Lindsay Satmary: How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a dad?
Drew Satmary: It was exciting and scary at the same time because there were so many unknown factors, like… would I be a good dad? Would the pregnancy go smoothly? How would we take care of a baby? Were we ready for parenthood? And so on as my mind tried to make sense of the excitement and magnitude of the life-changing events to come.
LS: What was it like to hold your baby for the first time?
DS: Seriously, words can’t even describe it! In that moment, it was like in the movies were everything is happening at such a rapid speed around you but in that moment your experiencing everything in slow motion and with no sound. I just was in awe that my wife and I had created this most amazing and perfect little life that fit so perfectly in my arms. The amount of love I felt for our son was off the charts! It was the most amazing moment of my life!
LS: What kinds of things did you learn and struggle with during your first year as a father?
DS: Haha, sleeping was definitely a rough one! I mastered the art of diaper changing and became a ninja at the baby swaddle! I also learned that no matter how tired you are, how stressful the events of the day can be, the days will feel like minutes and the years will feel like days so you have to cherish every second you have with your children because before you know it they will be the ones with kids.
LS: What was your favorite memory from the first year as a dad?
DS: My favorite memory from the first year of being a dad was the first time Andrew laughed. It was very early in the morning after we had stayed up all night to wrap up a project for a client. Andrew had woken up pretty early and wouldn’t go back to sleep. We were exhausted and wanted to go to sleep soooo badly but Andrew was just wide awake. We decided to enjoy the moment. So I started making faces and weird noises at him to try and make him smile and that was when he did his first laugh! It was so cute and such a memorable time for us and our little family. I’ll never forget how proud we were!
LS: How has having TWO children shaped you as a father?
DS: It’s challenging having two children. On one hand, they are both boys which makes things a little bit easier. On the other hand, they are rambunctious little guys and they keep me on my toes! As our second son, Aidan, has grown older, I’ve noticed how different their personalities are and my parenting style has had to change accommodate both of their unique personalities and feelings. Having two children is pretty amazing though! There are always laughs, tickles, snuggles and hugs which make it all SO WORTH IT!
LS: How would you describe your role as a father?
DS: I would consider myself a rather active father on a daily basis. I am involved in almost everything they do and even things they just need. I’ve never been one to shy away from changing diapers, cooking meals for them, giving them baths and getting them to sleep. I also try to be a constant positive male role model for them to look up to and learn everything from. I hope they see the sacrifices and the accomplishments and know we work hard for them and know that they can grow up to follow their own dreams like we did.
I love my family so much! Easter pictures are always my favorite! It’s fun to see how much our babies grow each year. Photo credit: @camerashyowl #Easter #family #brothers #lovemyboys #spring #march #momlife #springcolors #oldnavy #childrensplace #besthusbandever #bestdaddyever #bigsmiles #blogger #entrepreneur #springstyle #toddlerstyle A photo posted by Lindsay Satmary (@paperclipsandpacis) on
LS: What are the moments that make being a dad “so worth it?”
DS: There is nothing better than being gone for a little bit and coming home to see the boys run to me and say they missed me and love me while giving me big hugs. At the same time it’s just as amazing to have one of them walk up to me while I’m working on my computer when they lay their head on me and say, “I love you daddy!” that just melts me so I have no choice but to stop what I’m doing, pick them up and love on them.
Treats for the boys for Father’s Day A photo posted by Lindsay Satmary (@paperclipsandpacis) on
Connect with Drew:
Drew Satmary is married to Lindsay Satmary, and a father of two boys, Andrew (almost 4) and Aidan (2). He’s an entrepreneur, web and graphic designer, musician, amazing cook, and basically good at just about everything from home improvement projects to designing custom decor and much more!
You can check out Drew’s tech review blog at www.drewsatmary.com and be sure to
connect with Drew on social media:
What are your favorite DAD moments in your family that make parenting #Soworthit? Share in the comments below!