A Hollywood actor, in a tender and touching speech, last week revealed how he and his wife dealt with the premature birth of their son, Jack.

Chris Pratt, star of hit show Parks and Recreation, spoke at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Hollywood Luncheon and revealed the details surrounding the birth of his and wife Anna Faris’ two-year-old son.

Chris said: “We were ready, we had been trying, and we were thrilled. [But] our little Jack didn't want to be an October baby. He wanted to be born in the summer, I guess.”

After Anna’s waters broke two and a half months early, doctors told the actress she would need to be monitored in hospital for thirty days before giving birth. When Jack arrived nine weeks early and weighing three pounds, he was brought straight to the neonatal intensive care unit.

His father Chris described his son’s treatment, saying: “He had jaundice, so they put a blindfold on him and he slept beneath [a] creepy light and he had a PICC line, which is an IV that runs up his arm into his heart. He had a feeding tube and just wires in and out, and he lived in that incubator. That was his first crib.”

The Guardian of the Galaxy actor opened up about the tender moments he shared with his son during this difficult time, saying: “My little boy was laying across my neck and chest feeling my heartbeat and feeling my love, and I played him country music and I sang to him and I made him promises… in that moment… you know, about… just about what kind of dad I wanted to be, and I just prayed that he'd be here long enough and he was going to let me keep him.”

Thankfully, Jack was allowed to be brought home by his overjoyed parents when he gained one pound five ounces and is, according to his father today, “a strong, happy, healthy, funny and vocal boy.”

Revealing what fatherhood means to him, Chris said: “I’ve done all kinds of cool stuff as an actor. But none of them mean anything compared to being somebody’s daddy.”

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