On the Messy Magic of Parenthood

By James Prenatt — OTHER FATHER

Nothing prepares you for meeting your child the first time. I don’t think I would want to be prepared anyway. My wife had been having contractions for a few weeks, so we were both pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. She woke me up at four in the morning and I was surprised to see her in visible pain. Before, she didn’t have much emotional reaction to the contractions at…