Dad crush: James Van Der Beek
Since we started following James van der Beek on Instagram, we are even bigger fans of the father of five.
Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek is a dad of five cute children. The youngest was only born a few weeks ago, in June this year.
Together with wife Kimberly Brook they have Olivia, Joshua, Emilia, Annabel & Gwendolyn. Five adorable children and dad James Van Der Beek nails what dad life is REALLY about:
A few things I forgot between babies four and five: Dads, when your #newborn has been fed, changed, and is still upset, swaddle them up and hold them. Check in with them. Feel their face on yours. Talk to them. Rub their back, sway gently, hum, make the “swishy” sound in their ear to replicate the sound of Mom’s heartbeat in utero. If they’re still crying and it breaks your heart… that’s fatherhood. If you move past heartbreak into exasperation… that’s fatherhood. If they start screaming and you find yourself wanting to say “Oh, C’MON!” out loud… that’s fatherhood. If you feel helpless and inadequate and like you’re staring at a final exam full of questions you couldn’t possibly have known to study for… that’s fatherhood. And if you push through that… become more present than you’ve ever been, discover instincts you never knew you had, and summon up more love and patience than you’ve maybe ever shown anybody… and they either take it, or get tired, or finally work out that fart that was bothering them and fall asleep on your chest… and you suddenly feel like you beat the system, got nominated for a Nobel Prize and got told “I love you” by the first girl you ever loved… THAT’s fatherhood.
We really love his dedication to his family, values and love for his wife and mother of his children! And the reality. Especially the reality. Something rare on Instagram in general and so good to see a celebrity taking on the role of sharing the real story of parenthood and all that it entails.
The category is: Home-Birth Realness. (Word of caution, if you’re squeamish, just double-tap and move on ?) Messy bed ✔️ Plastic sheeting underneath old sheets ✔️Old towel crumpled on the floor ✔️ Vomit bag (unused) ✔️ Inflatable birthing tub (also unused ?)✔️ Shirtless Dad ✔️Boy in Spider-Man pajamas ✔️Happy, healthy baby ✔️ Happy, healthy Mom in her own shower right after giving birth ✔️ Water bottle ✔️And… placenta in a mixing bowl ✔️ (I warned you ?)
James reminds us that it is not always about cute babies and newborn smell. And that at times it can be hard and challenging. As well as dedicating your time might be a hurdle but it is a very rewarding too! In short – Big family life with all its ups and downs.
If you move past heartbreak into exasperation … that’s fatherhood. If they start screaming and you find yourself wanting to say “Oh, C’MON!” out loud … that’s fatherhood. If you feel helpless and inadequate and like you’re staring at a final exam full of questions you couldn’t possibly have known to study for … that’s fatherhood.
And his support of breastfeeding and this:
Oh, and @vanderkimberly — you’re a f*cking earth goddess rock star and I’m as in awe of you as I am in love with you…
To sum up: We need more dads like this!