Tales Of An Expectant Dad: Week 34

we_can_do_it___remastered_by_thedrifterwithin-d56rqh1On November 5th 2012, my wife gave birth to our first child. During the pregnancy I decided that I would write about the experience. Every week since I have documented all of the events that took place throughout this time, along with my thoughts on them. Now that I can confirm that our baby is happy and healthy, I will share those thoughts with you.

Week 34 – Turning the Tables

We’re back at the doctor’s office and there is little new to report. Everything is as it should be. Our little boy is currently weighing in at approximately five pounds. That’s one fewer than my cousin’s kid when she was born. At this point if he was born today he would not be considered premature. Ain’t that a kick in the head.

A couple of days later Jessica is feeling a little worse than what we have been considering normal. To save you some of the details, she alerts me that she thinks she might have a urinary tract infection. This wouldn’t be good news regardless of her condition, but it is a big no-no when pregnant. Apparently if you have a UTI while pregnant it can induce labor and cause damage to the baby and it just isn’t good at all. Now being at a point where he could technically be born any day now anyway this is a red alert situation. Before she goes to bed, she tells me to not be surprised if we have to make a sudden trip to the emergency room in the middle of the night because if she does have a UTI we need to get her the proper antibiotics immediately. A couple of hours later I go to bed ready for the worst. That’s just what I get.

When I went to bed I felt achy. Specifically in my legs. This is nothing I haven’t felt before. After maybe sleeping for an hour I woke up shaking. Freezing cold, I pulled an extra blanket over myself. My face was completely flush, yet I still couldn’t stop shaking. Eventually my breathing got so heavy that I woke up Jessica. She gave me some water, secured the blanket around me and I eventually went back to sleep. A few hours later I woke up again. I wasn’t shaking anymore but I still didn’t feel good at all. Added to the aches and pains I felt nausea as well. Jess gave me some more water which I drank. Big mistake. Needing to leave for work in an hour, I got in the shower. After about one minute later I was throwing up, a lot. I was constantly heaving yet only water was coming out. When everything was out I finished my shower and got back into bed. Work was not going to happen today.

Now it was Jessica, who I have been taking care of all this time, worrying about and stressing over her, who had to care for me. She made me breakfast and dinner, she made sure I had everything I needed. When she heard something from the bedroom, she rushed in to make sure I was okay. She went above and beyond considering how poorly she has felt recently. In the end, I had just come down with a bad 24 hour flu bug. My thoughts were that it was stress related and all of the worrying and working had finally caught up to me. Meanwhile Jessica felt what I had figured in the back of my mind already. This is how she is going to react when our son gets sick for the first (and second, and third etc) time. She is going to jump into action, regardless of how she is feeling, and do everything in her power to make sure he is okay. She began to understand why her own mother would get the way she does when she or her brother got sick. Today Jessica turned into supermom. We then realized I’ve been acting as superdad for the last month or so. If this is any indication, we’re going to be good parents. At least when our child is sick anyway.

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9 thoughts on “Tales Of An Expectant Dad: Week 34”

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