I have a friend named Billy I kind of envy. He’s a lawyer with his own practice, has won our fantasy football league twice (despite possessing the most meager NFL IQ out of everyone I know) and has a beautiful red-headed wife. But that’s not why I envy him.
I envy him because he and his wife were the first ones in our group of friends to have a kid.
Think about it. When you tell people you’re having a baby the first thing they do is congratulate you. And that lasts for all of 2 minutes before the ones who are already parents start subjecting you to their own parenting experiences, unwelcome advice and even horror stories. She’s not even showing yet, but people are telling you what baby furniture you need, warning against BPA bottles and telling chilling tales of delivery room horror stories.
So what does this have to do with the price of asparagus?
I’m finally allowed to relate some good news I’ve known for awhile but couldn’t share. My brother Nate and his wife Melissa are having a baby. Which means I’M GONNA BE AN UNCLE!!!!!! An uncle to a little girl due in mid to late March. And I couldn’t be happier, both for them and for me. Spoiling a little girl is going to be so much fun. Almost as fun as watching my brother squirm when we talk about his teenage daughter dating in the future.
Back to my original point, I found myself falling into the trap of dispensing unwanted advice. “I’d go with this crib” and “I’d use Nestle formula over Similac.” I mean hell, my poor brother is already bombarded with all my bullshit since he set up this blog and has helped me with it from the beginning. And there I was spouting off even more.
It’s like when a new movie comes out and everyone is raving about it. “Have you seen it yet? No?? OhmygodOhmygodOhmygod…YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! Now. Right now! Go Go Go Go!!! It’s the BEST. MOVIE. EVER!” For days, weeks and months you hear this about the movie. There’s this massive buildup and hype surrounding it, yet you find yourself staying away. Even when you go to the theater you see something else.
The funny thing is you were actually pretty excited about seeing it before it came out, but then everyone started talking about it incessantly. And even though it might be a good movie, you can’t see it now. Because everybody’s yapping has ruined it and there’s no way it can possibly live up to all the hype. It’s why I personally haven’t seen Star Wars, It’s a Wonderful Life and Casablanca.
Pregnancy is a fun, weird, trying and wonderful time. Sure it’s worthwhile to buy a few books and read up on what to expect, but it’s also fun to experience the unexpected. To ignore all the hype and just experience things for yourself without it being ruined by the ruminations of the grizzled veterans of the parenting trenches.
Congratulations Nate and Melissa. I promise to love that little girl with every ounce of my being, raise her a Boston sports fan and shut my mouth until she’s born!