No one knows exactly what to expect before they go to the hospital to have a baby for the very first time. No one knows how they’ll react to the stress (and sometimes the boredom) that accompany bringing a child into the world.
Then, on the flip side, for parents who have been there more than a couple of times might be tempted to be too blase about the whole thing. Let their guard down, if you will.
One father-to-be, though, learned the hard way that your partner is not going to take kindly to you literally dancing through her pain.
Kareem Antar is 27-years-old and just became a father for the first time. When his wife, Krystle, went into labor, he could hardly contain his excitement at the knowledge he would soon meet his baby boy.
So excited, in fact, that he decided to post a TikTok video of him dancing in the hospital.
In Krystle’s delivery room.
While she had contractions in the background.
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There’s not much dads can do during this time, but be supportive. Baby and I are so blessed to have such an amazing supportive father who can shed light on any situation and that’s why we love him so much. This is an iconic moment filled with love and unity, especially during these troubling times due to the pandemic ❤️👶🏻🍼😊#babyboy#staypositive#family#love
“I was completely shocked that he had the audacity to make a TikTok during my contractions,” she told Buzzfeed. “But that’s typical Kareem, he is just a lovable and goofy guy.”
She said that though she was annoyed at the moment (and honestly, anything and everything can annoy a laboring woman, so no way was Kareem making it out unscathed no matter what), Krystle ended up feeling “happy that the baby gets to see who his dad really is. And that Kareem has one funny character and can make light of any given situation.”
The rest of Krystle’s labor and delivery went smoothly, and the couple and their healthy baby boy are now home (like the rest of us), embarking on the lovely transition to a family of three.
I hope they’re able to keep their good dispositions, forgiving attitudes, and senses of humor once they realize that little bundle isn’t sleeping through the night any time soon – or when he turns three and starts rolling his eyes like he’s fourteen.
It’s rough, but like the rest of us, I’m sure they’ll make it through.