This is my 200th post - something I find hard to believe. When I thought about what I might write about for this one, I decided to take the time to post about something I have been wanting to for awhile now.
I have been lucky enough to watch the transformation of four co-workers into fathers over the last year. It has been heart warming and special. All four of them are wonderful people and are absolutely fabulous fathers.
I've know two of them for quite some time. I watched these two go from happy go lucky bachelors - newly arrived in Canada over 12 years ago now. My employer did a hiring blitz in England as there was a shortage of programmers here at the time - a group of 5 arrived. One brought a new wife - married for immigration purposes - the rest were single and have all since married and stayed here in the Toronto area. I first watched them transform into husbands. They all chose great spouses.
Now after 12 years, many projects and several employers later, I find myself lucky enough to work with two of them again.
Last year news of the pregnancies started trickling out - by the time all four had been announced (in a department of 20 or so people) we were amazed. All had due dates within a two week span. (Of course all this happened during a project that was already a time crunch) So, one by one the due dates approached and the 'I'm at the hospital' phone calls arrived. We are a close department and we anxiously waited until we finally had the news we were waiting for - the baby arrived. The women in the department managed to get the details and write the subsequent emails. Happy, happy times. Four times over.
All babies arrived healthy and bouncy. Email photos were shared.
I was amazed as I listened to the four of them trading diaper and breast feeding stories. Tears frequently came to my eyes as the proud fathers shared their experiences with us. The babies have been in for many visits over the last almost year now. I've watched them grow so confident as they handle their little ones. And the babies - there were two boys and two girls. These children are so well loved and so fantastic.
I have loved watching this change - perhaps because I see them everyday and hear little tidbits everyday I've felt quite close to all of it.
Seeing the transformation to fatherhood so close up has made me really appreciate these men.