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Fatherhood is taking its toll early

December 21, 2012 - Andy Heintz
I tried desperately to have fatherhood not completely change my life. I really did.

Well, that failed. At least for now.

I told myself I would not give into the “sympathy pounds” a lot of men put on during their wife or partner’s pregnancy. Total fail.

I was hoping to still be about to get to the gym when the baby arrived. Another fail, but only for now.

With feedings and changings every three hours and the fact that the child rules the house, there just isn't enough hours in a day for you or even each other a lot of times.

And while things haven’t gone exactly as planned, fatherhood couldn’t be better for this first time dad.

Our little Aubrey scared us with a four-week early birthday, but all is well nearly three weeks later as we are finally getting settled into some sort of a routine.

Mom is the champion with Aubrey right now. She is way better at changing diapers and feeding her and maybe even keeping her happy.

I am really good at grocery shopping, laundry, washing the dishes and driving my two ladies around.

This whole experience has been super fun. I would be lying though if I said it wasn’t scary heading to the hospital on Dec. 2 with a due date of Dec. 29. You just never know what is going to happen and how safe the baby will be.

Aubrey was born at 2:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. She was weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. So everything was good from that standpoint.

My wife and I couldn’t be more blessed to have a beautiful baby girl.

We won’t be spending any money on each other this year. We both got the best Christmas gift ever. The gift of life and the gift of family.

Now, if I can just find my way back to the gym, things will be back on track.


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