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A father’s love

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:00 am

Our daughter sure has my husband wrapped around her little finger. From the moment he first held her in the delivery room, I could see he’d never loved anything quite as much as he loved her in that instant. The way he gazed in amazement at the life we created filled my heart.

There is something magnificent that happens when a man becomes a father. It brought all of my husband’s deepest hopes, dreams and fears into a whole new light.

Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to witness the bond between father and daughter continue to grow even stronger. In the beginning, he endured many sleepless nights and early morning feedings, and changed lots of dirty diapers, too. As he was learning to have greater patience and understanding, she was learning to trust and rely on her daddy.  

There are new challenges that come with the toddler stage, like finding both her shoes, keeping her out of the kitchen cabinets, and persuading her to eat something besides her beloved Mac n’ Cheese. In addition to her seemingly endless energy, lately she’s really been testing the limits by telling us “no.”

Raising her has brought so much joy to our lives. From those very first steps, to teaching her how to eat with a fork, he’s been there all along to guide her.

They are like two peas in a pod, sharing the same mannerisms when they’re tired, and finding the same humor in teasing our three dogs. Not to mention that she must have gotten her stunning blue eyes from him. No doubt she will grow up to be daddy’s little fishing buddy.

He often worries that he’s not doing it right, or that he’s not good enough. I know that’s not true, because I get to see how much he cherishes her every day. I can see how much she absolutely adores him, too. When he comes home, she always runs to him for a big hug. There’s no other person who could ever take her daddy’s place.

I’ve gained a new-found respect and appreciation for fathers after watching my husband become one. I see how much of the weight lies on his shoulders to keep our family safe, secure and happy. I see the sacrifices made to give our daughter the best possible childhood and future.

This Father’s Day, I hope my husband knows he is appreciated and that he can do no wrong in his daughter’s eyes. There is no-one else I can see sharing these moments with. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and especially to the best dad our daughter could have.

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