Pretend that I posted this back in mid-June.
The baby has arrived! What a journey it has been. A lot of people talk about how painful the labor process is, but I didn’t think it was bad, aside from my feet being a little sore from standing. But this new father is feeling healthy and relaxing now. Looking forward to when we can head home and get some high quality sleep. I think this covers all of the info people ask for when a baby is born.
I must admit there’s nothing like seeing your child smile for the first time. When the edges of his mouth widened, his eyes aglow as he stared up at me, I felt a warmth unlike any I’ve felt before. Moments later, I realized much of that warmth was urine finding a home on my shirt (and also a reminder to make sure you fasten diapers tight!).
When asking people for parenting advice before the baby arrived, the worst advice I received from multiple people is, “There’s really nothing that can prepare you for becoming a parent.” While I get the point they’re making, it’s super unhelpful because obviously there are things you can learn that will help no matter what happens. Reading/skimming the book (because 85% of the book is filler) The Happiest Baby on the Block is helpful advice.
As part of negotiating with my wife on the purchase of a GH5 camera, below is the video I promised I’d make with it.