I wasn’t sure how to bring this in to the blog, but it’s going to come out sooner or later. Not only am I a dad to two great kids, I’m going to be a dad again. We’re in week 21 now and things seem to be going along quite well.
It’s kind of like being stuck in the middle at the moment. That initial rush of excitement has come, the scary moments of those first few weeks has passed, the scans show a healthy baby, and now we sit and wait. Of course, some cool things are happening as well. Last night I had my hand kicked and punched for a good ten minutes (by baby, not by mom – hormones are stable). The baby is becoming really active, and that’s exciting.
I expect no one’s sympathy, but it’s hard for dads to really get in to this baby thing at the start. Thankfully we don’t get all of the not so great side effects of morning sickness, sleepless nights, and hormone changes. But likewise, we don’t have little babies growing inside us. We don’t have the most extreme bond that two human beings could ever have – that’s reserved solely for the mothers out there. I’m not sure how other men feel about this, but it’s something it makes me a bit jealous.
Now that baby is really moving around in there, for me at least, the connection has really started to fire up. Those kicks are the first touch I’ve felt from my baby. That’s exciting!
Week 21 is a bit stuck in the middle, but it’s pretty good for us dads because we get the first feel of our babies (albeit through a beautiful bump)!
Hey dads out there, do you feel the same way?