Chris Pratt Shared the Story of His Son’s Premature Birth for March of Dimes’ Celebration of Babies

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Chris Pratt kept things close to home on Friday as he shared the story of his son’s premature birth to the audience at March of Dimes’ Celebration of Babies.

The Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation star took to the podium at the Beverly Wilshire in celebration of the “wonderful” organization, but kept his message equally as funny and as it was touching.

“That’s a decent size bass,” Pratt joked about the 3 pound, 12 ounce birth weight of his son Jack. “Very small for a human.”

“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” he added. And, on reflection of those first moments as a dad, the actor continued, “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”

Variety has even more selections from the speech, which include the doctor delivered news that Jack may have special needs or eventually require corrective surgery on his eyes.

It’s clear though, more than two years later, that Pratt, Jack and Anna Faris, Jack’s mom and Chris’ wife, have grown into an adorable family.

“Our Jack went from a small, helpless little squirt to a strong, smart, happy, funny, beautiful boy who loves monster trucks and ‘Daniel Tiger,’ and, believe it or not, loves vegetables. Broccoli and cherry tomatoes are his favorite foods. None of what we went through would be as easy even 10 years ago,” he said. In the NICU, life or death hangs in the balance — “a balance that’s tipping towards life by cutting-edge medicines, much of which is a direct result of this wonderful organization, the March of Dimes.”

Other celebrities in attendance were Steve Carell, Elizabeth BanksEddie Redmayne, Selena Gomez, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ron Howard and Jason Bateman.