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    My husband tried to have a nap on the floor of the birthing suite during my labour but there was no way he'd be allowed to go home! He only left the room coz he had a nervous stomach and needed to use the bathroom lol!!

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    people need sleep and deal with exhaustion in different ways.

    If this guys needs an afternoon nap and still takes it when he has guests...there is a good chance that he cannot deal with lack of sleep.

    His wife would know this...and she prob said "yep, go nap as we have hours to go".

    It may also be part of a medical condition.

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    My DF was close to missing DS1' s birth. Got there with 20 mins to spare. He wanted to stay but the hospital forced him to leave then called him back 2 hours later. Idiots!

    He is the type to go off for a nap and be on his own schedule but he would NEVER miss the birth of his kids.

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    My husband is a napper, he falls asleep on the couch every evening at about 6:30 - But when I was in Labour for 68 hours hell inducement - he never once left my side.

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    My DH kept falling asleep in "my" recliner in the hospital while I was in labour. He didn't miss the birth though. He is way too afraid of my family, he would never hear the end of it!

    After DD was born, he went home to grab some things, leaving me with bub. He said "back in 2 hours". Six hours later, after I had had a "where the f#%& is my husband" breakdown, his best mate found him sound asleep in bed. He slept through about 25 phone calls!

    I was pretty p!ssed, I don't begrudge him his sleep, but he left me alone with my in laws. Gar!

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    I guess if his partner was fine with it we all should be too.

    Note: wouldn't be acceptable for me though!

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    My DH got to the hospital just as bub was being pulled out of my tum (crash c-secrion). I was under a general and would have been deviated if he hadn't have been there, not for me but for my LO. One of us should see her come into our world!

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    DD's dad was sick with man-flu when she was born. He was asleep on and off for a lot of the labor, although he stayed with me (we were in a birth centre with a double bed so plenty of room for him). Quite frankly, I wanted him to sleep and get better quickly because he was much more use to us rested and healthy than he was awake but exhausted and sick. He would have been disappointed if he had missed the birth (so would I) but not everyone is like that.

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    Gee I think you are being a bit rough on the poor guy! I can't imagine he did it on purpose, these things do happen! (Good reason to homebirth, by the way )

    Oh and as for his other behaviours, my BIL sounds quite similar, and he has a brain injury from a motorbike accident, we all know about it, and his behaviour doesn't bother us, sometimes he just has to sleep at odd times to reset his brain, and he can get overwhelmed and grumpy, but I imagine he could seem like a jerk to someone not in the know.

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    it doesn't surprise me. Men are pretty dumb. Like actually dumb. My DH slept through most of my labour. If he had his drivers license he may have actually gone home too. He had just come off a nightshift and I went nearly 24 hours before my EMC.

    Like you say he is a nice guy, some people don't care about the same things as us, like being on time, making sure you attend things etc... I am a time keeping nazi and freaks me out being late, my dh, not so much. But noone in his family is like that. You invite them for xmas lunch they turn up three hours later. Or for my sons 3rd bday they turned up at 9pm that night! Um he is in bed!!!!

    So whilst i wouldn't have been happy, if it was something I knew about him I probably would let it go.

    My dh however has been trained not to make a move without my say so lol


 

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