“Fatherhood has not been easy for my husband, Josh.
We found out we were pregnant with our first baby just days after he was laid off from his job and three months after we had bought our first house. Talk about stress!
When our first daughter was born she was rushed to the NICU unexpectedly and spent her first week there. She was in and out of the hospital the first few months of her life.
When we were expecting our second child, Evie, she was diagnosed with Left Atrial Isomerism, along with multiple severe heart defects.
Evie spent the first 3 months of her life in ICU and underwent two heart surgeries. At 7 months old she received her first open heart surgery and spent another month in hospital recovering. Her dad has never missed a day with her. She is expected to go for another open heart surgery in a few months- something I couldn’t bear without the support of my husband.
Being a medical dad has come so natural to Josh. He has a passion for his daughters that will never change. He quickly learned to advocate for them, ask the tough questions that I couldn’t, always requested to stay and hold their tiny hands during painful procedures, and spent countless sleepless nights by their hospital cribs.
Through all of this, since being laid off almost 4 years ago, Josh has worked exhausting hours at many different jobs, some of them very physically demanding. All the while he has been in school to become a paramedic. His deep love for his family is so evident in his incredible work ethic and drives him to give his daughters the best life. I couldn’t have asked for a more loyal and devoted father for my children.
He has told me many times that the reason he didn’t go back to a 9-5 job but instead chose to go back to school for a new career is because he wants to have flexible work hours that will allow him to take our girls to school, join them on field trips, and never miss one of their soccer games or dance recitals. He wants to be there for every moment.
You know how some kids look at their dad and see Superman? That’s what my girls see ❤️ (and me too!)”
– Talia Izat
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