The Husband Files: Advice to New Dads
The hubs is back. Today he is sharing his advice/words for wisdom to new dads. Watching my husband become a dad has been one of the most wonderful things to see.
1. Learn to function on little to no sleep. Almost all infants and toddlers are allergic to sleep, and this epidemic is not likely to stop anytime soon. For the next several years, long stretches of sleep are going to be few and far between. You will be woken up in the middle of the night regularly for the next few years, so remember, caffeine is your friend.
2. Poop and pee are going to become a regular part of your vocabulary. Changing diapers, especially leaky ones and blowouts, are going to be very memorable experiences. Constipation, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pee in the bathtub, are just a few of the things you will get to enjoy (I have never personally experienced poop in the bathtub...but maybe you'll be one of lucky ones who do!). Potty training adds a whole other twist to all of the aforementioned activities.
3. Try to connect with your inner child and have fun. While being a first time Dad is a huge lifestyle change and a major adjustment, little ones can be a lot of fun (when they aren't peeing or pooping). For me personally, our daughter brought back a lot of memories from when I was a child that I hadn't remembered in a long time. This one is especially important for the driven, A-types out there...like me.
4. Don't forget about your wife, girlfriend, significant other, or baby-making partner. If you are lucky, this is the person who will join you on the incredible, terrifying, fun, and rewarding journey of raising your child. It's important to make time for this person and make them realize they are loved and appreciated, especially during the challenging times of parenthood...because there are going to be a lot of them...trust me.