West Coast, look out! Here comes baby!

20 Feb
Samantha at Baby Shower
Centerpiece at Shower
Costco Cake

This weekend, Samantha and I went to a baby shower in Spokane.  We got TONS of baby clothes and some awesome chocolate cake. I also got to hold one of my wife's cousin's baby because I "needed the practice."  I continue to be so surprised about how gendered our society still is when it comes to raising children.  For most of the shower, I was the only male present.  My brother-in-law did show up with my niece and nephew half-way through the shower, but he quickly went outside with the kids. 

Being the only male there, and Samantha one of only two women there who did not have children, I learned a lot about the the extended families views on childrearing.   Luckily, I am apparently a "very good husband," because I go with my wife to all of her checkups and am taking an active interest in the birth of my daughter.  This was not the norm for most of Sam's cousins, despite the fact they are all around the same age as Samantha and I. 

The shower actually started to dredge up all sorts of nerves since the mountain of pink outfits has really hit home how real this how thing is.  I even had a dream where I was laying in bed in the Guest room at Sam's parents house and I saw a brilliant flash of light out the window in the direction of Seattle.  I was pretty certain it was a nuclear bomb and I tried to get out of bed to see if Spokane was also being nuked and I couldn't move.  Sam seemed to be holding me in the bed.  Earlier that night, after some of the worst service I've had in a restaurant that I can remember, we were driving home and wondered out loud whether or not it was a good thing to be bringing a baby into the world given all the horrible things going on.  I was really scared that we'd have a child and then see the world destroyed in nuclear Armageddon.  Glad that my dreams could reassure me that all is well!

Fatherhood is going to be one strange trip.

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