If you’re a first time dad-to-be (or even a mom), you’re on the edge of life-changing mission called parenthood. Nervous or excited, either way your “late-night bottle” will soon be replaced with one filled with formula (or breast milk) instead of beer or wine. Even though you and your partner promised to each other not to become “those” kinds of parents who talk about the color and texture variation of diaper deposits… at the dining table. Like so many other good intentions, this too will go quickly down the toilet (pun intended).
Expecting women often worry about pregnancy weight gain. Some take pregnancy as license to eat (read: feast) as much as they want. Others see extra pounds/kilos with aversion that putting on weight during these nine months will ruin their figure forever.
In my previous post I shared the 4 main lifestyle changes since becoming an expectant father. It didn’t take too long for me to figure out what does it really mean when “she’s expecting”. In
addition to expecting a child, she’s also expecting a lot more from me!
This week I will discuss the 3 biggest changes in her.
Persian proverb says: “This too shall pass” indicating that all material conditions are temporary.
In Buddhism, one of the three marks of existence is impermanence (anicca), which too refers to the fact that all conditioned things are in a constant state of flux.
In the 60’s Bob Dylan sang that “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, and even the Starks from The Game of Thrones warn that “the winter is coming”, expressing the fact that better times (summer) are followed by a little rougher times (winter).
I don’t know if it’s the winter that’s coming, but I feel that the change is already here before our baby-girl! Some of these changes have been natural and somewhat expected. I am not that naïve that I would believe that becoming a parent doesn’t change the game, but some of these changes in our lives have got me off guard, to say the least. [Read more…]
Realizing that I will be a dad soon rocked my world quite a bit. It made me think about my priorities and my goals in life. In the very beginning I had some doubts if being a father is for me at all. After the initial panic I’m still nervous, but more excited about this new chapter in life.
As I’m embarking on my personal journey into fatherhood, it seems that the roles of a modern man/dad are also transforming and old stereotypes of what it means to be a husband and a father are being challenged.