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June 16, 2013

A father’s impact


Daughter perfect gift for new dad

GOSHEN - Bradd Hile was hoping to celebrate today for the first time as a first-time father.

His daughter, Ryler Reigh, made it happen when she was born two weeks ago on June 3.

“I kept telling my wife (Jillian) it would be exciting to have her here by Father’s Day,” Hile said, smiling. “It gives (Father’s Day) a whole new meaning and I’m so pleased. It seems like she’s growing so fast already.”

Hile said he goes to work everyday with his new daughter on his mind.

“It’s very exciting and a different feeling going to work and I think about her all day,” Hile said. “I can’t wait to get home and hold her. She’s a good baby and we don’t get up too often in the night. She doesn’t fuss much and she’s very definitely spoiled.”

It can be a little intimidating to take on the role of being a dad and the responsibility that goes along with it, he said.

“Some things I know and some things I don’t. Knowing that I have that much responsibility, it’s a little scary but it’s exciting to look forward to,” the new dad said. “I have a good support system and I know I can handle it well.”

His dad, Mitch Hile, and father-in-law, Joel Zentz, have been good role models and he plans to follow in their footsteps.

“They lead by example, raised us in Christian homes and have always been there for us,” Hile said. “I want to lead by my example and be there for her.”

His daughter’s name — Ryler — combines the names of a special person in his life and a special person in his wife’s life.

“She’s named after my wife’s older brother, Ryan, and my friend, Tyler, from high school who passed away,” Hile said. “We wanted a name that would be a little different so we took the two names in honor of her brother and memory of my friend and combined the two.”

Does the new father have any special traditions he hopes to begin this year?

“At this time I haven’t thought of any tradition to start with Ryler this Father’s Day, but I think I’d like it when she gets older,” Hile said, “if she would let me take her on a Daddy Date every Father’s Day, just me and her. And even though it’s supposed to be Dad’s special day, I’ll still buy.”

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