Starting a blog or a piece of writing is always the hardest part for me. I always struggle with what to say and where to begin. So I think I’ll start this one with a little about me before delving into my first topic, the reason I started this blog.
I’m twenty-nine years old, I live in Marietta, GA (right outside of Atlanta) and I’ve been married for just short of 6 months now. For the past year, life has been full of new and exciting experiences. I started a new job about 9 months ago in the shipping industry, I met the love of my life, I was engaged and subsequently we married on November 10th, 2012. (Yes, all within the year)
About a week or two before our wedding, my wife and I found out that we were expecting. Ever since, it’s been what is on my mind most constantly. I think about the babies birth, her childhood, her name (and the struggle to find a middle name), where she’ll grow up, what college she will attend, and just yesterday, I thought about the last day I’ll call her down for breakfast before she moves out and on with her life.
This brings me to the reason I started this little project of mine. While thinking about all these things, I figured the internet of all places would be teeming with resources for a daddy to be. Boy, was I wrong. Not even babycenter.com (which has the amazing My Pregnancy app for mobile, if you don’t have it, I highly suggest it!) has much for dads to be. They advertise as if they do, but since I signed up for their weekly newsletter in November, I have only received 1 article that was geared towards men. The daddy blogs I came across were mostly inactive, or suffered from pretty badly formatted sites and presentation. And the few podcasts I found were not really up my ally. One was by a comedian, which I’m sure would be funny, but not really my thing. It’s crazy to think that I’m the only one out here looking for this information, and I would assume that this is not true, just that the ‘dad to be’ audience is probably just harder to please, has a shorter attention span, and will shy away from anything that is not aesthetically appealing… in short, they’re men.
So, what does all that mean? Well, hopefully it means that I will stick to it, continue to blog about my adventures in becoming a dad, and will possibly provide a place for dad’s to get a better realization that they aren’t alone in this whole thing, and that while yes, women are the main point of focus when it comes to pregnancy, men are not forgotten. I encourage any women/moms who come across the site to also partake, as I feel a women’s perspective is worth quite a lot when it comes to parenting and fatherhood.
Here’s to a fruitful place in internet space where a dad can grow into becoming a proud father with a little insight from his fellow men.
(P.S. Please feel free to interact, comment, email, share this link, etc. The more conversation the better!)