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That Very First Photo: Dad Edition

Oh my. Someone fetch me my smelling salts. I'm feeling faint!

Sure photos of mamas holding their babies for the first time ever are beautiful, but there is something about photos of dads meeting their sons or daughters for the first time that will melt even the iciest of hearts. 

With that in mind I requested readers submit their photos of dads holding babies for the first time after birth and I wasn’t disappointed.

Most dads appear very stoic, but if you peek through the cracks in that typically manly reserve you can see hearts and minds are shattered into a million tiny pieces after witnessing the miracle of childbirth and being introduced to their child.

As always, if you’d like to submit a photo of mom meeting baby or dad meeting baby for a future edition of That Very First Photo you can do so on Babble’s Facebook page or you can email me at monica bielanko at yahoo dot com with the subject line “First Photo”.

Without further ado, BEHOLD! Click here to see dads meeting their babies for the first time
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  • The most wonderful man I’ve had the privilege to know. 1 of 22
    The most wonderful man I've had the privilege to know.
    This photo is from Stephanie who says, "This is daddy & Kaidan's first picture. He's an amazing daddy and were so blessed to have him. The most wonderful man I've had the privilege to know - my husband - who held me through hours of labor and alternating screaming and sleeping. And that is the least of it." Stephanie says her husband helped her through the back labor "by using his knees ( and anything else we could ) to rub my back." What a guy!
  • When you see his expression it should make you want to cry. 2 of 22
    When you see his expression it should make you want to cry.
    This is from Jennifer. That's her husband there about to catch their baby. "My husband and I decided to go all natural for our sons birth. After 30+ hours of no drugs and a lot of pitocin, he was ready to make his appearance. The coolest thing about his birth is my doctor allowed my husband to do most of the work (HA, on his part!), so, HE got to hold him first. When you see that photo and his facial expression, oh my, it should make you want to cry!"
  • You could stare at him forever. 3 of 22
    You could stare at him forever.
    This photo is from Shantel who says "I get teary eyed, remembering what my son's birth was like 4 years ago. This is my husband and our son Brady, shortly after he was born. The thing I love about this photo is that it is not staged. My husband couldn't take his eyes off of his son. My husband even said, "You could stare at him forever".
  • A shot of my hubby shirtless on the internet? Heck yeah! 4 of 22
    A shot of my hubby shirtless on the internet? Heck yeah!
    Um... Okay. Is this not the most beautiful photo you've ever seen? This comes from a woman who emailed me from her husband Brian's account. This is obviously Brian holding their baby for the first time. Mom tells me, "A shot of my hubby shirtless on the internet? Heck yeah." Heck yeah, indeed.
  • When his little girl was born, all bets were off. 5 of 22
    When his little girl was born, all bets were off.
    This photo is from Charli who tells me, "My husband is a very collected man, but when his little girl was born, all bets were off." Dad's tender expression is so sweet!
  • My husband laughed so hard I thought we would all have to go back to the hospital. 6 of 22
    My husband laughed so hard I thought we would all have to go back to the hospital.
    This photo is of Brian holding his son Evan for the first time. Brian's wife Emily tells me "Our birth was pretty uncomplicated, which was nice because I had a few complications in my pregnancy that sent me to the hospital a few times before he was finally born. After that, they decided to induce about a week early and he came in less than 11 hours! Not bad for a first timer - although given that he was 9lbs,2oz I had to push for almost three hours. I didn't have an epidural, and that combined with the Pitocin was tough, but as soon as I saw him I forgot it all. In fact, I was telling someone a few days later that it didn't really hurt that badly and my husband laughed so hard I thought we would all have to go back to the hospital!"
  • My third baby and first son. 7 of 22
    My third baby and first son.
    I used this photo over in the 4th edition of That Very First Photo but I love it so much that I wanted to showcase dad over here. Katie says, "This was my 3rd baby and first son. This was the first time I had a picture taken of my "first sight." My mom is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and worked in L&D for 17 years before that, so she's been in the delivery room with me and my husband with each birth, but this was the first time she started taking pictures right away. It makes me so happy to remember this moment with a picture. Makes me want another."
  • He cried. I have never seen him cry before. 8 of 22
    He cried. I have never seen him cry before.
    This photo comes from Dana who tells me this is her husband "and his first time holding our daughter, he cried, I have never seen him cry before."
  • The hardest and scariest day of our lives, yet the happiest. 9 of 22
    The hardest and scariest day of our lives, yet the happiest.
    This picture from Heidi made me gulp back tears the first time I saw it. Heidi tells me, "My husband got to announce we had a son after I give birth via emergancy c-section at 33 weeks to save my life. The gender of our baby was unknown until then. Truly the hardest and scariest day of our lives yet happiest day of our lives."
  • As they look at each other for the very first time. 10 of 22
    As they look at each other for the very first time.
    This picture is from Kelli who says, "This picture means so much to me. You can just see the love in his eyes as they look at each other for the first time."
  • A proud new daddy. 11 of 22
    A proud new daddy.
    This is my husband, Serge, holding our firstborn, Violet, for the first time. They had just cleaned her up and handed her to him when my mom snapped this photo. You can see he is about to cry, but it's that subtle look of pride - a proud new daddy - that I love most about this photo.
  • My beautiful boys. 12 of 22
    My beautiful boys.
    This is my husband meeting our son Henry for the first time. I love how they're just staring right into each others' eyes. My beautiful boys.
  • Expression of awe. 13 of 22
    Expression of awe.
    This photo comes from Nadia who says this is her husband touching their son Lewis while he's being weighed. Look at the expression of awe on that proud papa's face!
  • The proudest papa ever. 14 of 22
    The proudest papa ever.
    This photo is from Lauren who calls her husband Michael - seen here with baby Jeffrey - "the proudest papa ever."
  • Look at the smile on dad’s face. 15 of 22
    Look at the smile on dad's face.
    This photo is of my dear friend Jon holding his newborn son for the first time. This guy... What a pleasure it is to watch him become such a beautiful, doting dad.
  • Extra special surprise. 16 of 22
    Extra special surprise.
    This photo comes from Debbie. It's a picture of her brother, Bob, holding his newborn daughter. Debbie says, "It wasn't my brother's first child - but it was his first DAUGHTER. I think there is somethng extra special about that... especially when he and my sister-in-law were kind of expecting a third son!"
  • Thank you, God! 17 of 22
    Thank you, God!
    This photo is from Angelica who tells me she and her husband waited a long time for baby Augustine. "I find myself looking back on these pictures a lot because Augustine was my very perfect child in every way from the very beginning. My husband and I spent about a year and a half working with a fertility specialist to conceive him so he was just extra special in that sense. (And believe it or not, this little girl was a complete accident, no fertility specialist needed). I remember thinking when I saw him there in my arms, wow is this real, he is really here and we really did it. Thank you God!"
  • Those first precious moments. 18 of 22
    Those first precious moments.
    This photo comes from Cassandra. Yet another tender photo of those first precious moments of dad meeting baby.
  • Miracle Baby. 19 of 22
    Miracle Baby.
    It's hard to see dad's face in this picture from Liisa, but I like that. It showcases the realities of childbirth and c-sections in particular. Liisa says, "hubby was sitting beside me telling me what they were doing with her while they did the APGAR tests and cleaned her up, and he took pictures so I could see them later on." Liisa, who had Elisabeth at 42, calls her daughter a little miracle.
  • Holding her for the first time. 20 of 22
    Holding her for the first time.
    This one comes from Michelle who says, "My lil with her proud daddy holding her for the first time."
  • You told me not to leave him. 21 of 22
    You told me not to leave him.
    This photo from Emily made me tear up. Here's the back story in Emily's words: "After Jordan's birth I had to be taken away for surgery, I barely got to hold my new son. As the nurses prepared to wheel me away, I yelled to Jay (the new dad) "Do NOT leave him alone, you have to stay with him!" It was probably more like I yelled AT him... I'm good at that." Later she saw this photo and asked Jay why it looks like he's running... He said "She was walking SO fast, I had to keep up, you told me not to leave him." It was so sweet how he said it. I didn't think he would react how he did, I thought for sure he'd go have a smoke break or something but he carried out my wishes. Maybe he's not so bad after all. Thanks, Your blog posts are great. :) Jordan Anthony Caruso, Born May 6th, 2011. Emily & Jay of Fairless Hills, PA.
  • He almost looks afraid to touch. 22 of 22
    He almost looks afraid to touch.
    This is also a picture of Jay with his newborn son, Jordan. Emily says, "I was so happy that a family member captured this picture of him standing by his side, he almost looks afraid to touch... in a loving sort of way."

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