Going to Be a First Time Dad in 2 Weeks. Any Advice?

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Going to Be a First Time Dad in 2 Weeks. Any Advice?
  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    Don't shake the new baby!
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    Something new soon.

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    • Profile picture of the author Geordie John
      Sleep from now till then, you'll need the rest
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      • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
        Originally Posted by Geordie John View Post

        Sleep from now till then, you'll need the rest
        Geordie speaks the truth. Say goodbye to 8 continuous hours of sleep :-)

        Also enjoy the time! They grow up fast.

        Finally on a serious note take an infant CPR/first aid class! Hopefully you will never have to use it but better safe than sorry.

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        • Profile picture of the author Geordie John
          Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

          You and the wife need to have personal time away from the child...

          If you're having a daughter, buy a gun.
          Two awesome pieces of advice right there! Having two daughters of my own, and two teenager step daughters I can attest to this!
          (I can think of instances when a gun would be very handy, but no i don't own one... i wouldn't want one in my house with my kids, no matter how safe and secure it was... but the sentiment is there!).

          Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

          Buy some Lego. You'll need something to play with while Mommy's tending to the baby. Oh, and don't forget to shave.
          Legos are the best! Not only do i get to relive my own childhood with my girls, but they get to learn hand-eye co-ordination and how to use their imagination too!

          Originally Posted by jacktackett View Post

          Geordie speaks the truth. Say goodbye to 8 continuous hours of sleep :-)

          Also enjoy the time! They grow up fast.
          Jack
          They grow up too fast when they are little... then they become teenagers and seem to never grow up!
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  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    I am not looking forward to the loss of sleep. We are almost done painting the baby room, but my wife still wants the baby in our room for the first two months. Dang it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    I'm going to skip all of the platitudes and cliches and get down to the nitty gritty:
    Find a good and reliable babysitter and pay them well. Make sure this person shares your values and won't undermine how you decide to rear your child.

    Don't rely on family members too heavily to sit for you. It's fine at first, especially with the first baby, but wears on the family overtime, especially if you're not paying them.

    You and the wife need to have personal time away from the child and having an excellent sitter on standby is a godsend and not leaning on family too much eliminates possible fueds and resentment.

    If you're having a boy, invest in cleaning products and start saving now for when your grocery bill spikes threefold in a few years. Teenage boys will eat a table leg if you put enough hot sauce on it.

    If you're having a daughter, buy a gun.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    Make sure you feed your kid and keep him or her warm.
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    :)

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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Buy some Lego. You'll need something to play with while Mommy's tending to the baby. Oh, and don't forget to shave.

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  • Don't give your kid a silly name, like Mitt, Tagg, Bristol, Apple, or Sky-pilot...

    However, Dweezil, and Moon-unit are acceptable...

    edit: (*doh! did not see you are in Cedar City...Mitt and Tagg may be waived )
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  • Profile picture of the author daddykool
    Originally Posted by betterwtveter View Post

    Going to Be a First Time Dad in 2 Weeks. Any Advice?
    1) Congratulations!
    2) Sleep... a lot!
    3) Do not let her|him join the Warrior Forum until they are at least 4 years old
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    Never forget, "Life is a playground".
    Of course you need to be a parent first.
    And a big part of that is discipline.
    But don't over do it.
    Let your child be a child. And let your child bring some of the child out in you.
    Interestingly enough I heard this today.

    "And when you finally fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well.
    For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.
    But, whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you, win or lose...."
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by lcombs View Post

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      And a big part of that is discipline.
      But don't over do it.
      Let your child be a child. <snip>
      That is definitely a balancing act. I let my toddler be a child and, in guiding him away from bad behavior, I find I get best results by simply explaining things to him, adding a bit of humor whenever I can. In contrast, 99.9% of the time, forcing things is about as effective as trying to force a puzzle piece in the wrong place.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Find a very good pot source. You'll need to chill once in awhile. Make sure you lock anything and everything that you don't want them into.
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  • Profile picture of the author 195SEO
    Congratulations on your new baby! Look for ward to a lot of sleepless nights from then other than that just be there for your child whenever need be, it won't be all fun and games, but parenthood is probably the most amazing thing life has to offer
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  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    Enjoy them when they're young as they tend to grow up quick. Congrats to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Walk a straight line , so it wont be hard for them to follow. Be clear about what you stand for, so they wont be wishy washy... A song says you have got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything... So will your children if they dont know what to stand for...

    Back when I was an airy fairy meta physical fruitcake, my daughter had no idea what I stood for spiritually, and neither did I honestly... Today neither one of us does... I confused her and myself both.

    Should you be accommodating? Where do you set your boundaries on different issues? Should you give people money because that makes you a good person, or should you save it so you wont be a fool and get taken advantage of...? Where does compassion stop and tough love begin? All of these lessons and hundreds more... when you communicate to your child, be clear about what YOU stand for... they dont have to be forced to believe it, but it will give them the same sure disposition later in life... If you change with the wind, they will grow up confused.

    Dont be all over the map...

    It doesnt seem to matter till they get in their teens. Enjoy them now, but be clear about what you are... bec ause all of that will start showing in them later believe it or not....Not what you SAY, but what you ARE...Yes they become that to some degree...

    Be clear, and they will have clarity.

    Congrats btw! Children are the most awesome thing in the world! Get ready for a ton of joy, and make sure you are solid, so that it wont turn to heartache later.
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