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19 Photos in Praise of a Dad and the Baby Girl He Loves

Father and daughter

Rick and Peony

Moms get a lot of credit for being, well, moms. We schlep our babies around in our bellies for nine months. We birth them. We nurse them. We get pooped, peed and thrown up on. And most of the crappy handmade art projects that bring us tears of joy are made solely with us in mind.

But most dads are no slouches, either. Of course I can really only speak of mine, to whom I still usually make the first phone call each morning, as well the dad of my girls, my husband Rick, whom I will argue until my last breath is the reason my girls’ smiles are as bright as they are.

Rick didn’t just father my girls, he is their daddy through and through. Take a look at these pictures of him with our younger daughter Peony and see if you can’t tell why he makes my heart melt as he makes hers sing:


  • love 1 of 19
    love
    Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children
    - Cicero
  • amor 2 of 19
    amor
    A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
    - Author Unknown
  • armastus 3 of 19
    armastus
    It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
    - Anne Sexton
  • حُب 4 of 19
    حُب
    My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
    - Clarence Budington Kelland
  • å–œ 5 of 19
    喜
    Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
    - Ruth E. Renkel
  • láska 6 of 19
    láska
    Any fool can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.
    - Philip Whitmore, Sr.
  • kærlighed 7 of 19
    kærlighed
    They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps.
    - Author Unknown
  • liefde 8 of 19
    liefde
    Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
    - Bill Cosby
  • rakkaus 9 of 19
    rakkaus
    I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
    - Sigmund Freud
  • die Liebe 10 of 19
    die Liebe
    A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.
    - Author Unknown
  • αγάπη 11 of 19
    αγάπη
    I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much.
    - Hedy Lamarr
  • szeretet 12 of 19
    szeretet
    A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
    - Enid Bagnold
  • ást 13 of 19
    ást
    All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.
    - Margaret Atwood
  • sayang 14 of 19
    sayang
    He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
    - Clarence Budington Kelland
  • amore 15 of 19
    amore
    Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
    - Joseph Addison
  • æ„› 16 of 19
    æ„›
    A father is someone that holds your hand at the fair makes sure you do what your mother says holds back your hair when you are sick brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy lets you eat ice cream for breakfast but only when mother is away he walks you down the aisle and tells you everything's going to be OK.
    - Author Unknown
  • ì• ì • 17 of 19
    ì• ì •
    Women's childhood relationships with their fathers are important to them all their lives. Regardless of age or status, women who seem clearest about their goals and most satisfied with their lives and personal and family relationships usually remember that their fathers enjoyed them and were actively interested in their development.
    - Stella Chess
  • mÄ«lestÄ«ba 18 of 19
    mīlestība
    A daughter needs a loving, available, predictable father or father figure who can be counted on, whether divorced or at home. She needs his best paternal intentions, even if his efforts occasionally fall short. She needs his maturity and limit setting and sexual oppositeness, so that she can function with confidence in the wider world of adult love and work.
    - Victoria Secunda
  • amour 19 of 19
    amour
    There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
    - John Gregory Brown

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