My wife gave birth to our beautiful baby boy, Griffin John, on April 4th, 2012, and I have no idea what I’m doing. This isn’t a lesson plan as much as it is a way for me to express my disposition as a first time father, a word I would never have described with a picture of me by its side. But unlike so many other things my wife will not let me do or even make an attempt at, she’s letting me dive in head first on the deep end and make a go of being daddy.
What I learned today about being a father:
Today I learned that no matter what other men try to tell you, mama knows best. My wife is a tremendous woman and a great mother, I know so because not only can she take care of child but she can direct me on how to take care of child as well. If you haven’t had a child yet but are planning on it you will soon find out that even though your significant other knows nothing about being mommy she certainly knows everything about being a mother. It truly is natures phenomenon, and no matter how hard we try to act like we know what being a father is all about, I can tell from 24 hours of experience that mama will never, ever agree with you.
But what I really learned about being a father is that no matter how wrong I am or how much my wife kalways every day being daddy is a new experience. You have to keep trying to do what’s best for your family even if you dont know today what that best will be, you’ll know it when the time comes.
Today I was the most inexperienced father in the family suite, but when I became daddy I unknowingly took charge of directing the traffic of people who came in and out of our room, answered questions for my wife while she ogled over the small child she held in her womb for over 9 months, cleaned up after all the people who come to see baby and never, never let them know I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.
What I think I know:
I can’t say that the first 24 hours of being daddy have been easy, but what I think I know is that after 72-plus hours of labor pains (her in labor, both of us in pain) and two different visits to the hospital; every wink, cry, whisper, burp, fart, yawn, smile and snicker from Griffin have been worth it. Being daddy for one day has been the most rewarding event of my life…and I know that I have a lifetime ahead me of to work on being daddy.