I came across these photos recently and had a thought.

In preparation for the trip home from the hospital,


Kyle meticulously,


and with GREAT concern for her comfort,






and double-checked every mechanism on the car seat


so that Ivalee was as comfortable and safe as possible for her first car ride.

He spent the next month hardly touching her without slathering on copious amounts of hand sanitizer. He was always so aware of her head and neck as he cradled her in his arms. And her every move was watched with equal parts caution and wonder.

And I thought as I looked through those old pictures:


Did he know that just eight months later


he’d be tossing her high into the air


to heights that sometimes give me heart palpitations


… and enjoying every second of it?


5 responses to “Daddy

  1. Oh my GOODNESS. You need to somehow back-up-save this post just in case the entire internet ever dies. It would be a crime to lose this perfect little sequence.

    And how in the world were our babies ever that tiny???

    I love it so much!!

  2. What an awesome post…and awesome pictures! There’s nothin like a Daddy and his lil girl!

  3. LOVE IT!!! You guys are great parents – it’s so wonderful to see.

  4. That is AWESOME!!!! You know you are a good daddy when you about give momma a heart attack, ha!

  5. Hahahaha! I love this! Jason was the same way!

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