Chris Pratt Shares Emotional Promise He Made to Premature Son

12/10/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Chris Pratt March of Dimes
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Chris Pratt has a real-life hero: 2-year-old son, Jack.

“Every day is a new milestone,” Pratt told reporters on the red carpet at the 2014 March of Dimes Hollywood Luncheon on Friday.

“He’s starting to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ [He’s] very polite. He pointed out baby Jesus on our nativity. That was sweet.”

He added, “He’s just in the process of getting potty-trained now. That’s an adventure. [It’s] frustrating and rewarding all at the same time.”

Beyond Jack’s handful of latest milestones, Pratt and wife Anna Faris have more incredible reasons to be proud parents.

During the star-studded lunch celebrating premature babies, Pratt took to the podium in the center of the room to share a moving story about their son, who was born nine weeks early in August 2012.

“Our little Jack didn’t want to be an October baby. He wanted to be born in summer, I guess. Anna woke me up in the middle of the night and she told me that her water had just broke. It was two and a half months early. Oh baby. Ready or not,” Pratt shared.

“We went to [the hospital] … She stabilized and we waited, we prayed, we contemplated the faith of our unborn son.”

Pratt, 35, said the doctor gave the family a goal: “To make it 30 more days.”

Faris did her best to entertain herself while she waited for their son to arrive — starting with a collection of Mad Men DVDs.

“Thank you Jon Hamm. If we hadn’t already named him Jack, we would’ve named him Jon Hamm,” Pratt joked, garnering laughs from the event’s guests.

Pratt noted that during this time he turned to “a few close friends” and his “friends at Parks during the day” for support.

“We didn’t make it 30 days,” the Guardians of the Galaxy star explained. “We made it seven and then he came, just about nine weeks early and he’s 3 lbs., 12 oz. Anna could hold him for a moment and then it was off to the NICU.”

And the actor — who opened up to PEOPLE earlier this year about how his son “restored his faith in God” — added how the couple really embraced skin-to-skin contact while they were in the hospital.

“It was just the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Pratt shared. “My little boy just laying across my neck and my chest, and feeling my heart beat and feeling the love. I played him country music and I sang to him, and I made him promises in that moment … about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough to let me keep them.”

Faris, 38, also had her own personal struggle as she started motherhood.

“My wife had a hard time producing milk,” Pratt said. “She didn’t stop trying. It was very painful, but there is no choice and she stuck to it [with] this type of strong, super-human focus that only mothers have and finally it worked … We needed that win.”

But the family continued to have many more wins: After about one month in the intensive care unit, the first-time parents brought their “little five-pound baby home.”

“Jack went from a small, helpless little squirt to a strong, smart, happy, funny and vocal boy,” Pratt said. “He loves monster trucks and Daniel Tiger. Believe it or not, he loves vegetables — broccoli and cherry tomatoes are his favorite food. He’s a deejay.”

Related: Watch Chris Pratt Get Choked Up Talking About His Son

— Mariah Haas

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mer on

Made me cry, really. I wish them more happy milestones!

Shawna on

I love, love, love that when he was talking about her struggles with breastfeeding he said that there is no choice. Finally someone that gets it!

blessedwithboys on

OMG, I love this man!

Ditto mer & Shawna

Jennifer on

I love love love this family! I wish them the best for years to come.

Guest on

Made me cry. I had a baby in August and have a few auto immune diseases. I had major milk supply issues due to medication dosages and inability to take some. I am happy to say that she is almost 4 months old and although I cannot breastfeed exclusively, I can provide about half of what my baby needs. At one point, I couldn’t even fill the bottom of the bottle when pumping and after A LOT of time and hard work, I’ve built it up. I don’t judge other moms who don’t bf but I wanted to and would not give up. I will go for at least a year still hoping to get it up to 100%. Anna is amazing and I love this couple!

maya on

Best story on here. Still bawling – I wish them many, many years of happiness. Love them!

S on

Shawna, of course there’s a choice. Women formula feed all the time for various reasons stemming from the medical to the personal. Formula is a perfectly valid and healthy option.

That said, to women who choose to commit to breastfeeding, that’s also a perfectly valid and healthy option, but it doesn’t make one a superior mother. I have done both. Both are challenging and beneficial in their own ways to both mother and child.

All options should be supported, none should be judged.

To mothers everywhere: so long as you are feeding your babies and feeding them well, that’s all that matters.

To Anna Faris: I’m happy you succeeded at your goal and that your son is healthy and happy1

Wyse on

Please, please can we have more articles about this and fewer on the Kardashian crap.

Guest45 on

Thank you,S. Very well said.

Lauren on

Beautiful story! So awesome to see things like this in the wake of all the garbage People and the media put out (ahem, KK’s oiled butt).

BD on

i too weighed 3lb. 12oz. at birth.
i too struggled to breastfeed my son and managed to stick to it.
little stories of success keep us going 🙂
so happy their little man is healthy and growing well! wishing them all the best!

NicuMom on

I sincerely love this man. And I love him even more with his wife and son. I wish them nothing but the best and may little Jack thrive, with such wonderful parents that will happen undoubtedly!

Katie on

Very sweet story and such a blessing for them. It’s weird to say that there’s no alternative to breastfeeding. I’d much rather use formula if my son is too small and I’m not producing enough to feed him with. I breastfed because it was cost free and came easily but I know for a fact that it’s impossible for some women. I’m sensitive to that and there’s no proven superiority to breast milk. I’ve never seen a formula fed child fail to thrive or be sicker than breast fed tots. Sorry, just being touchy on my SIL’s behalf. Their story is inspiring and touching.

Anonymous on

Katie- Actually, sometimes there isn’t when it comes to preemies (donor milk is often given when the mother can’t produce it herself). Formula can be too much for their fragile, immature digestive systems to handle (even breastmilk can be a challenge for the really early ones!). Plus the colostrum (first milk) contains vital immune-boosting properties, something that preemies (who have extremely fragile immune sysems) desperately need!

Max on

He is amazing to share his story about their struggle on their premature son!