Nifty·Posted on Feb 3, 201423 Moments That Make Being A Dad Totally Worth ItAnyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad.by Mike SpohrBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Meeting your child for the first time. Flickr: idfonline / Via Creative Commons It's truly magical. 2. Late night feedings. Flickr: spamily / Via Creative Commons When all of the world is asleep except for you and your baby your heart swells in the most incredible of ways. 3. The first steps. Flickr: seandreilinger / Via Creative Commons It's awe-inspiring to see your child go from a baby blob to an actual, walking person. 4. Holding hands. Flickr: freeformkatia / Via Creative Commons There's nothing quite like that little hand in yours. 5. Coming home. Flickr: dani0010 / Via Creative Commons Seeing your kids shout "Dad!" as they sprint to the front door is the purest of joys. 6. When your child turns to you for comfort. Flickr: mommypants / Via Creative Commons Being able to right whatever is wrong? Awesome. 7. Sharing ice cream. Flickr: atc / Via Creative Commons It's so much more than just ice cream. 8. Cuddles. Flickr: faby74 / Via Creative Commons Every single one. 9. When your child is your little mini-me. thespohrsaremultiplying.com 10. And when they amaze you by excelling at something you never could. Flickr: oudeschool / Via Creative Commons 11. Being presented with a special drawing. Flickr: forthefunofit / Via Creative Commons 12. When they make you laugh. Flickr: foshydog / Via Creative Commons Kids are freaking hilarious. 13. Enjoying a movie together. Flickr: clover_1 / Via Creative Commons The movies are rarely any good but you don't care one bit. 14. Watching your child find their star quality. Flickr: dboz / Via Creative Commons 15. And their competitor within. Flickr: clappstar / Via Creative Commons Even if it usually happens at an ungodly hour. 16. Sharing something you love. Flickr: warriorpoet / Via Creative Commons Introducing your little Robin to Batman (or Star Wars, baseball, rock n' roll, pizza, etc.) is a thrill. 17. Celebrating the holidays. Flickr: celinesphotographer / Via Creative Commons You get to experience the magic all over again. 18. When you become your child's teacher. Flickr: sahdblunders / Via Creative Commons 19. And, in turn, when they become yours. Flickr: mrsparkle / Via Creative Commons 20. Watching your child do good for others. Flickr: heraldpost / Via Creative Commons It's extra gratifying when someone compliments you on what a good kid you have. 21. When your child comes to you for advice. Flickr: nathaliewilson / Via Creative Commons Especially when you're able to help them because you've been there yourself. 22. Seeing your child become an adult who accomplishes something. Michael Dalder / Reuters 23. And when you realize that all your hard work and sacrifice mean you're always there for those you love most. Flickr: glorifytwism / http://w / Via Creative Commons Want great parenting tips in your inbox twice a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter!