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A Push Present Story

Thursday June 20, 2013

When my wife gave birth to our first daughter, I was unaware it was common courtesy to give this wonderful new mom a gift for all the nauseating mornings, uncomfortable afternoons and restless nights she spent as a soon-to-be-mother.  By the time our second daughter arrived, I was prepared to demonstrate my gratitude for her hard work with a shiny new pendant.

"Push presents" have become mainstream.  Even though the practice has been around for years, a gift of jewelry is now considered the ideal way to demonstrate that we dads appreciate the nine months of painful, sleep-deprived child bearing you new mothers undertook.
Though I am sure my wife would have considered our new bundle of joy - and drool - all the payment she needed, I still wanted to surprise her with a piece of jewelry to remind her she's still gorgeous - and to prove I'm not a complete Neanderthal by forgetting this tradition twice!

So upon arrival home from the hospital, I presented this beaming new mom with a necklace I was sure she would love to wear.  After all, we would surely have plenty of company in the coming weeks with friends and family wanting to catch a glimpse of our newborn.  I was also hoping she would also want to wear it for a much needed night out on the town.

Upon seeing the pendant she disappeared into the bedroom without saying anything.  Immediately my mind started racing.  "Did I do something wrong?  She doesn't like it!!"  She reappeared a minute later with a new top that complemented the pendant perfectly.  Smiling ear to ear she said, "Nothing like sparkly, new jewelry to make a girl feel beautiful."  With that reaction from my wife, I can only urge all you new dads to follow suit.

-Nick Doland

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