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- Birthing the Baby is Painful — FALSE!
Funny enough, my wife went through almost every scenario in the birthing process. We attempted Hypnobirthing but as her dilation stalled, we tried every solution: pacing the halls, multiple position changes, manually breaking her water, birthing ball bouncing, Pitocin drip, epidural (I guess we are NOT a Hypnobirthing family) and after 20 hours, a C section. See? No pain.
- You Will Never Sleep A Full Night Again — FALSE!
Okay fine, true.
- Babies Cost a Lot of Money — FALSE!
I had always thought this one to be true. But come to find out, making a baby is free! All you need is about 5* minutes and a suitable mate.*times may vary
- Baby Will Take Up Your Free Time — FALSE!
Baby will actually devour your free time and then scream for more. Yet, this was probably the most eye opening part of becoming a parent. My wife and I will look at each other and say “What the hell did we do with our lives before?”. The answer? A whole lot of nothing. With baby in tow, when you have free time, every minute will be spent squeezing out the good stuff.
- Changing a Diaper is Horrifying — FALSE!
My wife tells me it’s not that bad. Having never actually changed one, I can’t say. Seems false though.
- Your Marriage/Relationship Will Suffer — FALSE!
This, my friends, is the biggest lie of them all.
When the baby finally came, I anticipated that I would have to take the love I had for my wife and split it down the middle so that I’d have enough for both. However, in the instant I saw my daughters face, my capacity to love multiplied. There are no words to explain the sensation. In that moment, I grew more as a person that at any other point in my life. Suddenly, the most important thing in the world to me was to love the small bundle in my arms.
I consider myself a pretty decent human. But having a child motivated me to be so much more.
In fact, if you are reading this and consider yourself a halfway decent human also, all of the above myths can be discarded in one fell swoop.
When you look into your newborn’s eyes, you won’t care about anything else.