FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Three months ago, Adam Reynolds had no idea how to style his toddler’s hair.
Today, he knows its best to do the two tiny pigtails as 20-month-old Addison finishes her breakfast.
“It’s taken practice,” he said with a smile as he sat with his daughter on their couch. “The first few weeks it was like, ‘Man, that doesn’t look good!’”
Adam’s crash-course in little girl started about two months ago when his wife, Amanda, left for a deployment.
Up until that point, he said, Amanda always delighted so much in dressing their daughter he’d left it to her.
Now the father-daughter duo has a routine down as they wait patiently for Amanda to return about a month before Addison’s second birthday.
Adam drops his daughter off at daycare and then heads off for a full day of work. The moment he returns for her is one of his favorite parts of the day.
“I try to sneak in,” he said. “But as soon as she hears my voice, she starts yelling ‘Da da!’ and dances and runs towards me.”
Their nighttime customs begin with playtime, a quick snack while he prepares dinner and then a bath before they settle down to read a story together before bed.
“This is our first deployment since having her and he has gone from dad to super dad,” Amanda wrote in an email to the Daily News. “My husband is my hero and I’m sure if our daughter could speak, she would say the same thing.”
Adam shrugs off the praise and says he doesn’t mind forgoing his hobbies or going to bed each night the same time as the baby.
“I’m just doing what I have to do,” Adam said. “We’re a military family.”