1. I value sleep so much more now (when I actually get some)
2. For the first time, I feel comfortable holding a newborn baby. I used to be so nervous and awkward when it came to holding babies.
3. I am now a professional diaper changer.
4. Priorities have shifted. HIM > Everything else
5. Less gym time. Now I combine workouts into everyday things. Lunges and squats at the dog park, pull ups on the jungle gym while out for walks, sit ups on the nursery floor while baby plays, etc.
6. Healthy eating. I was already pretty good about it, but now I am better. I want to make sure I am around for baby and active for as long as possible.
7. I care less about other things. For some reason, I have a lot less interest in other people’s problems/stories. Maybe I’m just too focused on what matters to me.
8. Less free time, but I’m ok with that. There is no better place to be than spending the day with baby.
9. I’ve never wanted time to pass more slowly.
10. I finally know my purpose in life.
This past Sunday was the one month mark for the due date. That means we have less than to do everything we need to do to prep the house, prep ourselves, read all baby books, and take care of anything else that will be harder to do once the little guy comes into our lives.
Aside from that I am trying to enjoy the last few weeks of my life pre-baby. Doing some of the things we all take for granted once the baby comes. For example, sitting quietly in a cafe reading a book. As I was sitting there reading and enjoying my roti bun and coffee, I thought to myself days like this will be missed, but I am really looking forward to the lifestyle change ahead.
Book: Show Dad How: The Brand-New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Shawn Bean the executive editor of Parenting Magazine
Before telling anyone about the pregnancy, I received a text from my little cousin: “Are you guys pregnant with a baby boy?”
I was shocked. We were only about 2 months into the pregnancy and we hadn’t mentioned it anyone but the doctor. My cousin had a dream that she was visiting us and we had a baby boy. This dream was so real to her that she felt the need to text me and ask if it was actually happening. At the time, I could only confirm that half of her guess was correct since we did not know the sex yet. However, a few months later it was confirmed that we were indeed having a boy. What a trip.
I feel that things like pregnancy bring on interesting dreams or maybe even a little more than just dreams to those around it. I even had my own dream/visit from my Grandpa who passed a few years back. It was about 3 months into the pregnancy, going to the doctor’s office was one of the most nerve racking things I had ever experienced. One night after a doctor’s visit, I had a dream that my Grandpa came to me and told me that everything would be ok. The comfort and warmth that I felt from that dream was very real. Was it just a dream or a visit to help comfort me? I can’t say for sure, but it was needed.
“My water just broke and I’m having contractions” – My Wife read aloud while reading What To Expect When You’re Expecting in bed…I was half asleep, Well I’m awake now.
We are about 7 weeks out, things are getting real. For now the room has a nice calm feel to it, the toys and clothes sit calmly in place waiting to be used and the noise level is very low. During the day we sometimes hang out in the room and plan things. We talk about where we will play and how we will organize certain items. Today my wife is researching strollers while I work on putting shelves on the wall. Dunder and Munster relax and try to enjoy the calmness of the room while they can.
Today marks two months until the due date. I must say that no matter how much I think I am prepared, how much I do, it doesn’t help the anxiety that comes with expecting your first child. I guess its because no matter how prepared I think I am, I know that it will never be enough.
We are two months out. I thought I was nervous before, but I clearly didn’t know what nervous meant.
One thing that helps is to prepare, even if it is something minor like buying clothes for the little one. It just makes me feel like I am one step closer, or I have one less item on my to-do list.
My wife and I have had some fun with all of this so far. Also family members have contributed as well. Here’s our son’s collection as of today.
How could I pass up this one?