When word spread that Louis Tomlinson was going to be a dad, One Direction fans were naturally a tad bit surprised. At the time, the band was in the midst of working on and promoting their final album before their hiatus, and he had gotten out of a long-term relationship with Eleanor Calder a few months prior, who fun fact he's currently dating again. And we all remember what it was like when he was asked about his impending fatherhood for the first time on television when the band appeared on Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. He said it was a very exciting time and he was "buzzing" about it all, as you would expect someone who's about to become a parent would feel.

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And hearts everywhere full-on melted when little Freddie Reign made his Instagram debut, six days after he was born. It was the precious black and white photo that sent the fandom into a frenzy, since Louis had stayed relatively mum throughout his former flame Briana Jungwirth's pregnancy.

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Meet my little lad, Freddie 👶

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Freddie is now a year-and-a-half old and it's clear he and Louis have the most special bond. But the "Back to You" singer has admitted that when he found out he was going to be a dad he initially was well, kind of scared and felt he simply "wasn't ready" to be someone's father.

"No, but who does? In reality what bloke, if you say to them ‘Are you ready?’ says yes. They might lie and say they are but the only way you’re ready is through experience," Louis said to The Sun's Dan Wootton. "It’s intimidating but it’s the most rewarding thing in the world. Freddie is amazing, he’s sprinting around everywhere."

So you know, Louis just had to adjust to fatherhood by well, just being a dad! He's totally right though, becoming a parent is obviously the biggest responsibility and at first, he wasn't sure he was totally ready, but clearly he's gotten very comfortable being in full-on dad mode. Now that his 1D bandmate Liam Payne also has a little son, we'll all be waiting for the time when Freddie and Bear properly meet and have their first playdate. Louis did promise it will happen eventually and it will be the coolest moment for the guys. A mini 1D in the making, since we already know Louis is making sure Freddie knows his way around a guitar.

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Emotionally preparing right now.