Gay Dad Life

Best Cries Ever!

Parenting is about incredible highs, incredible lows, and the many rollercoaster moments that take you teetering between the two.

Recently, Sadie, completely unprovoked, started telling me that she loves me. The first time I heard this I reacted the way I imagine any normal modern father would…I started to cry.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Parenting Moment Cries.


  • The very first time I held Levi, who was five days old. Also, the very first time I held Ella and Sadie, who were just a few hours old.
  • At Levi’s bris, when Ferd and I shared the story behind how we came up with his name, and again 17 months later at the girls’ naming ceremony.
  • The first time Levi got sick. Even more so when he got so dehydrated that we had to take him to the hospital. I had to hold him down so they could stick an IV needle into his hand to feed him fluids intravenously.
  • Each time I received my first real hug from Levi, Sadie and Ella.
  • The first time I heard “daddy” and it was directed towards me.
  • The first time I heard “I love you, too, daddy” repeated back to me.
  • The first time I received an unprovoked “I love you, daddy.”
  • The first time Ella walked. She has some developmental delays so did not start walking until she was just a few months shy of three years old, just in time to be a flower girl at our wedding.
  • The first morning I dropped Levi off at daycare. I could still hear his crying and the words, “I want my daddy!” from down the hall.
  • The first time I returned from an overnight business trip and was greeted by pure delight from all three kids, who came bouncing down the stairs for hugs.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, so sometimes I like to recall these “firsts” to help keep me focused on the big picture – I’m a dad!

    What are your most verklempt moments?

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