Friday, June 19, 2009

this Father

This photo was taken almost seven years ago; it's a scene so familiar from that time. I remember so many nights (resulting in daytime naps like this), hour after hour, Alexi would patiently carry Abbott around on his forearm, facing him, and rock him and sing to him. After I'd nursed him and he still wouldn't sleep, we didn't know what else to do, and this often worked. I remember so well those early days of parenting, when we were trying to figure out what we were supposed to do. (Guess that pretty much describes what we're still doing, doesn't it?)

The boys rely on Alexi to love and calm them now, just as they did as infants. Recently I've watched as the boys have learned to play hockey - a sport Alexi loves and knows so much about. The 'coaching' he does comes in the form of patience, as he takes them skating again and again and again, and reminds them that it's about having fun, not about the competition..and I know he absolutely believes it.

Watching him become a Father has been the greatest inspiration to me in being the Mother that I want to be.

Happy Father's Day, Alexi! Thank you for all that you do; it means the world to us. And I wish all of you Fathers out there a very special Father's Day weekend full of love.

11 comments:

Cabrizette said...

So sweet ! This Dad is lucky !... so you too ; )

country girl said...

That little hero article is so touching, and I love the little drawing of dad at the bottom! :)

pve design said...

I really think that parenting is one part instinct and the other part learned by doing, but if there ever were a class, I would vote you to teach other parents all about it because you really are doing a swell job. I love these little notes and tid-bits from your life.
Happy Father's Day to your man and to all the other Father's out there that deserve a nap and a note as sweet as that! My Dad worked so hard to raise us that there was little time for fun, and now he sees how fast life goes and wishes he could rewind to add more fun.
He would go to work at 2 am, and come home, have "supper" and hit the hay to get up and do it all over again, now that is love. All Dad's deserve honor!

Frau said...

Love that picture! Parenting is no easy job that's for sure, and it is never done. Sounds like you have a great co-parent at your side to figure it all out, that's half the battle. Hope your hubby as a great Father's Day!

Purple Flowers said...

A great post! You are so open about you and your husbands' parenting skills. And it is all good. Just look at your sons! :)

Francesca said...

Have a nice weekend, with many more fun games!

M said...

Lovely post!

Deidra said...

First the picture melted my heart, and then the note made a puddle out of me. Happy Father's Day Alexi!

KPiep said...

My husband had night duty with our first...and they bonded very strongly when she mixed her days and nights up. He would spend hours walking the circle around the wall that seperates our kitchen and living room, stopping to watch Sports Night when it was on.

A very happy Father's Day to your husband!

nicola said...

so sweet. i love these types of photos. enjoy your daddy day celebration!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Anna said...

this is so sweet.