Final Countdown To Baby Rosslyn
Less than 2 months to go until Rosslyn, my first and only daughter, is born. I feel like Teri and I have done a great job preparing for her arrival. I don't know if I'll ever be 100% prepared, but I think that's how this sort of thing is supposed to be.
If I had not met Teri last year, I probably would never of had a child. After my second divorce, and all of the death in my family, I figured that my chance to be a father had passed. I had always told myself that if I did not have children by age 38, then I would never have children. Rosslyn made it right under the deadline.
With each passing day, I can tell that Teri is getting more and more uncomfortable. She's so strong. She goes to work each day in a very stressful environment. I don't know how she does it. She tells me that she feels like she is always complaining, but I don't see it that way. She's tough and really doesn't complain.
Teri and I recently attended a birthing class provided by the hospital where we are registered for delivery. It was very detailed and administered by a wonderful and experienced nurse. If you can make time for something similar, it is totally worth it.
For a future Dad, I can honestly tell you that the whole experience is surreal. I go from extreme excitement to nervous anticipation. For other soon-to-be fathers, I would recommend reading as many books as you have time to consume in order to understand what's going on at each stage of pregnancy and how to be a more supportive partner. It will definitely help you feel more connected to what your partner is experiencing. I found Armin A. Brott's The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be and The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (New Father Series) to be especially helpful, as it deals with handling negative stereotypes surrounding a father's role in pregnancy and beyond. His books are full of great tips for new Dads and I would highly recommend them both.