Years ago, we fell in love and had each other all to ourselves. Remember the endless date nights, the late-night movies, going to the gym TOGETHER, sleeping in late? It feels like ages ago, right?
It was easy to cuddle and make time for one another when it was just the two of us. But now, I share you. No longer are you just “husband,” – you’ve also earned that most important title of “dad” to our three beautiful, often crazy, always loud, sometimes tantrum-esque kids.
We have a long parenthood journey ahead, but I thought I’d share the top reasons I love you even more, now that you’re a dad:
- You’ve likely changed more dirty diapers than me. In fact, when baby No. 1 was born, you changed the first diaper because I was afraid I’d mess up. Since those early days, we’ve both come to discover parenthood is messy, but you dive right in – bodily fluids, boogers and all.
- You always volunteer to coach our kids, and you do it with patience and enthusiasm.
- You get teary-eyed when you see our kids succeed. The recitals, the big games, those milestone moments fill you with pride. I see it, and I love it!
- You listen to the Dora the Explorer soundtrack in the minivan almost every day, and you sing along if our daughter asks.
- You get active with our kids. You throw endless wiffle balls, kick the soccer ball, play kitchen.
- You recognize when I’m about to lose it as a mom, and you tag me out to regain my composure and sanity.
- You dive into the homework and patiently walk the kids through worksheets and sentences and flashcards.
- You wake up at an ungodly hour to squeeze in your workouts and get your “me” time before the kids come bounding down the stairs each morning – usually at the equally ungodly hour of 6:15 a.m.
- You play the heavy when needed, putting our kids in place and ensuring they learn the lessons of respect, discipline and hard work.
- And now, you are going to help potty-train kid No. 3! I’m buttering you up here … in case that isn’t obvious. If you can train her, I’ll love you to “infinity and beyond.” And hey, I trained the boys, so I don’t want to deny you of this rewarding opportunity.
Yup, in short, I think you are pretty awesome. I know I can drive you crazy, and we know the kids can make us both crazy, but we are doing OK. So far, so good.
Happy Father’s Day!
Wishing all Dads a great weekend with their kids. It takes two dedicated parents!