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There are so many stories I could tell you about our journey to get pregnant. In fact, I have a journal spanning 250 pages and over two years that details every little development. But I hit on something yesterday that was a sort of epiphany. As a father-to-be, I am seriously in love with my unborn daughter. I am not afraid to express it publicly. I want to participate in every aspect of the pregnancy that I can. In fact, I scan the Internet every evening, looking for contests to enter to win free baby gear. In this, I am something of a novelty.

Sure, most contests rely on random-number generators to select winners, but there are contests, such as this one, that require judges to award a prize. In one such contest, I was required to post on a company’s Facebook feed why I liked their product. There were already 200 such comments on the post before I got there. Yet, five minutes after I posted my thoughts, the company wrote me back. They said, “You’re a brave man for going up against all these women.”

This is just one of several essay contests I have found online, yet it is the first that I’ve not had to answer a question like, “What is it like being a mommy?” or “Do you plan to breastfeed?” Sadly, I am not equipped to answer these questions, and therefore, I presume I am not eligible to participate in these contests.

Then there is the support my wife and I receive from friends and family. “Oh Alyssa, you are glowing!” “You are beautiful!” “You are going to be a great mom!” Yes, she is. But nobody is even commenting on the 30 pounds I’ve put on during the pregnancy in solidarity.

Okay, that last part was a joke.

And don’t even get me started on paternity leave. Recently, a comedian wrote that childless women should also get maternity leave so they can work on themselves. I’ll support that right after fathers get to have time off for their newborns without having to take sick or vacation days to do it. I recently started a new job and I’ll be lucky if I have enough hours banked to spend even two weeks with my new daughter and recuperating wife. But yeah, let’s make this debate about mommies vs. non-mommies.

So while I rage against society and the fact that it forgets about the other parent, I only do so tongue-in-cheek. In truth, my wife shows me every day how much she appreciates my support. She reassures me that I will be a great dad, even though I am terrified how I am going to support a family.

So I will go on invisibly through the Internet for now. At home, my wife and I reaffirm our love and support for one another every day. What else do I really need?
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