Caring for a baby is a huge responsibility, so the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" could not be more accurate. When it comes to parenting, literally, the more hands on deck the better. However, at some point you're going to be left alone with your baby, and it's scary. In fact, when I asked dads to describe the first time they were alone with their babies, I realized their experiences and worries sound very similar to the things moms think when they are left alone with their babies for the first time, too. In other words, no one is immune to the overwhelming fear that befalls you when you look around the room and realize you're the only one there to take care of your little one. Gulp.
When babies are very small and new, I have a feeling dads sometimes feel a bit left out. There is a very real, very valid, and very biological need for an infant to be close to its mother, especially after birth. Of course, if a mom decides and is able to breastfeed, baby is going to spend the majority of the time skin-to-skin with mom in the name of food, too. In other words, it's easy to see how dads might feel like the "third wheel" when it comes to this whole parenting thing.
However, as mentioned previously, eventually the other shoe will drop and dad will be left alone with baby, too. This is how these dads when that day finally arrived: