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Hey, Dads: What Surprised You About Fatherhood?

Experienced fathers share what surprised them about fatherhood and provide tips for new fathers and general parenting advice.
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Fathers share the things they never saw coming—the good, the confusing, and the very, very cute.

"I’ve been surprised that my wife isn’t the only one with intuition. It might look to other people like my baby’s randomly squinting her eyes and scrunching up her nose, but I know that particular face is the first sign that I need to grab a clean diaper and some wipes, stat!"
– Will Davids, dad of two, Edina, Minnesota.

"I thought about my daughter’s birth a million times, but I was totally unprepared for the moment where the hospital staff leaves your newborn with you—and the month that followed! My wife’s books on babies came in handy for diapering, burping, everything. Now I’m a pro!"
—Stan Horaczek, dad of two, Albany, New York

"I can now truly relate to the idea of being willing, without hesitation, to give your life to someone else. I’ve fallen in love in a way I never imagined possible."
—Bill Morse, dad of one, Portland, Maine

"When I was a kid, I swore that I'd give my kid plenty of freedom—my mom was overly cautious. Now I’m more paranoid than she was! It’s easy to keep my daughter in sight at all times, she’s a baby. And I gave my son a walkie talkie—and I mean the real kind, like construction foreman have. Whenever we’re someplace where he’ll be running around, like the park, he has his and I have mine. Every few minutes I'll say something like, ‘Status report, stat!’"
—Jim Lin, dad of two, Arcadia, California

"I didn’t expect that parenthood would strengthen my bond with my wife. Seeing her in action as a mom has added a whole new dimension to my appreciation of her."
—Stu Weiner, dad of two, Norwalk, Connecticut

"I thought I’d have to teach my son to stand up, walk and feed himself, but he’s figuring these things out on his own, full speed ahead. I’m here as his cheering section, and as damage control."
–Aaron Newman, dad of one, Austin, Texas

"The moment I heard my firstborn cry, all of my priorities shifted. My kids’ happiness and well-being are, by far, the most important things in the world for me now."
–Cory Torecek, dad of two, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 4reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I agree that father's are overlooked a lot of the time. But for all the "Super-DAD's" out there, articles like this make us "Father-2-B's" proud and determined to see every aspect of what we are about to get ourselves into. Keep up the good jobs! July 8, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by It is a very good thing to read about dads out there who are so involved with their children and enjoying/ cherishing the moments. Am sure the wives are grateful. Am grateful my husband loves and adores our son. June 12, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm glad this article was posted. Too many times I think dads are pretty much overlooked but they are just as important as mom's. A baby definitely changes a person's priorities. I never thought that I could do things like change diapers, feed a baby, or give him a bath but I'm definitely a master now. Plenty of dads out there doing the same thing. May 19, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I guess dads are having the same feelings we are. Pretty Cool.... February 20, 2011
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