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There Goes Japan

DD Daddy August 7, 2015 Posts No Comments on There Goes Japan
Trip to Berlin and Italy right before the "big news"

Trip to Berlin and Italy right before the “big news”

The moment we found out we were going to have “a” baby, the reaction wasn’t what you would expect.

It was a Friday evening, we were out to dinner planning a trip to Japan for later in the year. Just enjoying the start to another weekend, no kids and in essence, not a care in the world. At dinner, Steph mentioned she was “late” but assured me that it was nothing to worry about and we should just enjoy the weekend and on Monday, she’d probably be fine. Normally I’m not one to panic as I understand the female menstrual cycle can function like Kumba at Busch Gardens at times but something told me that we needed to be proactive.

Off to the pharmacy to purchase a pregnancy test we went after dinner. Straight to the feminine products aisle where an array of brands and choices awaited us. 1 line, 2 lines, blue, pink, yes or no, why so confusing?!?!

We sat there like worried teenagers, unsure which brand to buy. In non-Steph fashion, she opted for the one with a coupon on the outside. I wanted to drop a pretty penny as you surely don’t skimp on these kind of items, get one of each brand. We went with her choice.

When we arrived at home, she went directly to the bathroom to administer the test. I needed to use the guest bathroom so I went to the other side of our apartment. “Juan!!! Come here!” she yelled within 2 minutes. I ran over quickly, practically running into our couch and dining room table. She was holding the test and showed me the  2 blue lines. “Do it again”, I said.

2nd time. Same result. 3rd time, same result. I got in my car and went to the pharmacy again and went to the same feminine product aisle I had been at 20 minutes ago. This time, I got the more expensive brand. You can’t be too sure with these things ya know?

Got back to the apartment. Again, same result.

My first thoughts selfishly were, “There goes Japan.”

You see, I’ve wanted to be a Dad for as long as I could remember. When I was younger, I told my dad while we were sitting at church, “Dad, I want a daughter that looks like her one day”, pointing to a little girl with caramel complexion and green eyes. I was 10.

This pregnancy result had caught me off-guard. Caught us off-guard. We were married, employed with solid jobs and living pretty decent life. All signs pointed to this being the next logical step in our lives and yet somehow, we felt like this was our rendition of “16 and pregnant” on MTV, unsure how to react and ill prepared. After some mutual crying, calls to our moms and realization what was happening, we came to grips that it was our time. Parenting was calling and although it was unknown number, we needed to pick up.

Japan would have to wait.

What was your reaction when you found out? What do you think your reaction will be when you’re unexpectedly expecting?

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