“Dad, come receive your baby!” the nurse said. The nurse had just finished wiping the baby, and was now wrapping the baby. I hesitantly took a few steps forward, and then stopped. Apprehension immobilized me. Was I ready for this next step? I glanced over my shoulder to look at Rutendo. Half a dozen doctors and nurses gathered around her. Next to them was a mound of gauzes and bandages soaked in blood. I peeked to take a closer look of her Caesarean incision. A curtain stood across half her body, blocking her from seeing the medical staff operating on her. The anesthetic had numbed half her body.
I took the final few steps towards the nurse. There she was. Beautiful. Innocent. I was in love. I held her in my arms, and admired her little face. A warm trickle of tears flowed down my cheeks. My heart skipped a beat. Was this real? Would I be a good father? God was entrusting a little, helpless baby into our care. This thought overwhelmed me like a huge dark blanket. I spoke to her. Yes, I spoke to a few minutes old baby. “I will love you. I will protect you. I will provide for you.” She did not answer. Her little mouth opened wide as she yawned. Her cuteness covered the whole room. She stretched and then put her little fingers in her mouth.
My arms embraced her. My heart fell in love with her. My shoulders welcomed the responsibilities that awaited. Sleepless nights, diaper changing, hospital visits, driving her to school. Our lives would never be the same. Parenthood was turning our lives upside down. In her frail, tired voice, Rutendo said, “Terrence, bring her so I can see her.” I walked across the room, with a big smile on my face. Fiela is here. I am a father now. Hallelujah!
The birth of a child brings unexplainable joy. My wife had taken part in fulfilling God’s command, “Be fruitful and multiply.” It was a joyous day for us.
- What has been your most joyous day? What happened?
- What brings you joy? Why?
- Have you told someone you love them? How does it make you feel?
- Has someone expressed their love to you? How does it make you feel?
- What are your thoughts on parenthood?
- What is the most difficult part about parenting?
- How do you handle parenting challenges?