When Mike and I were getting married I tried to picture him as a dad. He was a great pet owner to our little Rigby but caring for a child is a bit more intense than caring for a pet. My pregnancy with Maddie was so hard, but after she was born Mike hit the ground running. He was in the NICU all day, every day. He carried around a little notebook and wrote down her vitals, her medicines and doses, her weight, everything. Everything she did amazed him.

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When Madeline came home from the NICU, Mike was her full-time care giver. She loved having her daddy home all the time, and they were the best of friends. Mike took all of the difficulties caring for a preemie in stride. I never ever worried about leaving for work because I knew no one could care for Maddie the way he could.

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They had a bond that I was so envious of. But at the same time, I was so proud of it. Not many little kids get so much time with their daddy.

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Mike’s world revolved around Maddie. Everything he did was for her.

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I am so proud of the daddy Mike is to Madeline, and the daddy he will be to our second daughter. Binky and Maddie are so lucky that their daddy is Mike.

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I am so lucky he is my husband.

Happy birthday Mike. I wish I could make it perfect. I love you.