I am officially 6 months into this thing called fatherhood and I can say without a shadow of a doubt its the most rewarding yet stressful thing I have ever been through. Beginning with the complications in the hospital, to the endless nights of no sleep, and moving on to those crazy diaper demons that visit us daily, I can say I’ve had the busiest and most stressful 6 months of my life. But, it’s all worth it when their little smile appears and washes that all away.
It has been an interesting 6 months watching them grow and develop. Watching them get excited when I walk in the room and learning to roll around like a little baby steamroller. It’s these little accomplishments that make me smile as well.
I can say this new adventure has altered my life for the best. I think its made me a better person, a better man, and a better husband. Its got me thinking and planning differently as well. Preparing for things like their first words, going to school, and even how to answer that door the first time some boy rings the bell for a date. (insert evil smile here)
Fatherhood is a challenging experience and I can honestly say there is nothing else like it. I find myself wishing they could talk and walk around but at the same time wanting time to slow down so these huge milestones don’t pass me by to fast. There are still so many things I don’t know about this role as a father but its a challenge I am ready to conquer. Knowing that I would do anything and everything to see them happy and help them succeed in their life makes me proud to know I have what it takes to be a father.
But no matter what is going on I think both father and child can understand something so simple as a smile. Its a universal expression that I believe even the youngest people can use to communicate satisfaction, happiness or even a thank you. It’s why the best part of my day is when I can pick up my girls, make them laugh, and see that beautiful smile. It’s that moment that makes everything else disappear and I thank God for it everyday.