From the time we found out Tara was pregnant I imagined what it would be like to become a father. I wondered what day he would be born and what he would look like. I prayed that my wife and son would both be healthy and safe more times than I can count. Wondering and worrying is no longer necessary because it’s now official…I’m happy and proud to say that I’m a dad to a healthy baby boy.
Last Sunday Tara started having contractions at 8:15 in the morning. However, our son didn’t want to come into the world quick and easy. Instead, he thought it would be a good idea to have his mom struggle through labor all day and night before he made his official appearance. It wasn’t until 3:15 Monday morning that our son, Sam, decided to come into the world, and when he did, it took my breath away.
I’m a firm believer in miracles and seeing my child born was living proof that miracles do exist. When he showed his face for the first time it truly was the best moment of my life. I couldn’t believe that my wife and I were now parents. The realization that I was now a dad came over me, and it was the best feeling in the world.
I’ve always known my wife is a tough woman, but she handled labor and delivering our son like a champ. In fact, she didn’t even break out in a sweat and I was sweating just standing there not doing anything. That’s a pretty tough lady if you ask me.
After Sam was born I remember looking at him with tears in my eyes and just feeling pure joy and happiness like I had never felt before. Seeing this tiny life we created made me feel a new sense of responsibility and purpose to be the best man, father, and husband that I can possibly be.
After many sleepless nights from staying at the hospital, we finally brought him home on Thursday. We were bit nervous and excited to bring him home for one main reason…he would get to meet his dog sister, Lilly. Tara and I have read up on how to introduce a baby to a family dog, and we understood that it has to be a positive experience for the dog and the baby. Needless to say, our chocolate lab Lilly was great with him. When Lilly saw me holding her brother, she sat down and patiently waited for me to allow her to say hello. She’s still getting used to the crying and waking up at odd hours of the night, but so are we. From time to time she will walk up to him and give him a few kisses when he’s being a little fussy. She is such a great dog.
As we transition over into our new life of becoming parents I can’t help but to be thankful for all of the love and support Tara and I have received from our family and friends. The phone calls, messages, gifts, and kind words that have been sent our way show us how blessed we are to have amazing people in our lives. Most importantly, it shows how blessed our son is to have such amazing people who love and care for him already.
My wife is doing great and so is our son. I love them both so, SO much. God answered many prayers and blessed us with a healthy child. For that, I am so very grateful. I’m so happy and excited to be a father and look forward to watching my little family continue to grow. In my opinion, life doesn’t get any better than this.