A Dad’s Birth Story

Joel Gratcyk (Daddy's Grounded)

Joel Gratcyk is a social media strategist, father, husband, perpetual student and caffeine junkie. He misses sleeping, but loves being a parent more.

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12 Responses

  1. Jonathan says:

    I really enjoyed reading this. It brought back a lot of memories as i also became a dad last spring. Hope you enjoy celebrating your son’s first birthday!

  2. Brooke says:

    I saw your post on scary mommy saying you wrote about your experience and I just had to check it out. Great job daddy, I hope my fiance has a similar experience and emotions as you did when we have children

  3. such an awesome perspective!I will share with my hubbie :)

  4. Sarah says:

    I also saw your comment on Scary Mommy and had to read your story. Absolutely wonderful. You and your wife are adorable. She’s so lucky to have such a loving and supportive partner in life.

  5. Simon H says:

    Amazing story, a lot of parallels to both my kid’s births. Wish I could write as well as you! Brought a tear to my eye!

  6. John VF says:

    Thank you for sharing your birth story. I recently had my first baby, and I was in such awe of the whole experience. I decided to share my birth story too! Please take a read:

  7. Tadashii says:

    Thank you so much for this. I’m an insanely excited and very anxious first-time father to be, and there really aren’t many Dads at birth stories out there. Hats off to you for being with Abigail the whole time. I’m so nervous, I’ll probably want to hide in a box with sleeping pills until someone wakes me up to tell me what happened.

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