Did you know that less than 5% of babies born actually come on their due date? At least that is what we were told when Charli Gray came on her due date, January 9th @ 2:08pm. This baby is EXCEPTIONAL!
You know who else is exceptional? Dads.
You see, I played dad a lot during this pregnancy, delivery, and during the healing period afterwards. I got to be a birth-coach and primary support person and while it was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything, it was hard work.
I always hear mommas talk about wanting more babies and dads always seem reluctant. I always thought that was so selfish…
Mommas go through morning sickness, doctor’s exams, cravings, aches & pains in every part of the body, contractions, pushing, delivering not only a baby but afterbirth too, breast-feeding every two hours, cracked nipples….what is dad’s problem???
I’ll tell ya….dads catch the blunt of mood swings, hold hair back during bouts of sickness, carry bags, open doors, push wheelchairs, fetch pillows and blankets and cold compresses and puke bags and house slippers. They warm bottles and empty diaper pails, heat up dinner and refill water cups. They drive to doctors appointments, take pictures of poop for pediatricians to examine, and pick up the fallen off umbilical cord when it freaks mommy out.
I don’t say any of this to take away from a mom’s hardship to bring forth life, but as a way to say, if ‘dad’ thinks twice before saying ‘yes’ to having more babies, maybe he is just considering all the responsibilities and making sure he will be all in.
Hooray for exceptional dads!!!!