I had a fantasy pregnancy announcement to my partner, in which I would organize a complicated set of clues and he'd slowly realize we were going to be parents. He would jump up and down with excitement, kiss me, and emphatically explain, "This is the best day of my life!" Turns out, real life is rarely like the illusions we form in our mind. Elation aside, there are some less-than-joyful things dads have said the moment they found out they were going to be fathers. While these reactions aren't necessarily what most would consider to be "ideal," they do reveal the normal worries all us soon-to-be parents experience when we realize our entire life is about to change.
Although my partner and I had been trying to get pregnant for months, the month I realized I was pregnant was the same month my partner and I both had been laid off. In other words, the timing of my pregnancy wasn't great and the announcement itself was stressful. However, after the initial shock wore off my partner and I both calmed down and remembered how much we really wanted a baby, despite our employment status and prospects at the time, and we got busy making a plan.
Just like anything related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood in general, there is no "right way" to respond to the news that your life is going to change with the introduction of another tiny human being. So if anything, the following dads revealing their responses to the news they're going to be fathers is proof reactionary emotions can run the gamut.