This time last week my wife and I were reeling from the experience of our son being born. He came on Thursday, 6lbs 13oz, 20in long and perfect in every way. This last week has been such a blessing and I am so grateful for him, my wife, and the time I am able to spend with them.
Becoming a Father
On Wednesday I woke up and got ready for work like I normally do. While I was eating breakfast my wife came out to sit with me. She turned to me and informed me that she was having contractions and asked me to stay home from work just in case. It wasn’t long before the contractions got to the point where she couldn’t sit still, so we decided to head to the hospital. It turned out that she wasn’t quite to the point where they could admit her and we were sent back home.
We stayed at home until about 10pm and then headed back to the hospital. After a long labor Mikey was born at 2:18pm on Thursday without any complications. It was both a challenging and rewarding experience for me. I feel a little weird saying that, considering what my wife went through, but it was a challenge and I learned a few things. Below I have listed some lessons I learned during this experience that I want to pass on to anyone who will be in the position I was in.
Advice for Birth Coaches
- Get as much sleep as possible as you get closer to the due date because once labor starts you may be up for a while.
- Wear comfortable shoes that you can stand in for a long period of time. When she is pushing you don’t want to have to step away because you chose to wear flip flops and your back hurts.
- If she get’s an epidural and is able to sleep, take a tap at the same time. By the time I was able to go to bed my brain was so fried I could barely brush my teeth.
- If mom is ok with it, have at least one person in the room with you to keep you both company and help out when thing start moving along.
I want to thank everyone who was at the hospital with us during and after Mikey’s birth. My wife and I both agree that having family there during the labor and after helped to make the entire experience better. They were such a help and support for my wife during the most difficult points of the labor.
Now that my boy is here I hope to be able to post about all the learning I am going to be doing and the cute things that Mikey does. If you want to know when I post new blogs or photos like my Facebook page.