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Thanks for making me a dad. It is the “job” I am most grateful in the world to have. And I only have it because of you, so #ThanksBaby!
You were born at the end of May, so we got to celebrate our first Father’s Day within a few weeks. That first Father’s Day will always be the happiest Father’s Day of my life.
Did you know you were our miracle? You have two dads, so the most affordable option for us to become dads was to try to adopt a baby. We worked for years to get everything in order so that you could come to a home ready for you! The very first thing you taught me was that no mountain was too big to climb: I thought the adoption process would be an insurmountable challenge, and yet, one step at a time, you came into our lives.
I know my job is to teach you everything. The biggest reason for teaching you is so that you can survive without me. I never want to be apart from you, ever, but I know that is not practical, and I know I want you to have the best life possible. Therefore, please know that everything I do, is designed to give you the skills to survive to the best of your ability without me. I can’t do your laundry for you forever after all!
And as a dad, I am thankful for all you have taught me! I did not realize that was part of parenting, that the child would teach the parent. You taught me to be humble and to learn to forgive. You taught me that I am no longer number one. Wow, that was a hard lesson to learn. We have a wonderful and large family, and I do not always see eye to eye with everyone. And it no longer matters. You matter. My disagreements with your Aunts, Uncles, and maybe Grandparents become unimportant because all that matters is that their love be in your life as much as possible. You taught me to forgive others, and also to forgive myself. I am still in shock that at my advanced age I am still learning!
You taught me that my love for my child was a stronger love than I could ever feel before. You taught me that I am stronger and tougher than I had imagined. I found out I would go to the ends of the Earth for you. And you taught me that worrying about the small stuff was no longer necessary!
You showed me how smart you could be, at the Zoo, when you explained everything in the bug exhibit. I almost cried with pride and happiness. Now you are 14 and I find that I am still learning how you can pull at my heart strings, like when you performed in the middle school play this year and I started to cry because I am so proud of you.
Lastly, dear son, every day is like Father’s Day because I have you. Here’s to hoping that we keep teaching each other life’s valuable lessons for many more years to come!
Love, daddy Mitch
I was inspired to share this in celebration of Father’s Day, and courtesy of Pampers:
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.
Pampers is helping Dads, on Father’s Day, and throughout the year, to remember that our babies made us dads, and gave us these new and special feelings to enjoy forever! As a dad, we get to embrace our new role in life, and be the best role models for our children! Thank-you Pampers for recognizing dads, for appreciating all the things that we do, big and small, for our kids, to help them to have the greatest life possible.
Here is the #ThanksBaby video Pampers has released. It wonderfully captures the amazing relationship that is created by the birth of your baby, and signals that the joyous journey of fatherhood has begun:
For more than 50 years, moms and dads have trusted Pampers to care for their babies’ happy, healthy development. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage. Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.
Please join Pampers and I by tweeting why you are most thankful for your baby with the hashtag #ThanksBaby!
Lastly, I have always, and will continue to tell my son that no matter how big he gets, he will always be my baby. And he did get big, he is now taller than both of his dads: