Category Archives: The Pregnancy Diaries

Volume 1: My Twisted Road to Parenthood: Never say never

As most of you know by now, I have the most beautiful 10 week old daughter on the face of the planet.  Ever.  My wife will tell you that she has only been equaled on two other occasions, in the history of mankind.  I’m a very proud, embarrassingly overbearing poppa.  I can’t imagine ever not wanting her.

BUT, before I met her mother, I was QUITE adamant that I’d never have kids.  And I stuck to my guns for a long time.  Friends, family, strangers, anyone who may accidentally overhear your discussion, would always give the unwanted opinion of “oh, you GOTTA have kids! You just don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t have kids! Life isn’t worth living without kids”!  Ugh. I HATED that. I actually still hate it.  Mainly because…..I didn’t ask.  Being successful in my career was more than satisfying.  However, as it turned out, their unwanted comments turned out to be true. Continue reading Volume 1: My Twisted Road to Parenthood: Never say never

Volume 2: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble: Pregnancy; The Beginning

Buckle down, boys….you’ve got a LONG 40 weeks ahead of you.  Oooooh……you think you’ve got it bad???  Your wife or Baby Mama, kind of grumpy?  Hateful?  Tired?  Sick?  Well, hush up and deal with it.  You’re going to live.  Unless you eat the last Honey Bun.  Then, all bets are off.  I survived this ordeal, and so will you.  From what I have learned since starting The Daddy Diaries, is that there is always someone out there who has a worse story than you.  In the history of man, there have been quite a few pregnancies. So chances are, even though you are feeling pretty overwhelmed at the moment, there’s some other fool out there who has it worse than you do, so chin up.

 

For April and I, it was much longer than 40 weeks.  12 weeks into our first pregnancy, unfortunately, she had a miscarriage.  Of course, we were very sad, but by that time, I had really warmed up to the idea of being a dad….and preferably before I was collecting social security or join AARP.  So we started to NOT try to not have a baby again.  We DIDN’T try, as often as was humanly possible.  And boy, oh boy was it fun!   Had I known that not trying to have a baby was so enjoyable, I may have done it long before now.  Sorry, I kind of got off track.  Lo and behold, on July 23rd we found out that April was knocked up….AGAIN.  I’m very proud to announce that I made a baby at the 39th annual Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. And she turned out to be a redhead (of course we all know now that it turned blonde).  Mind.  Blown.  She WILL be Willie Nelson for Halloween this year. Continue reading Volume 2: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble: Pregnancy; The Beginning

Volume 3: So….You’re Knocked Up

Fainting dad

Ok…..here we go. I’m going to call my version “What You Never Ever Expected to Expect When You’re Expecting”.  This is Volume 1.  So you’ve decided to have a baby.  Or, maybe you weren’t planning on having a baby, at all.  In which case, we could call your version “I Never Expected To Be Expecting”.  Either way, you did something that is really fun for a little bit with someone that you love, or someone that you like, or maybe it was someone you didn’t even know, after a Willie Nelson concert…..doesn’t matter.  The result is the same.  In about 280 days, you’re going to have another mouth on the feed bill.  Once the shock wears off, and it may take a while, then the reality really starts to set in.  HOLY CRAP.  This isn’t like a dog, a horse, or a car.  If you don’t like it, you can’t just sell it or take it back or trade it off or even give it away.  Nope.  This is the real deal. Continue reading Volume 3: So….You’re Knocked Up