I’m learning that the pregnancy process is like an elaborate project plan. As the soon-to-be Dad I am the Project Lead, and my Wife of course is the unpaid intern doing all of the heavy lifting for the project.
And like any successful project you need to have check-in points or milestones to ensure everyone is clear of the goal.
A milestone is defined as:
…a task of zero duration that shows an important achievement in a project. Milestones are a way of knowing how the project is advancing if you are not familiar with the tasks being executed. They have zero duration because they symbolize an achievement, a point of time in a project.
Is there any better milestone than getting kicked in the face by your child?
The first time I put my ear to my wife’s belly and felt the kick was magnificent. Though my wife is doing all the work for this “project”, physically feeling that kick basically validated everything that has gone on.
I’ve never felt pride, excitement, joy, and happiness all in one punch to the face before, and it’s something that I will always remember and cherish.
So 15 years from now when this boy/girl slams their door at me during a major and heated argument, I’ll simply think back to these days when things were magical…and proceed to sign the ungrateful brat up for adoption.