Tom went back to work today after four weeks at home with our baby girl.
(Also how was this four weeks ago?)
My first day completely alone with the kids makes me really grateful for the partner I have in life. It has been really nice to both be home for this past month, and I am so thankful he had the opportunity and support to take that much time off. Many fathers do not, so I count this past month as a blessing (in more ways than one).
And as another Father’s Day approaches, I am so happy to watch Tom as a dad.
He is the kind of dad who drives the lawn mower to the mailbox just so his son can pick up the mail.
He is the kind of dad who makes wood replicas of his power tools so George can feel involved when they are in the shop.
He is the kind of dad who spends hours outside playing in the dirt and doing special projects with George.
He is the kind of dad who builds forts and make believe caves.
He is the kind of dad who drives to the back of our house so George can wave to Daddy from his window when he is on the night shift.
He is the kind of dad who puts on a red headlamp in the middle of the night to check on the kids…like every hour.
He is the kind of dad who teaches George things all kinds of things and doesn’t stray away from a subject just because he is two years old. Hence why George knows how to build a fire…
Most people know Tom as the tough guy, and very few people get to see the gentle side of him. Our kids get that side every day, and I love that I get to witness these moments with them.
He is definitely a fun dad, and has more patience than I do most days. He reminds me to not be so structured and enjoy every day moments with our kids. I have had many proud moments as Tom’s wife, but seeing him as a dad is probably one of my favorites.
And to think he didn’t want kids when we first met, and now he has two.