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Neil Patrick Harris: 'Being A Dad Isn't What I Thought!'

Tue, November 23, 2010 3:11pm EDT by 7 Comments

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The How I Met Your Mother star is still warming up to the idea of parenthood. He complains that his new twins are fussing, crying and burping: “I’m just like a caregiver.”

Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, welcomed twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace via surrogate on October 12 and it seems like sleep deprivation might be getting to him! The How I Met Your Mother star sat down with the ladies of The Talk yesterday (Nov. 22) and he admitted that parenthood hasn’t been a walk in the park! “Everybody said, ‘You’re going to look into their eyes and you’re never going to feel love burst forth like you feel… I’m like, not so much,” Neil says. “I’m just a caregiver. They’re still so young.”

Neil says he is a bit tired…and punchy!

Although David had some baby practice with his ex-boyfriend’s twins, the couple is still struggling with their newborns’ fussing. “David and I thought it would be good to not swaddle them and to not pacify them and to have them figure stuff out on their own,” Neil explains. “And at this point we are like ‘Whatever it takes!’ A shot of whiskey, whatever you need just stop fussing.” No doubt the brand new dads love their children, but it is definitely a transition from being on your own to bringing home not one, but two new babies! “Once we got home it was a bit of a shock,” Neil admits.

Neil sings about shoes on Sesame Street!

Neil sees that Gideon and Harper have different personalities and he’s learning more about each baby every day. “Gideon, our son, he’s a great burper. He sleeps all the time,” Neil says. “Harper’s been a lot fussier. She’s had some sort of lower GI [gastrointestinal problem]. She’s always kind of working through something. It feels awful though, all you want as a parent is to make sure they’re OK and that they’re comfortable and they’re calm.” Neil and David have switched Harper from one formula to a hypoallergenic one and even took her to see a doctor. “We went to an osteopath,” he says. “[Harper] sort of snapped and is kind of a different person. Everything’s much better. I’m a huge fan of that!”

Even though Neil is having a rough go at being a new dad, we know once Gideon and Harper get a little bit older they will realize what an amazing dad they have — and by then we’re sure he’ll be much more fond of parenthood!

–Leigh Blickley

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