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North Queensland Cowboys player Reuben Cotter has spent his first Father’s Day with daughter Sunny, who gifted him a personalised book for them to one day read together.
Cotter, 23, said his three-month-old had given him and partner Mackenzie Falco “so much love and happiness” since her arrival on June 11, at Mater Mothers’ Private Townsville.
“I don’t remember what things were like without her,” Cotter said.
“Fatherhood has been exciting and challenging at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Cotter cried “tears of joy” following the birth of his baby girl, just three days after making his Maroons debut earlier this year.
He said he loved watching Sunny play with her toys and swinging on her play swing, laying outside and pulling funny faces at each other.
After sustaining a hamstring injury and recently undergoing eight weeks of rehabilitation, Cotter said he was able to spend every day with his precious daughter.
“That was the silver lining,” he said.
“Looking back now I think it was important I was able to see her grow over the first eight weeks of her life.”
Falco said watching Reuben become a dad was always going to be her favourite part of the parenthood journey.
“Sunny is the luckiest little lady in the world to have a dad like him — he would do absolutely anything for her,” Falco said.
The family of three went out to breakfast on Sunday morning to celebrate Father’s Day.
Mater Mothers’ Private Townsville Business and Midwifery Unit Manager Rebekah Barrie said it was exciting to hear how the hospital’s first-time dads were celebrating such a special day together with their loved ones.
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