First-time fathers fawn all over their newborn babies and embrace fatherhood with a sense of purpose, pride and passion that probably cannot be described. This cathartic moment changes your life drastically and for the better and you're responsible for not only being a wonderful husband but an equally embracing and devoted dad.
Even during those nine months while your wife is pregnant and you know that this fateful day of fatherhood is looming large, nothing truly prepares you for the wonders of staring into the eyes of your new son or daughter and thinking a myriad of thoughts, everything from "now I know how my dad felt" to "now what do I do."
Feeling a bit overwhelmed at first is totally within the range of reactions and shouldn't be looked upon as doubt or even much of a dilemma. The most important part of transitioning between married man and new dad is the balance between those two hats that men around the world wear proudly, even if there are a few baby bumps along the way.
Something even as simple as time factors into this Fort Knox like equation: those first few days after the baby is born, it is paramount that papa be incredible understanding and supportive, along with on time. New moms value their time, too, and dad doesn't want to start off that new role by making mom wait at home, while he sputters around at the gym or makes small talk at the office until dusk.
Your wife wants a break from the baby, even if has only been a few days or week since the baby was born. You're a superhero within your house and your wife knows it. Come home, ditch the work duds and let your wife and new mom relax and get comfortable while you take care of junior. She'll appreciate the respite so much that she probably won't be able to stay away from the new bundle of joy for that long; the gesture alone goes a long way.
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