In this episode of The Lab, we gather a few dads and ask them the following question - When did it hit you that you were going to be a dad? These fathers share their stories and tell us when they realized fatherhood was upon them. We'd love to hea...
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Realizing and Experiencing Fatherhood Dad #1: You could argue that I'm still in denial today. I mean the fact that I have to take my kid out of the room when I'm playing Call of Duty because I don't want him to see people get blown up. Why is daddy blowing up the bus? It's a school bus. No, it's not a school bus. Daddy Clay: Today, we head out of The Lab and on to the street to talk to some real dads. Today we're going to ask them the question. When did it really hit you that you were going to be a dad? Dad #2: When it really shifted for me was when they brought Riley out, my son. And here comes this purple little ugly thing covered in what looked like cottage cheese and they put it right on Kim's belly. And I looked at that and I thought that is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life. Everything from here on out I'm responsible for. You're seeing your wife. You're seeing you baby. And it's like, Man, so the whole world goes whoop. Dad #3: It hasn't sunk in yet. I wake up every day thinking this guy's parents are going to come pick him up and I don't have to babysit anymore. I don't know if I'm qualified. So it hasn't sunk in that -- yeah, he's really mine. Daddy Clay: You didn't get the certification test? Dad #3: Is there one? Daddy Clay: Paperwork, didn't it come through to authorize you to be a dad? Dad #3: No. No paperwork. Is there a test online? Daddy Clay: I am going to have to take the baby. I'm sorry. Dad #4: We were at dinner like two nights before the scheduled birth of our child. So my wife has a complete meltdown. Completely freaks out and is doing all this. What happens if this? What happens if I'm a terrible mother? What happens if I don't know what to do? And so I basically had to talk her down off the ledge. And it was during that that I was like, Oh I'm going to have to be responsible now. And I'm going to have to say things to help people. And that's when I think I first really realized that I was going to be a dad and that it wasn't just going to be changing diapers. I was going to have to be a better man. Dad #5: It sunk in, not when she was born, but when they handed her to me because it wasn't expected. It was all this birth thing was going to happen. And I was filming it. And then they're going to weigh the child. And then they're going to show the child to the mother. And then what, they didn't tell me they were actually going to hand the baby to me. And what I'm going to carry here to the nursery. And so it was probably that's when I realized you're on. Dad #1: You know, I had a very good budget set aside for games like Xbox and things like that. That got replaced with diapers and formula and little warming contraptions. Daddy Clay: So you're saying it sunk in that you were going to be a father when you couldn't get an Xbox and you had to buy diapers instead? Dad #1: Well on my free time like I would be spending all this time blowing up bad guys and instead I'm washing something in the sink with soap with my hands because it can't go in the dishwasher. Daddy Clay: And that's when it hit you? Dad #1: Yes, the things had changed rather significantly. Daddy Clay: Thanks to all the great dads that shared their thoughts with us today. We'd like to hear from you. So go to DadLabs.com and tell us your story. When did it finally hit you that you were going to be a dad? Thanks also to our sponsors, BabyBjorn. As always, Oexo-Tek certified, safe for our baby, BabyBjorn.

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