To continue celebrating Father's, let's talk about your Daddy (and you say Daddy in the sweetest way about a million times in a day either looking for your Dad if he is at work or wanting his attention when he is home). He is hands down, the FUNNIEST person I know (and with the way you like to make people laugh, I think you are taking after him). He is gentle, sweet, and kind (especially when he is with you). You share his passion for the couch. In fact, you love the exact cushion he favors and you lay on it in the same way that he does. Even when you push your dad's buttons, I have never heard him raise his voice with you. Rather, he will try anything to get you to smile (including letting you crawl up and down the stairs a million times as you practice).
Your Dad was at every doctor's appointment leading up to your birth and slept in the recliner chair for four days in the hospital (as you were a c-section baby) after you were born so that he could get to you faster if you cried. Your Dad would take every other night feeding after you came home. And now that you are so mobile, he loves to roll balls to you on the floor. I think he has high hopes for you to be in little league baseball! And now that we joined the rec center, we are at the pool. Your Dad enjoys seeing you be a natural fish in the water!
But I already knew that your Dad was the perfect father before you born because he was amazing with Kyle. I remember him holding Kyle so softly that Kyle felt at peace. I always said that Kyle felt most comfortable in your Daddy's arms. When Kyle died, your Dad's comfort, peace, and stability made it easier for me to live on (even in his deepest despair, your Dad's strength never ceases to amaze me).
Ellie at 1 year old, you have a silly sense of humor that you get from your Dad. You try to make people laugh by sticking out your tongue, giving people your toys and snatching them back, and making hilarious noises. The more people laugh, the more you do it. And just like your Dad, you show affection to those you care most about. My favorite is when you walk by your Dad and stop and kiss his knee and keep on going.
The things I love most about your Dad that I hope you inherit:
1. His Humor
2. His Loyalty
3. His Honesty
4. His Generosity
5. His Love for His Family
I also love your Daddy because he gave me you and Kyle.
We really do have the best family Ellie and being at home with you and your Dad is my favorite place to be.