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What You Need To Know When Paternity Leave Lasts 8 Hours

I heard this quote once that, if you want to make God laugh, all you have to do is tell him your plans.  I feel like this is doubly true when you’re married to a first responder or a member of the military.

I was due with our son on February 26th.  I thought for sure I’d go into labor early, because my mom and sister both had their babies between 37-39 weeks.  By the time February 26th rolled around, I was getting antsy.

Then came March.  People would ask, “When are you due?” I’d grumble back, “Last month.”

One reason I was getting so antsy is that my husband was due to have mandatory firearms training starting on March 9th.  I wanted so badly for him to be able to take some time off with me and the baby, but I also knew he couldn’t miss the training.  It only happened once a year, and if he missed it, because he was in his probationary period, he could risk losing his job.

At the same time, I didn’t feel right about being induced just for convenience.  I wanted our baby to take as much time as he needed.

So, I waited.