June 14, 2013

A father's love

I remember the day we found out we were having a girl. I was so happy for hubby. He had been eager to have a daughter. I found out over the phone after having had some genetic testing early in my pregnancy.

It was funny, because I had sworn up until that point I did not want to find out the gender of our child. Hubby did; I wanted to be surprised. But after telling me our baby was OK (we had been concerned about Down's Syndrome because of my age), the woman asked if I wanted to know if it was a boy or a girl. And much to my surprise, I found myself blurting out, "YES!"

When I called hubby from my office to tell him both pieces of news, he cried.

I was so excited for him to have the opportunity to enjoy the kind of special relationship with SB I have always had with my father. There's just something about girls and their daddies.

And I liked knowing. We had agreed on a little girl's name with my first pregnancy (which ended in an early miscarriage), so before my first trimester was even over our child had an identity. We called her by her name the entire pregnancy, as we prepared for her arrival. I loved that.

For the record, we had not been able to agree on a boy's name.

As I have admitted, I was intimidated by the fact I was expecting a little girl. But hubby was always comfortable with the idea. And he has been such a great father to SB. He even handles the tough girl stuff with finesse.

I had heard women exclaim how they fell in love with their husbands all over again once they saw them as fathers, and I have definitely experienced that. You see the man you married in a whole new, beautiful light.

It's likely you thought about the qualities your husband has when you choose to marry him and have a child together (if that was how things went for you). But imagining him in that role is very different from seeing him fulfill it. I cherish their special relationship.

I love watching hubby with SB, and I adore capturing the magical moments between them. Last year for Father's Day I had SB come up with a list of reasons her Daddy is great. This year, after a friend posted a video on Facebook about dads that made me cry, I decided to create this video tribute for hubby:


Happy Father's Day to my fabulous husband! We love you, appreciate you, and know how lucky we are to have you in our lives.


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