Father of two William Battle is grateful. Obviously over the moon that he and his wife, Lauren, recently welcomed a baby boy, William took the time to give Lauren the kudos she deserves in a now-viral Facebook post.
"I honestly don't know how she did it," wrote William. "The pain was so intense, so overwhelming, that even I felt it. Everyone in the room felt it. Yet she pulled through. Her pain was gruesome. Her struggle seemed almost unbearable. I found myself gritting my teeth when she did, tensing my entire body when her contractions hit, and shedding tears along with her. All while realizing that I was merely a passenger, never to truly understand the excruciating pain she was experiencing."
"She gave her labor every ounce of life and energy she had in her. And then gave a little bit more. And through it all, at the end of it she selflessly gave all of us a glimpse into what she has been enjoying exclusively to herself for the past nine months," he explained. "We all finally get to love and hold the boy that she sacrificed her body, comfort, energy, and self for. My son is an absolute miracle. Babies are absolute miracles. But to me, the greater miracle is his mother, who has shown me what selfless sacrifice really is. What love really is. My wife is the real miracle."
"But to me, the greater miracle is his mother, who has shown me what selfless sacrifice really is."
William told Parents that he was inspired to write the post after seeing what an amazing bond Lauren had with their baby boy. "She had barely slept a wink in almost two days, and I know she was exhausted and in pain," he said. "But you couldn't tell. It's as if holding our son took away all the pain, all the fear, all the anxiety. Nothing else at that moment mattered to her, and I knew just from looking at her that she would have gone through it all again for him. I've never seen such love, such strength, from anyone like that before."
William's advice to new parents whose partners are giving birth? Put yourself in your partner's shoes. "Dive into your partner's world. Try everything you can to appreciate the sacrifices they make for your children. Compassion and empathy are necessary if you are to truly love your partner. So be present, be engaged, and be grateful," he said. "You might discover along the way that this was the missing ingredient you needed in order to truly have a joyful marriage that lasts a lifetime."