Fathers Share the Moment They Knew They Were a Dad

father and sonIn honor of Father's Day, we reached out to the dads we knew among colleagues, friends, and family members and asked them to complete the following sentence: "I knew I was a dad when ..."

It's a simple phrase, to be sure, but packed with so much meaning and importance. The reponses range from hilarious to poignant and profound, but all are sure to make you smile. So here's to the wonderful and wacky fathers in our lives. We celebrate you today and every day.

 

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Candace Jennings

My fiancé's response: "....I sat down to watch TV with the kids, and I was actually interested."

Amber Goines

My husbands response was...."Remember after DS was born and he didn't cry right away? I was panicking. But then they sucked the snot out of his mouth and I heard his first cry. It hit me like wow. Now I'm DAD. And yes, I did count his fingers and toes. I know it's cliche... but I had to do it. I felt like it was my first job as dad."

Todd Vrancic

I knew I was a dad when my then fiance (now wife) called me with the news she was pregnant.

linzemae linzemae

The day after my daughter was born (she was 5 weeks early) he told me that she stole his heart. He had to take charge of takinh care of her since i had a c section and couldn't go to the nicu the first day

Jess Golden

I wouldn't do number 15!  Thats what bulb syringes are for!  Always keep one handy!!

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