A new dad who paid tribute to his wife in the most touching way after she gave birth has become an internet sensation.
William Battle from Dallas took to Facebook in November to write that his wife Lauren was "the real miracle" after giving birth to the couple's second child.
His words have resonated with many and his post has gone viral; often it is the baby who is proclaimed the miracle.
William posted a moving black and white image of himself supporting Lauren as she laboured in hospital and captioned it, "I honestly don't know how she did it. The pain was so intense, so overwhelming, that even I felt it. Everyone in the room felt it. Yet she pulled through."
He wrote that he even found himself gritting his teeth when his wife did and tensing his own body when his wife's contractions hit.
"All while realizing that I was merely a passenger, never to truly understand the excruciating pain she was experiencing," he continued.
"She gave her labor every ounce of life and energy she had in her. And then gave a little bit more."
He said that while his son was "an absolute miracle" it was Lauren who was the true miracle.
"Babies are absolute miracles. But to me, the greater miracle is his mother, who has shown me what selfless sacrifice really is. What love really is.
"My wife is the real miracle."
Since the post went live it has been shared more than 48,000 times. It has attracted more than 9000 comments and received more than 41,000 reactions.
The humble dad of two explained to parents.com afterwards that he had been inspired to write the post after the chaos of his second son's birth had settled and Lauren was nursing their newborn.
"She had barely slept a wink in almost two days, and I know she was exhausted and in pain. But you couldn't tell. It's as if holding our son took away all the pain, all the fear, all the anxiety.
"Nothing else at that moment mattered to her, and I knew just from looking at her that she would have gone through it all again for him. I've never seen such love, such strength, from anyone like that before."
He'd observed that everyone that had been present at his wife's birth, from the hospital staff to family and friends, were focused on their baby boy.
"All attention was on him, understandably, he's gorgeous and needed medical supervision. But my attention was on her. She'd never looked more beautiful to me. My love and respect for her and what she went through for him was so great that the words in that post just overflowed from my heart.
"The post simply came from a desire to pay homage to the most incredible woman I know, and I'm so thankful that my words have touched so many lives because of it."
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