Name: Everett Dawkins | City: Greenville SC | IG: @A1dawk
Take us through your thoughts the moment you realized your child was ready to come into this world.
I was excited yet nervous. My fiancée woke me up in the middle of the night and said she felt like the baby was coming. At first I felt like he wasn’t coming just yet because she overreacts and we were 2 weeks out but when the doctor came back in she said it was time to get the ball rolling. I was caught off guard but ready, he is my first child so I didn’t know what to expect.
What were your physical, mental, and emotional feelings while in the delivery room as your child was entering the world.
Physically I was tired, he came earlier than expected so we weren’t fully prepared but we made it all work. Mentally I was just praying for a healthy baby and a healthy mama. My emotions were everywhere, I was excited to meet the little one who was already feisty in his mothers belly.
Describe what it felt like holding your child for the first time?
It felt surreal. We had been praying and hoping for a healthy baby and to finally be able to hold him in my arms was mesmerizing for me. It was a joy that I’ll never forget.
Do you have any advice for fathers who are expecting for the first time?
Help your spouse out as much as possible, they may be extra needy but remember that they are carrying a extra human in their body. Be prepared for delivery way ahead of due date because you never know when the baby will come, our son came 2 weeks ahead of time. Embrace the experience, not everyone is blessed with the opportunity to have a child so don’t take it for granted.