|``Go in the basement. We`re out of diapers...``|
It's like I went from sitting on the bench to being the quarterback. My wife carried our child for nine months, but the second she hiked me the baby (well actually she lateralled to the doctor who then passed off to me) I just ran with it, and never looked back. I changed my first diaper without ever being asked, or shown how to. I fed my infant child (while my wife slept). I bathed her (once). And, I held her every single second I could whether she was wailing or whining or woefully staring at me as if to say, "Really, you again?" I was THAT guy; the one new moms talk about but don't really believe exist. I was an involved dad, and I liked it.
It was as if I had finally found my true calling in life. My wife never left me a list when she wanted to leave the house- she just left. And there was no screaming, or crying. No one choked on anything or had to be taken to emergency. My child was clothed, fed and clean. No. It wasn't a miracle. It's just the logical progression in the evolution of man. Imagine, a father actually caring for his child? Well, it turns out I'm not unique, as there are many dads doing what I do, but every dad has his own unique perspective- some slightly more unique than others. And so a new chapter in my life began, one where this simple working dad could talk about his experiences as a first-time father... and boy did he ever.
So, as I consider leaving my amateur status behind to go pro (yes, Today`sParent.com, I am writing this article in response to your open call for new parenting bloggers...mostly because my wife told me to) I`m reminded of why I do what I do. I do it for my daughter. I do it for the new dads. I do it for you: those who believe in the underdog. We`re men. We are not fodder for the tabloids. We are Fodder 4 Fathers- the new breed of dad. And we`re bringing it (our special take on parenting) every chance we get.
``And that`s what makes you THAT guy.``
-Matt Farrell, Live Free or Die Hard.
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