The days and weeks leading up to your wife’s due date can be a very stressful time for expecting fathers. While you’re running around like a maniac getting last minute items and assembling different equipment, the mom-to-be is probably propped on a couch overheated, hungry, tired, and pissed off at you for something. She needs proper tending and you need to get things in order – a tough balance.
As you’re running down your checklists, be sure to add one very important line item – buy your wife a “Push Present.”
What’s a Push Present?
Perhaps some might think of this as a vulgar phrase, but a “Push Present” is the nickname given to the almost-mandatory gift that a husband should buy for his wife to, in essence, “reward” her for battling through the pains of childbirth.
Now, I use terms like “reward” lightly, because I don’t want it to come across that a push present trivializes the labor process for women or in some way eradicates the hours of pain and lasting physical effects.
Instead, let’s think of the phrase and the gift as a positive reinforcement of a woman’s elevated role on earth and the extreme honor bestowed upon her to brining a new life into the world. (Note to soon-to-be Dad reading this post: write down that last sentence to score some extra points on delivery day)
Why is a Push Present important?
The first 24 to 48 hours after your wife gives birth, a wide range of emotions will be flying through the air. One minute you’re in a euphoric state, the next you’re in a panic about being a parent, the next you’re close to arguing with your wife about properly supporting the baby’s head.
During all of this, it’s important to remember that your wife, and more specifically, her body, just went through one of the most anatomically traumatic exercises known in the human race. Top this with her crazy spiking hormones and the emotional implications of birth, chances are that you will need to step up your game and be extra supportive.
Besides not being an ass, showing extra care for the newborn, and tending to your wifes every request, the presentation of a “push present” will add that extra comfort your wife will love. Plus, it makes you look like a freakin’ prince.
Choosing a Push Present
Typically, the easiest path for picking a push present is in the jewelry category. Even if your wife is not big into jewelry (as is mine), this can still be the right direction.
Since I was working a full-time job and prepping the house for go-day, I decided that finding a nice necklace online was the quickest and easiest approach for buying a push present. I chose to go with Blue Nile (www.bluenile.com), as their prices and selection seemed to fit my wallet and needs.
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