Thousands of Little Conversations
When you watch romantic comedies about pregnancy and becoming a new parent, you don't see the thousands of little conversations the parents have after the big fat positive. Sure, you get a montage of shopping for cribs and strollers, ultrasounds and baby bumps, but not so much the little conversations that happen between the mother and father.
We're very early in the pregnancy at this stage. The biggest fear we have is the dreaded "M" word. It's the reason expecting parents don't tell friends and sometimes family until week 10-12 when the risk level drops significantly. What do you do if this happens? How do you explain it to your family? Who do you call first?
Then comes the important questions that everyone asks you. Do you have names picked out yet? What religion will you bring the child up in? Are you going to breastfeed or use formula? Do you limit crying with a pacifier or not?
These are the thousands of little conversations we are starting to have, not only as a couple, but as the future parents of this amazing child.
As a technologist, I'm already shopping in my head for the gadgets and gizmos that will help make working with a newborn easier.
Diapers are probably going to be my first real challenge.
A friend told me about the Diaper Genie, a little bin that locks in odors and makes tossing loaded diapers easy. While dealing with poop is one of the least concerning issues facing a new parent, to me it sticks out as one of the most unpleasant. I've never changed a diaper before... ever.
My wife, on the other hand, has changed hundreds while helping with her niece and nephews. She's a pro at diaper changing and I'm as amateur as it gets.
I'm sure I could figure it out. How hard could it be? You put the baby's butt on the diaper, fold it around them, tape tab A onto surface B, then repeat on the other side... right?
Parents have told me that diaper changing quickly becomes something you get used to and don't really mind so much. I hope that's the case with me, too.