|helping Frankie eat|
Frank's involvement started right from the start, during pregnancy. Now he cooks dinner every night, and that started when I was pregnant with Frankie. I was so tired and nauseous all the time that cooking was impossible.
|Frank with Frankie and Bekah|
It was also with Frankie's pregnancy that we took Bradley childbirth classes together. The Bradley Method is also known as Husband-Coached Childbirth.
Frankie was born 45 minutes after getting to the hospital and there really wasn't a lot of time for Frank to use the childbirth coaching skills he'd practiced. He did manage to film the birth with 2 different cameras, on a tripod and a handheld.
|Frank comforting a fussy Frankie|
Frankie turned out to be a very high need and sensitive baby. He went through a difficult period of colic, and I don't know how I would have gotten through it with out Frank.
When Frankie was scared to start kindergarten, Frank gave him a special key to hold to remind him of home. It helped him get through the rough beginning. Frankie's teacher commented on his ability to rhyme, something he always enjoyed doing with his dad. Frank also volunteered during library and on field trips.
|carrying Frankie at Disney|
|mini golf with Jack|
|hangin' with Jack at the pool|
|Singing Happy Birthday to Lillian|
As the children have grown, Frank is always there. He has documented their growth in his "wall photos."
And his voice is always heard in the background of the video clips he records (especially when he's trying to teach them to say "dada" instead of "mama.").
|foofing Bekah while teaching her to swim|
He's helped the kids learn to swim and ride bikes. The kids help him with chores, like grocery shopping and taking out the trash. Together they love to play basketball.
|the whole family|
So, even though you don't see him in most of the family photos, you can feel him in there. As I look over years of photos, I see Frank in every single one.
|holding Luke's hand|