There’s nothing that compares to the moment you become a parent. Except, maybe, watching your partner embrace their new role.
Lindsay Stauffer, of the blog Life Off the Record, recounts the emotions she felt right after giving birth. Her heart was already so full, but watching her husband seamlessly transition into a father filled her with a newfound joy.
“And my heart? It was busy taking in every single moment of you in your new role as Daddy,” she says. “The way your eyes stayed fixed on our son’s flawless newborn face, the way you studied his tiny fingers, the way you so carefully swaddled his little body and the way you leaned down and whispered to him how much you loved him.”
It seemed like such an effortless transition. Almost like her partner was waiting his entire life to become a dad.
“Up until a few hours ago, you had only known this child through grainy, black and white photos and the sound of a strong, steady heartbeat. But watching you with him now made it seem like you’d already known him forever,” Stauffer says.
“And I watched as you gave up your heart, all for a sweet baby boy you’d known for only a few hours.”
It’s something she’ll never forget, because it marked “the moment I knew you would give anything for the precious, little life snuggled up against your chest, no matter what the cost.”
“You couldn't have loved us better.”
It’s impossible to fully describe what it’s like to become a parent, but this comes pretty close.
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