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At a private event held Tuesday for the release of his new book, Everything Is MAMA, late-night host Jimmy Fallon opened up about just how much his life has changed since becoming a dad.
Guests gathered in the Rainbow Room in New York City, where Babble was lucky enough to get a front-row seat as The Tonight Show host and father of two shared some of his best (and most hilarious) parenting stories, read his book aloud, and led the group in a mini dance party (as one does).
Like any new parent, Fallon admits he got a bit preoccupied with what his first daughter Winnie’s first word was going to be. Obviously rooting for “dada,” Fallon found himself calling everyday household items “dada” in hopes the word would stick.
“If it was their bottle, I’d go, ‘You want more dada?’” he joked. “I didn’t care if that baby was dumb, I’d go, look, we’ll figure that out later.”
This quirky parenting story is what ultimately gave Fallon the inspiration for his first book, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA. But to keep things fair, Everything is MAMA is now giving moms the opportunity to sway their own baby’s first words, too.
Nowadays, the father of Winnie, 4, and Frances, 2, says that one of his biggest parenting challenges has to do with our collective addiction to technology.
“All these kids now, I see are all on their phone, like, at dinner, and the parents are, too,” Fallon noted. “And I think it starts with the parents.”
Of course, he was quick to follow that up with: ” … but I love my phone!”
Still, that phone of his has sure gone through some changes since becoming a dad.
“All the photos, I don’t know what they used to be, pictures of us or sunsets or brunch,” he quipped, “but now they’re all the kids doing stuff.”
Yet despite the lack of sunsets and avocado toast pics in his camera roll, Fallon is beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a dad.
“Me and my wife, we always had a good time together, but we always really wanted a kid,” he shared. “We had a hard time trying to have kids. We tried for a long time, probably five years. Now we’re lucky enough to have two beautiful girls, a 4-year-old and a 2 ½-year-old, and every single day is something new, something fun.”
And where does he have this fun with his kids? The comedian shared that he likes to spend his weekends going to none other than … the hardware store. (Yes, really.) Fallon admitted it’s his favorite place to bring his kids because there’s just “so many things to look at.”
But in all seriousness, Fallon says he’s learned that almost every mundane activity is fun with his two kids in tow, because they’re just discovering the world around them for the first time. Even the simplest of things like showing his kid’s what an apple is, watching the seasons change, or pointing out a squirrel in the park now bring him the most joy.
“I realized this is why we do any of this,” he shared. “Nothing else really matters, right? It’s all there is is the kids. It’s all you care about. And my wife obviously, but I mean the babies is what I really want.”
When Babble asked what his most embarrassing moment was (because come on, you know you want to know!) Fallon replied, “There are so many.”
“I’ve opened things with my teeth,” he continued. “You know that ‘Mr. Mom’ moment where the diaper’s on wrong and it’s a disaster? I’m into Pull-Ups now, which is just the greatest invention. And I can help rip them off. It makes me feel strong.”
(Nothing like an ego boost from ripping off a diaper with your teeth … I guess?)
Fallon then went on to describe a funny moment he experienced with a fellow parent on the streets of New York City. A mom was walking down the sidewalk with her baby, when his binky fell on the ground. Fallon recalled that he then picked up the binky and said, “Sorry, this fell out of your baby’s mouth — you might want to wash it.” Only to have her reply, “Are you kidding me? This is my third baby.”
(Um, raise your hand if you can relate!)
And if you didn’t already think Fallon has truly embraced fatherhood, he even made a reference to a mom necessity: Spanx! When taking questions from the kiddos at the event, one little girl asked if he’s ever run a half-marathon — and his answer was priceless:
“Why wouldn’t you think I could run a whole marathon?” Fallon joked, “Am I that out of shape? I gotta get new Spanx. Of course I never ran a half-marathon!”
One thing’s for sure: Despite describing himself as “that guy” with all the boring stories about his kids, we sure had a fun time listening to them. And how could we not?