Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson Announced The Birth Of Her First Child With An Adorable Family Photo
Congrats to the new mom!
Shawn Johnson East is a mom!
It’s time to celebrate (and to start losing sleep!) for retired gymnast Shawn Johnson East and NFL free agent Andrew East — the sporting couple has welcomed a baby girl.
Johnson East, 27, shared the happy news on Instagram Monday with an adorable black and white photo of the new family of three. “You are our everything,” she wrote. “Welcome to the world baby girl.”
She also shared a pic of her brand new daughter on another Instagram page. Baby East already has her own separate account — with a whopping 314,000 followers! Johnson East set up the page in April 2019 and posted regularly throughout her pregnancy.
The social media-savvy couple also kept fans updated via their YouTube channel, sharing everything from their first pregnancy announcement to ultrasounds.
Johnson East achieved a lot during her former career as an Olympic gymnast. But even before her daughter arrived, she described being a mom as “more rewarding than any medal.” Here’s that Instagram post, showing her wearing her 2008 Olympics leotard at 40 weeks pregnant.
The couple experienced heartache in 2017 when Johnson East had a miscarriage, a year after they got married. They shared their experience on YouTube, expressing their gratitude for the “outpouring of support” they’d received from fans.
“We know everyone’s gone through something like this,” East said in the video. “That’s why we posted it.”
With professional athletes for parents, it would be no surprise if Baby East grows up to be a sports star herself. But Mom and Dad don’t care.
“We have both comedically joked that so many people expect our baby to be an athlete that they’ll probably be an artist or a musician or something, which we’re totally good with,” Johnson East told People in August.
On Nov. 8, the Easts finally announced the baby’s name: Drew Hazel East. She’s “Named after the most incredible person I know… her daddy,” Johnson East wrote:
Welcome to the world, Drew Hazel East!