Congratulations, you're pregnant! Well, your partner is, anyway — but it can certainly feel as if you're the pregnant one, especially in terms of your suddenly massive feelings of responsibility toward your partner and child.
Becoming a dad is not just about helping with middle-of-the-night feeds and doing your fair share of nappy changes. It's also not just about providing financially for your family. Fatherhood is a complex and emotional state of being, with a set of rights and responsibilities that are, unfortunately, a bit less clear-cut than those afforded to mothers-to-be.
When your co-workers, friends and relatives found out you were going to be a dad, they probably congratulated you and moved right on into saying things like, "Your life will never be the same again!" Bet that made you feel really positive, eh? More than likely it scared the you-know-what out of you, even though you took great pains to act nonchalant. Yes, having a child changes your life -- but it's not as bad as you might fear it will be.
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