Been a long… long time and not necessarily in a glaxy far far away! (Love Star Wars!)
I have not been keeping up with the Dad portion of AYWM&D. My apologies to the two people that actually look for little observations/rants on parenting.
With a second child on the horizon I have to say that, much like the rebel force as they approached the Death Star, I am excited and anxious as we make the final approach. Please note: My reference to the Death Star is in no way shape or form referring to the size of my wife’s belly… although I have detected a small increase in the gravitational force of my DW with this pregnancy.
What am I most concerned with? I would say balancing the schedules of an infant and a toddler with the two adults in this house.
I was in shock when my DW reminded me that infants need to eat and get changed during the night! I was like: “Who’s doing that?!” Seems like son number one was always sleeping through the night…wasn’t he?
Another concern is the challenge of the cloth diapers. I can already hear the conversation we are going to have very soon.
Me: Honey…I am soo sorry… I shrunk the diapers…I ruined them!!!
DW: Those are infant daipers.
Me: oh… never mind.
What am I looking forward to? Holding a precious little one with one arm with ease. Seven or eight pounds of bundled joy will feel like nothing compared to the 30+ pounds of cyclonic force that wants “up.” It only takes a few minutes for 30 pounds to turn into 100 pounds. It will be a nice break on the shoulders.
Mostly I am looking forward to seeing my wife and child bond during those first few moments after delivery. That was a special moment to see and it will be awesome to see it again.
I also can’t wait for the brothers to meet. That should be interesting…especially when we are all at home.
Well the due date is set. My DW has been packing bags and getting down the protocols for the arrival – even making me practice gearing up to run out the door (wow that Boppy sure feels nice as a neck rest!):
Seems like everything is in order. I guess one question begs to be answered. Am I ready? Is this a bad time to say NO? (Keep that between you and me… please.) But … can you really be ready??
Any help or tips in how a DAD can be prepared for child number two would be appreciated. Don’t tell my wife!