I have to be honest today… I’m not quite sure what to blog about. The due date is fast approaching and I’m on high alert every day. I know that at any moment my wife could call me at work and tell me contractions have started. Where movies from my past will have fully deceived me, this does not mean I freak out, grab my things, and race home. Nope, I calmly nod and forget what to do in response.
Let me gripe a bit about this deception. The movie, Father of the Bride: Part 2, is a childhood favorite of mine. We owned it on VHS (yep, dating myself) and my family watched it a lot. We were big Steve Martin fans in our household (how could we not?!). If you’re not familiar with it, Steve Martin’s character, George Banks, has to navigate through a midlife crisis when he finds out his newly married daughter (see Father of the Bride: Part 1 for more) breaks the news of being pregnant. Shortly after, he finds out his own wife is pregnant which leads to great hilarity. Seriously, there are some truly quotable lines to be stockpiled.
Based on the great amount of information I’ve learned about pregnancy, labor, and birth, I am rolling my eyes at what was “taught” to me about these things by movies and television shows. I get it of course. Conflict and drama are needed so they are manufactured for our viewing enjoyment. As we all know though, real life follows a less scripted path.
My wife and I have a specific birthing plan and we are definitely not in a constant state of anxiety. We’ve done the research and practical preparation necessary to make this a smooth process. This does however put us in a state of “calm before the storm” sort of way, lol. That storm being the day our family goes from two to three.
You can expect a similar thought towards movies and television when we get into the toddler years of our little boy. I know all about the terrible twos but I’m an optimist by nature (always been a glass half full kind of guy). So, I will believe, trust, and have faith that the “horror” stories are not my or my wife’s cup to bear. Trials and difficulties are a given because there will be unforeseen things that fall in our path but nothing we can’t handle.
The calm is here but won’t last. Hope you all have a great week! At any moment, I could sign off for my baby blog break.
Call to Action: I’m hoping April 1st will be the big day so please join me in my hope. I can only begin to imagine the shenanigans that can be gotten into if my son’s birthday is April Fool’s Day.