This is a photo of the first time my husband, Chris, held our daughter, Maddie Mae. Maybe the most telling part of the image is the view of the clock over their heads and where its hands point. It indicates that Chris held Maddie in our hospital room within the first hour after birth.
In contrast, these are photos of RJ Sirek holding his son Zander for the first time. Zander was nearly 4 months old and they were at the MSP airport after RJ returned from his 3rd overseas deployment. Aleecia Sirek raised her and RJ's two boys while pregnant and then gave birth to and cared for their third son while RJ was overseas, qualifying her for superhero status too!
It's so easy to take things for granted, and there was nothing like this military homecoming I was able to photograph earlier this year to remind me of all of those little and big things.
Enjoy having all three of your boys in your arms this Father's Day, RJ--you are so deserving! And, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY! I'm also super appreciative of Aleecia and her boys for the sacrifices they've made so RJ can live a life of service to our country.
Here are a few more photos of RJ's homecoming just to show just how much he is loved :)
I'm also super grateful for my hubby Chris who is a superhero father in his own right. He so awesomely juggles serving our veterans as a physical therapist at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis with being a super involved and loving father and husband. Happy Father's Day to you too, Chris!
And, to all the dads who have the ability to hold their babies right after birth and to those whose circumstances prevent them from being present in that moment, cheers to you! Enjoy your special day!