When it came time to write my post for Hallmark last month I felt as though I had said everything there was to be said about Addie as a big sister, short of showing you a picture of my heart exploding with love I couldn’t think of anything else to say. I asked Cody if he had anything to say, turns out, he did. So here it is…my darling husband’s second guest post in 6 years.
I sure am a lucky/blessed/happy lady.
I grew up in a small oil town surrounded by other boys whose fathers worked in the oil field or on farms. One thing I learned at a young age was that a person was not tough if that person showed emotion.
On my wedding day, my wife expected me to shed tears and show how happy I was to be getting married—unfortunately for my wife, no tears were shed.
At the birth of my first child, my wife expected me to shed tears and show how happy I was to be having a new daughter—unfortunately for my wife, no tears were shed.
At the birth of my second child, my wife expected me to shed tears and show how happy I was to be having a second daughter—unfortunately for my wife, no tears were shed.
Here is a confession for my wife. Even though there were no tears shed on our wedding day, I was unbelievably overcome with joy when I first saw her walking down the aisle. I will never forget the look she had on her face and how stunning she looked that day.
Here is another confession for my wife. Even though there were no tears shed when my first daughter was born, the emotions I experienced were indescribable. Getting to touch my daughter for the first time was one of the most exciting and euphoric moments of my life.
Here is another confession for my wife. Even though there were no tears shed when my second daughter was born, the emotions I experienced were just as indescribable and incredible as when my first daughter was born. As I kept my hand on my daughter’s minutes-old stomach, I realized that the feelings a father feels at the birth of his child is a feeling that he will experience only a handful of times and will be one of the peaks of his life. I decided to cherish that experience because I realized I may never feel that way again.
This post is supposed to be about Addie as a big sister, and you may be wondering how I got so off track; however, Addie as a big sister fits perfectly in this post, and here is why.
I did not expect Addie and Vivi to get along as well as they do. After Vivi was born, I left the delivery room to call Addie and tell her that she was a big sister. I discovered Addie had left about fifteen voice mails on my phone begging for updates on Vivi’s birth. That kid was just as excited to welcome Vivi into the world as I was. I have watched Addie play with Vivi for hours at a time. She does not play with Vivi because she doesn’t have anything else to do—she genuinely loves playing with her little sister, and Vivi genuinely loves playing with Addie.
Addie has been the best big sister Vivi could ever want. There have been several moments where I have seen Addie taking care of Vivi and I have experienced that euphoric feeling that I felt when both Addie and Vivi were born. Although I did not shed tears at my wedding, at Addie’s birth or at Vivi’s birth, I have had to fight back tears when seeing the love Addie has for Vivi.
If this isn’t a dream come true, I don’t know what is. It’s a literal dream come true to partner with Hallmark in 2012 on their “Life is a Special Occasion” campaign again and I thank them tremendously for believing in my family and me and for sponsoring this post.