You remember those pre-natal classes your wife signed you both up for? You know, those classes where you sheepishly followed your pregnant wife into the room carrying blankets and a pillow so you could learn everything you need to know about giving birth and caring for newborns – all in just under 8 hours.
A nurse who had lots of experience and really knew her stuff taught our class. I learned a lot about contractions, swaddling, bathing and even the benefits of doing kegel exercises (Dads, you might want to Google that one). Overall, I felt I was as ready as I could be. In other words, I was still scared out of my mind. Unfortunately, my child-birthing fears were all for naught as my wife had to undergo a planned C-section.
A few months into being a new father, I got thinking about those classes. I thought about all of the information and the workbook where you could go online to watch birth videos and such. And then it hit me. Of all the information covered in these classes, the one thing they missed was how having a baby drastically changes your relationship.
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Sure, friends give you the generic, “Life will never be the same,” but no one gives you specifics. Now I know why – they don’t want to scare the crap out of you and make you have second thoughts.