Alexis Ohanian Quotes About the Best Part of Being a Dad
Alexis Ohanian Explained How Olympia "Inspires Him," and We Just Passed Out From the Cuteness
Alexis Ohanian added "Sr." to the end of his name in 2017 after he and his wife, Serena Williams, had their first child together, a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. In honor of his first Father's Day since welcoming Olympia on Sept. 1, and in celebration with Johnnie Walker, Alexis, the cofounder of Reddit, went live on Instagram Stories on June 5 with an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") that touched on his role as dad to his adorable 9-month-old — and we may or may not have gotten a little lightheaded at the extreme cuteness of his answers.
Although the dad spoke a lot about his Armenian background and the fact that he's a good dancer (Serena trolled the comments at this point to set the record straight, and spoiler: he may not be as good as he says he is), his eyes lit up every time he answered a question about Olympia, especially when someone asked what the best part about being a dad is.
"I sort of feel like I leveled up in a way that is just really awesome because [being a dad] gives me this clarity of thought around every decision I make."
"I finally understand Game of Thrones," the dad, who says he would love to have more kids, joked. He added, more seriously: "I really think about how I would do anything for my daughter (and also my wife). I sort of feel like I leveled up in a way that is just really awesome because [being a dad] gives me this clarity of thought around every decision I make — not just professionally, but personally — and it feels really good. It's like a higher level of consciousness. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it also helped that I had a kid — something exciting — and got married at roughly the same time . . . Everything we went through last year really helped put things into perspective."
In between more talk of Armenia and a question about which stocks to invest in (not as fun of a question when compared to talking about babies), a question on Alexis's computer caught his eye — "How has Olympia inspired you? — and his answer was so unexpectedly sweet.
"Olympia has inspired me because the moment we found out we were going to have her, I just got my life together," he said. "Started exercising, eating better, just being better. Drinking a lot more water, too. And, just generally speaking, really trying to take care of myself. It's been great; I really owe her for that."
He added later, "I'm grateful to be her father. It has changed my life and I couldn't be luckier than to have her for a daughter." He then ended that statement with a shout out to his 9-month-old — which is right about when our ovaries exploded.