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Interview With A Toddler’s Dad

What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man…

That is pretty much my husband’s theme song and I’m of the opinion that it should play every time he walks into the room. He is hard-working and handsome and I’ve known for almost seven years now what an incredible husband he is – there is not a day that goes by where I’m not thankful he asked me to marry him. (I got the better end of that deal!) And I’ve had the incredible pleasure of watching my husband turn into a father over the past 3.5 years.

While he is my partner in every way in parenting, sometimes I wonder what goes through his mind when he’s being the #1 Dad in the Universe. Like, what is his favorite part of being a dad? What books does he like to read on repeat? Is there a toy he plays with when we’re not around?

So I decided to ask him! Most of his answers were what I expected, but a few surprised me! (like the book! and the toy!) You’ve read a lot about me as a momma, so enjoy a little insight into that mighty, mighty good man that’s by  my side:

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  • What was the first thing you thought when you saw Harrison for the first time? 1 of 14
    What was the first thing you thought when you saw Harrison for the first time?
    I was amazed. It sounds silly, but in my mind he didn't really exist until I saw him crying and breathing there in front of me. It was the best moment of my life.
  • Goldfish crackers or pretzel sticks? 2 of 14
    Goldfish crackers or pretzel sticks?
    Pretzel sticks.
  • What is the most unexpected thing about parenting? 3 of 14
    What is the most unexpected thing about parenting?
    It has taught me a lot about myself. I am a helicopter parent and I am having to work hard on curbing some of those habits. I did not prepare very well for how I would react to situations that occur every day in parenting, I thought I would just fall into being a good parent. My first response is to take control of every situation, stop the behavior and start with a clean slate. I find myself taking notes from other parents when we have play dates about how I can react differently. It continues to be a learning experience for me.
  • What is the best thing about toddlerhood? 4 of 14
    What is the best thing about toddlerhood?
    Independence. Harrison is slowy moving toward playing by himself or wanting to play with friends more and more. It is hard for me to turn him loose, but it makes me happy to see him play so well with his friends, making new friends and taking in new experiences.
  • What drives you batty about toddlers? 5 of 14
    What drives you batty about toddlers?
    The one track mind. Sometimes, when Harrison wants a new truck or a cup of milk a seemingly innocent request turns into pestering in the blink of an eye.
  • What do you think is Harrys favorite thing about you? 6 of 14
    What do you think is Harrys favorite thing about you?
    Harry's favorite thing about me is my willingness to interact on his level. We will spend 30 minutes or more hiding from and then chasing monsters, or run laps through the down stairs chasing one another for no reason.
  • What is the one movie you could recite by heart, thanks to watching it over & over with Harry? 7 of 14
    What is the one movie you could recite by heart, thanks to watching it over & over with Harry?
    Cars. (Or Frank as it obviously should have been titled.)
  • What is one thing that Harry can do that amazes you on a daily basis? 8 of 14
    What is one thing that Harry can do that amazes you on a daily basis?
    I am amazed at the way Harrison can put together his thoughts into words. Since completing speech therapy he has made huge improvements and everyday he will rattle off a saying or new word. It makes me smile every time.
  • What do you think Harrison will be when he grows up & why? 9 of 14
    What do you think Harrison will be when he grows up & why?
    I honestly don't know the answer to this one. The world is such a different place now. He could still be a fireman, a doctor, etc. But if you press me I can see him following in his mother's footsteps and being a computer wiz.
  • What has parenting taught you about marriage? 10 of 14
    What has parenting taught you about marriage?
    We have a great marriage and I am proud of that. We both work very hard at it and sometimes put in overtime. Before Harrison, we lived a carefree life for the most part. I honestly don't think we had a single argument. After Harrison arrived, we both learned quickly that we would have to work as a team to make our family work. If anything parenting has forced us to communicate even better than before because we simply don't have a choice.
  • What is your favorite book to read to Harry? 11 of 14
    What is your favorite book to read to Harry?
    I believe it is called I Love You Forever. It follows a parent/child from the beginning of life to the end of the parent's. It reminds me of my grandmother and it makes me cry every time.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with Harrison? 12 of 14
    What is your favorite thing to do with Harrison?
    We recently began hitting foam golf balls in the back yard. I love to watch him chase the ball around, and after making contact he always gives the 'Tiger' fist pump.
  • What is the coolest toddler toy that you secretly enjoy playing with? 13 of 14
    What is the coolest toddler toy that you secretly enjoy playing with?
    The slot car track.
  • Can Harrison have a flatbed truck? 14 of 14
    Can Harrison have a flatbed truck?
    Only if he completes his chore list. Or, maybe after Momma hops the plane to Dallas :)

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures at Okay, BA! You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook

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