First time dads

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Friday, June 13, 2014


WELCOMING one's own child for the very first time is indeed an inexpressible experience. As we celebrate Father's Day, Sun.Star Davao has asked first-time Dads about their feelings, changes and most memorable experiences so far.

It's interesting to note that fathers, who are known to be tough and strong and not really open about about their feelings, soften when they talk about their new bundle of joy.

John Michael D. Atienza, 28, said in the vernacular, "It feels great! I have a baby boy who is so cute and I already have a responsibility as a father to my child", pertaining to three-month-old Rohn Kervy.

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Michael shares waking up in the wee hours to feed Rhon or change his diapers when his wife reports for work at the hospital, saying, "Luod sa una pero nasanay nalang ko kadugayan . Dili napud ko kadula ug basketbol kay magbantay ko sa akong baby pero okay lang worth it kaayo. (I got used to it. I don't get to play basketball as I have to look after baby but it's all worth it)."

For 33-year-old Christopher N. Abalayan, waiting for their first baby was a test of faith as wife Gay suffered two miscarriages before God blessed them with the birth of Eliana Gale who was born premature on March 3, 2014.

"Super hapi kanang feeling na wala ka kasabot. Memorable? Katong nabilin ko kay baby, nagpadede ko unya natuk-an. Pirting kuyawa nako. Nag-panic ko (It's an undescribable feeling. When I was left alone with baby, I fed her but she choked and I panicked)," Christopher recalled.

The proud father said he's become more motivated to work so he can give a better future to Gale and he's more wise in spending money as baby's needs come first this time. He has also learned to sing baby to sleep.

Sun.Star Davao photojournalist John Quineth "King" Rodriguez, for his part, was blessed to have Kaleb David after his seven-year marriage to wife Deewai. Kaleb was born on January 6, 2014.

"Kaleb's coming made me appreciate what my parents, my father sacrificed for me and how happy they were just having me in their lives. Life has never been the same for me. I now have better vision and direction on what I want for my family's future," King said.

He cherishes every moment spent with Kaleb, especially when baby smiles just seeing his Daddy King.

Dalton Felix, father to two-year-old Zion, said fatherhood has changed him, "I always look at the future because I want to be there every moment of his growth and be as ready and fit when he grows up."

All fathers, just like mothers, indeed want the best for their children. Fathers are a rare breed. Their strength and stability is a constant source of inspiration for their kids and the entire family.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 13, 2014.

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