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January 15, 2023 3 min read

Meet Mark, a first-time dad-to-be who is documenting his journey to fatherhood in his diary. As he counts down the days until the arrival of his little one, he shares his thoughts, fears and excitement with the readers.

When Mark found out he was going to be a dad, he was over the moon with excitement. He couldn't wait to meet his little one and start his journey as a father. But as the due date approached, he couldn't help but feel a little bit nervous. He didn't know the first thing about raising a child, and he wasn't sure if he was ready for the responsibility.

As the days passed, Mark's nerves started to turn into excitement. He couldn't wait to meet his little one and start his journey as a father. He read books, attended classes and even had a list of dad jokes ready to go. But as soon as his son was born, he realized that he had no idea what he was doing.

Luckily, after a few months of trial and error, Mark learned a thing or two about the art of fatherhood. In his diary, he shares some of the lessons he's learned and some of the funny moments he's had along the way.

Tip number one: Don't be afraid to ask for help. Mark learned this the hard way when he tried to change his son's diaper with one hand while holding a bottle with the other. Let's just say, it didn't end well. So, whether it's asking your partner for a hand or reaching out to a more experienced dad for advice, don't be afraid to ask for help.

Tip number two: Embrace the dad bod. Mark used to be a fitness fanatic, but once he became a dad, he quickly learned that there's no such thing as a "dad bod" - it's just a regular bod now. Between the sleepless nights and the constant carrying of his little one, Mark's six-pack turned into a dad-bod, and he learned to embrace it. He found that his son didn't care about his dad's appearance, but only wanted his love and affection. So, he let go of the pressure to look a certain way and focused on being the best dad he could be.

Tip number three: Learn the art of multitasking. Mark quickly learned that being a dad meant doing multiple things at once. He learned how to change a diaper with one hand while holding a bottle with the other. He also learned how to rock his son to sleep with his feet, while catching up on emails with his hands. He became a master at multitasking, and it made his life as a dad much easier.

Tip number four: Laughter is the best medicine. Mark found that laughter was the best way to cope with the stress and exhaustion of being a first-time dad. He made silly faces and funny noises to make his son laugh, and it became one of their bonding moments. He also made sure to incorporate humor into their daily routine, whether it was telling a dad joke or making silly faces.

Tip number five: Self-care is important. Mark learned that taking care of himself was just as important as taking care of his son. He made sure to take time for himself, whether it was going for a quick walk or enjoying a cup of coffee in silence. He realized that in order to be the best dad he could be, he needed to take care of himself too.

In conclusion, Mark's journey to fatherhood was filled with challenges, but it was also filled with love, laughter, and joy. He learned that being a dad is not just about changing diapers and feeding, but also about emotional and mental preparation. He went from feeling scared and unprepared, to becoming a confident and loving father. He hopes that by sharing his diary, he can help other first-time dads navigate the challenges of fatherhood and find the joy in it too.

The Diaper Bag Dad

Kwame White