Baby: Bun in the Oven or Visit from the Stork?
Not like Sam needs another reason why a personal finance blogger should join Yakezie. But if he did, he can add you will soon have a baby. My fellow bloggers Retire By 40, Sustainable Personal Finance, and Couple Money recently became proud parents. Well, you can soon add me to the list. Blogging is great because you can express yourself and help others, but it is also a good tool to document your life. Here’s how it went down.
I had a rough day at work. I was taking a break, catching my breath, and dozing off in the bean bag. The Mrs. came home and changed clothes. A few minutes later, she emerged telling me to follow her into the bathroom. I thought she had broke something and needed help cleaning it. She had two plastic sticks and opened boxes on the counter. I was a little dazed from my nap. “What the?”
I was a little slow on the uptake, but I finally pieced it together. I thought it was a prank. I asked if this was for real. She was a little teary eyed and asked if I was happy. I was stunned speechless. “Yeah I am.” We hugged and I teared up a bit, too.
After the shock wore off, I felt a sense of urgency. I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard lately, but almost felt a need to push higher and harder now. I was doing pretty well taking care of the both of us, but now there’s one more on the way. Job stress and world news instantly became microscopic. When you get news like this, everything really takes on a new perspective. I immediately thought of next steps for me, our jobs, the blog, and other logistics. We need to find a doctor. Can we still travel? We need to clean the second bedroom. We need to gather hand me downs. Wow. Earlier I’ve been rubbing my wife’s tummy more. Did I already know?
I am normally very mellow and complacent. When this happened a few months ago, I went into overdrive. I nailed a job interview and I went to BlogWorld to push my blog higher. I can breathe easier since the baby’s tests just came back clean. But there is much work to be done and many questions with no answers.
Can my wife and I work together as a team to face our greatest challenge yet?
Will I be a good father and guide my child to avoid the life mistakes I made?
Can I provide my family a better life than I have?
I’m not recommending this for everyone, but if you are similar to me, nothing will light a fire under you better than having an extra mouth to feed.
Bun in the oven or visit from the stork? What gets you fired up? Any advice to a soon to be father?
Please forgive me for putting a Justin Bieber video. I’M HAVING A BABY, OMG!