You think you're in love now? Just WAIT! It gets so much better.
There have been moments in my relationship with my husband where I have fallen in love with him all over again. All those butterflies come fluttering back, and I'm suddenly a twitterpated teenager with googly eyes and cartoon hearts floating above my head. The first time I was blindsided by love, Cody was in the basement playing bears with our three-year-old nephew, he smiled up the stairs at me and continued roaring and pawing his way around the basement like a little kid. Swoon! And just last week I woke up to him bathing our two little squealing girls in the tub. As he came out of the bathroom holding a freshly bathed, towel-wrapped toddler, I gave him a look that said "That right there is better than a cocktail, baby."
It seems that what's really swoon-worthy is when our partners do something totally out of character. When I asked my friends for photos that illustrated these moments, they all knew exactly what I was talking about!
These little moments of vulnerability are the ones I cherish most in my own relationship. May we all have the privilege of being knocked breathless in love every once in awhile by our lovers.
1. Dads Wearing Babies
Nothing gave me more pleasure than seeing my chubby little baby strapped to my big strong husband, and he knew it.
Guys, do you have any idea the POWER you hold when you wear a baby? (Not to mention it's a spectacular way to bond with your bundle of joy.)
2. The No-Shame Doll Hand Hold
In my friend Mary's own words: "Everyone was holding hands in the mall and my daughter's baby doll felt lonely, so she told her daddy to hold the naked baby's hand. This lasted about 3-4 minutes. And my husband didn't think twice about it. Dads covered in tattoos holding baby doll hands? LET'S MAKE OUT."
Photo: Mary Graham
3. When A New Dad Meets His Baby
This is my brother-in-law meeting my nephew for the very first time.
He was so tired after helping my sister through labor, but all the stress and fear melted away as he gazed at his son and touched him for the very first time. He may be my sister's husband, but it still warmed my heart. I'm so grateful I captured this moment for her!
4. Hair Braiding
My daughters beg and cry for my husband to comb their hair, and I've learned it's because he treats their scalps like tender little butterflies.
Seeing a guy who has had his head shaved our entire marriage try to manage the two mopsy heads of hair on our girls? Swoon!
Photo: Emily Schwank
5. There's A Dad Under There
In the words of my friend Ami: "Everytime I look at this photo of my husband on a sled covered with small children, it makes me fall in love with him a little bit more."
I know her husband, and I agree.
Photo: Ami Bunker
6. Game Night. Game Face.
"Game night is a highlight around here, and while this dad looks fed up with wearing a toaster on his head, he's taking one for the team. And you know that secretly he's having a really good time."
Photo: Kirsten Shaw
7. Guys And Dogs
"It doesn't always have to be human babies that make us weak in the knees. Sometimes just seeing the trust and adoration a pet has for the person you love most is its own aphrodisiac."
Photo: Mary Graham
8. Guys and Cats
My husband and my cat love each other so much it actually makes me jealous at times. Neither of them will ever admit to it, but I know.
They even have a secret handshake.
9. Wearing Their Love
I love picking up cool shirts, and 8 years ago my husband wouldn't have been caught dead in one. But somewhere in the last decade, he realized how happy it makes all of us to see him in something silly we picked out for him.
I mean, who couldn't love a guy in a Pixar shirt?
10. A Little Light Reading
"I love this picture of Jeff, my husband, reading an American Girl book to our girls (all 3 are in the bed with him). This was taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is wonderful and hilarious to hear a grown man reading "blue skies in, gray skies out" and doing voices for conversations between preteen gymnasts."
Dentist by day. Dramatic storyteller by night.
Photo: Lissi Jones
11. Snoozy Snoozers
"My kids don't nap with us, but I can promise you if one of them did I would take pictures to remember the moment forever. Instead I have a lot of pictures of my husband napping with my cat."
You really have to like someone in order to snooze with them, which makes this snooze extra special.
Photo: Meagan Francis
12. Grocery Carts And Love
Looking over and seeing this handsome man pusing a ridiculous cart shaped like a car filled with giggling children only to realize those are MY children and that is MY handsome man? Melt.
I love this photo more than any wedding photo I have.
13. Daddy Daughter Dances
"I have yet to witness a daddy daugther dance. But when the time comes, I will be front row with tissues as my husband awkwardly sways around with his giddy little girls staring up at him."
Photo: Mary Graham
14. Big Guys, Little Babies
I love my friend Amy's story behind this photo: "This is my love and my baby boy. I was already head over heels in love, but when he looked at our midwife and said, 'Wow, he is perfect,' it was very impactful."
Photo Credit: Amy Sudbury
15. Spouse Covered In Sleeping Children
Nothing says selflessness quite like a carrying 30+ pounds of sleeping child across an amusement park.
He's my favorite thing to sleep on, so seeing my girls comfortable and asleep on him too lets me know I made good life choices.