When new dad Antwon Lee accompanied his two-month-old son Debias to get his first shots at the pediatrician's office, he had no idea he and his newborn would become the stars of a viral video. In the clip, which was taken by Lee's girlfriend, the proud father comforts his baby boy in a hilarious, heartfelt way, telling him he's strong, and that it's okay to cry. Since it was posted on October 26, the clip has racked up more than 10 million views.
The 29-year-old dad from Warrenton, Georgia told ABC News of the moment, "I felt his pain but at the same time, it was all about love. I know he felt the love because his daddy was there."
Lee also explained to ABC that aside from this understandably teary moment, Debias rarely cries "unless he's hungry. When I hold him and when I talk to him, he just sits there and listens. This is my first time," the father said, adding that since he's a first-time dad, he didn't expect that his son would "be this type of angel." So, so sweet.
Just as the video was going viral, Lee learned that his own father had passed away from complications from drinking. And the tragic turn of events has certainly influenced Lee as he starts his own new chapter of fatherhood.
"I had to find a way to make him feel like, 'I feel your pain,'" Lee tells Parents.com. "I let him know, 'I love you,' 'I feel your pain,' 'it's okay to cry.' I don’t want my son to have pride, because [if] he start having pride, he isn’t going to show his true self. I want him to tell me how he really feels."
Meanwhile, tons of viewers have made it known how they feel about Lee's super-parenting. "Everyone says 'he’s so beautiful,' 'you’re just a great dad,' and 'you know how to do this,'" Lee shares with Parents.com. "I've had people cry on the phone [over it]. It’s just beautiful to see someone cry, because they’re so emotional."
It's as emotional as it is entertaining. If Debias gets to see the video one day, his proud papa is sure of one thing: "He’s gonna crack up."