LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — CBS2’s Joy Benedict took a look at what it was like for a number of local first-time fathers to celebrate their inaugural Father’s Day.

Local resident Kerrick Salazar had only been a father for a few hours by the time Father’s Day 2014 began.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have her,” Salazar said. “(I feel) a little bit of everything; scared, excited, happy.”

Hollywood Presbyterian had a high number of recent births, providing a place for a number of first-time fathers to celebrate their holiday.

“It’s everything you could dream of, you know,” new father Edwin Gonzalez said.

Excited with their new roles as fathers, many of them couldn’t wait to start making fatherly plans for their new babies.

“When she grows up, I’m going to teach her how to ride a bike,” Gonzalez said. “I will teach her how to better than me, you know, to be smarter than me. She’s going to be a ‘Daddy’s-Girl for life, and Daddy will always love her.'”

Additionally, the holiday provided plenty of cheer for new mothers as well.

“Daddies are really important, because they show her a whole other level of love that a mom can’t,” recent mother Kimberly Garcia Salazar said.

“It’s important for her to have her dad around, and that joy,” Jennifer Rodriguez said.

Ultimately, there is only one more Father’s Day gift these new fathers could hope for.

“I’m just hoping she succeeds in whatever she wants to do.”



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