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James Van Der Beek And His Wife Kimberly Welcomed Baby No. 5

Congratulations to the family of seven!

Actor James Van Der Beek is a dad for the fifth time! He and his wife, Kimberly, welcomed their fifth child, a baby girl, on June 15 — meaning she arrived just in time for Father’s Day! How perfect!

The proud parents named their daughter Gwendolyn. She is welcomed into the family by three sisters and a brother. And while the Van Der Beeks have a large family, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay,” the dad wrote on Instagram.

Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay 😍 These last few days, as I’ve enjoyed the privilege of making smoothies I know my older kids will like, making my wife red raspberry leaf tea to ease her uterine contractions, spending “boy time” with my son and getting my two year-old down for a nap in the way only I know how… I’ve been heart sick about something. As I write this, kids are being ripped from the arms of their parents. By our government. For the kid’s benefit? No – the opposite – as a purposeful display of cruelty to deter would-be illegal border crossers AND legal asylum seekers (it’s happening to both). And it wouldn’t be honest to wax poetic about my new-baby bliss without speaking up against this atrocity. If we allow our government to de-humanize fathers, and mothers, and children in the name of defending our borders… we’ve lost a huge part what makes those borders worth defending. And even if you don’t believe in karma, or in extending basic human decency to people who didn’t win the geographic birth lottery… even if you’re hard-liner enough to say, “Break the law, suffer the consequences,” shouldn’t the punishment at least fit the crime? And if you’re still cold enough to say, “Well, it’s effective,” consider this: This heinous practice was put into place by our own attorney general (who justified it with a cherry-picked Bible verse), and our president blamed rivals before tweeting his list of legislative demands to be met before he stops it. Regardless of how you feel about immigration, or a wall, or this president… if we say we’re okay with our government using human rights violations as a deterrent or as a bargaining chip… what happens when we find ourselves on the wrong side of the agenda? Either in this administration or the next? This should not be a political issue – it’s a human one. A crime against humanity is a crime against us all. More info in link in my bio. Oh, and @vanderkimberly – you’re a f*cking earth goddess rock star and I’m as in awe of you as I am in love with you. And our new baby’s name is Gwendolyn ❤️ #HappyFathersDay everybody.

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Shortly after announcing their baby’s birth, the proud mom also took to Instagram to talk about how complete she felt.

“Quite simply, I couldn’t ask for more,” she wrote in a sweet Father’s Day message to her husband.

And clearly, five kids later, James is still very much in awe of his wife, each and every time she becomes a mom to a new baby.

“You’re a f*cking earth goddess rock star and I’m as in awe of you as I am in love with you,” he included in his Instagram caption.

He also posted a photo of his wife and his new baby girl side-by-side:

“I don’t now [sic] how she’s done it… but I don’t really have words. All I’ve got is: wow,” the husband wrote.

Kimberly chatted with The Playground about her favorite part of being a mom to her now five beautiful children.

“The love. The snuggles. Being surrounded by innocence. Getting to learn things like music and language again. Coloring in coloring books,” she said.

Her husband described his life as a father on NBC’s “Today”:

“It’s really rich, really crazy, really loud — and I love it,” he said.

Of course, baby Gwendolyn will only add to that love-filled, happy and loud life. Congratulations to the happy family!