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Life changes when you become a dad. But what about when you choose to be a dad?
This Father’s Day is a special one. My son, who turned a year this past February, has never known his father. His entire first year of his life has been spent around mostly his older sister (who he adores), his grandma (who I think he thinks is a second mom) and me. That is until I allowed a wonderful man into our little family.
I was a little cautious at first, once both my kids started to really like him and want him around all the time. Those are my babies, and I didn’t want them to be disappointed or hurt in anyway. All my fears went away when I saw how he and my son interacted. That little boy, who was still a little rocky on his feet, went right to him whenever he was around, he allowed himself to be picked up and hugged and played with.
The moment I knew he was the one for my kids too
There is one moment that really sticks out in my mind as the moment I knew this man really loved my kids, but more than that, was ready to be a dad to them as well.
I have never had to leave my son with anyone, not daycare, not a sitter, so he has always been around me. At an event we were at, my son pointed at the golf cart and this man said, “Let me have him, I will take him for a ride.” I was reluctant, I figured my little boy would cry the second he was no longer in my arms, or within sight of me, which had been his MO for so long. He knew better, and took him on for a ride, and when they returned, I saw them walk across the grass and sit down together, my son reaching for his hand.
At this moment, not only did my heart melt in my chest, and tears start to well up in my eyes, but I knew this man was what we were missing in our lives and we were what he was missing in his. I thought I could be everything to my son, even though his father was not in his life. I was prepared to do that, as best I could. What I didn’t realize was that at such a young age, my son taught me that he also needed a father figure in his life.
He is looking forward to all the #LittleWonders you experience with having a toddler in your life, with having a boy! It says a lot about a man who chooses to be a part of a family, and essentially start over with a toddler, when he already has children of his own, who can walk and talk and do things for themselves.
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