Those words say a lot, mean a lot and will change your life forever.
I don’t care if you are an immature kid that could not care less about anyone else but themselves, there is going to be a lot of growing up once the baby comes.
What you used to do when you had no one to worry about becomes a thing of the past.
No longer will you just go as you please and no longer will you do a lot of things that single people do.
That’s of course if you plan on being a better parent compared to the majority of what society has created.
Now if you plan on being a deadbeat, grab your hand and just slap yourself.
For those of you who are ready to take on the responsibility of pre-birth craziness, this post is for you.
You’ve taken the are you prego quiz, found out you’re expecting, and now you’re wanting to take things a little further.
You pretty much know what to expect but do you really, really know what is coming?
Probably not and that’s what I want to “share” with you today.
What to Expect Before Baby Comes
There are many things that will happen before you bring new life into the world and no one will ever see it coming.
Blink or not, it just happens without you even knowing and that’s just how it is.
For you moms, your body will change and all that stuff we already know, but what about dad?
No one ever really focuses on the man who is very much a part of the process and just like everything else, that’s just how it is.
But thankfully so, I am looking out for you gentlemen who are on the receiving end of all this change that is going on.
I’m sure you are probably not curious as to what will happen to you and your life but let me just be the bearer of “bad” news.
Who knows, maybe you can prevent some of this stuff, unlike me, who didn’t know any better.
1. Time Waits For No One
From the minute you find out you’re pregnant, time will only go by faster.
First, you’re at the clinic for your first checkup and next thing you know, you’re holding a baby.
Before you even know it, your child will become a little person that talks back and actually has a personality of their own.
Time is going to fly so please try to enjoy every second of this phase as it will be gone sooner than you think.
I didn’t know this and if I had only known, I would have done things a lot differently.
Every stage in your child’s life is precious so take things one day at a time and enjoy every single moment.
2. Things Won’t Be Easy
I’m sure you enjoyed yourself prior to getting to the pregnant phase and that’s great.
Now she’s pregnant and things have changed.
The panic, the happiness, and all the other emotions that went on just to find out that your expecting are now gone.
You might be over it or you might still be in denial.
Whatever the case may be, it is time to understand that shit just got real.
But as long as you can understand the challenge, you will be fine.
That clear understanding will help compared to others that have no clue as to what they just got themselves into.
3. Your Physical Health Will Be In Jeopardy
Have you ever heard the phrase “dad bod”?
Well, that’s something to look forward to (or not) as it usually comes with becoming a parent.
This physical change for the worst hits you hardest when your better half gets pregnant.
She eats more and is feeding for two but for some weird reason, you gain weight too.
Getting in and trying to stay in shape become a lot harder to do and it will show.
Usually within that once a 6 pack area.
For you younger dads, you might be able to get away with things this time around but good luck when you hit your 30’s.
4. She Will Be Beyond Emotional
There’s nothing more sensitive than a pregnant woman.
I can not even explain the emotional roller coaster my other half was on but I can tell you that it sucks.
One second she’s happy and the next thing you know she’s crying over I don’t know what.
Like, I really don’t know what she’s crying about and she doesn’t either.
Sad movies aren’t recommended and a lot of the other stuff you will have to find out on your own.
I guess they are giving you a preview of what’s to come?
Who knows but just be ready for the emotional craziness because it’s coming.
5. She Will Change Physically
All women are different but not that different when it comes to personality.
When it comes to the physical aspect of a woman, they are definitely different.
I’m not going to go over the sizes as I’m sure we all know what they are.
Now depending on your other half’s physique, you will most likely see some changes.
That Coca-Cola body that you saw at the club might just not be there anymore.
It might disappear during the pregnancy and may or may not return after the baby arrives.
Even at that, there are more changes that will come after she gives birth.
Whatever happens, I think you will have a baby to worry about that none of that should even matter.
6. There is Going to be a Human in Her
This part of the pregnancy is my fav.
In the early stages, the most you will get is a bump growing.
Later on down the line, there will be some movement.
Then baby will start to kick and move a lot more.
You will literally see them move around as if they were swimming and wanting to come out.
They will look like an alien, so don’t freak out.
This part is absolutely amazing and I’m sure you won’t forget this part of the pregnancy.
Try letting the baby listen to some music as well as they can actually hear what’s going on outside.
Get attached because soon enough, you’ll be playing catch with your future son or brushing Barbie’s hair with your daughter.
7. She May Have Morning Sickness
Mostly for her but for you as well.
She will be getting up a lot of the time and in the restroom blowing chunks.
Not the kind of throwing up that occurs after a long night but the kind that comes with being pregnant.
She will most likely be in the restroom when you wake up and probably sitting by the toilet waiting to throw up.
This is very much expected, so be ready to be by her side in this gross but normal situation.
8. She Might (or Will) Hate You
Good freakin luck.
When a woman gets pregnant there is some kind of craziness that comes with the package.
You might have been that person she always wanted to see and be with before she got pregnant but all that can change overnight.
The sight of you is disgusting and she wants nothing to do with you.
Try and comfort her and you might just get the back of her hand.
A helmet might work but chances are that you might piss her off even more.
Stay on your side of the bed and consider getting another blanket.
You’re going to need it.
9. She Might Love You, Then Hate You (Mood Swings)
First comes the backhand and then the “I’m so sorry and I love you” crap.
They think it’s cool to do and some of you men probably do too.
I think it sucks and I think they need to know that it is totally not cool.
How about letting us know when you’re going to be grouchy so that we can leave the room and return when you’re in the mood.
That’s what would happen in fantasy land but completely opposite in the real world.
These mood swings are not controllable and all I can say is good luck.
10. You Will Have to Grow Up Fast
Responsibility is a must in this world and it is even more critical with what comes as being a parent.
There is no better time to prepare for a baby than before he or she comes out.
There are many things you need and you will need to decide where you will be raising your baby.
For younger parents, you probably will be with mommy and daddy and that’s okay.
Do what will work best for you and your little family.
Consider getting a better job and one that can provide a little more that has some health insurance and all those little perks of working a regular J-O-B.
You might want to start a blog in the meantime and build something for the future that can have you spending more time with your baby.
I did it and have now been able to work from home for the past 6 years.
You can too, so do checkout this guide if you are interested in starting one.
11. Sex Might Change
Remember that passionate, I want to rip your clothes off kind of sex that you had that most likely created baby?
Yeah, that might not exist from the time she conceived.
Maybe, just maybe, after she gives birth will she get that passion for some good lovemaking.
Don’t count on it but do not feel bad while she is pregnant and not wanting any of you.
It’s normal and expected.
Sometimes she might want you more but that’s for the luckier dads out there.
The change may or may not be in your favor so hope for the best but expect the worst.
Conclusion – Be Ready For Change
Your life is about to change and there is nothing you can do about it.
You do have the decision to be responsible (or not) but I’m sure you know what’s best.
The fact that you are on this post says a lot about you so do consider staying on the right path.
This child is going to change things for the better so embrace it and enjoy it while you can.
Like I stated earlier, time is going to fly and it waits for no one.
The changing diaper phase is going to take just a couple of years so don’t stress and know that it will eventually stop.
Until next time, congratulations and good fricken luck.
Be willing to accept change and always make it a point to learn.
Look at what your parents did and how they were and do what works best for you.
Make changes that you feel can be made and adopt what they taught that you can agree with.
You got this.
BTW: I didn’t even know there was a movie called “What to Expect When Expecting“, did you?