Confessions of a Dad-to-Be

27 Dec

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!


Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Baby


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15 responses to “Confessions of a Dad-to-Be

  1. Mary

    December 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    funny. I love what you had to say. I was pretty much as dumb about babies as you, but I was supposed to be the mom! they both lived, though.

    • Brian

      December 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for reading. Yeah, I think our little girl will make it, ha!

  2. Clayton Thomas

    December 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    You’re not the first and won’t be the last! Better follow the lead of your wife as long as possible though. (Just kidding)


    • Brian

      December 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      Oh, I’m sure! LOL! Thanks for reading!

  3. HumbledDad

    December 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    You should check out It’s a great resource for new dads.

  4. Katie

    December 30, 2010 at 10:10 am

    wow — how amazing to have the very first baby you ever hold be YOURS .. that is so cool Brian .. that’s gotta be somewhere along the same WOW as waiting until your wedding night to “do the do” .. something so incredibly special taken to a much highler plain than the rest of the world will EVER know .. and yeah, I think you’re crazy – but not for ANY of the reason you listed …

  5. slcurwin

    January 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    My brother looked like that when I tried to get him to change my son’s diaper. Trust me, those guys are just being dramatic. If you’re baby is breast fed, it wont smell much at all until you start adding in the solids.

  6. Tom

    January 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Great entry! I suspect your audience are women however. Still we need more men blogging their experience, as gay as that would be. In conclusion, the first step of bringing America back in order is for the men to be involved in all aspects of the family. Not just being the bread winner, as important as that may be it is only one dimension of many.

  7. The Bearded Js

    November 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

    You sound like my husband with our first. It took months for him to be comfortable enough to change a diaper in front of people. He was scared they’d laugh at him, like I did. It was funny, it still is. Three kids and he still struggles.

    Good luck I cant wait to hear about more firsts! Thanks for sharing with Bloggy Throwback, hope to see you next Thursday!

    • Brian

      November 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for reading! And i was a bit nervous – i learned quick though! My wife had a c-section so wasn’t able to change the first one which of course was that nasty stuff! I was more worried about hurting that little baby than anything. Ha!

  8. Kevin Zelenka

    November 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    “Where do the legs go?” Love It!

    • Brian

      November 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I was geeen for sure! My wife got a really good laugh too!

  9. punkrockpapa

    November 21, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Awesome, awesome piece! I remember when my kids were born, I had never held such a tiny thing. They looked to fragile and small, my hand could almost cup the entire child. I always held them terrified I might hurt their tiny little bodies. Now we wrestle and flail around or i scoop them up without second thought. It’s insane how much has changed!
    Thanks for sharing man, you brought back some great nostgia!

    • Brian

      November 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      That was one of my biggest fears – breaking them. I am kind of a big guy so I worried about them being fragile. My oldest was a little less than 5lbs and fit on my forearm like a football! Like you said, now I throw them around on the bed, couch, wherever! Thanks for reading!


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