One of my favorite parts about becoming a mother was watching Matt become a father. I knew that Matt was going to be a great father, because he honestly excels at everything he does, but I didn’t imagine him to be the father that he is. He’s better than I could have imagined. He’s a very hands-on daddy. Wherever we go or whatever we do, Matt really wants to be involved. It may be us taking Owen to the doctor, or it may be as simple as running to the library, or taking Owen for a walk. It doesn’t matter what it is, Matt likes to be involved.
If someone would ask me if Matt is an overly lovey dovey, sensitive person, I would have to say no. I know that Matt loves me (as he tells me numerous times a day), but I also know how much Matt loves Owen. He tells him all the time and it’s always accompanied with hugs and kisses. There isn’t a day that goes by where this little boy doesn’t know that he’s loved.
Now, I’m so excited to share Matt’s thoughts on being a father. Thank you Matt for contributing to The Linda Project, but the real thank you is what you do for Owen, Lucy (our pup), and I everyday. Soon we will be welcoming our second little boy to our family and I can’t wait to see you as a father of two.
We love you!
Tell us a little bit about your family.
Our family will be growing in the next couple weeks! We are expecting our second boy on June 30. We will have a busy and fun household. Jenna and I have been married for six years and have been best friends for 14 years. Yes, it took me seven years to ask her to marry me. I have had a wonderful time with Jenna for six years of marriage and look forward to many more. We have a 2.5 year old son, Owen. He is a very energetic little boy and has a great personality. We also have our loyal dog, Lucy. She doesn’t know it yet, but her life is about to get more exciting too!
Did you know that you always wanted to be a dad?
Yes, having children was something I pictured at some point in my life. After finding a great wife, Jenna, I knew this would be the best for us and that we would be good parents. Growing up in a great family environment with three brothers and parents that were always there for us made this something I wanted in my life.
What has been the most surprising thing for you?
The most surprising thing has been how quickly babies grow up. It seems like just yesterday that Owen was born. Now he feels like a little man and we are expecting number two.
What’s your favorite thing about being a dad?
My favorite part is seeing Owen grow and take the next steps. It is amazing how fast kids learn and it is fun to see when they take that next step in life. At first it was fun watching him take his first steps…now he doesn’t stop running!
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
The hardest part is seeing Owen when he is sad, or when he is sick, or when he is just plain crabby. You always want the best for them and for them to be happy, but you know sometimes that isn’t always possible.
If you could give advice to a brand-new dad, what would it be?
Make sure to enjoy all the steps along the way and be an active Dad. The time will go by fast and you will miss out on things very quickly.
How has children changed your marriage?
Having children changes the types of activities and events Jenna and I do together. It is no longer as easy to just hang out, just the two of us. We have tried to still take Owen to things that the both of us enjoy and to things we did prior to having kids. Trips to Lake Harriet, Twins games, date nights, and walks with Lucy are still common things we do.
Do you have a “dad” role model? Someone you always wanted to be like when you became a dad?
My “Dad role model” would be my Dad, Jim. He is a very active Dad. No matter what he had going on, he would be there for us. I don’t know how many thousand miles my parents put on watching us at our sporting events during high school, but that meant a lot to me. If you know my family, we may not show our emotions, but my Dad shows his emotions and that he cares by doing things for me and being there for me throughout my life.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the great father’s out there!