It’s only been a couple of days since Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed their first child, but it seems the actor has got parenthood all planned out.
Jenna delivered a baby in London less than a week ago, so the celebrity couple is just settling in to being parents and getting used to never sleeping again, probably ever.
Both parents posted “Welcome to the World!” with the message: “Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Everly Tatum, who was born on May 31st in London. Sending love and light to Chan, Jenna, and Ms. Everly!”
Speaking to Vanity Fair before his daughter was born, Channing said, “I don’t think you can prepare. It’s a bit of a freestyle.”
The ‘Step Up’ star also predicted the sex of the baby, saying, “My wife thinks boy. I think girl.” Channing is going to use lessons he learnt from his own upbringing to help with becoming a father.
“My parents weren’t perfect,” he said. “I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents. It’s provided me with lessons I’ll try to improve upon when I’m up to bat. I’m just going to be a good friend to my kid.”
However, there’s one thing Channing is especially passionate with – he is afraid not to manage his daughter if they have learning disabilities – he himself still struggles to read and was medicated from a young age which he found traumatic.
“I [still] read so slow. If I have a script I’m going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I’ll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.”
“I truly believe some people need medication. I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I’d never do it to my child.”
In April, Dewan-Tatum, 32, told Glamour her husband has been a supportive-bordering-on-indulgent pregnancy partner.
“Channing has been great. He takes the route of no confrontation, just support, saying things like, ‘Do whatever you want! What do you want to eat? I’m going to leave it up to you,’” she said.
Meanwhile, the actor admitted he’s clueless when it comes to one key aspect of parenting — diaper duty.
“I have never changed a diaper before, so I may need some help learning,” Tatum told reporters earlier this year. “I don’t have friends who have kids, so it’s going to be an interesting experience to learn how to change a diaper. I hope I don’t have any problems where the diaper falls off and the baby poops on the ground.”