Unplanned pregnancies can put a lot of stress on both of the parents-to-be, especially if they're not sure they want kids in the first place.
But just imagine how it would feel to realize you have a son or daughter without any prior notice to their arrival. That's how one man's life changed about six months ago when his girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy neither of them even knew existed. While Imgur user SilentScreamsX admits he never planned on becoming a dad, he couldn't be happier with his new little bundle of joy.
SilentScreamsX's girlfriend had been on the pill when she conceived. She must have suspected the life growing inside of her, though, because she did take more than one pregnancy test -- all of which came back negative.
Her belly had also been swollen, but doctors chalked it up to the gastritis she'd been dealing with at the time.
They were proven wrong when little Harry was born face-first into a toilet in the middle of the night. Because he'd never considered parenthood, SilentScreamsX seriously entertained the idea of not sticking around, but now he's really glad he did.
"Turns out that little Harry is pretty damn awesome. He barely ever cries. He's the happiest baby I've ever encountered and sleeps for 9-10 hours a night and wakes up smiling afterwards," he said. "He's also cute as hell, which is the first time I've ever thought that about a baby. I wake up some mornings in disbelief that I'm actually a dad. Then I look in his crib and he looks back and gives me a big smile and I'm in love all over again."
He was also pleasantly surprised by his dog Thor's gentle and protective reaction to Harry. "He plants himself firmly between Harry and the guests, facing our guests. He doesn't growl or threaten in any way. He just lays down and makes it clear that he's the barrier between the two parties," he said.
Despite his reservations about having children, things turned out amazingly well for this new dad and were made even sweeter when he received a call from his mom asking him to visit her. When he arrived at her house, she and his stepdad handed him a set of keys to his very own home!