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Being a Parent: Through a Dad's Eyes

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by Andrew Farmer (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Adelaide, South Australia. Visit my blog
Published September 12th 2013
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When I first laid eye's on my first child, I cried for the first time in a long time.

I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions, the birth itself was far from a normal birth. My son got stuck, after many hours of labour, he was also facing the wrong way. We were lucky enough to have a two awesome midwifes and a brilliant doctor that acted quickly. An emergency cesarean was on the cards.

We called in my wife's mother, tears were exchanged and then before I could take another breath, I was put into a blue gown and given a red cap to wear. The whole cesarean procedure felt like hours, but was over quite quickly, my son was wiped past my eyes and I held my breath; my god what is wrong?

First time parent, everything was freaking me out, as I am sure it is the case with all first time parents; but let me ease your anxiety - the midwifes, doctors, and nurses have it all under control.

My heart felt like it wanted to explode, I could barely see from tears, I was shaking from excitement and tiredness. I was so proud and impressed by my wife, giving birth is one of many life's trials; one the my wife has done two more times. When finally I held my son, I wanted to collapse and just cry with joy and relief. I have never felt so much joy and love in my heart as I have at the birth of my children.

From one dad to other dads, go with your gut instinct about everything, don't be afraid to ask questions, but mostly don't be afraid to cry and show your family you love them, you will be stronger for it, as I have grown stronger.

I hope to write more about being a parent: through a dad's eyes, in the days or weeks to come. Stay tuned, love and enjoy your family; in my eyes family is a gods love manifested!
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