I’m so excited for this weekend for many reasons, but mostly to give Anel a lot of extra love on his very first Father’s Day to show him how much we appreciate him as a dad and husband.
Anel isn’t featured on my blog often because he’s a much more private person than I am so I respect that and give him a low profile. But what isn’t shown here or on Instagram is how amazing and understanding he is as a husband and how involved he has been as a father from day one.
In our first weeks at home with Amalia, I was an emotional and hormonal wreck, but Anel took off two weeks from work and did so much more than I ever could have imagined. At one point he said to me that I was literally sustaining her life by breastfeeding and that was my only job. I mean, dream boat, am I right?
The first few times we gave her a bath, I was so scared that I would hurt her, so he did it and eventually taught me his ways as soon as I felt safe. He was patient and calm and kind and so gentle with our tiny little peanut.
I remember our night nurse watching him with Amalia on the baby monitor and saying to me, “I’ve worked with every kind of family, and I’ve never seen a dad like Anel. He’s a special one.” She’s right. He’s special and we’re so lucky to have him.
Amalia obviously can’t talk yet (unless you count “car”, “bubbles”, and “uh oh”) so I wrote a little letter to our favorite guy “from her” with the words that I imagine she would use if she could speak.
Your first Father’s Day is this weekend, so I wanted to tell you how much I love you. I’m pretty sure you’re the best daddy in the whole wide world! Here are just a few of the many things that I love about you.
I love when you sing me made up songs, even though mommy says you can’t hold a tune.
I love when you make me laugh so hard that my belly hurts, and I love when you pick me up from day care and make all of my friends laugh too.
I love how you can make anything, even doing the laundry, into a game.
I love when you tickle me and when we play hide and seek.
I love how you come home early when you can to put me to bed.
I love when you give me bites of your treats when mommy isn’t looking.
I love how you’re always down for an adventure.
I love our Sunday mornings when you take me to the diner for breakfast. I wonder if mommy knows that we eat pancakes… (Editor’s note: She does.)
I love how much you love me.
I love you so much, dada.
Amalia’s Bubble / Anel’s Polo
Photos by Julia D’Agostino.
Mummy always knows everything. Happy first Father day to Anel
Hahah very true. Mother’s instinct!
And now I’m crying at my desk!! So beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Awww my bad! 🙂
Oh my word. This is so sweet. I’m so glad that you have a wonderful partner, and Amalia has a wonderful dad!
We are so very lucky to have him!