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Young couple prepares for the birth of their first child

Megan and Bobby Hart met after college, while preparing to do the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.

Three years ago, they got married. And now they’re on the cusp of yet another adventure.

“We’re gonna have a baby,” Bobby says, in this week’s StoryCorps. “Very soon,” Meg says. “Tomorrow I will be 37-weeks pregnant, so that is considered full-term. The baby could come any time now.”

As if that weren’t enough excitement, they bought their first home a month ago, and Bobby is spending all his time getting it ready.

“I’m hoping that the child doesn’t come for maybe another four weeks,” Bobby says, “to allow us to really do all the work that needs to be done on the house…I mean I love this person who’s coming into the world but I don’t want them to come just yet. I want a solid four more weeks if I can get it. Three would be acceptable. Please no sooner than two.”

“What makes you think we are ready to be parents?” he asks.

“I don’t know if we’re ready,” Megan says.

“I think we are ready enough because there’s a lot of love in our house so I think there’s plenty of room for a new person to come into it and be loved and supported. And I think we’ve also traveled, we’ve gone to school. We’ve kind of settled down and I think we’re ready to bring somebody else into our lives now.”

“We’re not woefully underprepared,” Bobby says, “but how do you know if you’re really ready for this new experience that you’ve never had? I’ve never even really babysat. So this is really something that it’s tough to say that I’m absolutely prepared for.”

“What are you most looking forward to with this child coming into our lives?” Meg wants to know.

“Oh, gosh! This is the person I get to hopefully teach the lessons that I think are really important. And maybe expand and move those things. I’m excited to be able to have a relationship similar to the one that my father and mother have with me. All those sorts of cultural things you take from your parents. I’m looking to be on the other side of that equation. And share those with a son or daughter. What about you?”

“I’m looking forward to that relationship,” Meg says. “You know I love you very much. But the way that our parents love us, I’m excited to experience that love for somebody that is uncontrollable and overwhelming. I already feel it a little bit but I can’t wait to meet the person.”

“We hope we do a good job,” Bobby adds.

“I’m confident we can do it,” Meg says.

“I am too.”

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