When I was a new mom, I needed all the help I could get. While the majority of my time and energy were going toward my new baby, the fact remains that becoming a mother can be a major adjustment, too. Despite, the fact that we have roughly forty weeks to prepare, plus any time you spend considering parenthood prior to pregnancy, it can still feel like your world has been turned upside down.
Personally, I’m the youngest in my family and didn’t spend much time babysitting or, you know, hanging out with babies. That is, not until my own came along. I mean, my friends had babies and I held said babies occasionally, but it was the hospital nurses who showed my partner and I how to change a diaper. OK, technically, they showed my partner while I lied in the bed and watched from a distance, and then my partner showed me later (when I wasn't so freakin' exhausted). This was the first of countless ways that my grown-ass man of a partner came to the rescue and helped me adjust to motherhood. The fact that he also wasn’t a mess of hormones who’d just been through labor and delivery proved to be pretty convenient, too, since his transition to parenthood didn’t overlap with recovery from either of those things.
Because the non-pregnant, non-laboring partner has ever-so-slightly more energy (and isn't incredibly sore post-birth), they've in a unique position to help a mom adjust to parenthood. So, having said that, here's what you can expect a grown-ass man to do when his partner becomes a mother for the first time: