Heart-Tugging Pictures of Mom and Daddy and Baby Meeting for the First Time
The moment a dad holds his baby for the first time, there’s bliss and confusion and fear all at once. A dad feels mixed emotions that are pretty difficult to put into words so facial expressions would be the best explanations.
In honor of Father’s Day, here are heart-tugging pictures of mom and daddy and baby meeting for the first time, as captured by Dutch birth photographer Marry Fermont.
“No longer just an idea of a baby”
For the past nine months that your partner is pregnant, you know that you’re going to be a dad. But unlike your partner, you don’t see and feel changes in your body. You only get to feel the baby kick or move when touch your partner’s belly. Now that you get to see the baby, smell her and hold her for the first time, you know that the baby is 100% real and that you are responsible for her for the rest of your life.
“I’m done for”
Seeing your baby for the first time is supposed to be life changing, right? But why do you feel as if your emotions are lacking?
Some dads will not immediately feel a bond with the baby, and that’s understandable. Your partner and your baby have already spent nine months together and you’re basically an “outsider” in the relationship. Usually, you will start to feel that special bond when you’re baby is around 2-4 months old and is more interactive with you.
When that happens, bam! The love you feel will definitely drive you crazy. You will start getting emotional (though you will try to hide it) when reading or watching news of bad things happening to kids. You’ll feel a strong urge to hurt someone who is likely to cause harm to your family.
You will have a hard time adjusting the first year. Sleep will become a privilege and game nights will be cut short. But hang in there, daddy, because the real fun will come when your child is old enough to enjoy your hobbies with you.
“What do I do with it?”
Some dads give a look that says “What do I do with it?” the first time they meet their babies.
Think of it for a second.
The baby just came out of your partner’s womb and you’ve never met him before. You are practically a stranger to each other. On top that, the baby is so tiny and fragile. You’re scared to touch him because you might break him. Every time the baby cries, you are thrown off guard wondering what could be wrong.
But the more you spend time with your baby – the more you feed him, bathe him, change his diaper, play with him – you will know exactly what to do with him and when.
“I cried. And I cried. And I cried again.”
Remember those times that you vowed to never cry like a child in front of every one else because you’re a grown man? You’ll forget about them.
When you meet your baby for the first time, you might not be able to hold back. You will cry when you first meet. You will cry when the nurse tells you that you can walk outside the waiting area and tell everyone the good news. You will cry when a hospital personnel congratulates you and calls you a “dad”.
You have nothing to be embarrassed about. Instead you will feel so much pride that you are the father of this wonderful creature.
Here’s a video of soldier dads meeting their babies for the first time:
Dang, onions! Stop making us cry!