World, fulfill Debias.
He’s a little guy from Georgia currently building the internet swoon.
Debias and his papa, Antwon Lee, have been best bud since Debias was born this past August.
Sometimes daddies need to set 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 giggles, tears, and hugs — has moved viral. And it’s no wonder why.
“We’re going to get these shoots; I crave you to look at me now, ” Antwon reassures his son in the video, giving Debias an encouraging pep talk. “You’re gonna be good.”
The video captures a candid, vulnerable minute between a father and son: “I know you’re gonna yell, ” Antwon tells him. “But it’s OK to cry. It’ll be OK. It’s OK to cry.”
The heartwarming video turns to mostly laughs at about the 1:20 recognize, though, when the actual injections begin. “Man, I know, human! ” Antwon says, hugging a shrieking Debias. “Are you videotaping this? ” the medical professional says, chuckling. “I hope you are.”
Antwon posted the private minute to Facebook after the doctor’s visit. But a pal, distinguishing how great the video genuinely 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 fathers themselves — have reached out to him, telling him how encouraging it was to see a vulnerable dad and his emotional son experiencing the tears that come with those early physician visits together.
The remarks section of the video was fitted with enjoy for the two of them, with some customers praising Antwon’s ability to be an emotionally supportive dad when his son requires it most. It’s freshening for many customers, it seems, to recognize a dad tell his son it’s OK to cry.
“It feels peaceful, ” Antwon, a first-time papa, says of fatherhood. “It’s been beautiful. I got me a beautiful, peaceful baby.”
And even though “the worlds” is well known Debias as a tearful babe in a doctor’s office, ironically, screaming is a rarity around the house, Antwon notes. “He don’t cry unless he wants his ball, ” the daddy says with a laugh.