Stop. Look. Listen. Take in the Moments

Time moves fast. One minute, you’re sitting in the hospital doing your first skin-to-skin bonding with your brand-new baby girl, the next you’re taking pictures for the last day of Kindergarten. No, I’m not crying, YOU ARE.

Ever since Sophia was born–and again when Maddie was born–my life has changed. I know, what an obvious thing to say. Kids change your life, everyone knows that. But I’m not talking about the always going, never stopping, plans change at a moment’s notice kind of change.

I’m talk about purpose. When it was just Sarah and I, we could do what we like, when we like, and didn’t need to worry about who was going to watch the kids, are we going to wake the baby, etc. We lived for ourselves, and only ourselves, in a sense.

In the last six years, my life’s purpose has turned to being their dad. What am I most proud of in my life? Being a dad. Being their dad. It’s what I do, it’s who I am. It’s how I identify. Without them, I wouldn’t be here writing this. I wouldn’t be recording podcast episodes. I wouldn’t be making silly videos based around fatherhood.

We’ve made so many memories together in six years. I wouldn’t trade any of them for a day of my old life back. Dancing together at weddings, dancing together on the porch, or the den, or the kitchen. Standing outside waiting for the bus every morning. Seeing the joy when you get off the bus and come running. Or the joy when you come running when I get to pick you up from daycare.

My life is so much better being a dad. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not be one. Sure, I get upset, angry, annoyed regularly, but those moments are far outnumbered by the laughs and the smiles.

This video created by Pampers is definitely worth a watch, too. If you want to see the kind of bond and relationship that comes about between baby and dad at birth, this will show you. I love it. A lot.

I want to help spread that love to the masses. I’m doing that with Pampers–who honor dads for just being dads and thank them for all the amazing things, big and small, they do to help little ones have a better, loving, more fulfilling life.

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

I’m thankful Sophia and Maddie have given me the chance to be their dad. Not a perfect dad, by any stretch, but I’m their dad and I love it. I need to remind myself to stop, slow down, and take in all the memories we’re making in the moment. In the words of Ferris Bueller, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

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

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