No matter how many books you read or how much research you do, nothing will prepare you for the birth of your child like, well, the birth of your child.
The process seems to be one in which you learn as you go and improve upon mistakes.
However, consider the following lessons from one new father to other soon-to-be dads. The Imgur user, joltjones, took to the website to share his list of “Those things I wish someone had told me” just 72 hours after the birth of his baby son, Jack.
And while the experience is different for every new parent, his list of lessons are pretty wise:
Babies are strong as sh*t.
It’s amazing how particular someone who’s hours old can be.
You’re not ready.
The human body can be a disgustingly beautiful thing.
As a man, and to expectant fathers, you’re gonna cry … deal with it.
Set boundaries with family quick … Yes, new grandparents are excited too, but this is you and the mother’s game, and they need to play by your rules.
You and your SO are not experts, be ready for a nurse to explain how wrong you are about something.
Go to bat for the mom … she’s gonna do some tough sh*t that’s gonna be nothing short of badass, and emotions can and will get the better of her. You’re the gate keeper.
Be patience (sic) … with your SO, with the baby, and with medical staff.
Back to dealing with family, understand that there is a really good chance your gonna hurt someone’s feelings … it’s undoubtedly going to happen, they can deal with it.”
His wife made sure to contribute her sage advice as well:
Don’t wish your pregnancy away, you will miss your belly.
Pushing is no joke.
Listen to your nurses, and if you don’t like one … don’t be afraid to speak up.
Sleep as much as you can when your (sic) pregnant, cause when that baby comes out you’re gonna be the most tired you’ve ever been in your entire life.
Not everyone is gonna wash their hands, speak up.
It’s ok to cry … hormones will get you … if you feel like crying, do it. Take a step back and focus on what’s most important, and what’s most important to you in that moment.
Hold the baby every chance you get, cause when family is around you want get much of a chance to hold it.
After birth your gonna be more thirsty than you’ve ever been in your life … don’t be afraid to ask for whatever you want.
Make sure you know where your barf bag is.
After the baby comes … rest. Let others help, and rest.
The couple doesn’t claim to be expert at parenting, especially just days after becoming parents. However, perhaps by sharing their own experience, they can help others prepare for the unknown.
Do you have any lessons to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!