It’s the scariest and most exciting thing a man will ever face: fatherhood. Suddenly there’s the pressure of knowing this human life is wholly reliant on you, the hope of being just like your father or the fear of the same thing. It’s the moment when BC becomes AD, a distinct frozen moment when a corner is turned and there will forever more only be a “before” (child) and “after”.
Maybe it was planned and maybe it wasn’t, but that wife/spouse/partner/friend/blackmail associate is pregnant, and everything is about to change. You won’t look at that crying baby on the airplane the same way, that “hot college girl” is suddenly someone’s daughter, and getting up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday won’t seem weird.
For many of us, Father’s Day means finding the right gift for Dad. But now some of us will be receiving gifts as well, and so without further ado, we introduce New Father’s Day — along with a wish list for the sleep-deprived new dad to make the beginning of this next lifetime easier.