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Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 10, 2015 01:23PM
Pending daddyhood!

Hi everyone,

The subject says it all! My wife and I are expecting and Baby Day is just three weeks away. I waited before announcing this because I didn't want to take away from the thread Matt started last week about his pending fatherhood. But, the clock is ticking and I decided it was time to let the community know that, in less than a month, I'll be a daddy!

It's been a long difficult road, filled with moments of joy, disappointment and devastation. I can't even begin to say how I feel about being a father. You know me, though, I'll always give it my best shot.

It's terrifying! It's exhilarating! It's stressful! It's agonizing! It's awesome! It's incredible! So many decisions. So many factors to consider. So much to get done before baby day. Sometimes I don't know whether I'm moving forwards, backwards, up, down, left, right, or inside-out. And the baby isn't even here yet!

All I can say is that my life has already changed dramatically and I know this is just the beginning. smiling smiley

Robert
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 10, 2015 01:25PM
Congratulations! Maybe it will be twins!!

I look forward to your reviews.



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Pam
Date: August 10, 2015 01:27PM
Congrats!! Enjoy the ride smiling smiley
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: August 10, 2015 01:33PM
Congrats!



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 10, 2015 01:40PM
Matt's pregnant!?!?!?

Just kidding. Congrats.

Just remember...the days are long, the years are short.



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: riley5108
Date: August 10, 2015 01:43PM
Robert

Congratulations!! Yes that event will change your life for ever, just accept that fact and enjoy.

Riley
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: hal
Date: August 10, 2015 01:48PM
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Speedy

I look forward to your reviews.

that's what I was thinking :-)
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: wave rider
Date: August 10, 2015 01:55PM
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hal
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Speedy

I look forward to your reviews.

that's what I was thinking :-)

agree smiley Me too.

Congrats!

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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: lost in space
Date: August 10, 2015 01:57PM
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ztirffritz
Matt's pregnant!?!?!?

Just kidding. Congrats.

Just remember...the days are long, the years are short.

Nights can be pretty long too!

Almost 20 years on, I can recall—now with longing—me standing for hours at a time holding our daughter, rocking her and humming, "Lullaby, and good night....." It was the only thing that would get her to sleep. She's much better now.

Congrats! There will be time when you'll be happier than you ever imagined you could be.



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 10, 2015 01:59PM
mazel tov!

here's to a healthy situation for mom and baby.

this calls for a super-long Robert M review of fatherhood. get cracking!
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: billb
Date: August 10, 2015 02:00PM
It'll have a brother !



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 10, 2015 02:11PM
Congratulations and the very best of luck to Mrs. and baby. And to you.. but you have to MAKE your own luck.

Fatherhood is, IMHO, the ultimate test of a man. Your wife and your child are 100% dependent on you to be THERE.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: bfd
Date: August 10, 2015 02:18PM
Yes, first and foremost, here's hoping to a safe and speedy delivery. Then it's all on-the-job training … get some rest now, you won't get it later!
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 10, 2015 02:26PM
You put your right %$!# in
You take your right %$!# out
You put your right %$!# in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about

You put your left %$!# in
You take your left %$!# out
You put your left %$!# in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about

You put your right \?(¢@ in
You take your right \?(¢@ out
You put your right \?(¢@ in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about

You put your left \?(¢@ in
You take your left \?(¢@ out
You put your left \?(¢@ in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about

You put your whole \/--> in
You take your whole \/--> out
You put your whole \/--> in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about

Kids happen.
Congrats.
The new reality begins.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: DavidS
Date: August 10, 2015 02:42PM
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wave rider
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Speedy

I look forward to your reviews.

that's what I was thinking :-)

agree smiley Me too.

Congrats!

=wr=

My first thought as well.
Congrats and Good Luck!
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: tronnei
Date: August 10, 2015 02:43PM
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Robert M

All I can say is that my life has already changed dramatically and I know this is just the beginning. smiling smiley

Robert

You're in big, big trouble.

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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 10, 2015 02:44PM
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: davester
Date: August 10, 2015 02:45PM
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Robert M
It's terrifying! It's exhilarating! It's stressful! It's agonizing! It's awesome! It's incredible! ...
All I can say is that my life has already changed dramatically and I know this is just the beginning. smiling smiley

You can say that again!! A hearty congratulations to you and the mom. You haven't even scratched the surface of how your life is about to change. Having a pregnant wife and an impending event is a vastly simpler situation than having both a wife who has just gone through childbirth plus a new being who suddenly needs everything from you. Don't worry, it'll get easier (or so I'm told). I'm not sure when, but I'm hoping it happens before my kids reach 30. Just be happy that it'll be a few years before the kid is asking your for money and having meltdowns about career choices.




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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: what4
Date: August 10, 2015 03:01PM
Wonderful! The one experience I wish for every father is, starting as soon as your baby is old enough, snuggling up every night and reading books together. For at least the first 8 years. As the years go by, just keep picking books a little beyond the kid's ability to read it for themselves.

This is one of so many ways you will give the world to them.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: DP
Date: August 10, 2015 03:15PM
Here's to a happy and healthy addition to the family!

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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 10, 2015 03:23PM
Dont take this the wrong way, but I always thought you were at least 60 years old.

Do you know who the father is. smiley-shocked003



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: $tevie
Date: August 10, 2015 03:50PM
Congratulations!



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: 3d
Date: August 10, 2015 03:51PM
Congrats!



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: vision63
Date: August 10, 2015 04:22PM
Congratulations! That's really welcome news. It's all in here my friend:



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 10, 2015 04:51PM
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jdc
Dont take this the wrong way, but I always thought you were at least 60 years old.

Heh! I was thinking the same thing!

Robert, remember that thing called sleep? Well, forget about doing THAT for a few years!

BTW, congrats! thumbs up

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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: rz
Date: August 10, 2015 05:56PM
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Robert M
It's been a long difficult road, filled with moments of joy, disappointment and devastation. I can't even begin to say how I feel about being a father.

Been there my friend. Took us almost 10 years. Congrats!

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Robert M
It's terrifying! It's exhilarating! It's stressful! It's agonizing! It's awesome! It's incredible! So many decisions. So many factors to consider. So much to get done before baby day. Sometimes I don't know whether I'm moving forwards, backwards, up, down, left, right, or inside-out. And the baby isn't even here yet!

You'll be fine. I was terrified because I had never changed a diaper. After one or two, you'll be a pro. And I was afraid I wouldn't know what to do if he wouldn't stop crying. My advice to you is the same as my advice to Matt. Learn how to swaddle the kid. That seemed to work about 90% of the time for me.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 10, 2015 06:27PM
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rz
And I was afraid I wouldn't know what to do if he wouldn't stop crying.

We had this down by kid #2. It's one of 4 things:

Feed him/her.
Change his/her diaper.
Put him/her to sleep.
Burp him/her (not as often as the other 3).

If they are still crying see a doctor. With kid #2 on day five we did all 4 to no effect and saw the doc. Short story: meningitis. #2 was OK and didn't end up running a very high temp while in the hospital (102.7°F, IIRC) and is OK, but that also shows you that you really do know your baby well, even at 5 days old.

Luckily (well, sort of) for us myself and my brother also had meningitis when we were young so I wasn't as bloody paranoid about it as some other parents who've only read about it on the internet.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 10, 2015 06:30PM
And super congratulations to Robert M! A second to the advice on reading books to him or her as often as possible. Our oldest is an avid reader (OK, and Minecraft player) and took to reading even more than I did as a kid.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: August 10, 2015 07:04PM
triplets! Congrats!!!!!!



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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: August 10, 2015 07:34PM
What wonderful news — congratulations and all possible best wishes to you and Mrs. M!!!
smileys with beer Soon you'll be wondering what you ever did with your time in that barely-remembered pre-child life. smiling smiley
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: August 10, 2015 08:09PM
Congratulations, Robert . . . I hope you have enough room in your abode.





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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 10, 2015 09:02PM
Robert M,

Once again, Congratulations! I know you told me a few months ago when we talk on the phone (we were testing your google voice - obihai gizmo) and I was just thinking of you yesterday, I thought you must be getting really close, so I was about to send a PM to ask how it is going.

Keep us posted, and yes, I am looking forward to a FIVE STAT REVIEW, LOL.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 11, 2015 02:10AM
Congrats!
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: jesse
Date: August 11, 2015 09:33AM
Congratulations smiling smiley
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 11, 2015 09:35AM
Hi everyone,

Many thanks for the congratulations and well wishes. Y'all brought my wife to tears! And, for the record, we're already reading to our bundle of joy! We try to make time for it every night, despite all of the craziness of her pending birth. She already seems to like Aesop's fables! - lol!

No reviews planned except for a guide for determining the best way to dispose of dirty diapers. I'm thinking of donating them to the US Air Force. After all, they're God's gift to biological warfare. smiling smiley

Robert
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: mspace
Date: August 11, 2015 10:28AM
Congrats!
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: Z
Date: August 11, 2015 12:10PM
Congrats congrats! They grows up quick.
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Re: Pending daddyhood!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 11, 2015 03:40PM
but.....my heart....belongs to Daddy....



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