For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to have children; I thought that I would follow the family tradition and have two, with a gap of two to three years; this is the case with my sister and I and all six of my cousins. I never expected though, that I would have had them both by the age of twenty six! Kimberley keeps telling me that this is a good thing as there is always time to have some more!
We had been together for over seven years by the time Kimberley and I got married; we decided that we wanted to have children right away. We got pregnant very quickly; I remember having mixed emotions when we found out; on one hand I was excited at the prospect of becoming a dad and on the other I was suddenly very aware of how young we both were and how much responsibility having a child would bring.
|The day my Life changed Forever!|
|Heavily outnumbered by this point!|
I don't think it really hit me until I was carrying the empty car seat from the car to the delivery suite; I clearly remember having the sudden realisation that when we walked out of the hospital there would be a baby in there!
Becoming a dad, not just once but twice, has been the best thing that has ever happened to me; it has changed me in so many ways for the better; I used to be hardened and afraid to show my emotions, now I have a real purpose in life and am not afraid to show how I feel about my girls.
|Ruby giving me the run around from an early age!|
|The day that Ruby decided she wants |
I absolutely love being a father! It is the best feeling in the world when I get home from work and Ruby shouts "Daddy...." at the top of her voice and runs at me open armed; and when Lottie gets all excited as soon as I get near her cot in the morning. These are moments that I will never forget.
I love the fact that both girls are so individual and have very different personalities. It makes me smile every time I see the two of them grinning or waving at each other across the dinner table; they are already the best of friends.
|As you can see, Ruby loves her sister very much!|
Parenting has definitely had it's ups and downs; being a dad is much harder than I thought it would be, but in the same way, much more rewarding. I am really excited about what the future brings and am determined to cherish every minute of it.