John Prats has been taping every day for FPJ: Ang Probinsiyano, and normally reaches home at 2:00 a.m.
But his day will not end there.
“Night shift ako,” he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), referring to his daddy duties.
His wife Isabel Oli gave birth to Lily Feather on April 18, 2016.
He continued, “Siyempre yung wife ko nagri-recover pa lang siya, ako yung nagkakarga sa kanya [Baby Feather].
“Pero siyempre pag breastfeeding, kailangang gisingin ko yung wife ko.”
Having sleepless nights is just one of the many changes in John’s life now that he’s a daddy.
MORE CHANGES. One of his major challenges was to decode the baby's cry.
“Ang hirap noong una, bakit siya umiiyak? Natataranta ka, e.
“Hindi mo alam kung change diapers, yung iyak naman niya, change diaper or gutom.”
Prior to this, he’s never experienced taking care of a baby.
“Siguro yung dalawang pamangkin ko, never ko silang nahawakan no’ng maliit kasi very fragile.
“Pero once na anak mo na pala yun, natututo na ako agad in five minutes mag-swaddle ng baby, pati pagbuhat.
“Wala kang choice, pati yung pagburp niya. After uminom, ipapa-burp mo siya for thirty minutes.”
Even if he would sleep late, John has to wake up early the following day for Baby Feather’s morning sunshine.
“…We have our bonding na, six a.m., papa-arawan mo siya.
“Fifteen minutes na nakaharap, fifteen minutes na nakatalikod, yun ang sakripisyo ko sa kanya.”
MORE INSPIRED. John feels that he matured overnight.
“Yung transition ko nga as person, like nung teenager ako kapag sinircumcise [circumcision], parang feeling mo binata ka na.
“Pero ito ngayon, ganap na tatay ka na, ibang-iba.
“Ibang-iba yung responsibility, yung work ethics ko nag-iba lahat.
“Ang hirap akong gisingin pero pag isang iyak niya, gising ako.”
He’s never been this driven as far as his career in concerned.
“When I work, I don’t mind kahit walang cut-off kasi ang feeling ko, it’s for them.
“Sila lang yung inspirasyon ko.”
Sometimes, he admitted to being overly excited.
“Sabi ko sa wife ko, pag check-up, ‘Dadalhin ko na ba yung car seat?’
Baby Feather is one month old.
Isabel then told him, “Hindi pa kailangan.”
John resumed, “I’m so excited about everything!”
He has not shopped for his baby though.
“Shopping-wise naman, hindi ko siya mapag-shop kasi yung mga lola, ini-spoil, e.
“At least tipid na rin sa side namin.”
Suddenly, John paused.
He exclaimed, “Grabe, ‘eto na yung pinag-uusapan natin.”
Interview: Rey Pumaloy