Family Friday

For the past 9 months as people found out we were expecting a baby, their response was always the same: 

"Your life is about to change." 

When you find out people are expecting a child, please don't say this to them. First of all, thousands of people have already announced this piece of news to them. By week two of pregnancy, the novelty of such a statement is gone. 

The second reason not to say such a thing is that there is absolutely no way any person can actually understand what you mean by that. There's no way to frame the change that takes place to a person who has never experienced it. You're wasting your time.  You'll either freak them out or bore them to tears. There is no way to anticipate it until it's here. 

My life just changed. In all the best and worst ways. My golf game has taken a hit. My sleep habits have gone down the tube. But there is absolutely no greater thing than hanging on every move of an infant who trusts you without hesitation. 

His umbilical cord fell off this morning. That crusty piece of gross flesh died blue by the nurses at the hospital fell off while I was holding him. And we celebrated... Over a piece of dried up flesh.

My life is different. My life changed. But you could have never prepared me for this. Never in a million years. 


Craig said...

Congrats!..and you're right about people telling you, that your life is about to change.

chloeadele said...

sooo true! it's the equivelant of "I know something you don't know!"

I still have Gillian's dried up piece of cord. I'm pretty sure I have Josh's too. I also have all three of the pregnancy tests that told me about my kids, and I have their first snips of haircut, and Miss G's first two teeth.

When they grow up and move out, I may create my own little Madame Tussauds Museum of bits and pieces.

and yes, I'm just about the creepiest person out there. I'm ok with that.

Brenda Liniger said...

There is still so much more that will excite and amaze you, gross things that used to make you sick thinking of will be moments of relief and joy. The best is yet to come my friend....

Kara said...

Isn't it the best feeling in the world! It never goes away either, I can say after the first one the feeling are there for each new baby, our lives will never be the same, but they will be richly blessed by these bundles from God! It is so cute to see you as a Dad! Only wish we were closer to share it all!

The Kinley's said...

AMEN! I hated hearing that too!