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Seeing My Husband as a Father

In the chaos of yesterday while I was trying to cook and get ready for a Super Bowl gathering we were having, I suddenly realized Mabel needed a bath and her hair washed.  I had no idea how I was going to get everything done…

And then my husband said he would tackle that challenge while I got ready.

Our master bathroom is next door to Mabel’s bathroom and as I was putting on my makeup I could hear the water running for her bath, then it stopped, and that’s when I heard it…Mabel babbling and my husband talking to her.  And not just normal talking…but talking between a father and daughter that I’m not normally privy to hearing.

His talking to her in a quiet, loving way when he didn’t think anyone could hear.  A moment between him and Mabel.

And then I heard splashing and little laughs from Mabel.  And my heart melted.

A little bit later, I could hear bath time was over when I heard the water draining from the tub.

*Our normal routine after a bath is to head downstairs to put a new diaper on Mabel and then I’ll lotion Mabel up so that she stays moisturized.  Hubby has told me before that he doesn’t understand lotion (only a man would say that) and I told him Mabel has to have lotion on after a bath since her skin is delicate.*

I was still in our master bath at this point and I could hear them downstairs…Hubby was putting Mabel’s diaper on…and then broke out into song about putting lotion on Mabel.  “Mabel needs lotion to smell nice and fresh…”  Once again…he didn’t know I could hear him.  This cracked me up.  Not to mention I was proud of him for actually remembering to put lotion on her as per my directions.

I finished my mascara, threw my hair up into a bun, put my earrings in and headed downstairs.  And that’s when I had to grab my camera.

Daddy brushing hair

Daddy Brushing Hair

Daddy brushing hair

He’s seen me trying to brush knots out of her hair before…and I guess he had been paying more attention than I had given him credit for.  He had her little comb out and the bottle of detangler and he was carefully working out each and every knot.

This moment was life changing….really.  I already knew my husband was a great father…but I was so honored to see this exchange between the two of them.  She is going to have that father-daughter bond that I never had.  And words can’t express how happy that makes me feel for her…and how lucky I am to have him as a husband.

What a great Sunday.

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    Stephanie @ Life, Actually
    February 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Such precious, beautiful photos.

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    Ashley Ponder Richards
    February 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    That is just the most precious thing! Makes my heart happy to see such a loving moment between father and daughter. I also love the song…adorable.

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    February 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful post, and pics!

    Ps isn’t it finally awesome when hubby gets it?! Lol 😉

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    Christina Loredo
    February 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Probably my favorite post yet! So so sweet. 🙂

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    February 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    So cute! I love it! =)

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    February 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This is so beautiful! You are a lucky woman 🙂

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    February 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Just found your blog today!
    Will be following you! Love it how you write! Keep it up!

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    Amy @ Counting My Kisses
    February 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    OMG. Sweetest post ever! Love love love those sweet special moments between father & daughter!

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    Amber @ Momma In Bloom
    February 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    You captured these moments perfectly! Little Mabel will appreciate these in the future! 😉

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    Jessica K
    February 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Priceless pictures! 🙂

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    February 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Beautiful! Made me teary eyed because, like you, I never had a father-daughter bond.
    Also, priceless photos 🙂

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    Suzanne @ Princapecos
    February 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

    This is just the sweetest little story. Children are such a transforming force, aren’t they? Thanks for sharing and for reminding me to think about the sweet daddy things my husband has done — and continues to do — over twenty-six years of fathering.

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    March 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    this brought tears to my eyes!! im 7 months pregnant with our first baby and I cant wait to see my sweetie hold our baby!

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    Rachel Gross
    September 20, 2013 at 5:08 am

    wow… what a special moment!! Is your hubby in a sand shirt?? My hubby is in the military too. I just watched pretty much ALL of your pregnancy vlogs- love them!!

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    October 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I was moved to tears with your post… congratulations!

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