Robert Downey JR Full Of Fear & Anticipation Before The Birth Of Son

In the May 2012 issue of Esquire, Robert Downey JR opens up about becoming a father for the second time.

Downey explains that before his wife Susan gave birth to their son Exton Elias  on Feburary 7, 2012 he was full of anticipation and nervousness.

“There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it. But what you’re squeezing to the side — or what’s in the glove box — is these thousands of forms of fear. And then he was born and they’ve all just kind of scattered now. It seems like he’s always been here.”

The actor admits that he realizes the the feelings he had were normal.

“Am I going to know what to do with them? Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do? Only thing you have to do, the only requirement, if you can hack it, is to not transfer your own discomfort in the moment to this fresh soul, right? You got to be mindful.” “I don’t want to be so confident in myself. It’s that balance between being relaxed enough to not be communicating anxiety and present enough to not be creating the very thing that you were anxious about by being so relaxed — because I’ve seen that parenting style, too.”

“I don’t want to be so confident in myself. It’s that balance between being relaxed enough to not be communicating anxiety and present enough to not be creating the very thing that you were anxious about by being so relaxed — because I’ve seen that parenting style, too,” he added.

 

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