You see him in the supermarket, shlepping the baby and diaper bag and usually pushing the cart as well. You see him in the doctors office holding his baby close by his side. You see him on the couch sleeping with his baby on his chest and you see him at the table trying to coax his baby into eating what appears to be mush and showing his child that it is indeed "yummy". He is the new dad!
I know as a new mom that nothing no matter how many books you read, how many shows you watch and how many people you talk to, prepares you for motherhood. I know even less books, shows and people prepare a guy for fatherhood. Dads in fact tend to get a bad rap. Which is very unfair to the countless wonderful dads that are in the world. Especially to new dads.
Many new dads even do the skin to skin contact with their newborns. They take off their shirts and let baby in their diaper cuddle on their chest for hours on end. They fall in love with their baby the moment they see them and they are glued to them everyday. Many new dads work countless hours to make ends meet and still find energy at the end of the day to bathe and rock their baby to sleep. New dads are what make a man, a man. They are amazing and they will grow into even more amazing fathers.
He has been in charge of feeding Xavier at the table. Since I did the breastfeeding I thought that was fair. He feeds Xavier while feeding himself at all our meals. He shares what is on his plate with Xavier and a couple times even lost a lot of his meal to Xavier. He even will chew food before giving it to Xavier so Xavier can taste it. Nick has never missed one of Xavier's doctors appointments. He is always home as much as he can be when Xavier is sick. Nick is an amazing new dad and is going to be an amazing father.
Xavier and I are truly blessed to have such a wonderful man in our lives. My wish would be that every boy have a father as great as Nick because this world would be such a wonderful place full of happy and loved little boys!
Happy Father's Day (a few days early) to my wonderful husband, and father to our son, Nick! I love you!