Happy Father’s Day, Ed {Spin Cycle}

Ed was thinking about our children long before I was. When we began looking for a house soon after we got married, Ed had some specific requirements.  All the cute little houses I liked were no good. He wanted room to grow, a basement, a big backyard, and a playground within walking distance. He also wanted to live in a neighborhood with sidewalks so that we could walk safely to the playground with our kids. Our house was going to be our lifetime house; the house where we were going to raise our family.

When I write “lifetime house,” I do not mean our dream house. These are two different things. I’ll describe the dream house for you another day. The lifetime house that we bought has three bedrooms, a basement, an attached garage and is walking distance from both the elementary school and the playground. It was built in the 1960’s, decorated in the 1980’s, and we are still working on updating it. Ed knew what he was looking for, and we found a great house for raising a family.

About a year after we bought the house, Lily was born. Ed was thrilled to be a Daddy. He changed Lily’s first diaper and walked around with her for hours while she cried and while she slept. He gave Lily her first bottle when I couldn’t produce enough milk, and we tag-teamed feeding her. I breastfed her during the day, he gave her a bottle at night.

Ed holding Lily at the hospital

Ed holding Lily at the hospital

When Emmy was born almost three years later, he was just as thrilled and stayed in the hospital with me and Emmy for four days while I recovered from a c-section. He changed her diapers, I fed her. He slept on that green chair in the picture below every night so that he could help me get Emmy when she cried.

Ed with Emmy and Lily the day Emmy was born

Ed with Emmy and Lily the day Emmy was born

We were a team.

We still are.

When Emmy is having one of her meltdowns and I’m about to lose it, Ed steps in and calms her down. When the girls want to go to the playground, Ed is never too tired to take them. He is always available to read a book or play a game. And he is the best at surprising them with a trip to the ice cream shop.

He’s not the perfect dad, but I’m not the perfect mom, either. Somehow, together, we seem to make it work. And there’s one thing I know for sure.

He’s always thinking about his girls.

 


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18 Responses to Happy Father’s Day, Ed {Spin Cycle}

  1. Gretchen says:

    Ed is the BEST! What a terrific partner you have. And I love the pictures! SO sweet.

  2. Mara says:

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again: clone!!! But honestly, he sounds like a wonderful father. And wouldn’t it be scary if he were completely perfect?

  3. Awwww, what an awesome Daddy! And those pictures are BEYOND sweet!!

  4. That’s like Cassidy! And he even wanted to be a girl dad. I know Des is the perfect addition to our family, but this was what he thought before Des was born: “I want all girls!”
    And he’s always been there to be the other part of our team.
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  5. Kim says:

    Ed sounds like a great dad!!!
    I’m fortunate that Chris has always been a very hands-on dad – so nice to raise kids with a true partner!!!
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  6. Janice says:

    What a great guy your Ed is!
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  7. OMG that was so sweet! You and the girls are very lucky to have a father and husband like him. Nobody is perfect but the two of you make it perfect!
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  8. Astrid says:

    Wow, this is such a great post. Your love for Ed and yoru appreciation of his fatherhood spring fromm it.
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  9. Christa, you and Ed definitely make the perfect team and was so smiling reading this. Absolutely wonderful tribute to Ed and hope you show this to him. Linked up finally, too :)
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