With Father’s Day right around the corner, I am inviting my husband to share his story on parenting and why It’s All Worth It!
For those who don’t know, I had a pretty crazy birth story which led to 1.5 years of post-traumatic stress due to birth trauma. I wrote down our daughter’s birth story almost as soon as we got home and to this day every time I read the details, there is one vivid memory that comes to mind. It’s being in the recovery room, unable to speak, going in and out of consciousness, and looking to my right and seeing my husband’s eyes wide with terror as he held our less than 1-hour old baby. She was screaming her head off and wanted her mommy, but I couldn’t even lift up my arms due to how much blood I lost. My husband later told me he was terrified I would die and he wouldn’t know how to take care of her.
I am happy to report that my husband is one of the most capable fathers I have ever met in my entire life. He’s attentive, loving, and would give anything to make sure his little lady is happy.
In honor of him, he’s sharing his story today!
It’s All Worth It
Everyone has a different moment when they realize in parenting it’s all worth it. For me, the moment I realized that my daughter is the most precious gift I’ve ever received is the first time I was left alone with her. After all of the ruckus in the operating room was completed, our daughter was handed to me as we walked across the hall while Monica was being wheeled into the recovery room. I carried this most precious little bundle in my arms, walking the most carefully I have ever walked, terrified of tripping and hurting her. Over the next 30 minutes, while Monica slowly came to, I sat there and stared down at this perfect precious little lady.
I always wanted to be a dad and in that moment that I fell in love with her, I could see all the fun things we’d get to do as I watched her grow into a young lady.
The last 3 years have been the best years of my life. Being a dad is the hardest but yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. She challenges me in ways I could have never expected and she’s made me a better person by displaying the sort of unfiltered love that only a child can give. It’s the gentle “I love you’s” and the little hand reaching up to take mine as we walk across the street that reminds me what life is really about. I am so grateful for the day I became her dad. It was the best day of my life.
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