ladies v dudes: new parent support

Lady Support

Woman 1: So how are you doing?
Woman 2: I'm... you know, I'm actually doing really well.
Woman 1: Really?
Woman 2: Yeah, I think going into this I was feeling a lot of anxiety about the unknown, you know, who is this child going to be, and will I be able to tackle the increased responsibility, and the overwhelming emotional investment--
Woman 1: I completely understand. That sounds incredibly daunting.
Woman 2: It was! It really was.
Woman 1: But you're not feeling like that now?
Woman 2: Well, I don't know. I mean, I'm just exhausted. I don't think I've ever been so physically drained, so emotionally... what's the word I'm looking for?
Woman 1: Hmmm... just... totally... (makes a wringing-out gesture.)
Woman 2: YES. Like that. But at the same time, I'm just amazed at this little creature. She's just... I never knew how quickly and how completely I could love someone.
Woman 1: That's such a courageous way to become a mother. I'm so proud of you.

Dude Support

Man 1: I heard you had a kid.
Man 2: Yep.
Man 1: Boy or girl?
Man 2: Girl.
Man 1: Hope she looks like her mother, you ugly bastard.
Man 2: Ha.
Man 1: You look like shit by the way.
Man 2: I'm tired.


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