The Best Reactions to My Impending Fatherhood

A little over a week ago, Nicole and I went public with the fact that she's pregnant.  We'd been telling people here and there for a while, but we finally made it official by the way things are made official these days -- posting the news on Facebook.

 If you want some action on your FB page, tell people you're having a kid.  I've never gotten so many comments.

We received a lot of congratulations, all of which were much appreciated.  There were also a few that went above and beyond; I thought they were interesting enough to share.

Wow are you scared? 

That's a legitimate question.  I think I probably covered this in my first blog post about having a kid, but no, I'm not really scared.  Now, part of that is the fact that it takes me months to process things on an emotional level.  The other part is that my anxiety is currently focused on the pregnancy itself.  The final part is that I feel pretty confident that I'm going to be a good dad.

It's awesome, dude. Scariest thing ever, but totally awesome.

The comments from parents kind of hit on a theme.

Congratulations! Parenthood is one wild ride.

Parenting is such a thing... consuming, rewarding, and draining--all wrapped in one non-stop enchilada. 

I feel like being a parent is one of those things that is impossible to explain to someone without kids, which I can appreciate.  No matter how much detail you go into, you'll never be able to get it across accurately.  I suppose it's kind of like doing drugs that way.

Oh this is going to be real fun to watch.

And of course we'll laugh at you. That's how we keep our own crazy day-to-day seem somewhat

manageable. And, well, this'll be you doing this. 

Believe it or not, I really enjoyed comments like this.  Sure, the implication is that I'm kind of a weird-o, but, you know what?  I'm kind of a weird-o.  I like the fact that people think I have a unique perspective on things.  I wouldn't be writing this if I didn't think that was a good thing.

Mazel tov, Kyle! Are you going to quit drinking out of solidarity with your pregnant wife?

Well, I think I've probably answered this question by now.  I have not, in fact, stopped drinking.  So far Nicole has been okay with this fact.  If I had to guess, I would think she'd be less okay with it if it didn't play such a big part in my writing process.  Really, I don't drink all that much if you take away the few nights a week I write.  In that regard, I'm not doing anything that she'd want to be doing.

Holy crap! Congrats! You will be SUCH a rad dad!!

I've gotten reactions similar to this from a few people.  I think it mostly stems from the fact that I'm more or less a big child myself.  It's clear that I will have no problems teaching this kid how to read comic books, watch cartoons, or play video games.

I like to think it goes beyond that, though, to the fact that I truly enjoy doing such things.  I like to think that a big part of what I'm going to be able to share with my child is an enthusiasm for the things I care about.  I think that's probably part of the reason that people think Nicole and I will make great parents; you'd be hard pressed to find a more loving environment for a child.


Yeah, that's about right.

It's Week 16!