TERRY Wootton has always been surrounded by children.
Hailing from a large family, Terry said there were always kids kicking around and now that he's older, joy will be found in the pitter patter of little feet of his own.
The 31-year-old builder from Currimundi is not alone, in fact new research from Clearblue has detected the rise of the "broody bloke", with just as many men aged 25-44 wanting to have a baby compared to women of the same age.
"I think that it is good that men are letting their guards down and starting to show their emotional side, we don't do it too often," Terry said.
"Generations are changing and more men are showing their softer side. Nowadays, men don't want to grow old on their own. They want to share life's adventures with that special person."
The national study of more than 1000 men and women found while 67% of women had longings for motherhood, just as many men (66%) admitted to "manternal" instincts.
Instead of thinking about how their social life would be ruined, or how they would lose their independence, almost half of the men surveyed admitted the main reason they didn't have children yet was because they had not found the right partner (41%) or they were worried about the cost of having a baby (36%).
One in four men (27%) say that seeing mums with babies makes them want their own and over a quarter of men asked (27%) say that seeing a mum with her baby makes them think about how happy and fulfilled they look.
Only 10% of men don't notice mums with babies.
For Terry, the manternal instinct kicked in a couple of years ago.
He and his partner Renee had moved back to Australia after living overseas for a few years.
They'd bought a house and started making it a home.
Terry and Renee are now preparing for the arrival of their first baby in March next year.
"Having a family of my own has always been in my future plans," Terry said.
"Growing up in a big family there were always children around. My nephews were a big part of my life when they were little and I loved watching them grow into little men.
"I cannot speak for all men, but for me I reckon it is the best feeling in the world to have your own child on the way and I cannot wait for the arrival of our little girl next year.
"It is a great feeling sharing this with my beautiful partner Renee who wants a family just as much as me.
"I reckon we will make a great team and I know there will be more little rug rats added to our little family in the future."
Clearblue Advisor and University of New South Wales Obstetrics and Gynaecology Professor William Ledger said the stereotype of the "macho Aussie bachelor who is more interested in a pool night with the boys or last-minute weekend trips to Vegas than babies" was a myth.
"This research shows that men are now seeing themselves in a paternal role and becoming a father as an important rite of passage," he said.
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