Well, reading this birth announcement from actress Hilarie Burton near-enough made us blub at our desks ?
It takes a lot to make us cry over a story here at MFM HQ, but something about this one just got the tears flowing. Not because her story is sad; it’s just overwhelming – and for many of us, so, so relatable.
Although Hilarie, 35, who’s married to fellow actor hubby Jeffrey Dean Morgan, was obviously proud as punch to introduce her daughter George Virgina Morgan to the world, you could tell there was a little trepidation in her words – some thoughtfulness, a desire to be sensitive.
Because, you see, Hilarie and Jeffrey experienced several heartbreaking miscarriages and 5 years of fertility battles before their daughter arrived.
And she didn’t want her happy news to be the cause of sadness for someone still in the midst of a similar struggle…
Here’s what she wrote:
“As some of you know, @jeffreydeanmorgan is off in Europe getting ready to do some big conventions. And he’s self aware enough to know his track record for ‘spilling the beans’ isn’t so great (bless his heart!).
“So before he starts tripping up in an attempt to maintain our privacy, he asked that I go ahead and post something about our little girl’s birth.
“But before I do that, 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.
“And every morning of the 5 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 pained me to see the corporate-sponsored baby showers and magazine covers capitalising on this human miracle that wasn’t happening for us.
“So when this pregnancy started, we were cautious. I didn’t want to celebrate for fear of jinxing it. I didn’t want a baby shower. I checked her heartbeat every day, up until the day she was born.
“And now that she is here, I just stare at her in wonder all day. I see her in her daddy’s arms and I don’t take any of it for granted. She screams bloody murder and I smile because she is so wildly alive.
“So now that folks know she’s here, 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.
“Please meet George Virginia Morgan. She was born February 16th. Her daddy delivered her. We love her very much.”
Seriously, we can’t get through this post without our eyes blurring from all the tears we’re trying to keep in…
The sentiment behind Hilarie’s post is truly touching, and her words are so beautifully written. We also want to echo what she’s said: sending love and support from the MFM team if you’re still fighting the good fight.
A heartfelt congratulations to Hilarie and Jeffrey on their miracle baby ?
Images: Instagram/Hilarie Burton