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That Very First Photo: Dad Edition

By Monica Bielanko |

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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That Very First Photo:  Dad Edition

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!

You can also find Monica Bielanko on her personal blog, The Girl Who.

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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “That Very First Photo: Dad Edition

  1. Allison Stabile/The Mommy Concierge says:

    Love this one. LOVE.

  2. Saffron says:

    Lovely photos.
    I don’t have a photo of when my husband first met our daughter, but I do have the most lovely memory of him looking deep in her eyes and and saying …. Hello my darling, I have been waiting for you all my life.

    PS I love your new hair.

  3. Kristen says:

    What a cool idea. I think the dad’s are the most surpised…perhaps, because they can’t feel the baby and don’t have to carry the baby for the first 9 months.

  4. Karen says:

    Lots of tuggin’ on my heart strings there.

  5. Courtney says:

    I have no pictures of my dad holding me when I was born, but I do have a story. My dad was exhausted (48 hours no sleep the night my mom went into labor) when I was born. He was a bit fuzzy mentally. The first time they let him hold me he was so overcome (I was a high risk birth that turned out ok) that he started walking me around the room singing “Jingle Bells”. It was the happiest song he could think of and he wanted to tell me how happy he was. It was July. My mom still tears up when she tells the story.

  6. Jennifer says:

    These made me cry happy memory tears.

  7. joni says:

    When our daughter was born, my husband couldn’t be with me because of an emergency c-section. But I have the first pictures of him holding her. Fast forward 28 years, and we are in the surgical prep room before they removed my kidney to implant to our daughter. It was the same look on my husband’s face. I will never forget that look…..

  8. Samira says:

    to Emily I know how you feel after my daughter was born I told everyone I didn’t swear too much or scream all that loud at least not as loud as the girl down the hall. there were four of us who gave birth within minutes of each other the poor midwife had to run from room to room catching and the nurse almost caught my little girl before she got to me, but I was so sick the first 9 months that I was in the hospital every other week from dehydration and I was also gestational diabetic. So when my daughter came at 4:29 pm after beginning labor at 6:30 am it really wasn’t that bad for a first time mom. I do have a pic of her father holding her for the first time but I have to find it again maybe it will be here in time.

  9. Kristin says:

    I agree, the story of Emily and Jay also made me tear up. I’m so happy this picture was captured to show Emily how he was being the great protector. My husband and I are a few months away from welcoming our baby girl into the world and I can imagine how hard it will be to let her out of my sight for even a minute. We’ve had some complications along the way so far, so hopefully everything will go smoothly the day we deliver our baby girl. I can also see myself instructing him not to let her out of his sight and I hope he will adhere to my request as attentively as Jay.

  10. my eyes just filled with tears of joy while i was going through your shared pictures Monica. it reminded me of my first meeting with my daughter when she was born. :) thanks for sharing

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