That moment my babies were laid on my chest after giving birth is a feeling and an image that will forever be engrained in me. Hours of deep, hard, reaching to the depths of my own strength, kind of work were rewarded by the first touches of my sweet, squishy babes.
As a photographer, you better believe I had my camera ready to go before delivery. Even while in labor, I can recall getting my camera ready to go so my husband could catch those first moments. I am forever grateful that those moments are forever memories thanks to him.
After the hustle and activity that happens after baby is born, I shimmy up the bed to sitting and grab the camera. From the hospital bed I make sure I get a picture of my husband holding our newest little one. I’m not even sure he notices I am doing it until the shutter clicks. He is always so entranced and engaged in the moment.
I’m always encouraged by Him. I see a Father’s love for his child in those first life moments. He gently swaddles them and lifts them up in his strong arms and talks to them as if he’s known them forever. He doesn’t even have to say much because I know exactly what he’s promising to them in that moment.
Our son, our first, was a whirlwind of fast labor and a quick entrance into Fatherhood. As he held him, I could see the tenderness. I could sense that strong desire to love, protect and dream of what his little life would become. Five years later, he is all boy and his daddy is all in.
Our daughter, our first little girl was an even faster whirlwind of labor. Holding her held a whole new world of emotions. This little, petite daddy’s girl already had him wrapped around her finger. I could see his protective love already as he introduced her to our son. He never shied away from holding her and soaking in those first moments. Even still, he delights in her and cherishes time with her.
Our second daughter, came into the world a bit slower but very peacefully. Like her siblings before her, she was wrapped up in her daddy’s arms within an hour of birth and even without words, was promised protection, love and dedication.
My wet eyes could barely see through the camera as I witnessed those first meetings. A little bit of pregnancy, post partum and mommy hormones may have a bit to do with it but for the most part, it’s from complete and utter happiness and joy
This father is the man that delights in his children. He teaches, guides and lovingly takes everyday moments and makes them important learning opportunities. He plays, with boundless energy after a long day. He prays fiercely for them as they grow, learn and makes mistakes. He makes them feel safe, secure, protected and above all, loved.
To my husband on Father’s Day. You are loved very much, you are appreciated and you are cherished by me and our three little ones.
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