I love Channel 4′s One Born Every Minute so felt very privileged when they asked me – along with many other parent bloggers – to share my own experience of childbirth – from a man’s point of view. Obviously!
The show returns to the telly on Wednesday January 4 – on the theme of Dads – and the producers have teamed up with Netmums to ask parents to link-up their stories. I thought New Year’s Day would be a perfect occasion to share my account of the day my first son, Tom, was born seven and a bit years ago…
My first son was due on September 11 2004. Now, 9/11 (as the American vernacular goes) ain’t a great day to have your birthday so something inside me believed he’d avoid it, even when, at 5pm my wife started to have cramps.
‘Is this it? Is he coming?’ I asked.
She sucked in her cheeks, puffed and panted a little, then shook her head.
‘Not today,’ she said. ‘You go to the pub.’
YOU GO TO THE PUB! Yes, that’s exactly what she said. ON HER DUE DATE!
My wife is a stoic, calm, unflappable person. Nothing fazes her. Even childbirth. Especially childbirth. Continue reading