World, satisfy Debias.
He’s a little guy from Georgia currently stimulating the internet swoon.
Debias and his daddy, Antwon Lee, have been best buds since Debias was born this past August.
Sometimes daddies need to put being “best buds” on the back burner, though, and put on their parenting caps instead.
Like last month, when it was time for Debias to get his vaccinations.
A video of Antwon and Debias at the doctor’s office — filled with lots of laughs, tears, and hugs — has gone viral. And it’s no wonder why.
“We’re going to get these shoots; I want you to look at me now, ” Antwon reassures his son in the video, dedicating Debias an encouraging pep talk. “You’re gonna be good.”
The video captures a candid, vulnerable moment between a father and son: “I know you’re gonna call, ” Antwon tells him. “But it’s OK to cry. It’ll be OK. It’s OK to cry.”
The heartwarming video turns to largely laughs at about the 1:20 mark, though, when the actual injections begin. “Man, I know, human! ” Antwon says, hugging a shrieking Debias. “Are you videotaping this? ” the medical professional says, giggling. “I hope you are.”
Antwon posted the private moment to Facebook after the doctor’s visit. But a friend, recognizing how great the video truly was, encouraged him to change the settings on Facebook so the public could see it.
The tender moment took off, amassing virtually 15 million views as of Nov. 2. “Good Morning America” featured the video on its Facebook page as well, garnering Antwon and Debias lots of positive attention.
“I didn’t expect it to blow up like this, to be honest with you, ” Antwon explains. “I didn’t even know[ my girlfriend] was videoing it.”
The response to the video has been overwhelming and amazing, Antwon says, especially from fathers.
Strangers — many of them parents themselves — have reached out to him, telling him how encouraging it was to see a vulnerable daddy and his emotional son experiencing the tears that come with those early physician visits together.
The remarks section of the video was filled with love for the two of them, with some users praising Antwon’s ability to be an emotionally supportive papa when his son needed it most. It’s refreshing for many users, it seems, to see a papa tell his son it’s OK to cry.
“It feelings peaceful, ” Antwon, a first-time father, says of fatherhood. “It’s been beautiful. I got me a beautiful, peaceful baby.”
And even though the world now knows Debias as a tearful newborn in a doctor’s office, ironically, weeping is a rarity around the house, Antwon notes. “He don’t cry unless he wants his ball, ” the father says with a laugh.
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