The Rock has inspired the Beek.
Over the weekend, James and Kimberly Van Der Beek welcomed their fifth child. Baby girl Gwendolyn was born on Friday at their home — with a doctor and midwife on hand. Everybody is healthy, happy, and celebrating the new addition.
The birth process is nothing new for the Dawson’s Creek alum and star of Pose, but this time around, he followed in the footsteps of everybody’s favorite celebrity dad, Dwayne Johnson, and shared a photo of himself shirtless while doing skin to skin with the newborn. Van Der Beek gave Johnson a shout-out, tagging him on Twitter and giving a name to what may become a new viral craze: the “newborn challenge.”
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) June 17, 2018
Johnson soon responded, giving a thumbs-up. The father of three also made a joke about making babies.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 18, 2018
Perhaps Van Der Beek will post a photo of himself spoon-feeding his wife while she breastfeeds next — then he’ll really be taking a page from the Rock’s parenting playbook.
I’ll handle this business 😉💪🏾 Mama @laurenhashianofficial has her hands full nursing/feeding Baby Tia, so I’m feedin’ mama her dinner. My pleasure. So much respect to her and all mamas out there holding it down and running things. Just landed and good to get all my girl’s settled in. Now, I gotta go satisfy my own appetite.. Iron Paradise, here I come. #EveryoneGetsFed #DaddysGottaGoToWork #ChivalryIsToughOnTheKnees
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In April, Johnson and his partner, Lauren Hashian, welcomed their second child, Tiana Gia Johnson, and the proud papa (who also has a daughter from his first marriage) shared a post about skin to skin — and the important role the nonbirthing parent plays when a woman gives birth. “Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can,” he wrote. “Holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer — watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless.”
Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there. Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer – watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia – like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck. #TianaGiaJohnson🌺 #3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE
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Johnson was applauded for his post, with it being noted that skin to skin is “as important as it is cute” for a number of reasons, including that it helps strengthen a baby’s immune system, calm the child, stimulate better sleep, and just create stronger bonds.
So bravo, fellas. Let’s hope this trend takes off in a big way.
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