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  • Chris Layden

So now you know...

Chances are, if you are reading this post, then you have just been informed that you are going to be a dad. For some of you, like me, you were ecstatic about the new life getting ready to grow in your significant other. For some, however, you may experience a whole host of other emotions. Whether or not you are happy, sad, excetera the time to step up is now.

For those of you that are happy. Rejoice in the moment, as you are embarking on a brand new journey. Some of you are ready to tackle the tasks and even hardships that are ahead of you. Say it with me, "I can do this!". You can and will. Nothing is stopping at this point, only progressing. Relish in this moment. When I first found out I was going to be a dad, I have to admit, whatever funk I may have been in at the time, immediately turned into extreme happiness. I could not imagine what I was going to be in for, however, I felt this was going to be the start of a great adventure. It was and has been. Don't let this happiness cloud your judgement. Your significant other may or may not be as happy as you are. Take the time to talk with her. Find out how she is feeling. Let her know that you are on board. Be as supportive as possible. Your significant other may be going through this for the very first time too. She may be happy or nervous, excited or scared. The best way to show you support is to do just that. Support her!

For those men on the other side of the coin. You may have just found out that your significant other is pregnant and you are clutching for every shred of freedom you have left. You may feel as though your life as you knew it is coming to an end. Well, if you are feeling and thinking both of those things, you are pretty much right on the money. Life as you know it will change. This doesn't have to be a bad thing. Life is full of challenges and raising a child is probably the biggest. You have landed on my blog, maybe for advice for knowledge or because you are scared. Rest assured, you are going to be okay. As I mentioned in my first paragraph, support your significant other. Be there for her. If you are apprehensive, maybe she is too. Talk to her. Let her know what you are feeling. But remember, it takes two to tango, communication will be key throughout the next 9 months. Be there when she needs you. Lend a hand and make her life a little easier. Grow your relationship as your baby grows within her. Your baby will need your full attention too. Having a baby certainly isn't the end of the world, in fact it is the beginning of the world for your baby.

Take the time and figure out what side of the coin you fall on. You may be scared, you may be happy, but remember, you can do this! Either way, this is not the end of the world. You can and will be the best daddy to a little bundle of joy if you so choose. Believe me when I say it, the first time you see your baby, you will be in love for life!

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