People typically have a lot of expectations in their first year of marriage.
Some might go on trips around the world. Others partake in weekly extravagant nights out on the town in fancy restaurants. For me, I never imagined I’d be changing diapers and burping a mini-version of myself.
Recently, I learned that I’m expecting a child with my wonderful wife, Stephanie, this June.
We’ve already begun babying up our lives by reading books, gathering hand-me-downs from family and friends and listening to funny stories.
I’m excited to be a dad.
At first I was scared out of my mind asking all those absurd questions like, ”what if I burp it wrong?”
I’ve been asked several times if we want to know the sex of the baby. I’m not much for surprises, so yes, we want to know as many details as possible. If we could know the baby’s hobbies beforehand, it’d be even better.
At this time, our baby is about the size of a lime. That’s pretty neat. My wife has a cool application on her phone to show us the size of the baby and tell us important details.
So, if it’s a boy, I have all the action figures and comics and cartoons he could want.
If it’s a girl, it’ll be a great reason for me to get in touch more with my feelings. If that’s sexist, then I’ll learn what to say and become a more sensitive dad, husband and human being.
I’m already scoring major points helping my wife with pregnancy things.
Her cravings have been all over the map — mashed potatoes, fruit – lots of it, orange juice, and oddest of all bubble gum.
My cravings remain the same for Coke Zero and cookies. However, I don’t have any sympathy pregnancy symptoms other than my already existent beer belly and over-emotional response to sappy movies.
I haven’t had much experience with handling babies until the past year with a few newborns in my wife’s family.
At first I made baby gibberish noises when around babies, but I’ve been told it’s best to talk for real with children so they’ll develop better speech patterns. I hope my baby likes hearing me talk about who would win a fight between my favorites superheroes — Truly riveting stuff.
Anyways, it’s an exciting time albeit a lot of change at once, especially with this newspaper business going on, but we’re ready to bring another Nash into this world.
As I’ve been told, “having a kid will change your life for the better.”
I have no doubts that our baby will be super.