Parents have about nine months to prepare to have a baby, but it seems like you aren't exactly ready for it until you are holding your screaming newborn in your arms for the first time. It's a mess of emotions that can't exactly be explained, but these 11 dads do their best to share that beautiful moment they saw their newborn baby for the very first time:
1. Our perfect child
"I was so overwhelmed with emotion. So I just laughed and cried with my wife as we gazed at our perfect child."
"A relief. My wife had a long and difficult labor, but at the end everyone was healthy and happy. All the anxiety and stress was finally gone. It was blissful."
6. Now I get it
"I felt like I finally knew what unconditional love was. I was not ready to have another 'heart' grow in my chest, one that is all love and only love for my newborn. I cried for about 30 minutes without being able to stop it... nurses even made fun of me a little. I love my daughter more than anything."
7. Now what?
"I remember being left alone with her, and thinking 'The nurses are leaving ME alone with her? But I have no idea what to do!'"
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10. Exhilaring and terrifying - sounds about right
"It's hard to describe. Like the whole 9 months my wife was pregnant, I knew I was going to be a dad, but it was still sort of theoretical. The baby wasn't a real thing I could see and hear and touch. It was just the idea of a baby. And then I was handed this tiny, living human being. 100% real and who I'm responsible for. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time."
"I cried when hospital personnel first congratulated me and called me 'dad'."
Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.