As you know, we have some crazy times ahead of us. As we near closer to the birth of our second child, we know the kind of wild ride we are in for. It’s going to be a big challenge, but I know we will rise up to it, because you and I make an amazing team, and honestly I feel like I can do anything with you by my side.
The first few weeks after we brought Noah home from the hospital were a blur of hormones, no sleep, and just trying to figure out how to be parents. Your courage, support, and attitude in the delivery room moved me. I felt like I could do anything with you by my side. Your instant love for Noah was magical. You went from the most spontaneous guy who could do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, to the best dad in the world. When that tiny newborn started crying in the hospital you jumped up, cradled him in your arms, and sang to him “Don’t worry, about a thing, because every little thing is gunna be alright.”
You supported me during my struggle with breastfeeding in the beginning. You encouraged me to keep trying, but didn’t force me. You made it to every single doctor appointment during my pregnancy, and every single pediatrician appointment after he was born. You weren’t afraid of swaddling that tiny baby. In fact, you might be the best damn baby swaddler there is. You weren’t afraid of changing his tiny diapers, or clipping his tiny fingernails. You were confident, strong, selfless, and full of love.
You woke up with me (sometimes through one eye) as I breastfed every 2 hours during the night. You would let me know you were awake, so I didn’t feel alone. You helped me through the dreaded “sleep training” & even encouraged me to leave the house while you handled the first couple of nights, because you knew how hard it was for me.
Your dedication to being a good father, and being there for Noah is incredible. You don’t want to just be a nights and weekends dad. You want to be involved in his life, every step of the way, and I hope that Noah reads this someday and knows how lucky he is. When it’s your day at home with Noah you take him out to do fun things, and he always tells me that he had a “fun, fun day.”
I hope that you know today on Father’s Day, and everyday for that matter, how much we appreciate you. You are a bright light in my everyday life. Your positive attitude, and extreme kindness for everyone and everything in this world are something to be admired.
My hopes for us as we bring our second child into this world are that we can stay strong, and not let the sleepless nights make us too crazy. Let’s remember to think before we speak (snapping while a newborn baby is screaming in your face, and you are a walking zombie is easy to do). Let’s continue to put each other first, and realize that a happy marriage is one of the best things we can give our kids.
I love you more everyday than I did the day before, and I’m literally the luckiest person on this earth to be married to you.
*I decided to publish this letter on my blog for Dylan, Noah, and our daughter on the way to look back on in the future. I hope it inspires you to tell your husband how loved & appreciated he is.