Andy See

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Time In -

help­ing out as much as pos­si­ble, noth­ing re­ally pre­pares you. That’s not to say I have any re­grets, in fact I’m ec­static and burst­ing with pride and love; but fa­tigue is a pow­er­ful thing and in those first few weeks, my wife and I looked like ex­tras from ‘The Walk­ing Dead’. All the neg­a­tiv­ity dis­si­pates as we marvel at our son but the enor­mity of be­ing par­ents can be scary. It’s very im­por­tant to know that it’s per­fectly all right to feel like this.

My fa­ther was of the gen­er­a­tion where par­ent­ing, par­tic­u­larly of ba­bies, was done by moth­ers. They were phys­i­cally there and very good providers, but all this dirty di­a­per busi­ness wasn’t the norm, al­though he was great when I turned five and could kick a ball around! I de­cided as soon as I knew I was go­ing to be a dad that I would be com­pletely hands on and in­volved. Dirty di­a­pers, burp­ing, night feeds, sleepless nights; I want to do it all. The wife thinks I’ll hit the wall at some point but I’m go­ing to prove her wrong be­cause that’s the dad and part­ner I want to be. I keep telling her how lucky she is...

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