This is another “father-to-be lesson” from a few months ago, regarding the sight of childbirth, and some lighter comments on the initial meeting between fathers and children…

I'm a Daddy! How...cute...?

Just-born infants are ugly. Period. Harsh, yes, but there’s really no other way to say it. Think about this. Your child has been developing in your partner’s womb for the last 38-40 weeks or so. In liquid. Warm, slimy amniotic fluid that was quite comfortable and helped to create a soundproof environment much of the time. What do you look like after soaking in a tub of warm water for an hour? What if it were maple syrup instead? That’s a newborn fresh out of the womb. To add to the gruesome sight, the kid is blue (which changes to a pale skin color after just a couple of minutes, then to pink) and screaming in agony at the jackass that just yanked him from his nice warm sauna. Add in a white, sickly looking umbilical cord, and you quickly understand why some new fathers pass out and become useless, as I have touched upon in this post. I did just fine with Mason’s birth. I was evenly dispersing my attention between Holly’s face and nether region. While your partner will strongly prefer you concentrate on her face, you’re going to be looking at Webster’s definition of pain in either case. Trust me, your partner will not remember where you were looking, so feel free to gawk in either direction!

What do you make of this blue, slimy, screaming human? Most say that a father does not truly realize the impact of being a father until he sees his child out of the womb for the first time. While I found this to be true, there was a 5-10 minute buffer period while Mason self-humanized himself and began looking like something I wanted to take home. Regardless of how you feel after 5 seconds, 5 minutes, or 5 days, this baby is yours. Nothing will ever match the first time you meet your children, so introduce yourself to your new baby, snap some photos and relish in the atmosphere that only comes when your child meets their new world and life, which you are responsible for. Your child is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, after all…eventually.

Comments on: "Newborns: Only A Parent Could Love ‘Em" (1)

  1. […] As a new parent, bonding is the most important thing you can do with your child. We all know this. But as fathers, we may be somewhat in the clouds trying to figure out just what it is we do to bond. We can’t breastfeed (thank goodness). We can’t birth the child (another thank goodness). This motherly concept on instant bonding is, well…motherly! Seeing Mason for the first time did bring instant love, but it also brought this. […]

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