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A Surprise Arrival | Part 2 (Fatherhood Series)

A Surprise Arrival | Part 2 (Fatherhood Series)

I sat in the dark of the car, eyes darting back and forth, desperately searching for any sign of the ambulance. Suddenly, there was a knock at the window. I jumped out of my skin, adrenaline suddenly surging once more. It was my mother-in-law; she’d set off for the hospital on hearing the news.

A Surprise Arrival | Part 1 (Fatherhood series)

A Surprise Arrival | Part 1 (Fatherhood series)

When you reflect back, it’s incredible how your most profound moments unfold. It’s not like a movie. There is no foreboding score to imply impending action. The craziest days often open with the mundane. This was a Monday. We headed our separate ways and started work.

Making Room – The Big Nursery Project (Fatherhood Series - Part 6)

Making Room – The Big Nursery Project (Fatherhood Series - Part 6)

Preparing the nursery is a big step. You’ve been working hard to come to terms with the news and this is another big step on the road to acceptance. Suddenly, you’re creating an entire room for someone: someone who will soon be occupying said room. Expect to stand staring at the finished nursery sweating, both from the effort of decorating and the panic inducing connotations of this final preparation.

Pregnancy Pitfalls (Fatherhood Series - Part 5)

Pregnancy Pitfalls (Fatherhood Series - Part 5)

'Pregnancy had some interesting side effects. Without going into too much detail, I’d never been more attracted to my wife. She looked stunning. Pregnancy suited her big time............ I’ve heard people refer to a person ‘glowing’ when pregnant. I think I finally got it, ‘glowing’ is fancy speak for really hot. She was glowing. But be warned, unsolicited approaches can be met with fierce rebuffs. It’s nature’s cruel joke

Preparing to be Unprepared (Fatherhood Series - Part 4)

Preparing to be Unprepared (Fatherhood Series - Part 4)

In hindsight, you can’t ever be fully prepared for the arrival of your first baby. You’ll read loads of advice about getting ready, what you’ll need and how to prepare. Take around 70% of that and just scrap it.

Spreading the News (Fatherhood Series - Part 3)

Spreading the News (Fatherhood Series - Part 3)

So, the big news is in your lap. You’ve spent the last few days in a trance as your mind scrambles to regain its composure. Back to normal (ish), your news is all of a sudden burning a hole in your pocket. You’re desperate to tell someone, anyone.

“I’m pregnant” | The 3 Stages of Understanding (Fatherhood series part 2)

“I’m pregnant” | The 3 Stages of Understanding (Fatherhood series part 2)

Like a child, whenever somebody shouts my name I assume I’m in trouble. So, when my wife called me into the living room, I was instantly tense.

‘She’s spotted the spaghetti stain on the carpet’ I thought to myself as I trudged to the couch.

She didn’t look mad, but that could have been a smokescreen. I’ve fallen for that one before.

Fatherhood (Part 1)

Fatherhood (Part 1)

For me, fatherhood spelled fear.

I’d always known my partner wanted children. I locked that knowledge away in my mind, filed under ‘Distant Concerns’. The idea brought up too many issues, too many worries which I was afraid to face head-on. So away they went.

For years I was able to dodge the subject while we got our ducks in a row. The timing had to be perfect. Stable relationship, check. Good jobs, check. Own home, check. The ducks were forming an orderly line. Damn ducks.

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