New Dad – Expecting

“Is it a line? It looks like a line and it is more of a line then before you “used” it. But it isn’t as dark of a line as I would expect. It is somewhere between blank and a line. Let’s go buy a pregnancy test that doesn’t cost a dollar and try again.”

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Those were my words when we first took a pregnancy test. After going out and buying the Cadillac version of the test for ten dollars, it was still positive. We believed it now. Oh crap! We are going to have a baby. But I don’t know anything about babies. I know about 5 and 6 year old girls. That’s when I entered the lives of my given daughters. I even knew 6 and 7 year old girls because they don’t stay 5 and 6 forever. I didn’t, however, know much about babies. They cry and poop. They are needy and stinky.

This is all I knew. Now we had decided to do this so it was definitely something I was excited about. That didn’t mean I knew what to expect though. For right now, it was us and the pregnancy. I wanted to go out and buy some diapers and maybe some baby toys. That would help it sink in. So far all that I could see of this was a few used pregnancy tests, a doctor appointment on the schedule and the excitement in my family’s eyes.

First things first was the appointment at 10 weeks. I looked forward to that appointment to learn more about the process. We heard the heart beat which was a little crazy. There was actually a living being inside my wife. And it was my fault. At this point I was just as concerned as what to expect during the pregnancy as I was with what the baby would be like. Would I be waking up in the middle of the night to run to the store and fulfill my wife’s cravings? What would it feel like when my wife with the baby bump is on the back of my motorcycle with me? The first few months were really full of questions. I wanted to know how it was all going to work out. I wanted to know what to expect.

As time continued I received many answers to those questions. I will attempt to answer them as we continue on in the new dad’s guide. When you find out you are expecting, you may not feel much right away. It often takes a good amount of time to sink in. Maybe even some physical evidence like a baby bump or morning sickness. Don’t worry if you don’t feel like things are very different just by finding out. Some dads jump around like a ape while others are just happy. The adventure is different for everyone but nonetheless an adventure. Pregnancy is an adventure just as much as the infant. We will continue talking about pregnancy in the next article.

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