A Few Thoughts from an Expectant Father

April 2, 2019

@ Nellie Hedegard

I'm going to preface all of this by saying I am in no way trying to compare the experiences of an expectant father to those of an expectant mother. I’ve been in awe of my fiancé Courtney for the way she’s faced the numerous physical and mental challenges of pregnancy. Ladies, you win. You’ve got it so much harder than us, and it’s not even close. Now with that said…

I have never felt a crazier mix of emotions than I have throughout the process of becoming a dad. From the aforementioned awe, that your partner is able to literally grow a human inside of them, to the incredible excitement about the potential of your baby’s life, and the inescapable terror over the dangers and challenges they’ll face. It’s an emotional roller coaster unlike any other.

First, the awe; to my fiancé, Courtney, I just want to say thank you. I’ve done my best to try to empathize and sympathize what these past nine plus months have been like for you, but I know that’s an impossible task. There’s no way to grasp the physical and mental toll you’ve endured without experiencing it myself, so thanks again for saving me from that. I hope I at least made things a little easier for you.

Second, the excitement; one of the most exciting parts of this experience has been to dream about the limitless potential that my son will have. Will he be a doctor, a lawyer, a professional athlete, a moderately talented radio personality? The sky is the limit. There are literally billions of different paths his life could take. That incredible excitement I feel is however a nervous one. I hope I’m able to guide him towards a life that he loves.

And finally, the fear; as intense as the other emotions have been, this one may be the most powerful. Given the current landscape of our world, there’s more to worry about than ever before and having the knowledge that I won’t be able to protect him from all of it is enough to paralyze me. But with all great things in life, the real good stuff comes from fighting through that fear.

As we close in on our due date, I try to imagine what it’s going to be like the first time I see him, despite the fact any father you ask will tell you that feeling is indescribable. I can’t wait for it. I’m ready for it. To anyone who has listened to the show or read anything that I've written, thank you for being part of this experience as well. Once he’s here I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off for paternity, but I can’t wait to share more with you once I’m back. Buckle up. 

- Corey

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