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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?
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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.
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.
*Did* you have a baby? If so, congratulations :)
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.
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.
Dyske still hasn't mentioned if he really is "...a father of a newborn...." LOL
Yes, thank you. My wife did have a baby.
Excellent. Hooray :) Best wishes to all of you.
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!!
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