4 kids and 7 years ago I became an at-home dad and I never could have imagined the way my life is today back then.

4 kids and 7 years ago I never thought I would have 4 kids 7 years later.

4 kids and 7 years ago I was called “Mr. Mom” for the first time. I hated it.

4 kids and 7 years ago I would never have guessed I would be capable of coaching a woman on proper breast-feeding technique.

4 kids and 7 years ago I never imagined I would be sniffing our kids’ butts to figure out which one left the stink bomb I would have to clean up.

4 kids and 7 years ago I thought I was the only at-home dad in the whole world but before long I found a local at-home dad group and the national at-home dad network. It saved my family, my marriage and my commitment to remain an at-home dad.

4 kids and 7 years ago I became exhausted after carrying our fussy daughter around all day and realized this was a lot harder than my paying job had ever been.

4 kids and 7 years ago I didn’t realized how much moms would ignore me, be uncomfortable around me or be afraid of me.

4 kids and 7 years ago I saw our daughter (and subsequently all of our kids) rollover, crawl, walk and talk for the first time. I have not missed out even one of those magical moments.

4 kids and 7 years ago I never thought I could be so good with babies.

4 kids and 7 years ago my wife supported me in my role and has continued to treat me like a man even though I have made a lot of mistakes.

4 kids and 7 years ago I was surprised when my father told one of his friends with pride in his voice that his son was an at-home dad.

4 kids and 7 years ago I would never have thought I would say, “I don’t want to go back to a real job. I want to be an at-home dad forever.”

4 kids and 7 years ago I thought I would have time to run my part-time Professional DJ Service. I’ve only done about 10 shows since then.

4 kids and 7 years ago I could never have fathomed the fact that I would change over 10,000 diapers.

4 kids and 7 years ago my wife let me start cooking dinner which I now believe was really part of her weight loss program since I still am not able to cook very well.

4 kids and 7 years ago I knew I couldn’t handle 4 kids 7 years old and under. Some days I’m still not sure.

4 kids and 7 years ago I thought by me being with our kids so much that when they got hurt or sick they would come to me first, but I discovered that they still prefer their mom when they don’t feel well.

And finally, 4 kids and 7 years ago I was unsure if I could be a good dad.

Today I know that I am.