Once the new baby has arrived, life suddenly becomes a rush, which is probably quite a contrast to the last few weeks, when everything seems to slow down. The nine months of pregnancy somehow manage at the same time to go on forever and to pass by in a flash, apart from those last few weeks, when everything seems to go into slow motion as the waiting becomes very real for mum and dad.
Then, once they are home again with the new baby, they discover what life at the double is really like. Friends and relatives will all want to visit to see the new baby and to bring their gifts for the baby and, if they are lucky, for the new parents as well. There will be lots of socialising and phone calls, and in the midst of all this, mum and dad have to learn to look after their new baby as well.
It’s easy with all this going on to think of the new baby and mum, but it’s a shame if the dad is forgotten – he too now has a completely new life and is finding his way around in this new situation.
So, when friends and relatives are visiting and giving gifts, remember dad too.