Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Babe and The Boob

A Lesson in Sharing From a New Dad...

I recently became a dad for the first time. There have been a lot of lessons that I've learned in my first two weeks of fatherhood. One important lesson is the need to share. There are many things I've enjoyed sharing over the course of my life; sharing meals and desserts with my wife for example, sharing dreams and aspirations with those that I love but ever since being a new dad I've learned to share the babe and the boob. Before now my wife has never been the meal for someone, the way that she provides nutrients and food for our newborn Elijah.

One thing that I knew going into fatherhood was that newborn babies sleep a lot. It's true and when they are awake they do get hungry and there's not much at this stage of his life that I can do to help his hunger pangs. Someday I'll be able to get him a slice of pizza or a cheeseburger when he wants to eat but these days the menu consists of milk, milk and more milk. I love holding Elijah in my arms but I know that when he starts to cry and fuss that he needs a meal only his new mom can provide him with. It's at these times that I must share the babe and the boob.

I want to be able to do more but when he's awake and starts crying or fussing I know that I must share the babe and the boob. Maybe someday they'll find a way for men to naturally be able to provide milk to their babies...

As a new father I can handle the responsibility of changing a dirty diaper while my wife has a much needed rest from sleepless nights and the toll that nursing can take on a new mom.  Thankfully I work for a healthcare company and I have an endless supply of gloves at home!

When it's time for Elijah to sleep I can help by reading him a bed time story so that Sarah has time to rest during the night as well.

I love being a new dad and I am willing to do everything I can to help raise our son into a great man one day. A special thanks to Sarah and all of the moms out there for all of the pain, uncomfortableness and labor that you go through to bring new life into this world!

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