How is the Father of Bristol Palin’s Unborn Baby Holding Up?

He’s very excited!

Not surprisingly, Johnston was a little shocked when he learned about Bristol’s pregnancy, but he says he quickly embraced the prospects of fatherhood. The baby is due Dec. 18. Johnston has dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician.

There’s no word on how his future mother-in-law feels about Johnston’s decision to drop out of high school. Last year, she made a point of trying to turn around the high dropout rate in their hometown.

“I’d remind the kids that no matter where they are in life — (maybe) in circumstances that probably aren’t ideal — that there is no circumstance that they’re in that is insurmountable or would necessitate them just giving up,” Palin said.

Johnston said he wasn’t forced to campaign with Palin’s mother. Bristol Palin invited him and Johnston jumped at the chance. It was a whirlwind experience for Johnston, who was seated with the Palins at the Republican National Convention.

“At first, I was nervous,” he said. “Then I was like, ‘Whatever.'”