Dada

By Antonio Lo Celso about his son, Leo

I grew up with two sisters, one 17 years older than me, so I always thought I would be an uncle pretty young. Unfortunately, both of my sisters couldn’t have children, so I really wasn’t around babies very much as a kid, teenager or for part of my adulthood. It wasn’t until I met my wife that I started to interact more with smaller kids and babies, but even that was still limited. So when we found out my wife was pregnant, I was both excited and anxious. I was excited to be a father, but had no idea what it meant to take care of a baby.

Nine months later Leo came along and so did the learning. My hands trembled as I held this fragile little human for the first time. I didn’t even know how to hold him properly, let alone change his diaper. Fatherhood is tricky at the beginning. I found myself waking up in the night just to check if he was breathing. Eventually, my anxiety eased and I become much more comfortable. Then, Dad Instinct took over. I just become comfortable over time.

Leo is now 19 months, and I am a much different person. I love being a dad. I smile every time I look at him and get excited every time he says “Dada,” which was his first word by the way 🙂 . Being a dad brings about a whole new level of happiness, joy and love that to me is indescribable.  Fatherhood is the best thing to ever happen to me, and I’m excited to see where it takes me in the future.


Anthony hanging with his son, Leo.

Anthony Lo Celso can be found on Instagram @chef_modern_dad

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