Strange but True Facts for Dads-to-Be
Pregnancy, Birth, and Newborns
Meconium: This is the blackish, tarry substance that is your baby’s first bowel movement. Changing a diaper for the first time can be an experience in itself for new parents—don’t let the poop’s unusual appearance alarm you.
Sex after Birth: The general wait is six weeks for intercourse. Get out your calendar and count down the days if you must, but keep in mind that your wife’s body has been through a lot in the last year. Woo her with patience and understanding!
Breast Milk: Breast milk can spray up to 15 feet. You may find yourself in the line of fire when your wife says, “I wasn’t expecting that.”
You’re Not Top Dog: Newborns are incredibly demanding. Your wife now has someone depending on her for every need. Gone, for the time being, are some of your rituals as a couple. “I was surprised too, that my wife wasn’t my number one concern either,” says Todd. “Instantly, the family dynamic changed, as we knew it would. I know we’ll get back on track.”
Relishing the New Role: Most dads (and moms too) are pleasantly surprised at how loving their mates are to the new baby. You know that you’ll instantly fall in love with your baby, but you may find yourself falling in love with your mate all over again as you see her creating a new family bond.
Lack of Sleep and Forgetting to Eat: New moms and dads put sleeping and eating on the back burner while they answer every fuss and whimper of their newborn babe. But sooner or later, sleep deprivation will rear its ugly head and someone is going to growl. Be prepared: make frozen dinners, take turns sleeping and baby-minding, or call for help. Take care of yourselves. Chances are you haven’t seen this side of your spouse … unless you’ve been in boot camp together.
Well all fathers-to-be, here’s hoping you’re a little bit more informed for this new chapter in your life. As a new dad, Dave surprised his wife at what he said when his daughter was born. He opened up his wallet and said, “Here honey, take whatever you need.” Good old dad.
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