What dads really expect


<strong>What was it like that first moment you realized you were going to be a dad?</strong>

President Obama had just been inaugurated earlier in the day. He promised change, and boy, did I get one. My wife had not been feeling well, so I told her to see her doctor. When I got home she was waiting for me in tears. She was helping me take my bag off, so I knew something was up. I immediately thought the worst. "Cancer?" She replied in a crying trembling voice, "NOOOOOOOOOO." I immediately followed up with "Are you pregnant?" She replied, "Yeeeessssss." She bawled even harder. I burst into laughter, gave my wife a huge hug and kiss and said, "Holy sh%$, I'm going to be a daddy."

Sean Leonard, Chicago

I was cautiously joyful. We had been trying for a few months, and we were already in our mid-30s. We were excited, but we were in a state of disbelief, too. The reality is still setting in, and the more it does, the happier I become.

I would say the immediate, more drastic change for us, was that we lived in a one-bedroom condo downtown. So we jumped right into buy house/sell condo mode.

Jeff Garretson, Orland Park

For some reason my mind reverted back to adolescence and all I could think about was "How am I going to tell my parents?" Then after realizing that I was, in fact, a grown man, I came to the conclusions that a) I did not have enough cash on hand to run off to Mexico, and b) we could handle this.

Ryan Salzwedel


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