So, as the “big day” gets closer and closer, the little details are beginning to be the only things left to do. I have started packing a hospital bag for all three of us, making sure all the camera stuff is charged and in one place, making sure I have all the phone numbers I need and all that good stuff. I’ve been reading things along about my wife’s pregnancy and how the baby is developing. I’ve actually read things that after the fact I think I would have been better off not knowing.
As these final preparations are being made, I feel the need to confess something. Two somethings actually.
First – I’ve never changed a diaper. Yes, you read that right – NEVER.
When my wife got one of these little sample bags, there was a newborn diaper in it. She was showing it to me, and in perfect dad-to-be fashion, I mustered up probably the dumbest question that has ever been asked.
“Where do the legs go?”
This little thing that was supposed to be a diaper and hold all of these nasty things I’ve only heard of just did not look big enough! It didn’t really make sense to me when I first saw it, so the first thing that came to mind, well, came out! Where do the legs go? My wife got a really good laugh at my expense.
Thanks to my wife I now know where the legs go.
Second – I’ve never held a baby.
Don’t ask me how it’s happened. Maybe I was scared of holding babies. I don’t know. I have held like 7-8 month olds, but not infants. Actually, just as time passed I told myself that I’ve waited this long, never holding a baby, that I would just wait and let the first baby I hold be my own. Some folks may think that crazy since I’ve not had any practice, but we’ll see how it goes. Actually, I had another first too – I’d never felt a baby kick before my wife got pregnant this time. Call me crazy, but I just never ran around putting my hand on pregnant lady’s bellies!
This next year will bring lots of firsts for me and my wife, no doubt. I’ll change my first diaper and hold my first baby – with my first child. Should be an interesting year to say the least.
Hopefully, my attempts at changing those first diapers won’t be as bad as some of these:
Guess I’ll find out soon enough!