A Daddy’s Love…The Ordinary Moments

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I have talked on my blog before about how I knew the minute I became pregnant with Alice that Andy was going to make a brilliant daddy and he continues to live up to this.

Andy has been off work since last Thursday and we have been on our family holiday to Portugal all week. It was much needed by him, me and the girls…

He does pull his weight during the week, cleaning the kitchen, helping with bath and bedtime and most morning’s Andy is the one that gets up with Alice and Holly and gives them their breakfast. I do the night shift and he does the morning shift, it works for us.

Both my girls adore their daddy and the second they hear the key in the door, they can’t get to him fast enough to wrap their arms around his neck. Little Holly can’t even wait for him to scoop her up and just cuddles his leg, before he lifts her up and snuggles her in tight.

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They are the reason he works as hard as he does, there is nothing he wouldn’t do for them. I know that if you had asked Andy before we had children if he wanted a son, his answer would have been yes, a son would be great to take to the football. But, now as a father to two girls, he wouldn’t change it for the world. There is something special about the relationship between a daddy and daughter, I love to sometimes be on the sideline watching them together.

While Andy has been off work, he has 100% been daddy, there has been no sneaky look at work emails during the day. The out of office is on and it is staying that way until tomorrow morning.

We have enjoyed time as the four of us and that has been so lovely. But he has also had times with the girls on their own. While Holly is napping, he has taken Alice to the park on our resort most days and it’s so lovely to see the two of them walk off together hand in hand. It’s these little things that mean so much to her.

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I think the biggest highlight for Alice has been in the swimming pool with her daddy. I have been taking Alice for swimming lessons since she was 14 weeks old and whilst we do go as a family too, this holiday we have been in the pool every day. She has just loved the one on one time with her daddy with him throwing her up in the air and her showing him how she can swim. I just adore watching them together.


Then there is my little Holly and she is a daddy’s girl, every time he leaves the room she says’ where’s daddy?’ and when he come back, even if it was just to the toilet and no time at all. He is greeted with the biggest smile and ‘dadddyyyy back’. You would think she hadn’t seen him in a month!

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Andy spent ages in the baby pool with Holly, while she stood there tipping water over herself and laughing. She thought it was the best thing ever and to see them together melts my heart.

As the week went on I could see Andy relaxing more and more and the girls really settling into having daddy home. Alice kept asking me if it was the weekend, because daddy was home.

Andy has always been a bit nervous about taking both of the girls out together, but he has never stopped doing it and has got more confident about doing it as they have got older. I know that some of that come’s from me, he worries that because he isn’t with the girls as much as me, he is going to do something wrong. I try hard not to point it out when he does, but normally its slipped out before I can stop it. I will try harder, because really it doesn’t matter if Holly has her nap 10 minutes later than normal or if he gave them their snack too close to lunch.

On our last afternoon while I packed the suitcases, he took the girls to the park, they didn’t even ask if I was coming, they were so happy to be going with their daddy.



It’s the little moments too, siting with Holly reading her story after story, she loves a story. Playing hairdressers with Alice and letting her put clips in his hair, the joys of having daughters. Taking them outside after dinner and playing football before bath time, oh how I am loving the sunny evenings here.

We will miss him next week, me because let’s be honest its nice to have an extra pair of hands and we do make a great team. But the girls will too, a week in their life can feel a lot longer than it does to us. We will fall back into our daily routine of the three of us and daddy going off to work.

But for now I will just sit here and remember what a genuinely brilliant week it has been, in between the normal tantrums, sulks and squabbling…but they wouldn’t be children without them!


Joining Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments

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  1. May 22, 2016 / 09:08

    How lovely. It’s great that he’s such a good dad, it’s lovely when they’re so involved. My husband is like that too, although it’s slightly different with his situation at the moment.
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  2. May 22, 2016 / 14:08

    Ah I didn’t realise you were on holiday, I hope you had the most amazing time and the sun was shining for you. I completely nodded my head along to your post because my husband is exactly the same, even down to getting them breakfast in the morning. He is one in a million and he also loves being a daddy to girls- it’s wonderful to watch their bond. So much so he was nervous about having a son because he wasn’t sure what to do! Luckily he’s just as wonderful with him, as I sit and type this he is cuddling him on the sofa. x

    • May 22, 2016 / 15:35

      Thank you lovely, we had the best time and the sun shone every day!! I just love to see daddy’s with their children, it’s always such a lovely sight. Ooh those newborn snuggles are the best xx

  3. May 22, 2016 / 16:26

    Hi Laura, it sounds as if you’ve enjoyed a wonderful family holiday in Portugal, and the pool looks empty, which is always a bonus when you have little ones. Alice sounds like she’s old enough to really enjoy playing with Dad,and any Dad who happily plays hairdressers with his little girl is bound to be missed when he goes back to work!


  4. May 22, 2016 / 18:49

    Oh that sounds like the most amazing holiday! It’s lovely to have one on one time with your children anyway but to sneak in extra time when you’re on holiday is the best – and just look at all that sunshine – lucky you 🙂
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  5. May 22, 2016 / 19:19

    Ah we have two girls and I agree there is something special about a Daddy daughter relationship. He also gets a bit nervous taking them both out alone but it’s definitely just a confidence thing – he is amazing with them. Hope you enjoyed your holiday xxx
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  6. May 22, 2016 / 20:25

    This is so lovely! I know exactly what you mean, it’s so nice to have them home and you do get used to it quickly, I bet you will all miss him when he’s back at work. Carl is off now until a week Tuesday and Mabel keeps asking him ‘can you not go to work please today Daddy?’ She can’t quite believe that he’s not going to work at all for 10 whole days! Oh and we do the exact same with Carl getting up wi the girls in the morning and cleaning the kitchen in the evening. It’s nice to have that little break from it every day when you do everything else all day long by yourself isn’t it xx
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  7. May 22, 2016 / 20:54

    Lovely post. I love seeing the relationship between my daughter and her daddy. Wrapped around her finger springs to mind LOL.
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  8. May 22, 2016 / 23:05

    Isn’t it wonderful to find a man thats so brilliant and a man that know what being a dad/father really means? So many men let down their kids, so many give men generally a bad name, and thats very sad because the reality is many families are blessed with incredible daddys!
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday, pics look great and seems perfect x

  9. May 23, 2016 / 13:01

    Looks like you had a great holiday and nice to get the time with the whole family. My OH refuses to take time off work to go away, so N’s only had 1 family holiday with his dad as well as me in 5 years! So sad for N and the OH missing out.

  10. May 23, 2016 / 17:07

    That Daddy love is sooo special, especially with Daddys that really get invovled and pull their weight. It sounds to me like you bagged yourself a good one there my love x
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  11. May 23, 2016 / 21:27

    Sounds like the perfect family holiday, fab daddy you have for your girls too. x

  12. May 25, 2016 / 07:38

    Aw such beautiful photos Laura. The girls are so lucky to have him. We recently went on holiday without my husband as he had other commitments (it was a last minute holiday) and we missed him so much. It is so lovely having them (husbands/dads) around, when we go away as a family I always relish in our days together. Hope you had a fantastic holiday, just waiting for the english weather to catch up now!! xx

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