Thankful for the Journey of Fatherhood
They say that hindsight is 20/20 and when it comes to fatherhood I’d have to agree. Whether you’re twenty or forty, the news that you’re going to be a dad hits fast and hard. I became a father almost ten years ago when our first son, Joshua was born. Fast forward to present day and I am proud to call myself the father of three beautiful, adventurous and wild children. These are the reasons I thank those babies.
Being a young parent…
Life has a way of taking you exactly where you need to be. When I first started dating my wife, she was 19 and I was 21. We had just come out of complex relationships and pretty much committed to taking it slow and seeing where we ended up. Clearly, by slow, we meant that she would conceive our first child on our first date.
I was fresh out of Army training and we’d both moved back home from a college town to try to figure out what would come next. Fast forward nine months and ready or not… we were now parents.
Some people might say that we gave up a portion of our lives where others would normally live wild and crazy, but I am thankful for becoming a parent at a relatively young age.
I’m thankful because becoming a young dad and caring for a baby allowed me to see the world in a different light. Life was no longer about living and partying in a college town. It was no longer about hanging out late with the band or jumping from job to job.
I’m thankful because our first baby inspired me to be a better man, a better father, and a better husband.
A world of innocence…
I’m thankful for babies and for children. Why? Because babies and children allow you to see the world through innocent eyes. Even on your worst day, once you walk through that door and see that brilliant smile pointed in your direction, you start to realize that things aren’t as bad as they seem.
Babies don’t care about religion, race or background. The sound of a rattle or the arrival of a new bath toy is enough to make them happy. I always recall a scene from a popular movie where the dads are sitting and discussing how they wish they could love something as much as children love bubbles.
That sentiment has always been true for me. No matter how many bad things take place in the world I can always be brought back to a happy place by the smile, touch, and laugh of my babies.
Children have a way of bringing out your inner child. They expose the best parts of you and make you strive to be the best dad you can be.
Pampers has released a new #ThanksBaby video that captures the amazing relationship that is created between a dad and his baby when a baby is born and the beautiful journey of fatherhood begins. When a baby is born, a dad is born. This Father’s Day, Pampers celebrates that incredible feeling little ones bring to the hearts of dads through unconditional love. On Father’s Day and every day, Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making dad feel exceptionally special and empowering him to discover new roles in life through fatherhood.
Finishing the puzzle…
They say that when a baby is born, a dad is born. I’m thankful for the puzzle that is fatherhood. Once you become a dad you continue to learn and adapt. As you watch your children grow you give away pieces of you that they adopt and take on as their own. Interestingly enough, they give pieces of themselves back to you as well.
A dad is a piece of art, painstakingly crafted over years. Portions added and removed. Drafts deleted and revised. I’m thankful for babies because they gave me a chance to be complete. I always knew I wanted to be a dad someday, but I never understood just how pivotal that role would be in my life.
So I’d like to say “thank you.” Thank you to my babies. They aren’t really babies anymore, but I’ll always see them that way. They’ll always be my babies and I’ll always be their dad. Thanks for giving me the chance to be exactly who I was meant to be.
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