Fathers day is this weekend. It’s extra special in our house because this is Matthews first Fathers Day as a dad. Eloise hit the Daddy jackpot with this one because Matthew is by far the greatest father I have ever met. And I am not just saying that because he’s is my hubby. He genuinely is an amazing father. I tell everyone I know that Matthew was born to be a husband and a dad. It just comes naturally to him and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
I thought it would be fun to share 5 stories about Matthew as a dad in honor of fathers day.
- The Day he found out he was going to be a dad.
This one comes in two parts. If you have followed this blog you will have remembered that I had a miscarriage some months before I got pregnant with Eloise. But before that happened I still love the story of how Matthew found out.
I woke up one morning and just had a feeling that I should take a pregnancy test. I hadn’t even discussed it with Matthew. I got up, peed on the stick and crawled back in bed with Matthew still snoring. I woke him up by just bluntly saying ” I took a pregnancy test.” He mumbled what and I repeated myself. He proceeded to fall asleep while we waited. I looked down and the test said “pregnant 2-3 weeks” or something similar. I said, “Uh hun….look!” I handed him the test and he took one look at it and said ” Aww man.” Me, not understanding his response replied, “Um, hun, it says PREGNANT!” “What?!?” he said. Apparently in his half asleep and no contacts or glasses on he just saw one big blur which he then took as a big fat negative sign. lol. It definitely was hilarious.
Fast forward to a few more months. I woke up one morning and told Matthew I was pregnant. He said he didn’t think so but I decided to take a test anyway. It came back negative, but I didn’t believe it because if I WERE pregnant, I would have only been a few days pregnant. So a couple weeks later I told Matthew again that I was going to take a test. I took the test and went down in the basement to where he works and I told him I wanted HIM to tell me whether I was pregnant or not. So I started changing the laundry and he is in an animated story about work and he almost forgets that he is holding the test. He is waving it around as he is telling the story and all the sudden the positive flashes before his eyes. We both just kind of stopped what we were doing and smiled. I will never forget that smile.
2. The day he realized what having a “girl” meant.
When Eloise was a few months old Matthew and I needed to run to Toys R Us to pick up a gift for a nice or nephew. We are strolling through the aisles looking for something specific and I decided to take a shortcut through the “barbie” aisle. I am in the middle of a sentence and I realize Matthew had just stopped in the aisle and was staring around him. “What?” I asked. “I am not ready for this.” he replied. I laughed because I instantly knew what he meant. You see, we didn’t find out the sex of Baby G before she was born. Because of that we never really got into thinking about the whole “boy stuff/Girl stuff” thing and Eloise was still rocking all the gender neutral. It had just hit him walking down that bright pink aisle what having a daughter might mean. I still laugh thinking about his dumbfounded look on his face.
3. When he first “dressed” her himself.
this is not that outfit
This one is simple, but it makes me smile. Having a daughter has been fun for me. I try to put together cute outfits and always have a bow in her hair. I remember the first time I wasn’t home and Matthew had to get her ready by himself. I came home to Eloise dressed in a cute outfit with a bow. I don’t know why I was surprised to happy but this, but just the thought of my husband going through all her little clothes/shoes/bows and putting together and outfit just makes my heart melt into a gooey puddle.
4. When he became a Dad.
This one is probably pretty obvious. I have a weird memory about this moment. Mainly because I was pretty drugged up ( for my C-section) and was in and out of consciousness. But i very clearly remember the doctor saying ” and we have an Eloise!!!” and my very first ( drugged up) thought was “Oh I hope Matthew isn’t disappointed.” For some reason I had it in my head that Matthew REALLY wanted a boy and that he would be saddened by the news of having a girl. Honestly, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. I looked over to him and asked if he was Ok with having a daughter. With his eyes full of tears and the happiest smile I had ever seen he said yes, of course. They gave him our daughter and that moment was the best. (It was then followed by me being strapped to the table vomiting while my husband smiled off to the side watching them clean our daughter….but that’s okay…. ;))
5. Every time he asks to bring her in the bed in the morning.
This one isn’t so much a story, but just something I love. Before we had Eloise Matthew would always say, I just can’t wait until we have kids and can all cuddle in bed. He isn’t a morning person so I always thought to myself ” Yeah right, as soon as we have kids he will want to sleep more.” But again, I was wrong. He is always asking me to bring her in after I feed her so we can get cuddles in before our day starts. Sometimes I do it as a surprise for him and he is never grumpy about being woken up. He is always smiling at both of us. Even now, when Eloise used him as a person jungle gym and is obsessed with pulling his chest and arm hair, he is still happy to spend time with us in the morning. These have been some of my absolute favorite moments as a family.
There are many MANY more stories I could share. Matthew loves his daughter and his family. He is such a good father and husband and we are beyond blessed to have him. Happy Fathers Day Matty G. Your girls sure love you.