When You Tell Him You’re Pregnant, These Are His Thoughts. Oh, sweetie! Are you worried about what he’ll say when you tell him you’re expecting a child?
When they found out they were going to be fathers, these boys told us what went through their minds.
“I didn’t believe Nicole, my three-year-old wife, at first. We became pregnant on our first attempt, which I believed was nearly impossible. I was confident that the home pregnancy test she used was faulty, and to prove it, I peed on one myself—the same brand, from the same drugstore. Mine was negative, and I’m a complete moron.”
Pete, Stratford, Conn., 32
“My wife, Lisa, smiled as she opened the bathroom door and waved the test, which I saw was positive. I was relieved because a lot of others we knew were having problems conceiving. As the news sunk in over the day, I thought to myself, Woo-hoo, we did it… My sons are capable swimmers!”
Matt, Traverse City, Michigan, 38
“When I got a surprise phone call from a lady I had casually hooked up with on and off for roughly two years, I was in bed and my current girlfriend, Ana, was in the toilet. She told me she was expecting a child. I admit I was unsure if it was even mine, and if it was, I would have been fine if she had an abortion. I demanded a paternity test after she retained the baby. We don’t live together, but we’re civil. I visit my son on a regular basis and pay child support. Ana is also involved.”
Bryan, a 29-year-old Winter Garden, Fla. resident
“I was running on the treadmill, staring out at the Hudson River, when my wife, Erin, told me she was pregnant.” I ran in place for about five minutes, thinking about what a terrific father I’d be and how I’d have to change a million things about myself to be that amazing father. There will be no more martinis and takeout every night, no more sleeping until 8:30 a.m. on weekdays, and certainly no more city apartments. We’d have to buy a house right away. Then it occurred to me that Erin was going to be off her Gleevec—the treatment that had put her cancer in remission—for at least nine months. Excitement quickly morphed into a feeling of panic and remorse. What exactly did we do? Why are we taking such a risk?
Nick, 31, from Huntington, New York
“When my wife, Allison, unveiled the positive pregnancy test, I was utterly overjoyed for about 10 minutes. Then it hit me: I’m going to be responsible for another human being for the rest of my life, and I’m completely scared out about money. To relax, I took two Xanax and drank a bottle of red wine.”
Rob, a 30-year-old Morganville, New Jersey resident
“I was first surprised that our at-home method worked when my lesbian friends informed me they were pregnant after I helped them try to become pregnant. (See, I excused myself, went to work, and handed over a turkey baster, which was full of my sperm.) Then it hit me: I’m a single guy living in New York City, and now I’m going to have a child. Oh, my goodness! We now have two boys, thanks to the same way of conception. Simply put, we are a modern family.”
Jack, a 41-year-old New Yorker
“Bec and I had just been together for five months when she came to me crying, unable to speak. She then informed me of the news by pointing to her stomach. What was I thinking, to be honest? What a relief! All of those tears convinced me that someone had died. The good news was that I was going to be a father! We’re now married with two children.”
Hal, a 35-year-old Los Angeles resident
“When Jill first told me she was pregnant, she was 17 and a senior in high school. I was 18, working, and my first thought was that she was totally kidding me. But then I realized she was serious, and this chill went through my body—we were going to be teen parents. I was scared, but I was also thrilled. I had always wanted to be a young dad, and despite the fact that Jill was horrified to te
Gary, 30, Totowa, New Jersey
“I was overjoyed when my wife, Liz, told me she was pregnant and wanted to scream YA-HOO! But, because we had a house full of guests, we decided to keep it between us for at least the first trimester. We did, however, squeeze each other a little tighter than usual as we sat around with our friends eating and socializing.” (Editor’s note: Matt’s wife died 72 hours after their daughter, Madeline, was born. At mattlogelin.com, he chronicles his life as a single father.)
Matt, a 32-year-old man from Los Angeles
“My girlfriend, Elisa, and I had recently gotten back together after a brief breakup and a five-year on-again, off-again relationship. She was 22 years old, and I was 24. A thousand questions raced through my mind. What the hell happened to a baby? Do we have enough money in the bank? Is it possible to fit a car seat in my M3? Is it safe to say that I’m ready to marry? Where are we going to live? Those initial thoughts faded, and I realized what was really going on: I was going to be a father. I was going to be in charge of another person’s life. The day we went for the ultrasound and found out we were having a girl, I asked Elisa to marry me. The birth of my daughter, Angelina, was the proudest day of my life.”
Nick, age 29