The relationship between that father and his unborn baby had a heartwarming impact. Flávio Dantas, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was thrilled to be a father. He would speak to his unborn baby each day until his daughter was born, with no idea how much his efforts would reward him.

On Aug. 11, 2019, Dantas and his wife, Tarsila Rosa Cordeiro Batista, became parents at the birth of their daughter, Antonella. The family lives in Brazil.

Hospital staff laid the sleeping baby girl on her mother’s chest after Antonella was born. What followed melted the hearts of her parents. Dantas started talking to his daughter, and she opened her eyes, smiling at him.

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Overwhelmed by this life experience, he described his love for his baby daughter as “too big to fit inside his chest.”

Antonella had lots of time to get used to the voice of her father. Because babies can process sounds starting as soon as 16 weeks after conception, by the age of 26 weeks, babies will react noticeably to noises from the outside world and are commonly soothed by the voices of their parents.

“He always told her that he loved her so much. Good morning when I went to work, arrived good afternoon, said I’d always be there, kept stroking my belly. … And amazingly it always seems at the same time every day she started to move,” Batista told Só Notícia Boa.

A nurse captured the particular moment on camera and in an Instagram post, Dantas explained his feelings about it.

“I can’t explain the feeling I felt at that moment. Every day I would talk to my daughter in her mother’s belly, I would always tell her that I loved her, that Daddy was there and that I was going to be the best father in the world! When she was born, look, how did she repay me? With that delicious smile.”

As if the beaming smile of his daughter was not enough, Antonella was born on Father’s Day in Brazil.

It certainly will be a day and date Flávio will remember for the rest of his life.

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