Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Day He Became a Daddy

I am thrilled that Rachael of The Growing Tree asked me to co-host this week.
Her weekly linkup "My Husband Rocks" is a great way to show off the wonderful men in our lives.

Today I am sharing a little bit about the day my better half became a daddy.

First, a little history.
We met when I was 16 & he was 18.  And to make a long story short, we've been together ever since that wonderful night.

We always knew we wanted kids.  But we weren't in any rush.
Marriage wasn't necessarily a big thing for us, so we didn't really rush into any of that.
BUT on Thanksgiving Day in 2004, we were having dinner with my family.  My cousin was there with her baby, a darling little girl named Rowan... and we were smitten with her.  She was the cutest thing ever.

When we got home, we looked at each other and we knew we were ready.
We wanted a baby.

Let's just say, it went very smoothly from there on out.  It, luckily, didn't take us long to get pregnant.
My man was over the moon.  He was so excited throughout the pregnancy.  He was the one who suggested the name "Memphis." And it was perfect, because at our 20 week ultrasound, we found out we were having a boy!

My husband didn't know his own father because he passed away when my husband was just a baby.
Becoming a father was a HUGE deal to him. Not something that "happened"... but something that was planned & wanted & our child was already so loved by him.

Near the end of the pregnancy, my husband called me at least half a dozen times a day to make sure everything was okay.  "Anything happening yet?" he asked...  Nope.  Our little guy was in NO RUSH.

The Friday of Thanksgiving weekend 2005 (exactly a year after we decided to start our family), my water broke.  First thing in the morning.  My husband was in shock.  He ran around the house for a while like a chicken with his head cut off... lol.  It something we laughed about to this day.  Even though our son was a week overdue, and we'd been waiting & preparing for this day... Nothing could have really prepared us for that moment.

My labor lasted the entire day and he was right by my side the entire time.  He was so wonderful.
It was a difficult enough labor so a lot of it is very hazy to me... but I remember looking over at my husband holding our baby for the first time.  He had the hugest smile on his face... he just looked at me and said ''It's Memphis.  He's here.''

He changed all those dirty diapers for the first week and took really good care of me.  It took me a few weeks to really bounce back from the labor and my husband was there for me & Memphis.  His love for both of us was unconditional & magical.  We were finally a family.

(these photos aren't the best quality... apparently whoever was taking the picture wasn't familiar with their camera settings.)

Since that day, we also welcomed our little Ruby.  That day was much less stressful for the both of us... and he was over the moon to have a little girl who would call him Daddy.

He's a very proud papa.  And we love him very much.

I hope you'll join us today and celebrate the day your partner became a daddy!

The Growing Tree

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  1. That's such a wonderful story. I also love looking at pictures of the hubby with his little princesses. Watching our men become daddies is definitely a memory we never forget!

  2. The love on his face brings me to tears! So sweet and loving! I can't wait to give my husband the son he has always wanted =) It will be interesting to see how or if he reacts differently than he did to Natalie!

    Thanks for co-hosting with me Lena! You are always a pleasure to share the computer screen with!

    Sending you sunshine,

  3. Geez, sorry my picture taken isn't up to par with yours... Geez

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