I know I've gushed about what a super awesome husband I have a few dozen times before. It's not bragging; I'm not in the habit of that. After all, he's certainly not perfect all of the time (that's my job...ha...ha...hmm). But, dude. He's pretty great.
That being said, I thought I'd share a link to a video of his recent trip to a Massachusetts talk show called "Mass Appeal" to talk about tips on surviving your first year as a daddy. He had several talking points (which we discussed in length before he sent them his list) but they ended up discussing just a few of my favorites.
Didn't he do great?? It's kind of funny because I received a text from him talking about how he wasn't feeling great (heavy breathing) when he got there, wondering if it was nerves. This is crazy considering he used to do regular on-air news reporting and anchoring in front of many thousands of people a day, and has performed as an actor to pretty big venues. I totally got it, though; it was a completely different environment, he didn't know how big his audience was, he hardly knew the hosts (one he had befriended awhile back; the other he was meeting for the first time), and a bunch of other maybe/maybe not irrational reasons.
Knowing that he was nervous, I think he knocked it out of the park. He was relaxed, he sounded relatively intelligent (of course, he is!), and, well, sounded just like our dorky daddy!
Watching this, it was hard not to reminisce about the past 16 months and his growth as a papa. He used to be terrified and held him in an extremely awkward manner. Heck, I left for a few hours several months in and I came back with Dave having slid down the couch, holding Hadley in the exact same position, unable to even reach the remote. (He couldn't figure out how to get up.)
But, with time came confidence and one of the sweetest relationships I've ever seen developed between my two boys. I have only a very little, fuzzy memory or two of my dad, so seeing them play and watching Hadman run into Dave's arms (and the look of sheer joy on Dave's face) brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my face...and heart.
Anyhoo, enough gushing. Let me know whatchya think! And be sure to check out Dave's blog at www.thedorkydaddy.com. It's good stuff!