My husband and I are high school sweethearts and we’ve spent a lot of years building our life together. As with any marriage, there are a few defining moments in our relationship. You know, those moments that are burned into your memory – those moments that make you start to tear up a little when you think about them because they are filled with so much love and hope. Moments like walking back down the aisle, hand in hand, after becoming husband and wife. When you put the keys in the lock and opened the door to your first home together – and for me, that image of my husband holding each of our children for the very first time.
It’s safe to say I know a lot about him. I know everything from what he likes on his pizza to his dreams and goals in life. I’ve always known he would be a great father one day, but I really wasn’t ready for the moment it happened. It completely transformed how I saw him. He was no longer just the man I love, he became the father of my children AND the love of my life.
Our life together has been filled with so many memories but nothing can compare to how fatherhood has changed my husband. Not once have I ever seen him as excited as he was the day he opened that box filled with the “World’s Greatest Dad” onesie, when he found out he would be a Dad. No amount of happiness can equal that of the moment in the hospital when they handed us our son and he spoke the words “It’s a boy!” He’s never been as surprised as the night we opened the envelope revealing that we’d be adding a baby girl to our family. I’ve never seen him as proud as the day our son took his first steps and again when our daughter did the same. I can’t compare any smile I’ve ever seen on his face to the smile he gets daily as he walks in the door and the kids stop what they are doing to run and greet him. Nothing can rival the joy I see in his eyes when he gets down on the floor to play with the kids.
I didn’t think it was possible to love him more than that day we said our “I do’s” but alas this is yet another thing that becoming parents has changed for us. Seeing him become an awesome dad is attractive in so many ways – it makes me see him in a whole new light. Watching him love and care for our kids makes my heart skip a beat. I am so glad I get to share my life and this parenting journey with a man that loves being a father.