X-Factor judge and creator Simon Cowell is 53 and British, so I'm not too surprised to hear he'll be an old-school dad. He's already said he'll be strict and he has no plans of passing down his millions of dollars as inheritance to his soon-to-be-son, in order for his mini-me to grow up to have a strong work ethic.
But after seeing how in love Simon is with pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman (every time they're in the press it's PDA overload!), I was flabbergasted to hear reports that Simon has no intentions of being there for the birth of his baby boy. I was actually mad for his girlfriend! Well, on further inspection, that's not exactly what Simon said. He will be there for the birth, just not staring at the main attraction.
While on pal Ryan Seacrest's radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, when Ryan questioned whether Simon would be watching things up close and personal during the big occasion, Simon replied: "Are you out of your mind? I know this sounds awful, but it's like you don't want to go in to the restaurant while they're making your dinner. I think there are certain things you shouldn't see and that is one of them. I'll be very close by, but no [I won't watch.]"
Sure, back in the day it was common for men to wait in the hospital lobby, be down the street at a bar, or in England even off playing polo (like Prince Charles) or squash (like Prince Philip) while their children were being born. But it's 2013, Simon, so I'm glad you're stepping up and being present!
Take a tip from Nick Lachey, who called the birth of his son Camden "surreal, and one of the coolest things to ever see in your life," and just watch your baby's birth from the waist up. Neither my husband nor I were really keen on him being front row for our son's birth. My husband is squeamish when it comes to blood, and I wasn't sure if he would ever revisit my lady parts if he saw how stretched and contorted they got while delivering our baby. So we were both happy to have him standing behind me, holding my hand in between labor pushes.
I can't imagine getting through labor without my guy by my side. He helped calm me when I needed it, cracked jokes when the contractions were tense, and made a motivational mix of my favorite dance songs for the pushing. The way I see it, your baby's birth is the first united front you can present as a mom and dad, and so I'm glad Simon's refusing to miss it.
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