Father's Day is coming up and my 4-month son and I have been putting our heads together on how to make the day special for the Mister. In doing so, my son wanted me to share some of his thoughts that he doesn't quite have the skills yet to say himself. Luckily, I'm a mind-reader - one of my many newly discovered talents as a mother. In certain that for many of you first-time Daddys out there, the message rings true for you, too!
If I could talk, I'd tell you just how thankful I am that God picked you to be mine.
I'd tell you that even though you think I'm small and not paying attention, I see the way you look at me with unconditional love.
I see the way you take care of Mommy, further allowing her to be the woman we both need. When you don't think I'm looking, I see you peek in on me at night to make sure I'm snug as a bug. And I hear you positioning the fans, nightlights and humidifier so I have optimal sleeping conditions.
I hear the curses under your breath (reminder, watch the language, Pa!) as you put together my toys, spending hours of your weekend just to make me smile.
I see the way your face lights up when I laugh or do something cute. Please know that I'm trying hard to make you proud.
If I could talk, I'd thank you for working long, tiresome hours to make sure me and Mommy are well taken care of. Don't worry, I know where my "bread and butter" is coming from
Daddy, If I could talk, I'd tell you how much I'm looking forward to all the adventures we'll have together. My first baseball game, my first trip to the zoo, my first visit from the tooth fairy (ahem, "bread and butter") and our first family vacation. I'm so lucky that you're the one I get to experience life with.
If I could talk, I'd tell you to worry less. I know I'm little, Daddy, but I'm going to be OK - as long as you play "superbaby" with me and never stop dancing around the living room to Yo Gabba Gabba.
If I knew how, I'd tell you how happy it makes me to see you love Mommy. To know that you're best friends, and that one day I'll find someone that was made for me, the way you two were made for eachother.
Daddy, on the Father's Day, you should know that I see and hear a lot more than what you give me credit for. Your "scary bird" song keeps me safe, your forehead kisses let me know how much you love me and your morning tickles teach me that laughter is one of life's greatest gifts.
If I could talk, I'd tell you that God couldn't of picked a greater guy to be my Daddy (and napping partner) and I'm so lucky that I get to be all yours.
Happy Father's Day, Daddy.
How are you and your baby wishing "Daddy" and Happy Father's Day this year?
Shannon is a first-time mom and the founder and creator of The Daily Balance , a Web site updated daily with advice, tips and personal stories to help others find balance in their lives. From food to fashion, motherhood, fitness, inspiration and recipes, The Daily Balance is the perfect tool for those who "want it all."