Father’s Day Gift Idea

Hi there!  Melissa here.  Sorry for being MIA.  It’s been a busy month of returning to work and trying to find a balance between home and work life.  But more on that later… I have a special treat for you – a guest post from my other half on a Father’s Day gift idea.  But before we get to his post, just let me tell you how lucky I am to have this man as the father to my daughter.  He has been nothing but wonderful.  When I was at the end of my third trimester, we moved into our new home.  He did all the heavy lifting and hustled to prepare the place for us and baby’s arrival.  In the early days, after the birth when I was bedridden due to some tearing, he made sure that baby and I had everything we needed.  He stepped up with the cooking and cleaning and takes care of baby when I need a break.  But aside from all this, more importantly, he is the most loving and caring father and he adores our daughter to pieces.  Needless to say, I wouldn’t be able to do this parenting thing without him.  🙂  — Melissa

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Father’s Day is a day to let my Dad know how much I love and appreciate him.  Then I became a Dad myself, and my perspective changed.  It may sound corny, but I don’t need a special day to be celebrated.  I don’t want gifts to be shown appreciation.  Father’s Day is taking on a new meaning for me now.

My first Father’s Day was a year ago when my daughter was only 2 months old.  I can barely remember anything clearly from that time due mainly to sleep deprivation.  I suppose I was just happy that I was now a Dad.  Fast forward to now.  I have another year under my belt changing diapers, feeding, playing, worrying about, laughing with, and caring for my baby girl.  She has grown and developed so much and is taking on quite a personality.

Having a baby was a choice that my wife and I made.  We chose to take on the responsibility of raising a child.  It’s what we wanted.  We had fears of not being sufficiently prepared, and our friends (who have kids) would tell us that nobody is ever fully prepared to become parents.  They were right.

I always knew that I wanted to have children, but wanted to be financially secure before I did.  I wanted to be able to provide everything my child needed to succeed in life.  What I’ve come to learn in my short time as a Dad is that none of that was really important.  The only thing that was important was the time that I spent with my daughter.  I found that the thing that you can not prepare yourself for before having your first child is the honest joy that you will feel.  I get these moments when my daughter laughs, or leans in to give me a random kiss, or whatever, where I am overjoyed with love.  This is the only gift I want as a father.

So what is the greatest gift you can get for your Dad?  Tell him that you love him.  It’s the only thing that’s important to him.