Have you ever tried to put huge emotions in to words? I mean, I must have started writing this twenty times but ended up erasing it because I can’t find the words that capture this moment:
That was the moment. The exact moment when I became officially a Father. Of course we had been preparing for nine months. I had seen the ultrasounds. I had read book after book after book. But this is the moment that it became REAL.
The look on my face is one of joy. And panic. And happiness. And terror. And a flood of every other overwhelming emotion that you can feel all balled up into one moment. I mean, he was so perfect. SO PERFECT! I wondered how in the world I was going to manage not to totally screw this little man up.
Then I held him.
Suddenly I knew that my LOVE was enough. I didn’t know in that moment how hard it was going to be, but I did suddenly realize that, hey, I am his Dad and I am going to rock at this.
Two more times after him I had those moments. This time with my little girls.
The moments waiting for your newborn to cry never get less emotional. The relief when they finally let loose is always so amazing. And then you get to kiss and hold and love and just be totally changed in one moment.
That is one of the reasons I love working with Pampers on Father’s Day.
It gives me a chance as a dad to say to my kids #ThanksBaby. Thanks for taking me on this amazing ride of Fatherhood. You all totally changed my life. And I am so lucky that you are mine.
Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pampers for this promotion.