one of the sweetest words that hits my hubbies ears is dada. Yes there are other things that my boys call their dada, including daddy, da, and the transition into just simply dad. One of the many things I love about my husband is the integral role he played in the birth of my sons- he is incredibly supportive and strong. I will forever remember how he breathed and moaned with me through so many rushes during Jasper's birth and comforted me during my healing both physically and soulfully from the c-section. I will also always remember his support during our homebirth with Silas and the image of him sitting on the couch first holding his second son. One moment I will never forget is that he warmed up the towels and blankets for Silas under his shirt from the heat of his own body- powerful stuff.
Recently I was asked to make a sea animal set as a gift for a little chap in Florida and this reminded me of the wonderful story Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle. Not only is it another amazing book by this fantastic author, but it shows the unique story of sea life fathers and their roles as caregivers. Seahorses, unlike most other fish are monogamous, and the only animal species on Earth in which the male bears the young.
So in honor of Father's Day I am running a little contest. Between now and June 15 at midnight leave a comment and tell me about an incredibly moving moment for you that involved your hubby at the birth of your kiddos. The winner will receive a care package of goodies, including a handmade wooden seahorse by me.
Have fun, check out Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle- Silas loves the acetate pages with critters hiding behind! We would love to visit the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum someday!
Here is a video I found of a male seahorse birthing out the babies!