Life Essay

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David Beckham has classic (and irritating) good looks and at one point, was the world’s greatest soccer player. So needless to say, he and I don’t have much in common but Mr. Beckham was once quoted saying “when you have kids you do grow up. I have just started realizing it now-it changes the world, having children.” Well said Mr. Beckham, well said. I cannot really say when it hit me that I became a true parent and mature adult. I’ve always considered myself young at heart. I don’t know if it was just last year as I was sitting in my barracks room and it dawned on me that I had never read my daughter a story or book, this realization brought me to an uncontrollable sob. All in all, it ...view middle of the document...

One of the rare non awkward and more at ease moments was when Liz’s mom said to me “Don’t worry Nathin, after dealing with Liz and the new baby you’ll want to have more experience drinking!”. The delivery room experience wasn’t seamless in any way and I wasn’t in the room the entire time. In fact, the doctors would ask me to leave when things like the epidural and petocin were being administered and when they broke Liz’s water. The time between when they broke the water and when Liz was really supposed to start pushing is all of a blur but when it came to when Vanessa was about to be born, I was to Liz’s right and holding one of her legs. That solitary experience, I realize as I think back, is something that no one can every fully prepare for, emotionally, physically, etc.
I still didn’t feel ready for it even though Vanessa was almost a full week late. As I’m standing next to Liz, I can start to see Vanessa crowning and with each push and contraction and scream or moan or pain from Liz, Vanessa’s head was protruding more and more. However, the farther along Vanessa was, the more I was relegated into a spectator position with the doctors and nurses taking more of a front seat and the tools or other contraptions being used to help get Vanessa out. In fact, it was one of these tools that were used that actually left two little parallel scars on Vanessa’s head. It was also about this time where I started to get much more emotional and light headed. As I became a bit more woozy I was further away from the action but shortly after, I regained my wits about me and I went back to my position at Liz’s side.
It felt like 3 seconds while simultaneously feeling like an eternity when...

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