August 7 is a date of great significance. Fourteen years ago today… August 7, 1999, my wife and I were married. It was just two years prior that we’d gone on our first date – and a mere three months after that when we’d become engaged. I’d always heard that time speeds up as you get older, but as I sit here as a 36-year-old in 2013 thinking back to that 22-year-old living in ’99, I can’t help but think about how much time has really flown by. While fourteen years have come-and-gone, it’s the last four that have gone exceptionally fast. On August 7, 2009… our 10th Wedding Anniversary, I became “The Rock Father” when our first daughter was born. Today, our Little Addie turns four!
The events that have transpired over the past 14 years have been a rollercoaster – a few book’s worth of achievements and failures both personal and professional – but none more rewarding than the journey that began when we became parents for the first time. I still can’t believe it’s been four years already… or that we liked it so much that we went back for a second round.
While in retrospect I wish that I’d started this site right when Addie was born, I think the time has come to make up for not becoming a “Dad Blogger” right out-of-the-gate… and share with you my first-ever diaper change:
I never really expected to become a Father, but as I’ve said before, becoming an at-home Dad is the best job I’ve ever had. 14 years ago we were two… 4 years ago, 3… and now we’re a complete family of four and the kids are already growing up.
It’s just after 1am as I type this, and I’ve just finished wrapping a few gifts for the munchkin. Later today, I’ll be taking Addie to the movies for the first-time-ever, and then we’ll have some family time with presents and cake (I picked up a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Cake last night). It’ll be a low-key celebration with the four of us, but this Saturday we’ll be having a proper party. It’s a special one this year (HELLO KITTY is the theme), and I’ll be blogging that, too. A Birthday Party/Annual Summer Gathering, let’s just say that The Rock Father has some tricks up his sleeve that should bring out a lot of smiles for the neighborhood kids this weekend.
Smiles like my family gives me.
Happy Birthday. Happy Anniversary.
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