I’m starting this blog because I am about to become a dad for the first time. And, as I am sure you will learn from reading my posts, I have no idea what I am doing.
So don’t come here for “how to” lists just yet. That would probably be dangerous. In fact, if the first seven months of our pregnancy have taught me anything (and my wife Jammie will freely attest to this), I can tell you all about how NOT to handle a few pregnancy-related things from personal experience.
Huge baby rearing holes in my resume
I’ve never changed a diaper. I’m pretty sure I’ll suck at it when I get started in July.
I have only very occasionally been roped into attending baby showers — usually under duress and always living in fear of having to take part in some nasty guess-what-the-baby-ate game where grown adults smell fake poop.
I’m scared of holding newborn babies in case they break. There’s so much to remember and whenever I try, they start bawling and want their parents… or pretty much anyone else.
I did some babysitting once when I was 17 and it still ranks high on my list of categorical failures in life. When the parents of the three little cherubs returned, their two-year-old was a screaming mess and his three- and four-year-old sisters were a frenzy of unrestrained chaos that I was powerless to subdue. I’ve never tried babysitting again.
So why bother with this blog? Well, if you are still reading I assume you might be curious about how a newbie dad is processing the prospect of parenting. I promise to be honest. And I’ll make sure that I deliver the following:
Unvarnished, real stories: I’ll be real with you because, frankly, some of the most annoying stuff I’ve read lately has been fuzzy, b.s. parenting tips that waste your time and leave you with an unrealistic picture of what goes down. I’ll tell you how each milestone unfolds, how it felt and I’ll go into detail. You can tell me in the comments when I go over-board.
I’ll be upfront about my screw-ups: You’ll hear about my missteps, my paranoia and see me take each step of what I am sure will be a very steep learning curve.
All the good stuff I’ll share too: Anything helpful that comes along (sites, apps, toys, tools, sage advice from grandmas), I’ll pass on to you. And I’m a nerd so I expect to eventually unearth quite a few resources that might make all our lives easier…
This will be a two-way convo:I am sure that I can learn a ton of helpful things from you, the reader. So I’ll definitely be active in the comment sections, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. So hit me up with your comments, corrections and questions.
I’ll tell you about pregnancy and parenting overseas:This won’t be your typical parenting blog. Jammie and I have decided to have Journie (yep, we’ve picked a name) in Bangkok, Thailand, where we currently live. And we want to raise her all around the world. (For more on our globetrotting approach to life, check out the About Bjorn page.) So this will also be a travel-with-baby blog when we take our first international trips later this year.
For now though, thanks for checking out this international, newbie daddy blog. As I said, feel free to leave me tips or questions or to openly correct me on my posts in the comment section. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!