I'm super blessed.
That's something I'll never take for granted.
There is some saying or rule or whatever that basically a woman becomes a mommy when she finds out she's pregnant. But a man becomes a daddy when he holds his child for the first time.
G.I. Joe wasn't like that. He was a terrific daddy from the day I found out I was pregnant with Lucy.
Saturday, January 15th 2011, was the 3 year anniversary of our birth as mommy and daddy.
Even though he was away for mostly all the pregnancy and every "big" moment, he still did everything he could to be an involved, loving daddy. I'm so grateful for that. It made the difficulties of being pregnant a little easier to bare knowing how loved Lucy and I were.
So here is a post from January 15th, 2009 where G.I. Joe told his story of one of our favorite days....
Almost a year ago exactly, I was at work waiting for a chance to get on the computer to do some papers. I was not expecting the day to be very exciting or memorable; just another glorious day in the U.S. Army. The day was dragging on, and nothing important had shown up for me and my soldiers to do. As I "patiently" waited for someone to quit playing e-mail tennis, my phone rang. I couldn't get very good reception inside our Battalion HQ so i excused myself and stepped outside. I looked to see who was calling me; it was Mrs. G.I. Joe! I answered the phone not thinking very much other than this is nice, I usually don't get the chance to talk to her during the duty day. I had no idea that this single phone call would change my life so amazingly! Mrs. G.I. Joe said something that caused me to pause in my very footsteps. It took me a few seconds to realize exactly what she had said. She had just told me that she was pregnant! I had all of these thoughts flooding my brain and my heart began to beat faster and faster! I was so excited and equally scared out of my mind, but there was no way I was going to let her know that I was at all scared. When she reads this she's going to call me and ask why I didn't tell her then :p The fear wasn't that I didn't want to be a father though. It was more like the butterflies in your stomach when you're trying something for the first time. I was completely caught off guard but that didn't matter. My beautiful bride was carrying our child and nothing could change the completely awesome feeling that I was experiencing at that very moment. On that day my life changed forever. I was going to be a father, and not just a father but "Daddy" to that precious little girl. That day was the start of a long journey that was mostly traveled alone by my wife due to my job, and even though she won't admit it my wife did an incredible job. She is an amazing woman who brought an amazing little girl into this world, and I will spend the rest of my life thanking her for the gift she has given me. I will always love her and only her for the rest of my days. - A loving husband and daddy -