Becoming a parent for the first time in any fashion can bring on a lot of new emotions for both mom and dad.
And as Lindsay Stauffer shared with her Facebook followers, many of her emotions came when she watched her husband cradle their newborn son for the first time.
Stauffer, who runs the blog “Life Off The Record,” wrote on Facebook:
I was there the day you lost your heart.
I watched you from across the dimly lit hospital room as you twisted and turned your body in every way imaginable, trying to get comfortable in the hard, stiff chair that would be your bed for the next few days. Your eyelids were heavy with exhaustion and rightfully so because the hands on the clock had moved into the wee hours of the morning.
You’d been awake for almost twenty-four hours and yet you had stood by my bed arranging pillows and blankets to make me comfortable, leaned down to kiss my forehead, and told me to get some rest. I should’ve listened to you but I couldn’t.
Because just a few short hours ago we had officially become Mommy and Daddy, the evidence curled up and sleeping ever so soundly against your chest, and it had happened so quickly that my mind was in full sprint trying to catch up to the present.
The new mom continued, saying that her heart refused to rest because it was too busy taking in the site if her husband gazing upon their son’s fingers and toes as he laid on his chest.
And my heart?
It was busy taking in every single moment of you in your new role as Daddy. The way your eyes stayed fixed on our son’s flawless newborn face, the way you studied his tiny fingers, the way you so carefully swaddled his little body, and the way you leaned down and whispered to him how much you loved him.
Up until a few hours ago, you had only known this child through grainy, black and white photos and the sound of a strong, steady heartbeat but watching you with him now made it seem like you’d already known him forever.
She then described how she could see her husband “giving up his heart” for a little boy he had only truly known for just a few hours.
I was there the day you lost your heart.I watched you from across the dimly lit hospital room as you twisted and…
I watched as you willingly gave up your comfort, your convenience, and your needs.
And I watched as you gave up your heart.
All for a sweet baby boy you’d known for only a few hours.
That was the moment I knew you would give anything for the precious, little life snuggled up against your chest, no matter what the cost.
And husband? You haven’t disappointed me.
Not for a single second.
You give when it’s hard, when it’s frustrating, when it’s inconvenient, when it’s uncomfortable, and even when we don’t deserve it. But you never complain.
Because giving isn’t just what you do.
It’s who you are.
You may question whether you’re doing enough as a father and as a husband, whether you’re involved enough, whether you listen enough, whether you’re strong enough, whether you love enough, but just know this:
We’ve never questioned you.
We’ve always been sure of your love, not because you tell us, but because you show us. Your love shines through every act of selflessness and every sacrifice.
As Stauffer told Dearly, this specific post was “so close to my heart,” and her words resonated with other people as well.
Every word of this is so true
Wow this is so beautiful and made me think of my husband who is the perfect father to our boys. He is always there 100% of the way and seeing him with our boys makes me love him even more.
I could not have said it better myself. We love you!
The mom concluded by saying, “You couldn’t have loved us better. Not even if your heart was still completely yours instead of being held in the hands of the little ones who call you Daddy.”