When he isn't making music and singing in front of large crowds, former "American Idol" contestant Danny Gokey may soon be changing diapers. Recently, Gokey welcomed a new baby boy into his family after his wife, Leyicet Peralta, gave birth on Jan. 20. People magazine reported that Peralta's pregnancy came to an end close to the date that the couple initially tied the knot last year - Jan. 29.
"Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I'm ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with,” Gokey told the magazine. “Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him."
New babies and new dads
Throughout the pregnancy calendar, much of the stress and anticipation over the new baby surrounds the expectant mother. However, expectant fathers have plenty to concern themselves with as well. While they may not be doing the labor, dads need to familiarize themselves with tasks ranging from changing diapers to bottle feeding the new baby. This places an ample amount of responsibility on men who may not be acquainted with nurturing children.
That being said, there's still hope for new dads who areanxious to begin fulfilling the role of father in their families. Psych Central states that in between changing diapers, one way that dads can create bonds with their children is through one-on-one time with their children. This means setting aside time for play dates which can involve anything from reading books together to using toys.
In between creating a lasting bond with the baby and handling parenting responsibilities, there's a big chance for stress as fathers attempt to strike a balance. Loss of sexual activity, sleep and depression are all common among moms and dads as they adjust to being parents, according to the Mayo Clinic. With this in mind, it's important for new fathers to exercise patience to get through the first few months of parenthood. Knowing when to step back, take a breather and relax is also crucial and can help individuals avoid large bouts of stress.
How has your partner handled the responsibility of being a father? Do you have any tricks or tips to helphim when he's stressed? Leave your feedback in the comments section!