Due to logistics and other reasons, Rob was not able to witness Faith coming into the world. She was born in Rochester, over 600 miles from home. Rob found out he was a daddy when he stopped in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to make a call to his mother. She told him he was a daddy! He got to Rochester just before midnight on the day of her birth - October 25, 2003.
When Rob first saw Faith's tiny little body - just over 2 lbs., she was covered with tubes and lines all hooked up to different apparatuses. What was supposed to be one of the most joyful events of his life was one of the most frightening. After spending time with a daughter he couldn't even hold, he came down to the hospital to see me.
I was still pretty out of it but I do remember coming up with Faith's middle name - Faith Jean Armour. (Faith has both mine and Rob's middle names). We visited her in the NICU as much as we could. She looked so tiny and fragile but we knew she was a fighter. Finally, one week after she was born, Rob and I got to hold her.
After two weeks in Rochester, Faith was transferred to Bismarck. Rob and I lived at the Ronald McDonald House for the next two months. Faith was discharged from the NICU on her original due date, January 5, 2004. We lived in Watford City at the time and after Faith was diagnosed with CP, we moved to Bismarck so Faith could get the best medical care and pediatric therapy possible.
Since moving, Rob was a stay-at-home dad for four years. He and Faith went through a lot together. In that time, Faith and her dad established an incredible bond with one another. I feel so very blessed that Faith has such a wonderful dad. Since she was just a baby, Rob has made it a point to give her three hugs in a row while saying, "Daddy loves you." I don't think he's missed a day. She knows without a doubt how much he loves her. She knows she is safe and protected in his presence. She knows that her daddy prays for her and that some of those prayers have been answered.
I am so thankful for my husband who strives to be the best daddy he can be for his little girl. Happy Father's Day Rob!