Pregnancy Poem

On Finding Out You're To Be A Dad

An expectant father looks toward the job of fatherhood with excitement and wonder.

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A New Father's Questions

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Published: February 2006

You come to me with sadness in your eyes,
And tell me we have to talk,
Immediately I think the worst,
'Is it me? Does she want to walk?'

You try to begin, but don't know how,
And my nerves are standing on end.
You say that you're pregnant, two times confirmed,
And we may have a new little friend.

I'm speechless and breathless,
I can't form words to say,
This isn't what I expected,
Driving home today.

I know this is sudden,
And we haven't prepared,
But we've been through so much already,
Look at all we've shared.

Now there's another life,
Growing inside of you,
And I wonder what kind of Dad I'll be,
Will our Child's dreams come true?

Will I be the kind of father,
Who dotes upon his child?
Who fixes skinned knees,
With a smile, patient and mild?

Will I learn to chase the monsters,
From underneath their bed?
Will I be able to ease the nightmares,
From our child's tiny head?

Will you shine as a mother?
Will contentment light your face?
Will it bring out even more beauty,
Which the passage of time could never erase?

Will you be the kind of mother,
Who worries each time our child is ill?
Each stuffy nose an emergency,
Or will you have more resolve than I will?

What will it look like?
Will it have your eyes?
Will it love us right away?
Will it look on us with surprise?

Will we learn to adjust to 2am cries?
Can we deal with late night feedings?
Will I cry in front of the Obstetrician,
The First time I hear our child's heart beating?

Will it be a son or daughter?
Will it grow up to be like us?
Will we learn to deal with the crankiness,
When our baby starts to fuss?

These questions seem so pertinent,
More so now than they ever had,
I hope our child will love their mother,
As much as she's loved by their Dad.

I'm scared and excited,
Hesitant and yet bold,
We're going to be a family,
And our baby we'll soon hold.

Will it be a boy or a girl?
I guess only time will tell



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