Watching my DH crawling around the floor pretending to be a tiger for 15 month old DS, I started thinking about what has surprised me about DH since he became a parent:
1. A new social butterfly. I am the main breadwinner and so DH is a SAHD. We live in Singapore where SAHDs are very rare. Mothers' groups (both local and expat) refused to let him join in (they also refused to let my mum take DS along as she is too old apparently!) and some women blank him or are downright rude to him at playgrounds etc. He is naturally shy so I worried that DS would lose out on meeting other kids but DH has suddenly become a social butterfly. He just keeps on being friendly and chatting to everyone and DS is now a very friendly soul too. Completely surprised me.
2. New priorities. When I first found out I was pregnant, I had to switch to a lower paid but more mother friendly job. In spite of this, DH kept going on and on about some new fancy wheels he wanted for our car. He never stopped talking about them. I began to get really worried that he just didn't get that our priorities were going to have to change and spending money on wheels just because they looked nice was not an option! Silly things like this carried on throughout pregnancy but then as soon as Bub was born it all stopped. His priorities changed and he never hassles me about stuff that he knows we would struggle to afford.
3. His natural parenting ability. Ok, so he's not super nanny and is terrible at getting DS down for naps. He also lets DS do things that would make most Mum's shiver but he'd barely held a baby before DS. I had to go back to work when DS was only 3 months old and DH has completely risen to the challenge. He can change a nappy in seconds, cooks home-cooked meals every day, plays for hours with DS and never leaves the house without a perfectly equipped man bag.
So what has surprised you about your DH or bub's father since he became a parent?