Being A Daddy by Simon Ferguson
As you will know, there is a nine month preparation period. It is curious, but you spend most of the time fussing about whether you are going to be a good daddy, preparing for all the legal paperwork that a new baby requires, and in my case moving flat because we needed a lift not stairs!
It is quite a stressful period, but attending birthing classes really helped us get an idea of what to expect and what to do when my wife started going into labour.
Nevertheless, all the birthing classes in the world couldn’t have prepared us for the 27 hours of labour, starvation and sleep deprivation that my wife had to go through. As result, when it came to the moment of pushing Lucy out, my wife was completely and utterly exhausted. So, I helped her push by putting my arm round her back and lifting her whilst shouting …PUSH!!! Eventually after three rugby pushes we saw baby Lucy’s head, and shortly after that the rest of her body followed, all 4.095kg of it! However she wasn’t fat, just very long (49cm). In that, she resembles her daddy.
Now, that she is about two and a half months, weighing 5.480kg we are surviving getting up in the middle of the night, changing nappies and enjoying her baby smiles. So, the big question is: Was it worth it?
The answer is, for us, yes! I absolutely love having her falling asleep in my arms. However, I am well aware of the fact that the baby period is short-lived and before we know it we will be dealing with temper-tantrums and head lice from school.
birthing classes – clases de parto
go into labour – ponerse de parto
nevertheless – no obstante
starvation – hambre
sleep deprivation – falta de sueño
utterly – totalmente
resembles – parecerse a
go through – pasar por, atravesar
head lice – piojos
be short-lived – efímero, de corta duracion
Was it worth it ? – ¿Valia la pena?
changing nappies – cambiando pañales
get her out – “expulsarla”
dealing with temper-tantrums – abordar pataletas o rabietas