In a half hour it will be Father’s Day. While I can’t reveal what plans I’m surprising my husband with tomorrow, I can say that it will likely involve bacon and guns.
Don’t worry, my hubby isn’t going to meet an untimely death because he failed to put the laundry away for the past eight years or can’t spot a bottle of ketchup in the fridge to save his life. Oh no, he’s much too good for me to ever want him to go away. In fact, I’ve been mulling over all the times in our relationship that made my heart swell for him all over again. Call it, my highlight reel. Reliving those moments makes me swoon and bragging about it might even be better.
So, to the awesome father of my children, lover of my quirks, maker of killer pasta sauce, my own personal comedian, and a man whose courage and kindness compel me to love him, here are some of your daddy moments I’ll never forget:
- When you held our firstborn in the operating room and said in a voice quivering with love and relief, “You got your girl!”
- The first few days in the hospital when your 6.5 ft. tall frame snuggled all 6 lbs. of our baby, changed all her diapers, and look worriedly at me as I hunched around with an IV and a sore c-section belly.
- Your reminders to “relax” when I scrunched my shoulders up and stressed about getting the baby to latch.
- The first week we brought the baby home and I broke down and sobbed to you, “I feel like I’m failing,” and you hugged and reassured me.
- How you jiggled our swaddled baby back and forth, back and forth, every night until her eyes closed and she sighed contentedly.
- Your willingness to comply those first few months with my “do not pass go,” run any errands, or schedule any appointments after work, but head straight home and help me request.
- All the times you say to the girls, “let me fix your hair,” and proceed to re-do their ponytails. Where did you learn about ponytails?
- When my mothering energy is exhausted and I drop all the pieces, you pick them up.
- Every time the girls climb, slide and jump on you, their giggles filling the room and their cries for “more Daddy, more!” telling me that, like me, there isn’t enough footage in the world for them to capture all the good times with you.
Happy Father’s Day!