Culled from the vast and ever-expanding parent blogosphere, I
bring you a true diamond in the rough. "What I didn't expect when she was expecting"
is a blog from Eric Rush, a New Jersey resident expecting his first
child, a boy to be named Evan, with his fiancee, Shawna.
The blog itself is a little rough around the edges -- feels like
a running diary of Eric's thoughts -- but it highlights what is so
often an overlooked experience. While she's dealing with swollen
feet and pickle cravings, he's wondering what the heck happened to
his wife -- and his life.
Rush was just a teenager when his
first child, a daughter, was born. He admits he missed out on a lot
the first time around. "I was immature and didn't necessarily
realize that every moment was so special," he says.
That's a philosophy he embraced with gusto this time around.
When Shawna told him she was pregnant, he was determined not to let
any moment go unrecorded. What began as a personal diary, to be
shared and laughed at years down the road, has snowballed; with
almost 500 Facebook fans and a steady stream of followers, Rush
says she's thrilled with his venture into the blogosphere.
"I'm the last person I ever thought would be a 'published
writer,' but it's been a blast," he says.
He says he started publishing the blog with the intention of
talking to other fathers, but the comments that started pouring in
"They're mostly from women," he said. "So now it's become a
'hey, ladies, take it easy on your guys, doesn't mean to be a jerk,
this is the way we're looking at it. I'm hoping that it hits
both sides of the relationship."
Read the blog or become a Facebook fan.
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