Jason and Sarah wrote this post together for Westminster Presbyterian Church's blog.
As the one who frequently comes up with crazy ideas, I asked Sarah a few weeks ago if she’d like to join me and contribute to this series on parenting. As we’re just rounding the bend of our first year caring for and raising human life, we thought there might be some practical pieces of advice to give, mostly learning from our mistakes. And if that’s not helpful, we promise to load these posts up with cute pictures of the boys! For today’s post, J will be the principal author, and Sarah will add comments in italics.
When the boys were getting ready to be born, people kept asking me if I felt ready to be a father. Does anyone ever feel ready for this? Is there a moment when you feel like you are prepared? To be sure, we had registered for a truck-load of baby gear. The nursery was set up and painted. We had learned all about how to install car seats and then practiced installing infants in those car seats with little teddy bears. But still, I didn’t feel ready.
I wasn't often asked if I was ready to be a mother. I was asked when my due date was, if we were having boys or girls, and if we had picked out names. Though I wasn't asked if I was ready, I thought/worried about it constantly. My belly was pretty big (together our boys weighed 15.5 pounds when they were born!) and I could feel our not so little guys moving around, so I was very aware that our lives were about to change dramatically. Librarian that I am, I read many books and blogs and articles about babies, but I still didn't feel ready.