appreciating fatherhood

Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a dad.  ~Author Unknown

The quote above says 'dad'. He chose to have us called 'Papa' and 'Mama" rather than be called "Mom" and "Dad" because he didn't want others to think that we are rich. As for me, I wouldn't have mind us being called "mom" and "dad" by our daughter later on because I believe we don't have to be materially rich to be identified as mom and dad. They only mean one thing - we are parents! Anyway, I didn't want him to be called "Papa" while I would be called  "Mom" by Diane Pauline. They just won't sound perfectly good together. And so, to cut the story short, we are Mama and Papa to Pauline!

Anyway, I couldn't wait for Father's Day to say how thankful I am for hubby for being such a caring husband and a wonderful father to our daughter. When I looked at the pictures of him holding our baby taken a year ago, the memory of my childbirth experience suddenly returns to me.

He said he was scared to know that it's been more than nine hours since I've been in the labor room and he was just outside the room waiting for updates. We didn't expect that I'd be on emergency C-section but after my blood pressure rose during labor, the doctor had decided it was the next best thing to do. He was scared for both me and the baby. And he was also scared because we didn't have enough money on hand at that time for C-section. You can only imagine the tension and his worries. I didn't feel any of that because I was in labor pain. 

Today, I thank God for all the things that we have both endured together.  I thank God for my hubby for always being here as a good husband and father.


  1. I like that quote "Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad." And nowadays, it is becoming more difficult to find a dad. I thank God for giving me one and blessing me with a husband who is.

    A Blessed Parenting to you.

  2. Thank God for wonderful men and husbands. I think "mama" and "papa" is a nice way of calling your parents. If I remember, that's how many Germans teach their children to call their parents too. ;)

    (We're teaching Rome 'mommy' and 'daddy')

  3. I like your post. I remembered these are the words we usually uttered and tag as our first word/s.

    Later, when we grown up the when we're in pain.

  4. By the way, hope you don't mind if I follow your blog. This one to keep in touch.

  5. i like the photos. sweet kaau tanawon ang mag-ama!

  6. You and your husband are both good Christian parents who look to God for strength and support. You are blessed to have a loving and understanding husband who was at your side when you gave birth to your child. That you were saved by God from any harm during that time is a testament to His faithfulness to His children. I pray that you will always be a loving and caring family ever faithful to God and holding on to His promises. Thanks for the feel good post. God bless you all always.

  7. @chin-chin: thanks for the nice comments. i just followed you today
    @bchai: thanks. i just heard lots of "Mama" from dipdip today
    @ilovepink1078: thanks for following as well. i just followed your blog today
    @jenn: thanks a bunch
    @brother mel: as always, thank you for all the nice comments. i also look forward to reading more of your thoughts