I’m struggling as a new parent.
When my wife told me that she was pregnants, I was excited and terrified at the same time.
Even if I wasn’t ready to be a father, I no longer had a choice in the matter. To my benefit, I started reading parenting books and resumed seeing a therapist once a week. I figured that improving my baseline mental health was the best decision I could make while preparing for the new baby. Obviously I had financial sacrifices to make as well, which started with me taking on overtime labor at work whenever my boss had it available. I started buying things for the baby like clothing, a crib, toys, diapers, baby wipes, and a plethora of other items for newborns. As I worked more overtime hours, I suddenly had enough money on hand to get everything we needed for the new baby. I know that this took a little bit of stress away from my wife. During this time, I found a huge tub of baby powder on sale at a local store. While I was carrying the tub of baby powder through the hallway at home, I stumbled and dropped it right in front of my floor-level air return. Before I could do anything the lid popped off and a huge cloud of baby powder was pulled into the air return. I’m lucky that I buy expensive filters that catch all airborne particles. I ended up needing to buy a new air conditioner filter, but at least none of the baby powder got into the air conditioner itself.