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For as far back as I can remember, I always knew I wanted to be a dad. It wasn't a matter of if I would have kids, but rather when. Well into my 20's, I constantly thought that I was too immature to have a child and put most of my time and effort into my career and making sure I made enough to support a family. As I approached 30 though, I knew I wasn't getting any younger. I decided to throw caution to the wind and my wife and I made the decision to have a baby. It didn't take long at all. Within about three months we were pregnant and the rest was history.
I'm not going to lie - having a kid is tough. Even if you thought you were prepared, you really aren't. Your life changes as you no longer live for you and your partner, but rather this helpless little creature who relies on you for everything. And this reliance can be exhausting. Luckily, I have a wonderful wife who was there every step of the way to not only help my son, but to help me become the best father that I could. When the dust settles though, and you finally get into your groove, things become a bit easier. You'll find that you sit idly by at work waiting to come home and be with your upgraded family. You'll live for the moments and the experiences that fatherhood brings. When a baby is born, a father is born and your life is forever changed for the better.
The early stages may be tough, but there will come a time when you look back at pictures or videos you made and miss those early days. My son has grown into a beautiful, independent, toddler who will be three years old this fall. I remember how I felt in those early days, tired, but fulfilled. All of the blood, sweat, and tears of those first few months are instantly validated when I get a hug from my son when I get home from work. Watching my little boy play baseball in the backyard or have a conversation with me about sharks at the aquarium warms my heart as I see the baby I nurtured turning into the person he will become. Having a child is the simplest and most effective way to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. The sound the ice cream truck makes, the bugs and their weird movements in the garden, or the sound the flamingos make at the zoo. Life can be crazy and hectic, but with some childhood wonder and innocence introduced into your life, things may not always seem as bad as they are. It is this childhood wonder I adore seeing in my child and I try to participate and nurture it as much as I can.
The unconditional love my son introduced into my life was something I didn't realize was possible. Just looking at him can elicit sappy thoughts and memories. It's this unconditional love that Pampers is helping dad's celebrate this Father's Day. On Father's Day and every day, Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making us dads feel exceptionally special and empowering us to discover new roles through fatherhood. Looking back, I find myself doing a number of things I never thought possible before my son came into my life. I have broken out of my social shell and engage other parents more frequently in person, on social media, and via my involvement in a local dad's group I started in Baltimore. I do all of this to become a better father for my son, and to spend quality time with him in a life that is filled with work deadlines and stress. Pampers is there alongside dad's like myself to honor us for all of the things we do, big and small, to help our little ones have a better, loving, more fulfilling life. Because at the end of the day, we'd do anything for our little ones.
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 and the beautiful journey of fatherhood begins. Our family has trusted Pampers, like many others have over it's 50 years in business, since my son was born with diapers, wipes, and other products. As my son grows older and transitions into potty training, I'm confident Pampers will be right there alongside us for the journey. Pampers also offers a range of other products and a Pampers Rewards program that you can sign up for on their website, www.pampers.com.
My son has given me a ton of new and wonderful experiences in the short time that he has been alive. I can't wait to see what new experiences we can experience as a family and how our family grows in the years to come. I don't know where we will be a few years from now, maybe with another child, maybe in another home, but what I do know is that my family is stronger and healthier because of the experiences a child has brought to our lives. For that, and for everything my son has made me, I say again, #ThanksBaby.