Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thoughts From Daddy



It seems I always miss the biggest smiles or silliest moments with the camera...being a Dad means being quick with the shutter! At any rate, here's a quick little video splash of some of my favorite moment with my girl!

I've been reading an amazing book, a MUST READ for all Dads (rookies and veterans alike) called "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters" by Meg Meeker, M.D. In it she outlines just how powerful a role God has given Dads in the lives of their daughters. She writes that a Father is the most important man in a girl's life. I am humbled at this amount of influence God has given me in Eliana! Yet at the same time it is so marvelous! I love how she looks for me when I walk away and how her face lights up when I re-enter the room! I love how she studies me trying to figure me out and then how she attempts to imitate me. For example, I love to give her "zerberts" on her little neck. Yesterday morning she woke me up on her own by sitting up, falling forward onto my neck and blowing bubbles...trying to imitate what I do to her! I just melted.

This afternoon she took a two hour nap on my chest...it was sweaty but so amazing! I love carrying her around the Hotel in her papoose (I think it's really called an Ergo but whatever). That thing is baby magic by the way if you want her to take a nap, just strap her into the papoose!

I also love how she sleeps...or rather flales around with her eyes closed! Eliana loves to change positions about every 90 seconds! She also likes to pop her head up, scan the room then plop her head back down...over an over as she's in and out of sleep...it seems everything she does is a comedic routine!

I have so many more thoughts, but for now let's just say I am so grateful for this unexpected time for Daddy-Daughter bonding!
-Chris

40 comments:

Katie Mohr said...

The Mohr's just watched this together, raved about how flippin' cute she is, how Chris is like a puppet, and most importantly THAT SHE GETS TO PLAY WITH E IN JUST A FEW WEEKS!!!

Amanda said...

I know that Katie alreay said it but... I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! I love seeing the kind of Daddy Chris is to Eliana!!! That is what it is all about.
Talk to you soon...Lindsey...hopefully I can get my internet to work right with the facebook instant messenger so we can talk soon.

Gina said...

She is too cute! Her eyes justt drink me in! She is an amazing little girl!

We are reading that book too! great book!

Love and Prayers,
Gina

Momma Hen said...

Awwwwww.
There is just something crazy-emotional about the whole daddy-daughter thing. I am bawling like a baby after watching that video and I don't even know you.
:)
Many blessings! God is so good.

el scotto said...

Precious, Precious, Precious!

Jessica said...

I am SO glad that you all got to share video footage of your sweet little girl! She is so precious! I can't wait for you all to get to bring her home.

The Huffs said...

How absolutely adorable! What a blessing!

Felicia

Carrie S said...

So happy you guys have this time with Eliana. Our Elena has been home with us 6 months now and every day is precious with her and our love for her grows more and more; it is amazing.
You guys are wonderful parents.

julie_joshb said...

okay first of all she is the cutest thing. second of all i cannot wait to meet chris. third she reminds me of maya so much. when are we going to talk? its only literally been 4 months. i love you!

emily said...

Precious!! I love strong daddy/daughter relationships!! What a sweet daddy to get under the table to play peek a boo with her. She gets more beautiful all the time. :)

The M. Herndon Family said...

I love it when she starts clapping along with the music! She looks like she's having a great time. How wonderful that you are there with her.

Lee Anne and John said...

LOVE IT!! That is my husbands favorite book and something we always buy for new dads. As a daughter with an amazing father I can say with complete confidence that it is all true. Chris you are already doing an amazing job! Thank you for sharing your favorite moments with Eliana with us.
Lee Anne

Laurie said...

AAah I just love hearing her sweet little voice. Chris I love being as silly as you. Bella and I have a whole laughting routine we go thru that other people must think we aren nuts!

The Heinrichs said...

Chris you are going to make such a great Dad! Brent's B-day is today and I couldn't think of anything to get him...that book will be perfect! I am on a mission to find it today!

So glad someone has made use of the Phil and Ted's Traveler! And Lindsey I almost bought Eliana that dress b/c it completely reminded me of you but figured you would prob snatch it up too if you saw it!

Okay back to work(the job that is)!

<3~Deanna (that's a heart in case you couldn't figure it out!)

Suzanne and Jayme said...

I love love love the video. She looks like she is bonding with you nicely. She is so darn cute.

April said...

The video is so sweet!!! I am going to get the book for my husband too..I think Eliana is a daddy's girl, and that sweet little voice saying "bye"..too cute..

Dena said...

You are going to be an AMAZING father and Eliana is SO blessed to have you too!

Ferrick said...

And speaking from experience (being a daugther), she will always be a Daddy's girl...every time I see my Dad, an overwhelming feeling comes up and I say to myself "Oh my Daddy", my heart just melts. You are blessed beyond measure. We do "zerberts" too, you are the only other person I have heard say that word. Enjoy, I know you head home soon. Praying for strength and peace as you Chris head back home. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Susie

Kim & Dave said...

Cute!

Love the "Daddy Ramblings!"

Lance and Heather said...

hey lindsey and chris. i love reading your blog...what an amazing story you have..i love to see it continue to unfold each day. we'll be praying for all 3 of you!!
take care,
heather

Lance and Heather said...

i meant to leave you our blog address:

www.thedillards123.blogspot.com

we have 2 boys now..never a dull moment!! :)

Raye said...

She is precious!!! Oh my, I can't wait to meet this sweet girl! Chris, you and Lindsey are wonderful parents and God has appointed this for "Such a time as this" I am so excited God has ordained this family!! God bless, and enjoy your time!

Amelia Moore said...

Hi Wheeler FAMILY... I LOVE the video - thanks for putting it together. Eliana is so pretty and cute, we can't wait to finally meet her. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

MORE VIDEO!!! I can't wait to meet that little girl. Even though, I know that she knows in her heart who her favorite aunt will be, even if she hasn't met me yet. She is soo cute!!! Love you guys and miss you-

Aunt Leah

amy stanfield said...

Guys I feel so awful, we've been out of the loop for a week. Whew- I didn't know everything that had been happening.
I'm so relieved that you are with Eliana and that she is improving. So thankful that God has provided for you both to be with her together. I'm sure that will help her heal more quickly, because she's now with her momma and daddy, and she needs that.
That video Chris is just so sweet...thanks for sharing that.
We're praying for you guys...rooting for you!!
Love you...you guys look beeeeautiful together. ;)

Lauren said...

Oh Leah...who are you kidding?!?!?!? I am and always will be the favorite!

I literally can't get enough of that video. I've watched it at least 10 times today!!!! MORE PLEASE!

tracy hanson said...

How wonderful to see such a Sweet Happy Girl!!!

Mami Sue said...

she is just the most precious thing!!

Amanda said...

What a sweet video. I love her little voice!!! You've just gotten me excited all over again about Gino and Flor getting that daddy-daughter time... hopefully sooner than later!!

Sarah said...

Awwww... how stinkin cute is a daddy and his little girl! I love hearing her little sweet voice!

Robyn said...

How sweet!! Chris & Lindsey, you are such wonderful parents!!

Robyn

Katie said...

So so precious !!!

Bobbi said...

I do think that this time is a special gift. So sad she had to get so sick, but it was a bit of a blessing for you.

thinking of you as you head back tomorrow.

Betsy said...

this post made my day so happy!
she is such a blessing!
you are all in my continued prayers!
betsy

Courtney said...

Sweetness !!!!!
Courtney

Jennifer said...

Somebody's smitten! And with good reason! She is absolutely precious! Congratulations!!!

begutierrez said...

I just cried a little with this post... it's amazing, the time you're having. I am praying she comes home very soon.

begutierrez said...

did she just say Papá?!!!!!!

Sara said...

The video makes it so clear how teeeniny your baby girl is! Soooo precious! And so precious to see the interactions with her papa! I'm praying for her health and y'all's sleep. Praying for your time there to pass quickly so you can bring her home to the hoards who already love her!!!

Isn't adoption amazing!?

Sara Olson

Lainie said...

I am so thrilled for you, Chris, and for Eliana and Lindsey. You're such a brilliant father already. The fact that you are aware of the importance of your role is so much more than so many fathers recognize. I'm so proud of who you are, and that you are committed to continue growing and learning.

Oh, yeah, and . . . Eliana is gorgeous and precious and darling!

Love y'all,
Lainie