10 things that will happen after your kid is born

With the experience of the birth of our first child last January (and chats wih other daddy friends), let me share a few points on the life of a new dad for my friends with due dates on their mind:

  • Your wife’s head will look a lot bigger (looking at your tiny child’s head all the time makes everything else look huge)
  • Changing diapers really is non stop (at least the first month)
  • It will get very hard to talk about anything else but your baby (sorry guys)
  • You’ll notice babies and kids all around you all the time and won’t believe Japan ever had a falling birthrate.
  • You’ll need to be more creative in bed (it’s not recommended to have sexual intercourse for 3 months after birth -linked to ovarian cancer, infections…)
  • You will never have been so happy to have your parents or in-laws close by.
  • Your wife will forget you are her husband and just call you “papa” or “daddy”.
  • You will act like you own the sidewalk and people should give you priority on everything.
  • You will think of death, pain, helplessness a lot more than before.
  • You will want to build a house with your own hands.

Anything I forgot? The comments are yours!

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6 Comments

  1. perke

     /  November 3, 2009

    now i’ll try to give more room on the sidewalk to the families with baby strollers

  2. olivier

     /  November 3, 2009

    Somehow, I expected something about sleep (or lack thereof).

  3. ultrabob

     /  November 4, 2009

    Anything in movies or the media about harm to children will impact you 10x more than it ever would have in the past (if you were susceptible to such stories before, if not make it 100x).

  4. Paul Baron

     /  November 4, 2009

    Ultrabob: true! Good point!Olivier: yes, that’s missing, but I was trying to point out unexpected things. Also, that experience varies from family to family, from kid to kid, month after birth, breastfed or formula-fed etc…Perke: GET OUT OF MY WAY ALREADY!! 😉

  5. Kevin

     /  November 5, 2009

    A lot of those things you did mention are already happening to me, like notice kids more. In case you haven’t seen how disproportionate number of children photos on my blog recently.And I have already started acting like the sidewalk / road is mine. (even when Tomoe is not with me)I *really* *really* hope you simply forgot to mention it, but the 24/7 hormonal rage will eventually go away, right?.

  6. Paul Baron

     /  November 5, 2009

    hahaha, yes I have noticed your site has more pics of other kids than Tomoe’s tummy ;-)Hormonol rage? Yeah, let’s say that the hormonal unbalance starts indeed months before birth and can last often until the first birthday of your child. It has many way to manifest itself, but I won’t spoil the fun. hehehe

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