Cranio Dad says #ThanksBaby for making me a dad.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pampers for this promotion.

This weekend is an amazing one. Father’s Day is a chance to celebrate dads, and all that they do in our lives. But this year I am looking at this day a little differently. Yes, there will still be the accolades for my amazing dad.  But Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making Dad feel exceptionally special; for empowering dads to discover new roles in life through fatherhood.  While I am forever thankful for each of our growing children (Zoey, David, and Jacob), my role as ‘Dad’ started when Zoey was born.

After a crazy labor and delivery, there was a ton of worry. Zoey was rushed to the NICU. The picture-perfect story about entering fatherhood was squelched with worried whispers from the staff. “What are we going to tell the parents?” is something one NEVER wants to overhear.

I remember, and still hold close, the very first time that I saw my daughter in the NICU. As I quietly pulled back the curtain, I saw before me a dark room and a little tiny bed. That bed had a light that shined with a radiance that hurt my eyes. Bathed in the warm, glowing light was my little girl, my Zoey. The one of whom I had prayed for, sung to, and talked with through my beloved bride’s growing belly. On shaking legs, I walked over to her bedside; tears streaming down my face. A quite voice from the corner of the room said “Dad, you can touch her, she is ok.” With tear-filled eyes I looked at the nurse that I had not noticed before. Her calm, penitent smile met me as her hands beckoned to the bed.

My hands were trembling as I reached out and placed my hand next to her. Choking back the tears, I said the words that I had been waiting nine months to say. “Hey Zoey, it’s me, Daddy.” At the sound of my voice, she stirred. I watched as her little body moved, and her tiny, tiny hand reached up. Her hand found my finger, and she grabbed on.

Dad and Zoey

This was the moment that I realized my entrance into the role of fatherhood. I knew that I would climb mountains for her. As her little hand grasped tightly onto my finger, I knew that just as she was born, this dad was born as well.

How Cranio Dad feels about Pampers.

For more than 50 years, moms and dads have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Meanwhile, over the last five years, our family has come to understand Craniosynostosis. We have also learned about the challenges for a child with an imperforate anus. On Day One Zoey was in Pampers. We have tried others, but, honestly, no others work for her. Weather it be dealing with blow-outs, or looking for some comfort after a surgery, Pampers have always been there. Because of how well they worked for Zoey, we knew they were our choice. They are a staple in our home as all three kids wear them.

Pampers has released a new #ThanksBaby video that captures the amazing relationship that is created between a dad and his baby when a baby is born.  I love how this video makes me smile.

I am so happy that Pampers is helping to make this Father’s Day, and every day, special by honoring dads; for thanking dads for all the amazing things that we do, big and small, to help our little ones.

Please join me by tweeting why you are most thankful for baby with the hashtag #ThanksBaby

This Father’s Day let’s do our best to live big, love bigger, and be kind, always.

Family Time this weekend!

We had an unexpected and amazing surprise this weekend.  One of my brothers called and mentioned that his family was in town this weekend and was wondering what we were up too.  They recently had their second child, a beautiful girl.  Sure of the fact that my brother wanted an excuse to show off my niece, and as we (my wife and I) were dying to meet her… they came over yesterday.  Ladies and gentlemen, first and foremost, my nephew (their oldest) is a beautiful and amazing little boy.  He has gotten so big and it was fun to play with him… trust me the time flew by as I was lost in the world of my nephew, playing trucks and peek-a-boo around to coffee table.  My brother and sister (I do not like the term “in-law” when it comes to siblings) have done such an amazing job raising him.  then the time came that I was able to hold my little 2 week old niece.  That little girl consumed me.  Holding her in my warms I felt so big and so small all at once.  She fussed a little, the snuggled in.  perhaps my heart was feeling to foreshadowing, but it was surreal and amazing.  It was a little hard to give up holding her so that my wife could have her turn, but worth it.  There is something that I have noticed about my wife since we started dating.  We went on this “across the entire country” flight and trip so that I could meet her family and while we were visiting there was this moment that she was able to hold her little nephew.  There was no doubt in my mind then, and there still is not to this day, that when I looked at her holding that little baby (and again today with our niece) that my wife is going to be a beautiful and amazing mother.  There was just something about the picture of that moment, and to see it again today was breathtaking.  The hard part about being so close to family is that when they leave… it always feels too soon.  But I was able to sit back and reflect for a bit on what it was like to hold my little niece.  In doing so, I came to this conclusion; I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and even a big oaf like me finds peace and surreal joy in holding an infant.

p.s. It was also brought to my attention by my amazing wife that perhaps posting on my iPad, in bed, in the middle of the night was not a ‘brilliant’ idea.  I say this to let all of you know that I have gone back and edited the posting titled “Toastmasters”.  Feel free to give it a re-read.