Just a couple of weeks ago, actors Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan welcomed a baby girl. Now the new mom-of-two is introducing their baby girl to the world. Everyone, say hello to George Virginia Morgan.
The latest addition to the family joins big brother, Gus, who will turn 8 years old this month. Along with the announcement of her name, Burton shared the first photos of George, who was born on Feb. 16:
The first photos of Burton’s daughter also came with an important message for families who are struggling with fertility. In a touching Instagram post, Burton went in-depth, explaining their difficult and, at-times tragic, process:
“There’s something I really want to say to all the women out there who are trying … It took a long time for Jeffrey and I to have this baby. The first time I got pregnant, it took a year and a half. I surprised him on Christmas with baby Seahawk booties. We cried. We celebrated. We picked out names. And we lost that baby. More losses followed, and as so many couples know, it was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking.”
She went on to add how it affected her when she would learn that other women were pregnant:
“And every morning of the five years it took us, I’d open my computer at the kitchen table and see the news and I’d grow bitter over the endless parade of celebrities showing off their bumps and babies. I’d weep out of jealousy for how easy it was for them. Didn’t they know something could go wrong? Didn’t they know that there were other women out there struggling?”
It took the couple five years to get pregnant with this beautiful baby girl, Burton shared. Morgan had previously said that they didn’t plan for there to be a large age gap between their two children.
After announcing on the 2017 Emmy Awards red carpet that his wife was expecting, Morgan told People magazine, “We’ve been trying for a while, and I don’t think our intention was to have another kid so far apart from Gus, but now that it’s happened we’re beside ourselves with joy.”
“I don’t want her birth to cause any other woman to weep at her kitchen table. If anything, my wish is that she would restore hope for others. Fertility is a fickle thing. And for the other couples out there who have had dark days, we want to introduce our miracle baby to you and send you our love and support in finding yours.”
She closed the post, “Please meet George Virginia Morgan.”
Dean retweeted his wife’s words, writing, “I just couldn’t be more proud. Or lucky.”
I just couldn’t be more proud. Or lucky. Xxxjd https://t.co/HRQfOzthlS
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) March 6, 2018
They are proud, grateful parents, indeed. Congratulations to the Morgan-Burton family!
Other celebrities have also opened up about their painful experiences with infertility and pregnancy loss.
Last fall, “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch put out a powerful PSA about miscarriage. The moving video features Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan and a number of other women speaking candidly about their own painful experiences in an effort to reduce the stigma around miscarriage.
Chrissy Teigen has also spoken openly about building a family with John Legend via in vitro fertilization. The couple currently has a daughter, Luna, and they are expecting a baby boy in June.
Teigen officially announced that she and Teigen were having a boy in January, but she had previously said that she and Legend had a frozen male embryo from a previous IVF procedure.
Teigen has even gone as far as to share a 3-D ultrasound photo of her baby boy on social media:
The model and cookbook author also bravely shared that she struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of her first child. Teigen wrote an essay for Glamour about her battle with postpartum battle with depression:
“What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression,” she wrote. “How can I feel this way when everything is so great?”
When it comes to the hardships and the joys of becoming a mother, Teigen puts it all out there—and her fans adore her for it.