1. Get Ready For No Sleep
It is a long long process. I was up for about 36 hours straight before I got any sleep.
2. You Will See Gross Stuff
It is just a fact. The sooner you come to terms with that, the easier it will be.
3. With Out A Doubt- Watch the Birth
It is amazing. Don't let being grossed out stop you. You absolutely have to see your baby being born... but don't tell you wife what you saw.
4. Bring A Book and an Energy Drink
Cause it really is such a long long deal. If your wife has an epidural, there will be lots of down time.
5. Have A Smart Wife
I didn't have to worry about phone chargers and stuff because Shelby packed everything. But, if you wife isn't the kind that things of everything, double check that you have everything that you need. Shelby packed me a bag with clothes, charger, snacks, toiletries, etc.
6. Pack Your Own Shower Shoes and a Towel From Home
Yeah I forgot that. I had to wear Shelby's tiny pink shower shoes and this tiny hand town to shower. Not how you want to start off teaching you son about style.
7. Put Gas In The Car
We almost ran out of gas on the way home. I was so pissed. I just knew I was going to run out of gas with my newborn in the car for the first time.
8. Practice Changing A Diaper and Swaddling Beforehand
Shelby was in pain, loopy, and pretty much useless for about 24 hours afterwards. I had to change all of the diapers and keep the baby swaddled. I had the nurse teach me to do everything. If you don't want to look like a total newbie, practice.
9. Find Out How to Get to The Delivery Ward
Just do it. You don't want to have a woman having contractions in the car while you drive around the hospital in a panic because you don't know where you are going. (See our birth story here)