The thought of becoming a new father is filled with an accumulation of thoughts, feelings, and worries. Whether it is worries about your finances, loss of sleep, or excitement as you embark on this new phase of your life – there are so many unknowns. Fortunately, there have been an increasing amount of resources for dads to help us navigate through parenthood. One positive resource is Fatherhood: About.com: managed by Wayne Parker, a dad that has been working for many years “to build a great community for fathers.” I especially like the content on the site related to new dads.
Be sure to check out his top 10 answers to New Dads questions that includes answers to questions like “Will I ever sleep again?” and “What to do when you find yourself alone with your baby for the first time?” I know that my first time alone with my son at the hospital went something like this…let me try to change his poop diaper by myself – I gotta jump in head first some time since I am going to be at home with him for the next year. “I can do this.” I start peeling away the dirty diaper and peek in at the mess. It looked really funny as most newborn poops do because of the meconium. As I stood there marveling at the poop at hand, (excited by the burst of fresh air) my son’s hose shot out out his urine like a pistol in my face. I quickly hit the nurse station button for back-up! That said, I am not sure reading an article or “how to” would have prepared me for that experience anyhow.