So I’m a dad now. Pretty exciting stuff! We sat in labor and delivery for a while. So, for those of you that aren’t dads yet, here are some observations for when you get in that room.

You are not the favorite

When that anesthesiologist walks into the room with that epidural needle and your wife is crying in pain, she may as well not be married. She may have forgotten you exist. That’s OK. She needs those drugs.

Don’t complain

Not even if your back hurts from sleeping on the hard couch all night. Trust me. Don’t say things like “My back hurts.” No good can come from this phrase. Of course, I didn’t do that.

Don’t say┬ádumb things

I actually don’t think I did this one. But that’s because I could read the room like a book. Some examples might be:
“Does that really hurt that bad?”
“What’s it feel like?”
“Can I go walk around? I’m bored.”
“How much longer is this going to take?”
“Wow, we’ve only been here 4 hours? We’ve got a while to go!”
No good can come from stuff like that. Just don’t do it.

 

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