There's a saying, "Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it." Tonight as my wife and I heard our 2 month old on the baby monitor give his nightly 3 AM feeding notice, I kinda began doing some reflecting. Sleep deprivation has become a way of life for us - at least since August 5 this year, the day we welcomed him into the world.
Then I think about how much we wanted to have a baby boy. We have a wonderful daughter. Now we have the son we've dreamed of. But it's not like he's come out of the womb as a self-sufficient 12 year old like our daughter now is. It takes a bit of sacrifice on our part.
Parenthood has its challenges, no doubt. But it's a challenge that has great rewards. The thought that we have a young life to shape and mold is awesome - something we welcome with open arms!
Some of you have gone to great lengths to become fathers. Many of you would not be fathers today without technological advances in medicine. And that process has been an emotional and financial sacrifice. Others of you are fathers of children who may not carry your DNA but you've made great sacrifices just to have a child to call your own. All these are notches in your belt.
We make many sacrifices to become the fathers that we are. I say, "Keep it up dad! Your labor is not in vain!" Just imagine your child being a major contributor to society as an adult. And then think about the sacrifices you make now. It's all a matter of perspective.
Keep up the good work! Your reward will be great!
The Upbeat Dad