As he looks into the eyes of his tiny daughter Grace, Matt Butcher says his life is complete.
"For years I have dreamt of creating my own little family and now it has finally come to fruition," Const. Butcher said.
Though due on February 4, the fifth anniversary of a flying headbutt that maimed him while on duty in Joondalup, Grace arrived four days later to the delight of her father, mother Katrina and 21-month-old brother James.
Const. Butcher, 37, lights up when speaking about his children and family life.
"I have got two children, one of each, which makes it a little more special," he said.
Still partially paralysed on his left side, Const. Butcher has weekly physiotherapy.
After treating James like a "delicate little egg" as a baby, this time he feels more confident about holding his little girl.
"I'd rather not be doing (the physio) but I know there's light at the end of the tunnel," he said.
"I feel more confident walking around with Grace, carrying her, handling her."
Const. Butcher said he did not dwell on his injuries but concedes there are things he will never do, including kicking a football with his children.
"There's a hell of a lot of things I will never be able to do with them but there are still a lot of things I can do with them," he said. "I guess, because of what's happened, I will be a different father to what I dreamt of being."
For now he will enjoy a few weeks of leave bonding with Grace before returning to work."When you get little kids like this, it makes you step back and appreciate how good life can be, even though there might be things missing," he said.
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