Why I Was Grateful to Be a Loving Dad for the First Time

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Becoming a Dad was a huge deal for me so, when I learned Pampers® and Life of Dad were looking to partner with Dads and hear about what we are thankful for, I was happy to do it.


For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a Dad. And when the perfect woman came along, I was excited about our life and all the possibilities ahead. A few years after getting married we decided to share this life with a new baby human. This was life changing and life affirming all in one magical moment, the birth of our daughter. Sure, we had some challenges before delivery and after but, my wife and I tag teamed the effort with help from our doula and my Mother In Law. 


One of the things that I recall most vividly, more than 10 years ago, is bringing my newborn home from the hospital. It was a cold January morning. The weather was about 40 degrees when we left the hospital with strong wind gusts. The kind of morning where your breath just hangs in the air like a low hanging cloud and doesn’t move until the wind whips it along. I got the SUV warmed up, then cranked up the heat to about sauna level, and brought the vehicle up to the front door to pick up Mom and baby. We then hurriedly put the kid in the car seat for the ride home not unlike how the President might be ushered to safety by the Secret Service in an emergency. 

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Suddenly, responsible for another life, I instantly became an insanely careful and cautious driver. Quick stops at stop lights and aggressive passing were a thing of the past.  Isn’t that what you were supposed to do? At least I thought so.


And every chance I got, I looked at her. This miracle. She was amazing and she was a part of our family.

I was a Dad, now.


The tenacity she showed then, is still evident today.

And I was most thankful for the chance to raise a child, be there each day, participate in her growth and show her my love for her in any way possible.


As a Dad, what are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments, below. Or, Tweet it As a dad I am thankful for... #thanksbaby Click To Tweet


Happy Father’s Day from 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. On Father’s Day and every day, Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making dad feel exceptionally special and empowering him to discover new roles in life through fatherhood. Pampers honors dads for just being dads and thanks them for all the amazing things, big and small, they do to help little ones have a better, loving, more fulfilling life.

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2 Responses

  1. She is so beautiful! Wonderful post! I wish you the best in parenting! (It might get a little more difficult, but you can do it!) Happy Father’s Day!

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