We're glad first-time dad John Prats decided to do this photo shoot and interview at the home he shares with wife, actress Isabel Oli (they actually live in the Prats family compound where John's sister, Camille, is a neighbor), as it gave us an intimate glimpse of his new life as an adoring father to daughter Lily Feather.
Fatherhood was something John knew he was ready for from the moment he proposed to his wife.
He tells SmartParenting.com.ph, "When I proposed [to Isabel], alam ko na sunud-sunod na. Alam ko na na after ng proposal, kasal, anak, family, so nung proposal pa lang, alam ko na na I wanted to be a dad. I wanted to start a family."
John's initial reaction was chill. "Happy ako but ayoko mag-expect kasi siyempre ang hirap naman na ang saya-saya mo 'tapos biglang the next day [she gets her period]," he said.
They waited three days, then they decided to buy not one but two pregnancy test kits.
"The morning after that, Liv [Isabel] woke me up na talagang yung boses niya parang, 'Hub! Hub!'
"Yung pagdilat ko pa lang, alam ko na buntis na siya kasi nga sobra siyang happy.
"From that moment on until nagpa-checkup na kami [and we confirmed it again], our journey to being parents had started."
John believes, "'Yung pagiging tatay hindi siya pinag-aaralan," citing he was not able to go to parenting classes.
The next nine months of anticipation was really about supporting Isabel.
"Siyempre yung hormones ng babae pag buntis, sobrang hindi mo maintindihan. So you just have to be really understanding. You just have to give your support, and you have to make her feel pretty, beautiful and okay," he says.
In fact, he suggests that all husbands should be with their wives during childbirth to help them appreciate their partners even more.
"Kahit mag-away kayo, balikan mo lang yung moment na yun, parang 'Aawww.' Lalambot talaga ung puso mo e," he shares.
As for seeing and holding his daughter for the first time, he describes the moment with glee.
"Sobrang amazing feeling na I cannot describe. Euphoric yung feeling na, alam mo yun, grabe, as in parang a different level of being in love sa asawa mo," John said.
"'Tapos yung paglabas ni Feather, na parang our very own, sobrang miracle, blessing talaga."
John reveals that they’re hoping to have a baby every year until they reach Baby Number Three, and, yes, he and Isabel are prepared for the challenges to come.
Read the full interview on SmartParenting.com.ph