The male "father figure" has not been portrayed as the brightest by Hollywood lately. We've seen Ward Cleaver evolve into Al Bundy, Homer Simpson and most recently, Modern Family's Phil Dunphy. The latter three, despite what may be deemed as subpar IQs, seem not only to put food on the table, but to surround that table with a massive home. Not bad.
A trailer for the new film "What to Expect When You're Expecting" shows a group of dads razzing a new dad on his assumptions vs. reality.
That got me thinking: Why not round up a few dads to talk about our "expectations" and how the reality turned out.
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I totally got into What to Expect When You're Expecting. I always wanted to be a dad, so I was totally gung-ho about it. I even knew how many weeks we were into our pregnancy, down to the day. I remember meeting a good friend of mine's mom and she asked us when we were due, I burst out with, "We are in week 32 and heading into the final trimester and everything is going smoothly; we have passed all of the tests and just registered with the hospital." I felt like a chick.
I think I was in denial the first six months of Pascale's (my partner's) pregnancy. I must have been an awful partner at the time. But would it kill a company to put a dad on the cover of one of those books so we know it's OK to pick up?