In the routine of coming home from work each day and playing with you while Mommy makes dinner for our family, one of the things I catch myself saying is, “Daddy loves baby ‘cause baby’s soooo sweeeeet!”
And while it’s true that you are undeniably sweet, and everything I could ever hope for in a baby girl, I began overthinking my catch phrase; in an “if/then” format.
It’s not, I love you because you’re so sweet.
It’s, I love you, period.
While I do my best to love everyone, even those who may be perceived as frenemies, enemies, or people who are simply indifferent towards me, it’s different for you and it always will be.
You are my daughter. I love you in a way that I love no one else in this world. The way I love you is so special.
No one else can make me feel the way I do about you.
I felt it from the moment you were born on April 24th. I will never forget holding you for the first time.
It wasn’t that I simply had another kid now. Instead, it was the instant and euphoric understanding that for the rest of my life, I will be the loving father of a daughter.
I will be responsible for showing you what love looks like. I am honored to be the most influential example of what a man is, in your life.
That’s huge responsibility and I take it very seriously.
You will be loved. You will know every day you are loved. Yet at the same time, I will carefully balance giving you room to grow on your own.
I never realized until this year, 2016, how much I needed a daughter. You have already changed my life forever.