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As a father of a newborn, do I say:
1. We had a baby.
2. I had a baby.
3. My wife had a baby.
Which one is it?
1 and 3 are fine. 2 is likely to raise a smile, since it is not commonly used, and implies you personally have given birth to a child -- it will still be generally understood, however.
March 9, 2005, 4:53pm
I'd like to point out the utterly obvious, which is that your usage depends on context. You can easily see which to use in the following sentences:
____ had a baby, and we're both tired from getting up all night.
____ had a baby, and her obstetrician made her stay one extra day in the hospital.
____ had a baby, but now I have a teenager.
March 10, 2005, 8:16am
*Did* you have a baby? If so, congratulations :)
March 10, 2005, 8:18am
The first and the Second one sound good to go...:)
The meaning implied in the first is that you and your wife have a new addition in the family.
The second makes it explicitly clear that your wife has had a baby.
March 22, 2005, 1:43pm
When Mary had a little lamb the doctors were surprised. But when Old MacDonald had a farm the doctors almost died.
1. The idea of using "we" is, I'll bet, a more recent form used to be more iclusive of the father, or at least share the blame ;-)
Works if both parents are present but sounds a bit odd if the father (alone) is speaking to someone; then 3 works better.
2. Works if you're the mother.
3. Works if you're the father.
April 8, 2005, 11:44pm
Dyske still hasn't mentioned if he really is "...a father of a newborn...." LOL
April 13, 2005, 1:52pm
Yes, thank you. My wife did have a baby.
April 14, 2005, 9:35am
Excellent. Hooray :) Best wishes to all of you.
April 14, 2005, 11:46am
Why not say "My wife and I had a baby" or "I became (or have become) a father"? I've actually heard these versions more often than those you mention, dyske. Anyway, congratulations!!
April 16, 2005, 10:52pm
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