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Rock Father’s Day: Looking Back on My First Eight Years of Fatherhood…


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This #RockFathersDay™ feature is brought to you in collaboration between The Rock Father™, Life of Dad and Pampers. #ThanksBaby!

Eight years ago this August… and again five years ago this past Thursday, babies were born, and so was “The Rock Father™” – It’s a tale that I’ve told before, but when Father’s Day rolls around, it’s one that’s always worth telling again…

My wife and I were driving south on I-94 outside of Chicago in November of 2008. We were on our way to a Thanksgiving gathering that was happening pre-Thanksgiving, and she turned to me very quickly and said “I think you knocked me up.” That was the moment that I first realized that I’d soon become a Father for the very first time. The weight of things didn’t really hit me, but I remember smiling ear-to-ear and just thinking, “OK – let’s do this!” She was afraid that I’d be unhappy about the news – especially because just the night before… I’d been on the phone with my Mom, who was shopping at Target with a couple of my step-brother’s kids – and as they were acting out and being naughty – I made some quip about “this is why we don’t have kids!” Funny thing is, I’ve always been good with kids – but there’s also definitely an “old me” versus the man who I’ve become. On August 7, 2009 – our 10th Wedding Anniversary – our first daughter, Adalyn, was born. We liked the experience so much that we prepped a sequel, and were back at the hospital four years ago today – June 15, 2012, for the release of our second “Rock Daughter,” baby Finley! The personal change that I’ve experienced as a father is undeniable, and both I and my wife have our girls to thank for it.

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When Addie was born in 2009, I was living harder – didn’t take care of myself at all, and when she was just nine months old, I cut my hair and shaved. It would be another 10 months or so before I kicked my smoking habit, but again – an improvement in me, was brought on by her. By the time Finn arrived in 2012, my focus was on my weight, which is something that’s an ongoing battle, and one I continue to fight – even now that the girls will be five and eight this year.


Everything that I do is directly related to the fact that I became a father. This website was born as a “blog” before becoming it’s own thing on Father’s Day 2011 (the site is entering year seven!), and it’s spawned so many opportunities for myself, and our family – opportunities for the kids that the site has brought on, but without the girls, there would’ve been no site. 


i don’t think my girls will ever truly grasp how powerful an impact they had on me, but no matter how old they are, they will always be “babies” to my wife and I. I have them to thank for the man I’ve become, and that story continues each and every day.

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On Father’s Day and every day, Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making dad feel exceptionally special and empowering him to discover new roles in life through fatherhood, and this year they’ve put together a special video to say #ThanksBaby for creating new fathers and giving so much to the world.

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