Is there anything sweeter...
Than the sight of a father doting on his little girl?
I think not.
It's a big consolation, knowing that even though I'm not around for 40+ hours a week, Amaliya is being cared for by the other people who love her most. My mom watches her on Mondays, and my husband is home with Amaliya 2 days out of the week. He excels at caring for her. He is patient, firm, flexible, energetic, and so, so loving.
He gets her up and dressed in the mornings, makes her breakfast and lunch, puts her down for naps, and changes all the diapers. They take several walks together every day, him carrying her in his arms and narrating the sights and sounds and smells of the town.
I can imagine how their relationship is going to develop as she gets older, and it fills me with joy. I believe the most important bond a little girl can have is with her father - so much of how she sees herself, and what she looks for in a future partner, is being formed by the relationship she is developing her with dad. The way he loves on her, encourages her, respects her, goes out of his way to make her happy every day... I know that she's going to grow up to be a confident young woman, who knows that she deserves the best from those around her.
I am beyond fortunate, to be able to come home to my two loves every day. My cup - my heart - overfloweth.