The day my name changed to Dad

Before becoming a dad, I “thought” I knew what love, joy, pride, caring, stress, responsibility, and time management were all about. Once I became a dad, I had to completely redefine all of these things.


Since the day my name changed to Dad, I wasn’t just living life for myself anymore. I know, it’s supposed to be that way once you get married, and in a way it is, but this was different. This was about a new life, completely reliant on me. A tiny person that needed my wife and I in order to survive. That needed not only food, clothing and shelter, but also loved.


It’s been almost a decade since the day my name changed to Dad. Still to this day, I can’t accurately describe to someone the way it felt those first few moments as a dad. I was nervous for my wife. I was overwhelmed with joy. I was in shock of the enormity of the situation. I felt unprepared. I was scared out of my mind.

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But then, just like with any new situation I find myself in, once I stopped the “what if’s” and started “just doing” things got better. Seconds after my daughter was born, I was cutting the umbilical cord…


…and minutes after that I was bonding with my wife and child. And I never looked back.


As my little girl started to grow, I learned I couldn’t always make her happy, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to stop trying.


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Since way back in August of 2006, there have been countless moments of joy, lots of laughs and a few minor struggles (and two more kids) along the way. My kids have given me millions of reasons to be happy and I owe them thanks for each smile they put on my face.


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Brian "Pete"
Brian "Pete"
Indianapolis Stay-at-Home Dad to three kids, ages nine, six and four. Blogger and monthly print columnist for Indy’s Child, Cincinnati Parent and Dayton Parent magazines. Fifth grade class spelling bee runner-up. Gold Award Winner at the Parenting Media Association Editorial and Design Awards for Best Blog/Blogger.

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