The Time I Ran Away From My Pregnant Wife

Sometimes running away proves you'll never, ever leave.

It was a quarter after ten. Caroline was already out like a light though I was anything but, tossing and turning by the dim glow of the TV. Not even ESPN could lull me to sleep, my mind racing with a mix of anxiety and guilt. I was anxious because I wasn’t really excited about doing it alone. That certainly hadn’t been the plan. But four hours earlier my friend had unexpectedly bailed on me. And it was too late to turn back.

The guilt was because I didn’t feel good about leaving her, a thought that accompanied me as I shuffled my bare feet across the cold hardwood planks to the kitchen and checked the list again. Yep. Four different telephone numbers and as much detail as I could possibly provide. I crawled back into bed and held her tighter than normal. Not too tight, of course. Not at 20 weeks.

My tossing and turning would continue, and at four in the morning, she stirred for the first time all night. “Do you have to go?” she asked while tracing a line on my hand with her index finger until it stopped on my wedding band.

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://www.fertibella.com/get-pregnant/how-can-i-get-pregnant how can i get pregnant

    Your wife is pregnant, she is HORMONAL AS HELL. She may seem irratiomal to you at times; she will be emotional and irritiable and affectionate, all at different or at the same time. SHE NEEDS YOU NOW LIKE NEVER BEFORE. Yes, you made a mistake, you are human. BUt is this a reason to run out on your family, your wife who is depending on you and your unborn child? You are bringing this baby into the world; be a dad. Be someone he can be proud of. I can tell you care, so step up and realize that it’s going to be a roller coaster ride but you will have some of the most rewarding and memorable moments of your life from this experience. THINK ABOUT IT!!!!! THEY NEED YOU! I wish you many years of happiness with this family.

    • Anonymous

      @how can i get pregnant — UM, did you ever READ my post? i was gone for like 11 hours. 1 or 2 more than a normal work day. Oh, by the way, I went on a work day. And what mistake did i make?

      listen, i’m fired up you came by. but do us both a favor, okay? before your leave comments riddled with poor grammar and factual inaccuracies, please read more than the title.

      one more piece of friendly advice — save your roller-coaster-ride metaphors for a guy who doesn’t have toddler triplets, okay?

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