Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone also caught up with Celebrity Baby Scoop while learning about the Go Campaign, which improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. He shared what it is like being a dad to his two-year-old son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, with wife Sheila.
“I have a two-year-old boy,” he said. “Being a father is the greatest thing…it’s like being a part of a club that you always knew existed, but you never really knew what the membership was about. It’s the most rewarding and most wonderful thing I’ve ever done–the best piece of art I’ve ever made.”
He also shared one of his funniest fatherhood experiences.
“So they make baby-changing tables where the baby is in front of you, sideways. Just make sure that when you change your infant at first, you don’t point the butt at you. [laughs] You see, it seems like that is the easier access point, as you want to make sure the baby is clean, but that’s also the access point where it could fire and projectile towards your body. It has happened to me at 4 a.m. in the morning…I am just in my boxers and it’s 4 a.m. in the morning and it got on the wall, on me, on the carpet, and on him. I just took a moment and was like, what do I even clean first?! Where do I start at this point? [laughs] So I called to my wife and said, ‘Sheila, please, you have to help me!’ She came in and just started laughing.”
And what is his greatest tip for new dads?
“They say ‘happy wife, happy life,” Jackson said. “I am just going to go with that. Honestly, if you are about to be a new father, it’s a lot easier. It comes so naturally. That’s one thing they don’t tell you–you can read every single book there is, but none of the books tell you how seamless the transition to being a father is. You see your kid and the whole world changes for the better.”