A friend heard me talking about books for new Dads and asked for a recommendation. Again I saw the opportunity for a blog post, thanks to the magic of the interwebs I can share this information with millions, even though I am only one child away from being entirely unqualified to write about this.
Unfortunately either he was thinking of someone else, he got it wrong, or I was blabbering in some state of sleep deprivation (all quite possible). I read a number of books. They were all crap. I could have written them. That should tell you something.
And so without further ado, my Guide for New Dads:
- Never drop the baby. Ever.
- Bath time is inherently dangerous, buy protective stuff and see rule 1.
- Don’t worry about the baby, take care of Mom and everything else takes care of itself.
- Do some cooking and cleaning you lazy bum.
- If you do 3 and 4 she will let you sleep more, this is all that matters in your life.
- Have your own baby time when you can have fun and let Mom sleep, this reduces the chance of Mom accidentally/intentionally killing you.
- Dirty diaper containment systems/furnaces/hermetic sealing systems are overkill for year 1
In all seriousness though, it’s both amazing and overwhelming. I was having a tough time dealing around six months and found inspiration in these words from a man called Warrior:
“A father does it ALL — and he never once whines or complains about being blessed with the privilege and honor to do so. He doesn’t try to find a way out or around. He wakes each day and simply handles whatever it is that is going on in his life.”
Last week I read an article where a reporter asked Steve Jobs about having kids, he said it was “10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done”. Congratulations and enjoy the ride! I have to get back to work…
One reply on “Guide for New Dads”
Great advice re: #6!
For the first year or so, I’d wake up early on Saturday and take care of our son for a few hours in the morning and let the wife sleep in for as long as possible. My son and I got to do some great bonding and I got to practice my baby photography skills. The end result was a happier mom and several thousand progressive aging photos of our son.
But his morning routines have evolved in the last few months and that doesn’t seem to work anymore; time to find something different!