“My dad passed away when I was 15. I had father figures step into place but never had an ever present figure to model my life and standards after. So when it came to being a dad, I was flying blind.
My wife was induced and went through 40 hours of labor. She finally had to opt for a c-section and we then found out that our son was lying on his back in the womb and was basically stuck. Those were the longest 40 hours of our lives.
Her epidural wound up failing and the pain I saw her go through crushed my soul. Watching somebody you love so dearly being in pain, knowing there is nothing you can do? It’s torture. I can’t begin to imagine how she felt.
Fast-forward to the delivery room; I can’t explain the magic: my wife battling gestational diabetes and Bell’s palsy; the constant doctors visits; her pain, and watching her endure it; it all melted away when I saw my son and heard his first cry.
I forgot about it all and I just saw my wife and my son. We became a family. I became a father. The two greatest loves of my life and I get to spend every day with them!
Being a new father is scary. Especially because I had no father figure to learn from and watch and mold me. But between my wife and I and our amazing family, we figure it out a day at a time.
Being a father and a husband are by far the greatest achievements I have in this lifetime and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.”
– Tyler Steadham
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