Every parent worries that their little one is going to cry during their first vaccinations, and there are many ways of soothing your infant. Antwon Lee, a 29-year-old dad from Georgia, is making headlines for the entertaining and heartfelt way he coached his 2-month-old son Debias through the process.
In a super-viral clip posted to Facebook on October 26, which was filmed by Debias’ mom, Lee gives his LO a pep talk. He tells him that he’s strong and that it’s alright to cry. Lee tells New York radio station 1010 WINS of the moment, “I tried to talk to him and tell him that it was going to be OK.”
The video of the memorable moment has racked up 15 million views and counting. It has also received tons of supportive comments. One commenter wrote, “Thank goodness the dad was there! Swear this warmed my heart seeing how soothing dad was!” Another shared, “I loved the dad’s pep talk to his son. I give my son pep talks before his shots too no matter how little he was!”
Though he had no idea at the time that his wife was filming his pep talk, the moment has become a particularly emotional one in retrospect. On the day that the video was filmed, Lee’s father passed away at just 57 years old due to alcohol-related complications. “It’s very hard,” Lee told ABC News of his grief.
He has also channeled it toward his outlook on parenting. “I felt his pain but at the same time, it was all about love,” Lee told ABC News. “I know he felt the love because his daddy was there.”