This is it…the home stretch…approximately 3 weeks until the new baby is here…as long as ALL goes according to plan…
But let’s be honest: that never happens. When Camryn was born, she was born early because she ran out of amniotic fluid to swim around in; I got a call while I was at work from my wife after her scheduled appointment, and the first thing she said was, “Okay, we’re having her tomorrow!” I was of course excited…but I was also very nervous; I mean, was I ready to be a dad? I was sure I’d be ready by the due date, but a few weeks early?
The truth of the matter is, NOTHING matters the moment you see that baby. As soon as I saw them pull Camryn out (she was born via C-Section), I knew I was ready to be a dad. She was all that mattered.
Now, with Elle on the way, being so close to B-Day, Emotion Explosion: The Sequel is in full production. Amanda is in pain 24 hours a day; I watch Elle move around like the alien inside Kane during that crazy dinner scene in the movie “Alien” (you know the one I’m talking about!); Amanda is constantly self-conscious due to the fact that she has gained 17 pounds (which is amazingly tiny compared to the average 20-30 pound weight gain during pregnancy).
Truth is, she is beautiful. I tell her she’s so tiny, she looks like she ate a basketball because she is literally all belly (or even better, a python that swallowed a goat). She is beautiful to me. She is pregnant with my child, that’s the most beautiful thing there is.
Always remember, your girl may literally be going through hell right now. Every pregnancy is different, but they may be going through some severe pain (truly, how would you feel if your entire digestive system including but not limited to your small intestine, large intestine, and stomach were shifted around so that something weighing 5-6 pounds could fit all while pushing your lungs up so that you can’t breath as easily as you could before YOU DID THIS TO HER!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Haha, I hear that line a lot.) and more emotional turns just like in trimester number one. Just be there for her, help her, rub her shoulders. It makes things easier on her, and on you.
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6 replies on “Home Stretch | Mike’s New Dad Series

  1. Beautifully said! Yes, you did that to her! Ha! My husband was right there when I had my C-section with Ashley. Similar feelings…..can’t wait to see this new little joy!

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