I’ll be a great support…if I don’t hit the deck

By Eric Morken

Eric and Mali Morken

Eric and Mali Morken

Chances are that by the time anyone reads this I will have already dived head first into the most important job I will ever take on.

My wife and I were expecting to become first-time parents at any time during the past few weeks. A due date of December 27 meant we have been putting the finishing touches on preparing the house for the arrival of a baby girl.

Stacks of baby clothes are ready in the closet. Tiny diapers are on the shelf. The crib is assembled and all the necessary materials are in their place. Now we wait, which is a
much more agonizing process for Mali.

It’s impossible for the delivery not to consume her mind. We both went to eight hours of classes offered at the Douglas County Hospital in October. The message was pretty clear – women get through this every day, but it’s really hard. My job is to do everything I can to make it just a little bit easier on her.

My ability to do that will depend entirely on whether or not I am able to remain in an upright position. I tend to have a fainting issue in hospitals. Cut your hand off and I’ll
help you to the ER. Just don’t make me visit you once you get inside.

This is a bit of a roadblock in what should be an otherwise easy job for me. I’m ready to be the best darn support person ever if I can keep from hitting the deck. All my comforting
lines are ready to go: “You’re almost there.”

“Breathe, you’re doing great.” “Stop yelling at me! It’s the doctor who is making you push.”

The nurse who taught our delivery class in October said she has never had a dad pass out
during a delivery. If that holds true, Mali has a boatload of encouragement coming her way.

Then the fun can finally begin once the delivery is complete. The thought of becoming a firsttime father excites me more than it worries me. I know there are plenty of challenges and responsibilities coming our way, but we’re as ready as we’ll ever be.

More than anything, I hope we are able to help her grow up to become a good person. That’s the challenge of any parent. Children are like tiny sponges waiting to absorb their surroundings. I hope we can guide her on what it means to be a good friend and a positive person to those around her.

So ready or not, here we go. It’s time to dive in head first on a journey that I can’t wait to embark on.

Eric Morken is a husband, new father, sports reporter and outdoor enthusiast.

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