Monday, April 9, 2012

Dawn of the Dad

I didn't Google it, but I bet that's one of the least original blog post titles going.

You know what though?  I don't care.

Oh my days, it's finally happened.  I have a baby.  I have a son.  I am a dad.  *does dance of ecstatic joy*

This post isn't going to be a birth story or anything as deep and meaningful as that.  I may do one some time, I may not, I'll see how I feel.

Right now, I'm sat at home on my own, for the second night, while my baby boy and my amazing wife remain at the hospital.  Hopefully they're doing well.  Maybe they're not.  I have no way of knowing.  But this post also isn't about not being able to stay at the hospital.

This post is to say that I feel a new understanding, respect and connection to all those other dads out there.  And all the mums too.  I thought I got it before our baby was born.  But I was wrong.  I didn't get it when I was a broody young man.  I didn't get it when my wife was pregnant.  I didn't get it during my wife's labour.

I got it when that tiny little fragile body made its exit from the womb.  I got it when he was placed, still covered in all manner of goo and stuff, on to my wife's body moments later.  I got it when my face contorted into a display of emotion which I had no hope of controlling, of tears and sobs and snotty sniffles of pure, joyous happiness.

Even our first day as a family has shown me that there will be challenges.  That all the talk of how difficult it is to have a child is true.  But it has also shown me that there is a whole world of support out there for new parents, a world of experience and knowledge that we will be able to draw from to help us, to pick us up when we are down, to cry on, to complain to.
Cute, but with a penchant for pissing up your arm.  I don't mind though,  because I'm a dad.

This is the dawn of a new era then, an era where my BabberBlog actually has a babber to blog about.  I can't wait.

17 comments:

  1. He looks grumpy. And cute. Hooray!

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  2. Good grief! Congratulations to you both young 'un!

    Here begins the fun - you'll love every moment of it x

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  3. I love the photo caption.

    Congratulations, being a parent is the best thing you will ever do. Nothing will ever be the same in a (mostly) good way. Enjoy your son

    x

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  4. awww many congratulations `daddy - gorgeous photo and post x

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  5. Awwwwwwwwww *locks up daughter* congrats!

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  6. Now I have a tear too, such a wonderful post and many many congratulations to the 3 of you!

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  7. Nothing prepares you for that bundle of joy. The hardest, most rewarding role we are ever blessed with I think. Hold tight, enjoy the ride and try not to poo your pants too much! Congratulations! X

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  8. Oh this post has made me so tearful, congratulations!

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  9. So. I just cried at that. Lovely post, congratulations xxx

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  10. Congratulations! He looks all squishy and perfect. Enjoy!

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  11. Great post welcome to the big world of parenting it's tough out there but with a little faith you'll make it I'm sure!

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  12. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, bless you. Hope Mrs L and your beautiful boy are doing well xxx

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  13. I wonder how long before you are drawn into the land of "competitive parenting" *sigh* try to ignore the "oh mine was was already doing that at 3 weeks" sorts if comments. He looks adorable. Sniff him a lot, babies lose that fab new smell too fast. Oh and enjoy the sleepless nights, even they end too soon....oh i'm all broody now!

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  14. Oh you git you've made me cry!

    Beautiful post, congratulations on the birth of your handsome son, well done to your wife and welcome to the real world now. We're all here when you need us. You may even want to point your wife our way if she needs some support?

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  15. Congratulations! Nothing prepares you for that moment does it? And he's gorgeous!

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  16. Mahoosive congratulations Mr, he's just adorable! And you're right it's a life changing experience. Enjoy these precious first few weeks, they're awesome :D

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