant Hansen: "Start enjoying fatherhood from the first second. They don't just 'leave' when they're 18 or 20. Hold your baby on your chest, and he'll start pushing away with his little arms, ever so subtly, within mere weeks. Giving birth is just putting the rocket ship on the pad and it's headed for its own orbit from the moment of take-off. Enjoy that rocket-child, while he's still in view."
4) From my own Dad: "Wait as long as humanly possible to learn how to change a dirty diaper."
5) From anonymous: "Did I mention sleep in before the baby's born?"
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