Nathan works very hard for us and does not get to spend much time with us - especially through the week. His business has been very busy since Ryan was born - so he may have even had less bonding time with Ryan than he did Noah and that has not phased this girls love for her Daddy in the slightest. She said Dada before Momma (opposite of Noah) and will go to him from me and not look back (Noah NEVER did this). Noah will proudly proclaim he is a Momma's boy (which I am totally for until he gets older - that would be awkward in Junior high). Noah loves his Daddy and always wants to know where he is if he isn't home and can't wait for him to get home - then as soon as he gets there he tells him to "go bye bye, yeave Dada" and they are wrestling in the floor 5 minutes later! They just have a different kind of relationship than Noah and I have. I guess the same is true with Ryan. Lately she has to be on my hip all the time. No matter what is going on or what cool toys I drag out - she scoots right behind me crying - so I pick her up of course. She lays her head on my shoulder and surprises me with open mouth kisses and just melts my heart. Then her Daddy gets home and when she willingly leaves me for him (I am not going to lie) it hurts me a little. I have never had a kid do that before so this is new - she is supposed to love me more :) I carried her for 9 months and had my stomach cut open and have put in all the hard work! But, that also makes it more special that she loves her Daddy that much - he just is who he is and she loves him - the connection is just there.
Ryan loving her Daddy so much is helpful too. Noah only wants me to get him in and out of the car, to get him out of the bath, and to help him with most things. With Ryan on my hip , this can be difficult. Noah was not a fan of going to Nathan at Ryan's age, but I can pass Ryan off to Nathan no problem and she is totally fine. It is a win win! Noah is getting better about Daddy helping him with things and most stuff he wants to "do by myself" - little mister independent :)