Jun 13, 2011

4 Weeks to Fatherhood

It turns out that my wife can deliver our baby naturally, without a c-section. This is great news, because it'll mean she can come home sooner and she won't be as long recovering. We've also been learning about some of the procedures which the hospital can carry out in the event that the baby does have trouble breathing once its born. One of the procedures carried out in our worst-case scenario apparently has a 75% success rate, so overall things are looking good.

It's still very surreal to think I'll be a father in a few weeks. Granted, Jen will probably go overdue, but it's getting closer and closer. That said, it's nice to have something else to write for. I won't just be writing for my own enjoyment or gain. I'll be writing so my son or daughter can one day happily say "my dad's an author" and not have to add "but he works in an office for his day-job."

Of course, the kind of things I currently write are not the sort of thing I'll be letting my child read until he/she is older. At least in their teens. Maybe I should dabble in a YA or MG book somewhere down the line?

I have two ideas for new regular topics to add to this blog.

The first will be a series providing recipes I've tried myself and would like to share. I absolutely love to cook and I can't wait to share that love with everyone. The first receipe will be posted on Friday: Tomato rice with chicken.

The second is a series showing how writers can learn about narrative structure from films, especially how children's movies often feature great examples of things like the Monomyth.

These segments will feature as and when I have them to offer. I hope everyone enjoys them, and please tell your friends if you think they'll like them.


  1. Paul, you are about to begin an amazing adventure with the birth of your child. Enjoy every single moment because, believe me, they go by very quickly. And I can't wait to see some of your recipes. I am not a very good cook, but I am always looking for good, healthy recipes to try.

  2. So exciting for you! Wishing you and Jen all the best and I hope she doesn't go over too much. Because that's always so hard (speaking from experience here LOL.)

  3. I've got a six month old boy at home. I blog about him all the time. I'll be interested to hear more about your fatherhood.

  4. I know how excited it is for you. Like Karen Walker said, the time goes way too fast. Savor it!

    Tossing It Out

  5. Karen: I will, thanks! I can't promise how healthy my recipes will be, but everything I post will be something I've cooked and eaten myself.

    KarenG: Thank you. She's already suffering from sciatica and pelvic disymphasis, so she can't wait until the baby arrives.

    Brent: Aww, cute. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll have lots to talk about when this little one comes.

    Arlee: I will, don't worry.

  6. Sounds great, Paul!

    And yay for Jen not needing to have a C-section. great news.

  7. Talli: It really is. Means I don't have to spend half of the time I'm taking off working going to and from the hospital to see her!

  8. That is very exciting news!!! Can't wait to see a baby pic and read the new blogs!

  9. Thanks, Halli. We had the tomato rice and chicken for dinner last night and it was fantastic.