When Richard Johnson's girlfriend left him and his baby girl a month after her birth, he didn't know where to turn. Becoming a new dad was hard already, but not having the support he needed put the pressure on. The Las Vegas dad ended up stumbling upon a parenting blog specific to fathers called Life of Dad, and he was hooked.
His daughter Persephone is now 10 months old and, thanks to the blog, he's a more confident father.
Earlier this week, Johnson penned an emotional letter to the blog, telling them how they have made his parenting experience a better one. It reposted the letter to its page where, with more than 500 shares, it touched the lives of many.
"I had read every 'new parent' book I could find and clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues," he wrote. "I then started to watch your page more closely and saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me.
"The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this."
He told Yahoo News that Persephone's mother ended up taking the little girl with her when she left, but then ended up calling him to come get her or she'd put her up for adoption.
Johnson says postpartum depression, a very serious issue that affects mothers, may have had something to do with it. Regardless, he doesn't want anyone to hate her and wouldn't wish postpartum depression "on his worst enemy." He does, however, want everyone to know how thankful he is for the support, which has come pouring in.
"As I sit here now writing to all of you, my heart wants to jump out of my chest and tears want to will their way to the surface. Thank you to each and every single one of you. You truly can't understand how much everyone's words mean to me. I am constantly criticizing myself on how I can be a better father and this was just the right medicine I needed," he wrote in a follow-up post.
He went on to say that there were nights he was alone with Persephone and didn't know if he'd make it another day. But seeing her crawl for the first time changed everything.
"She came to me and laid her tiny little hand on my cheek and stared into my eyes," he wrote. "I took it as 'Come on Daddy, we have a lot to do.' So I told her no more crying for either of us and we were going to fight to be happy.
"We've kept true to that promise."
Now that really is the life of a dad.
(H/T: Huffington Post)