One dad's bold confession about his daughter is moving people to tears. And it's all because of what he didn't feel when he looked at his precious baby for the first time.
Father Patrick O’Malley, who calls himself an "amateur parent," has written a letter to his little girl about his struggle to connect with her the first time he saw her in the hospital.
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"I remember being so terrified, and I can remember the rubber-like quality of the umbilical cord as medical grade scissors bounced off the cord with my shaking hands," O'Malley wrote.
After he brought her home, he worried about raising a girl, not really being sure what to do with a female child. He also didn't know how to settle into a routine with a baby at home--and make sure he was doing everything right.
"Some parents instantly fall in love and others take time for that flame to alight," he wrote.
"Is that an awful thing to say? Or is it so expected that we feel an instant connection with our children, that society puts us in a position of feeling like an inadequate person?"
But then, he reveals his favorite moments with his daughter, now a preschooler. Her first smile. Her first laugh. Her first words.
And it made him realize something about when he first loved her.
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"When did I fall in love with you?" he wrote. "From the moment I first met you. I just didn’t know it yet."
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