When I was young, I just knew I was going to be an awesome dad. I was going to teach my kids everything about the world. Turns out, my kids had other plans.

Dear sons,

You’ve grown so much over the years…and so has your old man.

To my oldest,
When you were still in your mother’s womb, and we had to rush you two to the emergency room early one morning, you taught me strength.
Thanks, Baby.

When you tried to come out early and left your mother hospitalized for a month, you taught me empathy.
Thanks, Baby.

When you were born, you taught me to see the world through my dad’s eyes, thus healing a broken relationship.
Thanks, Baby.

When you recognized my voice in the delivery room leaving a veteran nurse in stunned silence, you taught me unconditional love.
Thanks, Baby.

When you played with a little boy who spoke no English on the playground and had an awesome time doing it, you taught me the power of acceptance.
Thanks, Baby.

When we rushed you to the ER for stitches after a nasty spill and you gave me one of your stickers because you said I needed a sticker for a ‘Good job, Daddy.’, you taught me compassion for others even when suffering.
Thanks, Baby.

When your mother was pregnant with your little brother and was hospitalized for nine weeks this time, you taught me endurance.
Thanks, Baby.

When your little brother was born, you taught me a new level of tenderness.
Thanks, Baby.

Ever since you were born, you attack each day with joy and enthusiasm, and in doing so, you teach me hope.
Thanks, Baby.

To my youngest,

When you and your mom were in the hospital for nine weeks, you taught me selflessness.
Thanks, Baby.

When you were born, you taught me that a parent’s love knows no bounds.
Thanks, Baby.

When you decided, that only daddy could put you to bed at night, you taught me belonging.
Thanks, Baby.

As you chase your older brother and excel at new things not knowing that things are harder at your age than they are for your brother, you teach me fearlessness.
Thanks, Baby.

When you randomly walk up and give me huge hugs and tell me that you love me, you teach me warmth.
Thanks, Baby.

When you get really upset over things that are important to you, you teach me the importance of being earnest.
Thanks, Baby.

As you crawl all over me while I read bedtime stories on the floor, you teach me joy.
Thanks, Baby.

Together, as I was struggling through a particularly rough bout of depression and anxiety and I yelled at you guys way too much, you still wanted to be with me and told me how much you loved me…you taught me grace, forgiveness, patience, love, and sympathy.
Thanks, Baby.

Yes, you are growing up. You’re getting bigger. Your worlds are changing and your roles in those worlds are ever evolving. But, I’m confident that if I can always remember the lessons you’ve taught me over the last six years, that we’re going to get through it alright. True, you are no longer babies. You no longer fit in the crook of my arm as you nestle in for a post meal nap. But, you also don’t wear diapers any longer, and can wipe your own bottoms now.

So, for that, THANKS, BABY!

Seriously, though, as DiaperDad, I have changed A LOT OF diapers. It sort of comes with the title. And luckily, Pampers got me through those tumultuous early days of fatherhood. And, I’m not going to lie, I still get nostalgic when I smell a pack of freshly opened diapers. It just takes me back to that time when everything was so raw and new and fresh and scary.

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