“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt opened up about his son Jack’s early arrival to the world in an emotional speech during the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Hollywood Luncheon last week, according to Us Magazine.
Pratt spoke at the luncheon in an effort to raise awareness and funding for pre-term birth research. According to Variety, the event raised more than $1 million towards its cause.
“Our little Jack didn’t want to be an October baby,” Pratt said in his speech. “He wanted to be born in the summer, I guess. … It was two and a half months early. Oh, baby. Ready or not.”
Pratt went on to explain that doctors wanted his wife, Anna Faris, to stay in the hospital for 30 days and give the baby more time to grow. Pratt commented that he stayed with Faris and kept her busy with books, foot rubs and “Mad Men” episodes.
Jack came nine weeks early, at just three pounds, 12 ounces.
“The only people allowed to touch him were his mom and me, unless you were wearing gloves. We did this amazing thing they call ‘skin-to-skin’; it was just the best feeling I ever had,” Pratt contiuned. “It’s just what it sounds like. My little boy was laying across my neck and chest feeling my heartbeat and feeling my love, and I played him country music and I sang to him and I made him promises … in that moment you know, about what kind of dad I wanted to be, and I just prayed that he’d be here long enough and he was going to let me keep him.”
The Daily Signal reported that Pratt told People Magazine the important role that God played in his son’s birth.
“It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really defined it,” Pratt told People. “The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him, and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him. But to us he was so beautiful and perfect.
The “Parks and Recreation” star also recently spoke to GQ about Jack’s birth.
“We were told, ‘OK, you need to be prepared for raising a special-needs child,’ Pratt recalled. “And we felt like it was devastating, but it also felt like, you know, ‘We can do this.’ He’s alive.”
Pratt’s moving speech included the importance of his new role as a dad.
“I’ve done all kinds of cool stuff as an actor. I’ve gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts … but none of them mean anything compared to being someone’s daddy.”
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