Is it normal to gauge every decision on whether or not we would find it acceptable if our children were acting the same way? When I find myself getting bent out of shape over something, I simply ask myself, "How would you feel if your son were reacting the same way to a similar circumstance?"
Its become not just about being proud of myself, but being someone I not only want my son to be proud of, but someone he would be proud to emulate. Isn't it strange how we grow up seeking our fathers approval, and then raise children that we hope are also proud of us? Its a cycle that continues from generation to generation, from father to son, and so on and so on.
I've already started noticing the differences in my personality since finding out about impending fatherhood. He's not here quite yet, but here's what I've learned so far:
- Our son will fill up a diaper, whether I enjoy the smell of excrement in the morning or not. He doesn't need to adjust, I need to.
- They say 93% of communication is non-verbal. Well that's not going to cut it considering 100% of their communication is non-verbal early on. I've learned how to voice my opinion well, but acting out opinions in a game of baby charades is going to be a new experience.
- Mom is always right. Enough said.
- My role is ever evolving. There will be times when I need to play housekeeper, and times when I need to be the "boss", still second to Mom, but a boss nonetheless. Being flexible is key.
- Being stupid is also ok. If I need to put face paint on, bark like a dog, or dress up like Santa, than thats the breaks. Being stupid for our sons enjoyment? Priceless.
- Sleep is overrated. I don't sleep much to begin with, which should help once baby makes landfall. I'm being told I will have a new found respect for sleep once the baby is here. We'll see.
- Being a "Stay At Home CEO" is going to be a huge advantage, with some disadvantages, all at once.
- Mom is always right. Worth repeating.
- There will probably be a day where baby, Mom and dog are all crying, upset, and hungry. My mission, which I've already accepted, is to be the cooler head. Its my job to put one to bed, sooth another, and feed the remaining......in no particular order.
- Its possible to read everything about fatherhood, and know absolutely nothing, yet feel excited about it at the same time.
I still remember the first time I felt the baby kicking......well, not exactly kicking. I've been feeling flutters for weeks, and the butterflies are in a frenzy for sure. Its almost like interviewing for a job that you've already been hired for, that you're not entirely sure if your suited or prepared for. You're grateful for the job, couldn't imagine not having it, but know there will be moments when you question your ability. But the best approach - jump in head first, mom in one hand, baby in the other. If this isn't "On-The-Job Training" I don't know what is.