11-11-2012   3 comments

This is my day for doing a little thinking and enjoying my few hours of quiet time. 2012 has been an interesting year for me primarily because of the pregnancy of my better-half’s daughter and the birth of her first child. It’s the first time in many years that I’ve had the pleasure of watching someone close to me develop for the full nine months and then to be present in the hospital for the birth of the child. Watching her steadily increasing size was interesting but the thing that really grabbed me was the movements of the baby during that last trimester.

I recall a sunny afternoon on our deck last summer where she and I were enjoying the day and as we were speaking I could see her shirt moving as  the baby reacted to her voice. She then proceeded to push on her belly to move him around a bit to make things more more comfortable. I haven’t been closely involved with any pregnant women for more years than I care to think about and I was surprised by my own reaction. I told her that it was creepy and gave me goose-bumps. I then asked how it really felt to feel that little body moving around inside her.   She gently took the time to explain to me in some detail what she was feeling and how excited she was about the upcoming birth. It takes a lot to touch me but she did. To see her so happy and excited moved me more than I thought possible. Just a short time ago she was a young, inexperienced college student trying to find her way in this world.  Just a few short years later she’s a teacher, a wife, and soon to be a mother.  Amazing. As we were sitting in the waiting room in the hospital a few months later I thought about that moment on the deck and just smiled. She was now in the birthing room going through something I could never experience or understand and she couldn’t wait to get there.

Our new little man made his grand entrance on schedule and he’s doing exceptionally well at the grand old age of four weeks?  I’m really looking forward to the day when he and I can sit on that same deck and I can tell him this story.

And one more thing before I go.  If we men were responsible for child bearing and had to go through nine months of what most women do, the planet would be free of human beings.  Just saying.

Posted November 13, 2012 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying

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3 responses to “11-11-2012

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  1. This is so sweet! You don’t hear many men say these things. Enjoy him, they grow up much too quickly.
    And I may be a little biased, but I totally agree with your last sentence… That would be the end of man kind. 😉

  2. You never cease to amaze me!

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