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The Rock just shared a photo of his baby. The advice he's dropping is perfect.

The Rock's newest baby is here, and I could honestly not be more excited.

If there's one thing we can all agree on it's this: The Rock's new daughter is our royal baby. Yes, while the Brits (and other assorted fans of the royals) spent yesterday welcoming their new prince — uh, one woman waited outside the hospital for 15 days? — those of us a little more firmly moored to American shores were screaming with joy over the fact that the man who brings so much delight into this world had welcomed a new baby with his partner, Lauren Hashian.

First of all: Congratulations to Daddy Rock and Hashian on the birth of their second child! (They're the parents to the adorable Jasmine, and The Rock is also the proud father of a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.)


Second of all: Here's a picture of the baby, who's named Tiana Gia and is honestly one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. (No shade to other babies. You are all also very cute.)

Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there. Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck. #TianaGiaJohnson🌺 #3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE

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Of course, this wouldn't be a story about The Rock if it didn't include an element of gratitude and inspiration.

What is it about this guy? He's like a ray of sunshine on the cloudiest day. And when he posts to Instagram — whether it's a pic or video — you know he's going to have a lot to say. That was certainly the case when he announced the happy news that Tiana was here. And he wasted no time in expressing his admiration for his partner and, actually, all the women in the world. (Because The Rock is nothing if not inclusive in his enthusiasm.)

"Tiana Gia Johnson came into the world like a force of nature," The Rock wrote (as if there were any other way), "and Mama labored and delivered like a true rockstar."

"I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life," he continued, "but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect, and admiration I have for Lauren Hashian and all mamas and women out there."

The most important part of The Rock's message? Advice to expecting parents, some of whom may be anxious about being in the delivery room.

"Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can... holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do," The Rock wrote, encouraging future parents to be as emotionally present as possible to the experience.

"But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer — watch your child being born," The Rock added. "It's a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless."

And he swore an important, loving commitment to his youngest child: "To my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia — like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life."

A powerful promise. And considering his track record? It's one I'm sure The Rock will most certainly keep.

All illustrations are provided by Soosh and used with permission.

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This article originally appeared on 04.09.16


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