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Hello Everyone 3 weeks 1 day ago #109986

Hello to you all.

I am an expectant father, she is due in January.

I have so many mixed emotions about it and am just looking for some support and to talk about all things Dad related.

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Hello Everyone 3 weeks 1 day ago #109987

Hello, feel free to ask any questions you like. Have you raised any concerns with your partner and she feeling ok about it all?

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Hello Everyone 3 weeks 1 day ago #109989

Thanks a lot for the welcome =]

I have. We actually have really great communication on that front. She's nervous as any new parent would be. I just didn't expect to have such a strong emotional reaction to it all as I have.

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Hello Everyone 2 weeks 3 days ago #110075

Hello GamerDad88,
Congratulations to you and your partner on your impending arrival! I hope all goes well for you and the mum to be.
Here's a few suggestions for you:
*Join an antenatal group with your partner. You can make new friends who are in the same situation as yourself. Dads attend and are encouraged to chat as much as the mums to be!
*Don't be afraid to see your GP if you are beginning to feel really overwhelmed. They will be able to pin point you to a support group either online or local to you for first time parents and hopefully maybe one just for dads.
*Make time for each other where you are not baby focused, so do an activity together that you both really enjoy.
*Speak with trusted friends who already have children, and ask them to put your mind at rest about issues that maybe worrying you. It's ok to ask for help.
*If you are able nearer the time, plan ahead. e.g. have you friends that could make you meals for a week or so after the birth? Use what family and friendship networks you have. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
*Try not to read too many books about raising babies, accept that you will make mistakes along the way, and just take it day by day. For my partner and I just learning as we went along and discovering new baby things together was the best thing for us.
Obviously we are all different, so don't be afraid to tell your partner when you are having an off day - we all have them! - and be kind to yourself.
Let us know how you get on, once you see your babies first smile, it will make you smile too.
Kind Regards, Fegans Parent Support Volunteer

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Hello Everyone 2 weeks 2 days ago #110099

Welcome to the forum, so much good advice and help on here for dads, new dads, + mums.

I had my first at 23, could not make beans on toast or iron my own shirts, I was a kid myself and worried.

My daughter is now 7 years old and my absolute reason for living, the best thing that ever happened to me.

Embrace is, accept the ups and downs, you will be great.

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